We’re Hiring! Lead Safe Tool Borrowing Program Coordinator

Part-time Hourly Position
Lead Safe Tool Borrowing Program Coordinator
The Tool Library

Organization Description

The Tool Library (TL) is a nonprofit tool-lending library serving Buffalo and all of Western New York. The Tool Library’s mission is to provide communities with the tools they need to create the change they want. We believe that cost shouldn’t be a barrier to fixing up your home, growing your own food, or improving your community. Through a sharing economy model, members can borrow from an inventory of 4,500+ tools. These same tools also support community-based, issue-focused programming like urban reforestation, food access, greenspace development, lead safe renovations, and commercial corridor revitalization. 

The Tool Library creates a work culture that values positivity, ingenuity, and personal development. We question traditional structures and hierarchy, promote equity, foster safer space for all people and are an equal opportunity employer. Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, queer, trans and nonbinary people, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Details

Lead Safe Tool Borrowing Program Coordinator

The Tool Library, Inc. is seeking a Part-time Programs Coordinator to help launch the organization’s new Lead Safe Tool Borrowing Program. As part of its efforts to better meet the needs of the residents of Western New York, The Tool Library is seeking to expand its supply of tools to help homeowners, parents of young children, and small-scale property owners access the tools and supplies necessary to help reduce the presence of lead paint hazards in their homes.

The Programs Coordinator will primarily be responsible for engaging with community partners, increasing awareness of The Tool Library’s resources and services, maintaining tools and equipment specifically associated with the Lead Safe Tool Borrowing Program, and continuing to build a relationship and support the ongoing work of the Erie County Department of Health as it relates to lead safe work practices. The Programs Coordinator will work closely with an existing network of Tool Library volunteers and will receive support and oversight from The Tool Library’s Executive Director.

Through this program, The Tool Library seeks to fill a gap in the lead-safe-continuum (affordable tool access) while also becoming a hub to share skills, support your neighbor, and connect to other existing resources .


Community Outreach and Engagement

    • Attend monthly Lead-Safe Work Practices training offered by ECDOH and provide short presentation on resources available through The Tool Library
    • Work with The Tool Library’s existing network of community partners to schedule weekly tabling opportunities to increase awareness of The Tool Library among community members and encourage people to sign up for ECDOH’s free LSWP training
    • Identify new organizational partners and locations for outreach activities based on zip codes with highest prevalence of lead poisoning
    • Develop a monthly schedule of engagement activities
    • Explain referral process of the Lead Safe Tool Borrowing Program to interested community members

Equipment Management

    • Maintain and organize lead safe tool borrowing items
    • Clean and sanitize items upon return
    • Ensure all items, parts, and accessories are returned by program participants
    • Identify maintenance issues or needed repairs to equipment
    • Monitor and track use of consumable items and supplies (filters, gloves, spray bottles, etc.) and submit purchase requests as necessary
    • Provide overview of tools to program participants
    • Check tools in and out of The Tool Library’s online database

Program Administration

    • Schedule appointments with program participants to fill out application, review program requirements, and provide necessary tools, equipment, and disposable items
    • Sign participants up for a membership through The  Tool Library’s online database
    • Conduct post-borrowing data collection survey with program participants
    • Attend monthly Programs Committee meeting to provide updates on an ongoing basis
    • Attend ongoing meetings between TL, ECDOH, and WNYCEHC
    • Update organizational dashboard with applicable data prior to each monthly board meeting
    • Collect, analyze, and report program data on a quarterly basis to WNYCEHC


Qualifications required:

  1. Computer literacy skills (GMail, Google Drive, etc.)
  2. High level of organization and attention to detail
  3. Flexible, creative, and a problem solver who is able to learn on the fly
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  5. Reliable and self-motivated, able to work independently without onsite supervision
  6. Ability to life/carry heavy items (up to 30lbs)
  7. Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair, Painting and Lead-Safe Work Practices training (will be provided free of charge through partnership with Erie County Department of Health)

Qualifications preferred:

  1. Valid driver’s license
  2. Background in the use, maintenance, and repair of hand and power tools
  3. Background in public health or a keen interest in social determinants of health

Additional Details

Expected Hire Date
March 4, 2024

The pay for this position is $20/hour and the position will be 10 hours a week. This is a 1-year interim position with the goal to work towards a permanent structure as The Tool Library evaluates how we will move forward with building organizational capacity and program support.

Work Week
The Program Coordinator will primarily work out of The Tool Library’s storefront both during open hours of operation, which are Wednesday-Friday 2-7pm and Saturday 10am-4pm as well as outside of those hours. A portion of the Program Coordinator’s time will also be spent off-site at various community locations leading outreach and engagement efforts. Schedule flexibility is possible based on candidate’s schedule as well as demands of the job and needs of the organization.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two professional references to interest@thetoollibrary.org with “Programs Coordinator” in the subject line. Please include why you think you’re the right fit for the position, what excites you most about the position, and what you can bring to The Tool Library team in your cover letter.

Applications are due by Friday, February 9th.

Interviews will begin soon after and the position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.