Department Head - Youth Services
The Department Head, Youth Services has overall responsibility for the management and
administration of collections, programs and services for children and teens and the training,
supervision and evaluation of department staff. The Department Head is part of the library's
management team and in the absence of the Director may be in charge of the library.
B. SUPERVISION RECEIVED:
Is responsible to the Library Director.
C. SUPERVISION EXERCISED:
Supervises Department Assistant(s), Information/Reference Assistants and Technicians assigned
to Youth Services. May supervise other staff in the absence of the Library Director.
D. EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSIDUTIES**:
• Trains and supervises and evaluates staff, plans departmental services and projects, and
provides budget planning information to the Library Director.
• Administers budget for department.
• Provides reference and readers' advisory service, especially to children, teens, parents,
teachers, and adults involved in childcare.
• Instructs members of the public in the use of the library and its resources.
• Selects materials, develops the collections, and maintains the youth collections.
• Plans and performs a regular series of story hour programs and programs for children, teens
and caregiver groups. Directs the work of staff members in the preparation of materials and
resources for story hours and other programs.
• Assists in creation of print and digital publicity and manages social media accounts to
promote youth services.
• Prepares statistical and narrative reports for the Director.
• Partners with schools and other agencies who provide services to children and teens.
**The essential function or duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types
of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them
from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
E. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (Knowledge, Skill & Ability)
Must have administrative, supervisory, and planning skills. Must have solid knowledge of current
trends and developments in the library profession, library technology and youth library services
and experience in collection development and programming for children and teens.
F. EDUCATION & TRAINING:
Master's Degree in Library Science plus three (3) years appropriate professional library
experience including at least one year in a supervisory or lead capacity in children's or teen
G. PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee
to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger,
handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required
to walk, sit, stand, climb, balance, stoop, kneel and crouch. The employee is occasionally
required to crawl. Employee must be able to physically handle books and other library materials,
and move rapidly and frequently throughout the building. The employee must often lift up to 25
pounds and must be able to push loaded book carts and book bins of varying weights. Specific
vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision preferred, peripheral vision,
depth perception and ability to adjust focus. The dexterity necessary to utilize a computer
keyboard on a regular basis is essential.
Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
PTO, health & pension benefits.
Additional Info & Requirements
Please submit a cover letter and resume in addition to the completed Town application. Position closes at 4 p.m. on May 23.
Waterford is a shoreline community of nearly 19,000 residents in eastern CT. The Waterford Public Library is a busy and customer-focused institution offering both traditional and innovative library materials, programs and services.
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