Transition Specialist

** This is a temporary grant funded position until 6/30/18. **


The Transition Specialist is responsible for supporting young adults (16 to 24 years old) to achieve their educational goals. Working closely with the Young Adult Coordinator, the Transition Specialist will develop, manage, and facilitate the transition from the youth literacy program into a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma program, post-secondary, or vocational program.

  • Performs in-take assessments, administers TABE, analyzes assessment data, and follows up with students regarding the status of their goals and objectives.
  • Provides individual career assessments, educational choices/career planning and development, referrals, and placement strategies for all students.
  • Coaches young adults to re-engage with the educational system to meet their academic goals (TASC/GED, enroll in college, vocational schools, etc.)
  • Develops and maintains updated list of resources related to education and special education needs.
  • Teaches students how to access and use various computer-based supplemental education study-aid resources or websites.
  • Provides research assistance with students for educational opportunities, career exploration, and scholarships for transitional planning purposes.
  • Develops programming and leads innovative initiatives to sustain or increase young adult participation with the Queens Library programs.
  • Assists participants in completing all Queens Library and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) intake and assessment forms.
  • Using the Instruction Targeted for TABE Success (ITTS) to track, monitor, and provide supplemental instruction to improve student achievement.
  • Performs standard office duties such as preparing correspondence and scheduling, answering e-mail and telephone inquiries, and maintaining supplies, materials, and learning resources.
  • Completes monthly paperwork including reports on progress, evaluations, and databases (data entry and supervision of YALP ONLINE and Evaluation and Monitoring System).
  • Makes phone calls and conduct outreach to participants as necessary.
  • Attends community meetings, special events, and other social collaborative opportunities to enhance the Adult Education programs. 


  • High School Diploma, General Equivalency Diploma, or High School Equivalency required.  College Degree preferred.
  • 2 years of experience working with youth and families in a one-on-one or group setting required.  Experience working with incarcerated youth and/or youth having a range of disabilities preferred.
  • Ability to provide instruction for a variety of software applications including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office (primarily Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet and email required.
  • Excellent presentation skills required. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills; good networking and team building skills. Must be detail oriented, flexible and a self-starter. Good organization and administrative skills including experience with tracking program attendance and preparing reports required.


Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed. Queens Library a private, non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.

Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect’s Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).

To Apply:  Please email your resume and cover letter to: QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference “Transition Specialist – QLWEB” in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 

The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.