Civic Engagement Program Coordinator:



                                                                                                                   Civic Engagement Program Coordinator

The Free Library’s Division of Cultural and Civic Engagement seeks applicants for a Civic Engagement Program Coordinator to manage Hear Me Out, a new grant-funded civic dialogue program. A long-term strategic objective of the Free Library is to build programs that promote civic dialogue and foster courageous conversations in library spaces about issues of public concern. The Civic Engagement Program Coordinator will join at the ground level of this work and have the opportunity to help build a new civic dialogue project that connects people not only in Philadelphia but across Pennsylvania to talk about what unites us and what divides us before, through, and after the 2020 Presidential Election. This new program will expand how people see libraries, how the Free Library promotes civic dialogue, and what it means to advance civic literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity in an era of disputed facts, mistrust, and information bubbles.

The Civic Engagement Program Coordinator will work with colleagues and external partners to design civic dialogue events, implement tech solutions that enable meaningful participation among groups gathered in different libraries across the state, coordinate logistical aspects of program meetings, and work closely with colleagues in the library’s Communications office to promote engagement among diverse communities. The Civic Engagement Program Coordinator will report to the Deputy Director for Enrichment and Civic Engagement and work closely with colleagues across the Free Library. Work location will be Parkway Central Library, though regular travel throughout Philadelphia is expected, as is occasional travel across Pennsylvania.

This is a two-year, full-time grant-funded position employed by the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation. Major responsibilities of the Coordinator include:

  1. Coordinating logistics for in-person gatherings in multiple Free Library locations, including setup, catering, panelist/speaker preparation, and AV.
  2. Researching, proposing, and implementing software that allows multiple civic dialogue groups in different locations to conference with each other in real time across distance
  3. Researching, proposing, and implementing a software platform that allows people throughout Pennsylvania to have sustained dialogue with each other online over the course of months
  4.  Coordinating stakeholder meetings of partner libraries and nonprofit organizations for program planning
  5. Working with the Free Library’s Communications team to develop marketing and outreach plans for the program
  6. Tracking and managing a program expense budget
  7. Working closely with cultural and civic organizations within Philadelphia to build appropriate partnerships
  8. Meeting and workshop facilitation
  9. Working closely with the Free Library’s Strategic Initiatives office to develop and implement an evaluation plan for Hear Me Out

Required skills and qualities include:

  1. Experience organizing events and large gatherings of diverse constituents
  2. Knowledge of and experience in civic engagement, politics, civic dialogue, or community outreach
  3.  Shared commitment to renewing democracy through nonpartisan civic dialogue across difference and distance
  4. Shared commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as a first principle in civic work
  5. Experience working with conferencing software
  6. Experience with facilitation, or interest in learning facilitation techniques
  7. Flexibility, initiative, and curiosity. An openness to learning.
  8. Knowledge of or willingness to quickly learn Outlook environment
  9. The resilience that comes from developing something new
  10. Experience working with diverse communities
  11. Bachelor’s degree

Salary is $40,000 per year, plus a full benefits package including health and retirement.  

To apply:

Please e-mail cover letter and resume with “Civic Engagement” in the subject line to:

For more information contact:

Christine Kowalski
Manager of Human Resources

Email: (Attachments in Microsoft Word, please)

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Minorities and LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to apply.

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