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Nashville Public Library Foundation

Studio NPL Mentor

Nashville Public Library Foundation

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Job Summary

Studio NPL consists of library spaces with the latest technology where teens will learn real world, 21st-century skills, including but not limited to creating their own robots, designing their own video games, and designing and printing 3D models and vinyl graphics.  Sponsored by the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Studio spaces are staffed with professional mentors with the technical experience needed to guide teens through innovative 21st century learning pathways.

Studio NPL Mentor: This part time position will need a high level of ENTHUSIASM and a unique combination of people skills, artistic skills, and technology skills.  The position will be a mixture of direct interaction with a diverse group of teens and staff (may periodically include some children and adults), and a qualified candidate will be responsible for creating project-based and artifact driven curriculum with a technology focus.  Under general supervision of the Studio Coordinator, Lead Mentor, and NPL staff, this position is responsible for assisting in the coordination of engaged learning activities, leading workshops that align with Studio NPL’s learning goals, and documenting and recording Studio activities for promotion and reporting.  The successful candidate may also be involved in the work of expanding community partnerships with other youth-serving organizations in the city.  This position requires a high level of teamwork, responsibility, communication, capacity for youth mentorship and customer focus as well as the ability to positively and appropriately interact with youth, adults, and the general public. The Studio NPL Mentor must be willing to work late afternoons/early evenings and weekends and will be expected to work shifts at different NPL Studio and Mobile Lab locations throughout Davidson County. *parking at Main Library is not reimbursed     

Job Responsibilities

TYPICAL DUTIES:

  • Fosters a positive, productive, and engaging environment for teens in conjunction with other mentors, staff, and volunteers.
  • Leads workshops with patrons in one or more of the focus areas of; coding, 3D-design, programming, video game design, web design, circuitry, robotics, live music (guitar/piano/etc).
  • Assists in conducting tours and providing outreach programs for school and community groups to increase awareness and grow use of facilities and correlating virtual opportunities.
  • Attends mentor meetings and professional development and training around education, operation of various technological tools, and teen engagement.
  • Develops curriculum around targeted programming area(s).
  • Assists in the daily operation of the space and technology circulation (including working circulation desks). 
  • Maintain expertise with current technology trends, digital technologies, and education models.
  • Delivers post-workshop surveys and submits activity reports and attendance.
  • Documents and shares patron work and develops showcase opportunities, including but not limited to online platforms.
  • Attends professional conferences, workshops and continuing education courses.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Associate degree (or foreign equivalent) from an accredited college or university an area of, Education, Social Services, Digital Media, Science, Math, Engineering, Web Design, or a related field and proven ability working with teens in a library, educational, park, or social services setting including the development and implementation of youth-centered programming.  The successful candidate will have demonstrable knowledge of 21st century creative tools and software, professional experience in one of our focus areas, and present a current portfolio of work for review. 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent)
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with and engage teens positively
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Clear communication skills (written and oral) and comfort speaking publicly
  • Experience and fluency with new technologies and social media
  • Fluency in a foreign language relevant to Nashville’s communities
  • In-depth experience in more than one of our focus areas
  • Experience with both Mac and PC operating systems

Additional Information

Benefits

$17.25/hour, between 6-20 hours a week depending on experience and skills.

How to Apply

Email resume to rebecca.stone@nashville.gov or mail to:

Nashville Public Library

Attn: Studio NPL

615 Church St.

Nashville TN, 37219

Details

  • Date Posted: July 2, 2021
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Job Function: Educator
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Start Date: 08/01/2021
  • Salary Range: 17.25
  • Working Hours: Varied, may include afternoons/weekends.