Youth Services Manager

Position Description:  Youth Services Manager

This is a managerial position responsible for all Youth Services Department functions under the supervision of the Executive Director.  The Youth Service Manager develops strategies to deal with opportunities and challenges for the Youth Services Department and handles most issues independently within the scope of his/her authority and library policy.  Works with other members of the Management Team to assess library-wide issues.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

  • Selects and orders books and other materials for infants through high-school level within prescribed budget.  Keeps the collection current and attractive.
  • Trains, supervises and evaluates Youth Services Staff and Volunteers.
  • Assists children and caregivers in selecting appropriate materials through reference help, reader’s advisory, and programs where appropriate.
  • Provides bibliographic instruction to patrons and assists in use of technology and online resources.
  • Plans an ongoing series of children’s programs, to be offered on weekends, evenings, and/or during school vacations, and works to attract young adults to the Library by offering services and programs with teen appeal.
  • Plans and conducts or supervises story hours and purchases appropriate program materials.
  • Plans reading clubs that stimulate interest in books, to be held throughout the year and orders accompanying materials.
  • Plans and implements program budget donated by the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library.
  • Develops relationships with the local schools through class visits, displays of school art, and programs for classes.
  • Increases skills and knowledge through professional reading and workshops.

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

  • Prepares age-appropriate reading lists.
  • Takes responsibility for the appearance of the Children’s Room and of the Young Adult Area, including the condition of shelves, displays, and general atmosphere of the rooms.
  • Drafts press releases to announce programs, story hours, and reading clubs, and prepares the children’s pages for the Library’s newsletter and website.
  • Conducts technology workshops for children, parents, and teachers.
  • Evaluates library services and makes recommendations for change.
  • Works cooperatively with Technical Services Department to provide direction for cataloging of children’s materials.
  • Conducts outreach services to local nursery schools, public and private schools.
  • Develops partnerships with local businesses.
  • Regular public service duties include staffing the Children’s Reference Desk.  Assists with circulation duties and adult reference when needed.
  • Works on projects as assigned by the Director.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of children, parents, local community, children’s literature and popular reading trends.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate and direct work.
  • Ability to create a pleasant, helpful environment.
  • Ability to relate tactfully and courteously with the public and to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Ability to exercise initiative, and to stimulate interest and encourage participation in reading and other library activities.
  • Ability to find and implement alternative sources of funding such as grants.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science and Information Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university.
  • Professional Librarian’s Certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • Post-degree continuing education in areas of youth services, education and library technology.