Youth Services Coordinator, Garfield County Libraries

By IS Lab November 16, 2020

Garfield Country Public Library District

PAY GRADE: 4 ($17.00 – $21.00 an hour)
STATUS: Non-Exempt, full-time (40 hours/week)
REPORTS TO: Branch Manager

The Youth Services Coordinator provides front-line customer service to patrons in the library and assists the Branch Manager in all areas of public library services especially those areas relating to toddler, school-aged children, tweens, teens, parents, caregivers and educators, focusing on services aged birth to seventeen. A Youth Services Coordinator has a passion for children’s and young adult literature and can plan, market, and present successful programs for youth. The Youth Services Coordinator creates and implements children’s, tween, and teen programs, classes and events; develops, helps manage and maintain the children’s (0-10), tweens (11-13) and young adult 14-17) collections; provides youth-related community outreach, and has youth related reference and reader’s advisory skills. Creativity, high energy and awareness of the developmental needs of children and teens is essential.

The Youth Services Coordinator strives to provide outstanding customer service to all Library District staff, maintains an excellent rapport with patrons, 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. The Youth Services Coordinator aspires to help children, teens, and parents become lifelong library users by introducing them to the wealth of library resources and enables them to use library services effectively. Has the ability to work patiently & courteously with parents and children of all ages, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. This position reports directly to the Branch Manager and oversees the work of the Children’s and Teen Associates and Specialists (if applicable). The Youth Services Coordinator is expected to be a team leader and a team player as well as embrace and know the District’s mission, vision, and values.

• 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

• Ability 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


• 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 experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for the position required
• Supervisory experience with children
• Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood or another related field
• Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish fluently
All employees acknowledge and accept GCPLD’s Code of Conduct, respect the State of Colorado’s confidentiality laws, and support our mission. Garfield County Public Library District is an equal opportunity employer.

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