Bi-Lingual Early Childhood Specialist

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Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is looking for a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Early Childhood Literacy Specialist. This role is a great opportunity for an early childhood educator and/or early literacy specialist to implement the Literacy in Early Learning Spaces initiative at The Free Library of Philadelphia. This is a two-year grant funded full time position. You will join a highly collaborative team of three other full time Early Childhood Literacy Specialists, as well as the Project Director and Assistant Director, who all launched this initiative in 2018.

The anticipated start date of this position is September 1, 2022. This role does require the ability work occasional evenings and Saturdays. Successful applicants must submit proof of required background clearances prior to hire date.

Why Work For Us?

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation offers a competitive compensation package. We offer the following benefits: flexible work environment, medical, dental, flex and HSA plans, disability & life insurance; Flexible Spending Accounts, retirement 403b, PTO, paid holidays (including floating).

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage Black, Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. The organization is committed to building a community that is inclusive and equitable.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Provide technical assistance for childcare facilities to enhance early literacy and language development in their Infant, Toddler, and Preschool classrooms*
  • Present professional development workshops focused on modeling best practices for early childhood (birth-5 years) educators
  • Communicate verbally and in writing in both English and Spanish for the purposes of coaching, facilitating Professional Development, Family Engagement events, as well as emails, text messages and phone calls
  • Assist in hosting family engagement opportunities at partner childcare programs*
  • Build strong and trusted relationships with partner childcare teachers and directors
  • Cultivate and maintain partnerships and communication with childcare facilities, children’s and family service agencies, and FLP children’s librarians
  • Visit childcare programs to assess needs and gather input from educators*
  • Implement research-based assessment tools of early childhood facilities
  • Gather, maintain, and share qualitative and quantitative data for grant reporting
  • Deliver materials, such as books, flyers, and classroom literacy materials to partner child care programs, as needed
  • Performs other duties as instructed and assigned.

*This work is intended to be conducted full-time in person. We are currently operating on a hybrid model of virtual and in-person technical assistance coaching and virtual Professional Development; however, we are transitioning back to full-time in-person work.


  • Bachelor’s degree and Early Childhood teaching experience required, or equivalent technical training, education, and/or experience
  • Fluency in Spanish
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia’s early learning landscape and needs of early childhood educators
  • Knowledge of early childhood development, early literacy, and children’s literature
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate literature and early literacy activities
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to present to groups
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Knowledge and ability to model research-based storytime techniques that promote early literacy skill development
  • Ability to develop positive, productive relations with people in the community
  • Ability and initiative to work independently
  • Experience with conducting workshops, events, Professional Development sessions, or other in-depth programs in Spanish, with Spanish-speaking children, families and teachers
  • Familiarity and comfortability with using online conference platforms (such as Zoom)
  • Ability to travel to and from multiple childcare facilities within Philadelphia

About Us:

The Free Library of Philadelphia is a 501 (c)(3) organization established in 1891, which employees roughly 130 full time, part time and seasonal staff. The current annual operating budget is approximately $10 million. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors. The President and Director of the Foundation is an officer for both the Foundation and the Free Library of Philadelphia, a City of Philadelphia governed agency.

The mission of the Free Library of Philadelphia is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. While the city of Philadelphia provides public funds for the operations of the Free Library, The Foundation has been instrumental in assisting the Library in becoming an even more dynamic and exciting institution by raising funds for the Library’s services and programs, (including literacy programs, cultural programs, after school enrichment programming for children, culinary literacy programs, workforce development and digital literacy programs, One Book One Philadelphia, Read by 4th, and the Authors Series, among others). The Foundation is instrumental in raising capital funds through private sources for the renovation and improvement of Parkway Central Library and several of the neighborhood libraries.

To Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to