The application deadline is September 28, 2020.
The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) is seeking a part-time Program
Assistant to manage meeting logistics, draft monthly updates to the National Advisory Committee, and
take notes during all meetings on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded project.
This remote, hourly position begins on October 12, 2020, with the anticipation of 10 hours a week for 8-
10 months. The pay range is $15-20 an hour, depending on experience.
BCALA serves as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and
resources to the nation’s African American community and provides leadership for the recruitment and
professional development of African American librarians.
The IMLS grant, “A Taxonomy of Black History Month Programming in Public Libraries,” explores the
current state of Black History Month (BHM) programming offered at public libraries to identify gaps and
opportunities for improved national programming. While virtually every public library across the U.S.
conducts some program during BHM, there has never been a systematic study to assess the content,
scope, target age groups, and focus of that programming. The Program Assistant will assist in logistics
for meetings and other aspects of program management.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Zoom meeting scheduling
• Manage travel and logistics for all project meetings.
• Liaise with Co-Directors, Grants Manager, travel agent, and BCALA Treasurer in terms of travel
and per diem for meeting participants.
• Take notes at all program meetings.
• Draft monthly updates to the National Advisory Committee.
• Participate in weekly meetings with Co-Project Directors and when needed.
• A Bachelor’s degree.
• 3-5 years of relevant administrative support experience.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including editing and proofing
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Have strong attention to detail and accuracy
• Excellent time management, multi-tasking, and organization skills
• Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office (particularly Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
• Sensitivity and respect for racial, gender, sexual orientation, and cultural differences.
Application Process: We can’t wait to hear how you are the one for this position! Let us know you are
interested by sending a cover letter (explaining how this job was made for you), your resume, and three
references, to Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown (GJackson-Brown@MissouriState.edu). Please combine all
documents into one pdf. The application deadline is September 28, 2020.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant –