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Baltimore Project Coordinator

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Libraries Without Borders


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Published 21 days ago

$40,000 - $45,000

Location: Baltimore, MD and surrounding counties

Employment: Full time position (Exempt), with benefits: 20 days of PTO and CareFirst PPO Gold Healthcare. LWB US is exploring 401k options, which may be available by the end of 2021.

Salary: $40,000 - 45,000


About Libraries Without Borders US

Libraries Without Borders (LWB) is an education non-profit that promotes access to information for underserved communities across the United States and around the world. We partner with libraries, schools, tutoring programs and local nonprofits to transform laundromats, housing lobbies, parks, and a variety of public spaces into places of lifelong learning—from basic reading, writing and computer skills to health, legal, and financial literacy. Internationally, LWB has designed, implemented, and evaluated library programs in refugee camps, remote villages, and disaster relief contexts since 2007. Our US programs have won numerous awards, including the Google Impact Challenge and the Library of Congress International Literacy Award. 


About the Libraries Without Borders US in Baltimore 

In 2019, LWB US launched the Wash and Learn Initiative (WALI) in Baltimore, MD in collaboration with the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, and the Media Democracy Fund. Part of a national initiative in more than 7 states, WALI equips laundromats with computers, specialized software, and access to regular programming on a variety of topics relevant to local needs and interests -- from English language learning classes to tax preparation and beyond. 

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, LWB US has mobilized its network to distribute technology and literacy resources through laundromats, churches, community associations, and other networks. This project, known as ConnectED, has served more than 100 households since March 2020. Most recently, LWB launched a partnership with the Stillmeadow Community Fellowship Church to provide a permanent learning space for Southwest Baltimore. Any student regardless of age or religious affiliation will be able to learn remotely at the church following CDC guidelines. Programs and resources available at the church will remain in the community permanently, regardless of when schools reopen.  


About the Project Coordinator Position 

The Project Coordinator will work closely with the Libraries Without Borders US team to coordinate the design and implementation of media centers and educational programming in laundromats, community centers, churches, and other community spaces in Baltimore. This will include working with library branches and librarians, community-based organizations, small business owners, government representatives, and local residents to identify needs and interests of the community and to design and offer relevant programming. This project has a special emphasis on digital literacy/learning through a holistic approach, with opportunities for later collaborations statewide. This position may require frequent travel locally, in-person events, and in-person activities. All staff are provided appropriate PPE. Any additional guidance or changes surrounding COVID-19 will be subject to LWB’s internal policies well as federal, state, and local regulations. 


Responsibilities

  • Cultivate relationships with residents, community-based organizations, churches, libraries, government representatives and agencies, small businesses, volunteers, and other key stakeholders in order to align the needs and interests of residents with available resources.
  • Create and execute a project implementation schedule with milestones and due dates for key deliverables 
  • Leverage feedback to design the layout of the educational spaces and to determine curricula for regular program offerings, both remote and in-person 
  • Execute events, remote and/or in-person, which may include media engagement/publicity, public speaking, and logistics.
  • Coordinate with the LWB US team to collect and share data and stories that reflect the nuances and interests of the community/neighborhood and the metrics of success for the project

In addition, the Project Coordinator may provide support when needed on administrative and communications tasks, including accounting, reporting, fundraising, scheduling, and developing/sharing promotional materials locally and nationally. 


Core Requirements 

  • Extensive knowledge and familiarity with Baltimore, MD
  • Proven dedication to expanding social equity and economic opportunities 
  • Experience with community organizing and coalition-building 
  • Excellent customer service skills and/or experience as direct service provider 
  • Great people skills and ability to communicate information to a wide audience with varying levels of skills and familiarity 
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or experience with public libraries and with leveraging digital technologies for civic engagement and economic development 
  • Self-directed and self-motivated individual with creative problem solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively and independently 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple tasks on time and on budget with limited supervision 
  • Demonstrated commitment to LWB’s mission, vision, and values 
  • Preferred - a vehicle for transportation and a driver’s license


Compensation: 

This is a full-time grant funded position that is currently in place for 1 year with plans to continue as the Project Coordinator succeeds. 


Libraries Without Borders is an Equal Opportunity Employer 

Location: Baltimore, MD and surrounding counties

Employment: Full time position (Exempt), with benefits: 20 days of PTO and CareFirst PPO Gold Healthcare. LWB US is exploring 401k options, which may be available by the end of 2021.

Salary: $40,000 - 45…

Details at a glance

  • Full Time Schedule

Location

On-site
Baltimore, MD

How to Apply

Interested candidates should contact adam@librarieswithoutborders.us with a resume, a brief cover letter, and 2 professional references. 

Interested candidates should contact adam@librarieswithoutborders.us with a resume, a brief cover letter, and 2 professional references. 

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