Job is Expired Early Literacy Senior Specialist

The Denver Public Library

Job deadline Apply by May 3rd, 2013   Job salary $22.31 to $35.69 per hour   Job type of library Public   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

Location: Early Literacy Department

Status/Schedule: Regular, full-time, 40 hours per week. This position will be scheduled according to the department needs and will include evening and weekend hours.

Salary Range: $22.31 - $29.00 per hour starting salary range; $22.31 - $35.69 per hour full salary range. The City and County of Denver benefit package will be offered.

Background Information: This is an exciting opportunity to impact children and families in Denver as the leader of the Early Literacy Department. The successful candidate will draw upon his/her knowledge in support of Denver Public Library’s Community Impact Statement: Children from birth are immersed in literacy–rich environments where they discover the joy of reading and learning, motivating them to achieve and graduate from high school. This position develops and implements early literacy library services and programs that are culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate. This position is critical in sharing the early literacy message with parents and caregivers in partnership with other entities serving children in the community. It will include initiating community contacts, organizing our response and participation and making presentations to relevant parties. This position oversees staff that enhances in-house storytimes and implements the highly successful Read-Aloud program. This position represents Denver Public Library in the early childhood community and leads the work of creating public awareness of the importance of pre-literacy skills.

Duties and Responsibilities: Creates lifelong learners by ensuring high quality early literacy experiences. Develops programs and services for 0-5 year olds and their adults. Identifies and implements emerging opportunities to move the early literacy portion of the Community Impact Statement forward. Oversees daily operations of the Early Literacy Department including personnel, scheduling, budgeting and customer service. Communicates effectively with customers, staff, and administration. Coordinates department’s work with other library departments and City agencies. Builds relationships and collaborates with community partners on early literacy issues and concerns. Supports a culture of early literacy throughout the community. Coordinates and supervises multiple functions, programs and projects in various stages of completion.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of early literacy best practices in community settings. Knowledge of the Public Library Association’s ECRR initiatives and the materials/resources that support it. Knowledge of current research in early literacy and child/brain development. Skill in providing strong, fervent and compassionate leadership. Skill in the recruitment, selection, training and motivation of a brilliant staff. Ability to model a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity and a sense of humor. Ability to creatively solve problems, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner. Ability to create and maintain positive staff and partner relationships. Ability to communicate effectively with both individuals and groups. Ability to multi-task and prioritize. Ability to demonstrate innovation and flexibility.

Experience: Three years of experience in providing service to children and families focusing on early literacy within the library or in the community. Proven track record of training, coaching and mentoring staff. Proven supervisory and project management experience.

Education: A Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution or a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education or related field required.

Special Requirements: A background check must be passed after the offer to hire has been made. Must have the ability to obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license.


Required Education

  • Master's Degree

Other Education Credentials

Education: A Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution or a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education or related field required.

Application Requirements

Application Procedures: Applicants MUST complete an electronic application at Resumes are not accepted without a completed employment application.


Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science

Not specified

Salary Wage Calculator $22.31 to $35.69 per hour

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Date Posted

April 19th, 2013

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