Building on the success of our teen program, The Labs @ CLP, the Digital Learning Lead explores the application of digital learning initiatives and connected learning across all age groups and in all ages spaces. They actively participate as a member of peer and leadership groups to effect change, implement strategies and contribute to the long- and short-range direction of the Library. Working under the direction of the Teen Services Coordinator, the successful candidate will represent CLP during engagement with the community as a key educational partner in supporting experiential and connected learning. The Digital Learning Lead will act as project manager of The Labs @ CLP, a nationally-recognized teen initiative which bridges the digital divide by providing free access to digital media with Labs Mentors who encourage creativity and collaboration across Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s 18 neighborhood locations.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in serving diverse communities and leading staff in design, execution and evaluation of innovative and community-oriented services. The Digital Learning Lead should be flexible, cooperative and accomplished at creating and maintaining partnerships. They should also be accomplished in, and comfortable with, giving formal and informal presentations on their area of expertise. We seek a collaborative leader to work across specializations at the Library to build a continuum of seamless service and programs for our visitors. The selected candidate will also cooperate with the Coordinator of Adult Programming and Coordinator of Children’s Services to develop and support quality hands-on learning programs across the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
The work of the Digital Learning Lead will involve:
- Understanding, advocating for and engaging with library users and building community through physical and virtual means;
- Designing programs and services for customers of all ages, including caregivers and formal and informal educators, with a focus on different models of learning, including connected learning, self-directed learning and mentorship;
- Providing expertise on connected learning, mentorship, emerging creative and educational technologies, programs and policies;
- Leveraging technology and innovation to create an extraordinary user experience in services and programs;
- Leading and developing the work of The Labs @ CLP with its special focus on teen audiences; overseeing and managing grants and special funds targeted to this effort;
- Understanding and modeling the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh brand and mission every day – representing the Library in the community, especially within the Remake Learning Network and the informal learning community, by building relationships and creating partnerships to ensure the Library reaches customers who might be most affected by the digital divide and lack of access to out-of-school time (OST) activities;
- Developing skills and abilities of staff and empowering staff to work to the top of their classifications to achieve the library’s goals;
- Evaluating the success of their efforts and continuously improving public services and staff to respond to changing needs through data collection and analysis; and generating and sharing the vision of a future-focused library.
- Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited university; candidates with a Master’s in Education may be considered;
- Three years of related experience and increasing responsibility in a public library or education setting, including demonstrated leadership and project management;
- Significant experience working directly with the public, especially children and teens;
- Relevant experience in service design, coordination and evaluation/measurement of services supporting connected learning and the use of creative technology;
- Ability to independently travel locally, regionally and nationally as required;
- PA State Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Fingerprint Criminal Records Check, Mandated Reporter Training upon offer of employment.
Work hours: 37.5 hours per week, plus extended hours as needed