Employment & Volunteer Opportunities at Utica Public Library


Programming Coordinator (Full Time)


The Utica Public Library (The Library) is seeking a Programming Coordinator for the Adult Services/Reference Department in an active and vibrant urban public library. The Programming Coordinator will take the lead in planning and executing educational and entertaining programs for adults.

Position: Programming Coordinator (Full Time)

Summary of Duties:


  • Develop and implement programs, presentations, workshops and other participatory experiences for adults.

  • Explore original programming and exhibits centered on unique material in The Library’s collection. 

  • Collaborate with area agencies and organizations to bring in programs that reflect the interests and diversity of the community.

  • Cultivate community partnerships helping put The Library at the forefront of public arts programming and lifelong learning in the greater Utica area.

  • Assess programs through attendance and feedback, and communicate with Library administration.

  • Maintain the adult programming budget, keeping a record of all associated financial documentation.



  • Provide friendly and helpful customer service to patrons at the public reference desk via telephone and by email. Answer a variety of questions including technology and computer help, readers’ advisory, and general research.

  • Coordinate local history/genealogy room volunteers.


Collection Development

  • Review and organize the local history/genealogy collection and related ephemeral materials, such as clippings, booklets, photos, etc., making recommendations for preservation and storage.

  • Identify innovative ways to make special collections accessible to researchers.

  • Select materials for acquisition and discard in assigned Dewey classification areas.


Publicity and Promotion

  • Prepare event fliers, signage, and related materials for display and distribution.

  • Craft program publicity for release to media outlets and for use on The Library’s social media, website, and email distribution list.


Other duties as assigned.



37.5 hours per week; combination of daytime, evening and Saturday hours 


STARTING PAY: $20.80/hour; $40,560 Annual


BENEFITS: Health/Dental/Vision, Paid Time Off, New York State Retirement, Paid Family Leave, EAP, NYS Mandated Disability Insurance



MLS or equivalent from an ALA Accredited Institution or a related Museum or Archives Masters degree

Minimum of one (1) year experience in a library, archive, museum, or similar setting

Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows, internet, online resources and software applications

Ability to work with a diverse group of library users

Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues to create a cohesive team

Commitment to customer-centered, quality public library service

Excellent communication skills

NYS Public Librarian’s Certificate (if applicable)


HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 professional references via e-mail with this subject: Programming Coordinator (Full Time) ONLY to: apply@uticapubliclibrary.org 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, December 2, 2019