JOB OPPORTUNITY: Full Time Youth Services Associate
Start Date: January 4, 2021
The award-winning Bernardsville Public Library is seeking an outgoing, imaginative person who will stop at nothing short of pyrotechnics to help bring programs to life, promote collections, and respond to patrons. Post COVID shut down, we are rebuilding our Youth Services Department and planning for the future. The Youth Services Associate will be instrumental in establishing a cohesive and consistent approach to attracting and working with youth of all ages as well as their families and caregivers. This is an excellent ground-floor opportunity to envision the future, learn from an award-winning staff, and work in a nationally recognized library. This position reports to the Youth Services Manager.
If you have the will power of a marathon runner combined with the whimsy of one who eats dessert first, we are looking for you. If you are looking for the opportunity to do something extraordinary, we are looking for you. If you are fun and energetic with a sense of adventure balanced with patience, professionalism, excellent judgement, and a strong sense of responsibility, we are looking for you.
This is not a remote-work situation. The Library Associate is expected to work all scheduled hours on site.
The ideal candidate is:
- Knowledgeable with regard to books, music, videos and games for children and teens.
- Familiar with general concepts of early literacy.
- Passionate about cultivating relationships and developing a rapport with children, teens, and caregivers.
- Comfortable taking initiative and executing ideas with the guidance and support of the Youth Services Manager.
- Imaginative, fun and energetic with a sense of adventure balanced with patience, professionalism, excellent judgement, and a strong sense of responsibility.
- Customer-focused, creative, and forward thinking.
Job duties may include, but are not limited to the items below.
- Conceive of, plan, prepare, and conduct programs for children and teens.
- Assess patron needs and interests and provide reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons of all ages.
- Assist with collection management, including item selection and elimination.
- Shelve youth services materials and assist with the maintenance of the shelves.
- Assist at the circulation desk as needed.
- Assist in developing and maintaining relationships with local schools, government departments, organizations, businesses, and neighboring libraries.
- Monitor patron behavior, work on modifications, and administer library policies and disciplinary actions as needed.
- Oversee specific departmental projects as assigned.
- Assist with updating the website, on line registration, and social media.
- In the absence of the Youth Services Manager, act as the department contact, make certain day-to-day decisions such as schedule adjustments, and provide back-up for all youth services programs
- Respond to patron issues and escalate problems appropriately.
- Take responsibility for the library and decision-making on evenings and weekends when managers are not available.
- Interest in technology for professional and recreational purposes.
This position supports a wide range of services for the Youth Services Department as well as the Library. Any of the following skills/experiences are a plus:
- Library experience preferred
- Customer service experience
- Working with people whose first language is not English
- Working with special needs populations
- Website maintenance
- Copy editing and proof reading
- Competence using social media
- Technical expertise such as computer skills or a knowledge of coding or programming.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Passion for both children’s and young adult reading material, video games, music and movies.
- Ability to work both independently to complete assignments and as a team player who works enjoys collaborating and exchanging ideas.
- Flexibility regarding schedule as well as work assignments.
- Experience developing and executing fun and educational programs for youth.
- High comfort level using computers for professional purposes.
- College degree
- 2-5 years of experience working with youth in a professional setting.
- Some knowledge of current and past children’s and/or teen literature.
- Must be able to work 1 night per week 2-3 weekend days per month.
- Comfort with basic professional computer skills.
Please submit your resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than November 5th. No phone calls, please. Initial interviews for qualified candidates will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Final interviews will be conducted in-person at the library.