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Youth Services Supervisor

Durango Public Library

Durango, CO

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$68,594.00 per Year   Calculate


Durango, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

This position will be in charge of Teen Programming.  Teen Librarian experience and SirsiDynix experience preferred.

Manage a Library division: Adult and Circulation, Collection and Technical Services or Youth Services including the supervision of assigned staff, collections and programs. Active member of Library Management Team in managing and performing technical, reference and advisory services, collection development and program planning within their expertise as well as across all levels of Library work.

Essential Job Duties

The following duties are normal for this position.  However, they are not to be construed as exclusive or all–inclusive.  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.  Other duties may also be required or assigned.

  • Actively involved in the Library Management Team, providing leadership to all Library staff.
  • Manage and supervise Library staff, including selection; developing and implementing training; assigning tasks and projects and reviewing their work; conducting evaluations; and enacting disciplinary measures.
  • Provide professional reference and advisory services for patrons.
  • Confer on management level decision making regarding library operations, project management, policy development and budgeting/expending of allocated funds.
  • Conduct professional collection development including assessing items for possible inclusion in the collection, purchasing items, evaluating the useful life of items and removing them from collection as needed.
  • Recommend Library goals, objectives, and strategic plan initiatives. Lead or assist in the planning and implementation of said goals, objectives, and initiatives.
  • Assist in the review and composition of Library policies and procedures, including interpreting them for staff and the public.
  • Plan, conduct, direct, evaluate, schedule and coordinate programming in assigned areas of expertise and responsibility.
  • Plan, promote, and conduct or delegate off-site services and programs.
  • Prepare, implement, and monitor budget expenditures, including recommending budget allocations.
  • Develop and monitor content for web and catalog pages.
  • Maintain data and prepare statistical reports.
  • Circulation duties, including:  issuing Library cards; checking materials in and out and  assisting patrons with these procedures; inspecting materials upon return for missing pieces or damage; changing the status of Library materials as needed; processing holds; generating notices; and accepting payments.
  • Assist Library patrons with electronic resources, such as the Library catalog, databases and downloadable materials.
  • Communicate effectively with team members verbally and in writing, including via email.
  • Assist in providing a secure environment for patrons, staff, and Library materials.
  • May serve as Acting Library Director in the absence of the Director and Assistant Library Director.
  • Provide friendly, proactive and knowledgeable assistance to library patrons at service desks, over the telephone and via email.
  • Assist Library patrons in using library equipment including computers, printers, scanners, self-check stations, automated library material return, computer reservation stations, photocopiers, and other devices provided by the Library.
  • Attend and participate in professional group meetings, stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of library science.  Working knowledge of or training in the Patent and Trademark Resource Center, and the ability to refer customers to the correct resources, whether tools provided by the US Patent and Trademark Office or the appropriately trained staff.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with outside vendors and community partners.

City Organization Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Represent the Department and City to other City staff and members of the public.
  • Represent the Durango Public Library and the City of Durango on internal and external committees and groups.
  • Provide quality customer service to individuals needing directions or assistance.

Specialized Duties and Responsibilities
Individual Library Supervisors oversee an area of expertise for the Library:

  • Adult and Circulation Services
  • Collection Management and Technical Services
  • Youth Services.

Fiscal Responsibilities:  Prepares and recommends budgetary needs for their division for submission to Library Director. Has authority to release funds and make purchases up to a spending limit as approved by supervisor. May supervise positions with fee collection responsibilities. Accepts, receipts and records fees. Balances cash drawers.

Supervisory Relationships:  Develops objectives and general policies and procedures for a specific department/division or operational functional area. Day to day work and decisions do not require direction or review by immediate supervisor. Strategic issues are referred to supervisor. Supervises employees assigned to area of management.  May serve as Supervisor in Charge in the absence of Library Director and Assistant Library Director. 

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of library science.
  • Positive customer service principles, practices, methods and applications.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.
  • Business correspondence writing and complex report analysis and preparation techniques.
  • Methods and techniques for selecting Library materials.
  • Classification and cataloging systems including the Dewey Decimal System.
  • Standard reference sources in the library field as well as those offered by Durango Public Library.
  • Current literature and new developments in library science.
  • Computer hardware and software, including Microsoft Office.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • City employee handbook policies and procedures.

Skill in:

  • Using and operating a computer including specialized software and peripheral equipment.
  • Solving problems using logic, judgment, and data to determine effective solutions.
  • Working with and helping others to accomplish goals.
  • Negotiating agreeable solutions to customer issues.
  • Designing, implementing and managing projects and the related resources to successful completion.
  • Solving problems using education, job knowledge, logic, judgment and data to determine effective solutions.
  • Operating a variety of Library equipment in a safe and effective manner.

Ability to:

  • Select, supervise, guide, direct and evaluate staff.
  • Exhibit strong strategic and operational decision-making skills.
  • Set clear goals and objectives, work with and help others to accomplish the goals and monitor the process, progress and results.
  • Understand and follow both verbal and written instructions.
  • Deal effectively with the public and with fellow team members.
  • Show planning and control over the amount of time dedicated to specific projects and the ability to comply with due dates. Achieve desired outcomes with a minimum of avoidable errors and problems.
  • Be flexible and open to change and new information, adapting behavior and work methods in response to changing conditions.
  • Operate a variety of Library equipment in a safe and effective manner.
  • Design, implement, and manage projects and the related resources to successful completion.
  • Interact in a positive manner with staff and the public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Work Environment:  Work is performed in an indoor office setting; and moves between sedentary work and mobility and light physical activity. High degree of public contact. Level of responsibility subjects the incumbent to moderate stress due to interruptions, significant deadlines and supervision of others.

Physical and Mental Requirements/Activities:

  • This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 50 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, frequently requires standing, speaking or hearing, using hands to finger, handle or feel and repetitive motions and occasionally requires walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling and reaching with hands and arms.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus. Will spend a large amount of time viewing a computer screen.
  • Vocal communication and normal hearing are required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to effectively communicate with others via the phone, at meetings and to greet and assist visitors.
  • Work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data and observing general surroundings and activities.
  • Frequent use of phone handset and repetitive use of hand & fingers to operate office equipment, use computer keyboard & computer mouse and to perform other office tasks.
  • Ability to recognize occupational hazards in work activities and take safety precautions.
  • Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of making sound decisions and following directions.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education and Certification: Master of Library Science/Information Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university.
Minimum Experience:  Four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience with supervisory experience. 

Supplemental Information

Nothing in this job description limits management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The 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. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


City of Durango


949 E. 2nd Ave
Durango, Colorado, 81301





Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

We offer a complete benefits package to full-time employees including medical, dental & vision insurance, retirement, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, holidays, and paid time off.

To learn more details, visit our benefits page.

Posted Jun 30, 2023