Youth Services Coordinator, Garfield County Public Library District

By IS Lab May 12, 2021

Garfield County Public Library District

Garfield County Public Library District (GCPLD) loves involving children and teenagers in our reading programs along with many other activities, making it fun and easy for them to learn. GCPLD is seeking an enthusiastic, energetic, and versatile Youth Services Coordinator for the Carbondale Branch Library.   This position reports to the branch manager and is responsible for: engaging in activities that promote early literacy for children and their caretakers; providing high quality library services and resources to all users, children through adult; planning, promoting, and implementing youth services programs, assisting with the design and implementation of the Summer Reading Program, conducting storytime, performing outreach activities and collection development.

The Youth Services Coordinator strives to provide outstanding customer service to all Library District staff, maintains an excellent rapport with contractors and vendors, and treats all individuals within and outside the District with courtesy and respect at all times. The Youth Services Coordinator is able to collaborate with any other staff as needed and is able to effectively communicate with all levels of GCPLD staff.

This is a full time (40 hours per week), non-exempt position. Some evenings and weekends may be required. The hiring range is $17.00 to $21.50 per hour (DOE), medical, dental, vision and retirement plan benefits; paid vacation, sick and holidays.

Job Responsibilities

  • Promotes and supports the library needs of youth through materials, services, and programming
  • Selects materials and maintains a collection designed to meet the needs of the intended audience
  • Objectively assess the success of programming in terms of the relevancy and appropriateness to developmental needs of the targeted group and the defined expectations set through the planning process
  • Understands the importance of determining all youth’s needs, researching and locating answers in a timely manner, while providing accurate information; ability to use various technologies and informational databases
  • Provides direct customer service to library patrons, especially children and teens, assisting with their information questions, readers’ advisory and circulation needs
  • Develops and implements library programs for children and teens, ages 0-17, communicating all plans and program feedback to the Branch Manager
  • Works with Branch Manager to plan for expanding children’s services in ways such as contacting schools, outreach activities and working toward setting up after-school programs and/or outreach
  • Creates attractive and informative exhibits and displays
  • Submits publicity information for programs, events, and informational items
  • Shares information and coordinates activities with other GCPLD departments and specialists
  • Prepares bibliographies/reading lists for children, teens, and parents
  • Actively participates in the Youth Services Committee
  • Familiar with professional resources related to library service for children and teens
  • Participates in on-going educational opportunities pertinent to Youth Services
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

  • Previous experience working with children required
  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field combined with library experience, or any equivalent combination of education, training, and professional experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position requiredAbility to politely and effectively interact with the public, other staff members, volunteers, vendors, and contractors
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English with staff throughout the organization, both verbally (in-person and on the phone) and in writing
  • Ability to consistently maintain positive relationships with staff and vendors
  • Ability to identify and communicate with all potential stakeholders when developing and continuing partnerships
  • Ability to perform the core competencies for Youth Services
  • Creative; able to promote new ideas and introduce high quality, new solutions or processes
  • Uses knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to plan, oversee, and/or implement necessary tasks to result in a program that is completed on time, within budget, and that meets or exceeds expectations
  • Uses relevant and appropriate techniques to execute interesting, engaging, and age appropriate programming
  • Connects all youth with resources that encourage reading. Knowledgeable of popular materials and able to share that knowledge with all youth
  • Knows library policies and procedures, has significant independent judgment, and maintains a positive customer service attitude
  • Supervisory experience with children (preferred)
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood or another related field (preferred)
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently (preferred)

To apply for this job please visit www.gcpld.org.