Children's Library Supervisor-Central Library

Denver Public Library / City of Denver

Denver Central

Application Deadline

Apply By Aug 22nd, 2023


$59,075.00 to $68,675.00 per Year   Calculate


Denver, CO


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Minimum Education

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Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Job Description

About Our Job

The Denver Public Library (DPL) is a growing urban library system that serves the City & County of Denver. DPL sees more than 4 million visitors every year across its 27 locations, serves Denver’s most vulnerable communities through outreach and mobile services, hosts thousands of programs a year and manages a collection of more than 1.4 million physical and digital materials. We believe a strong library is vital for a strong community. DPL is committed to serving the evolving needs of Denverites through inspired programming, diverse collections, culturally-representative spaces and equitable policies & procedures.

This job is located on site at the Central Library in downtown Denver with very limited opportunities to work from home. The successful candidate for this position should be prepared to pay for parking (~$200 per month), use public transportation or other alternative means of transportation to get to and from work. Additionally, the Denver Public Library system is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of its operations, including the children’s department. The successful candidate for this position should share this common commitment and have experience working with diverse populations to create a welcoming and inclusive environment. This role includes supervisory responsibilities for up to 10 staff members. For approximately the next year, the primary work schedule will be Sunday through Thursday. 

What You'd Do:

The Children’s Department Librarian Supervisor is responsible for overseeing and managing the operations of the Central Children’s Library. The role requires the ability to plan, organize and implement programming and services at the Central Library for youth ages birth-12. The position entails supervising and training staff, maintaining the collection, and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all children and families. Responsibilities for this role include:

About You

Our ideal candidate has:

MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program.

A minimum of 3 years of experience working in a library setting, with at least 1 year of supervisory or lead experience.

Ability to work flexible hours onsite with a focus on library open hours, including until 6pm and weekends. 

Knowledge of children’s literature, collection maintenance, readers advisory, and trends in programming.

Knowledge of child development, including early literacy and developmental milestones, for children ages birth-12 years.

Ability to manage, motivate, hire, train, schedule, coach and evaluate staff.

Excellent customer service and communication skills.

Ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs and services. Strong organizational and analytical skills.

Experience working with diverse populations, including children, and creating inclusive environments.

Proficiency with technology and library-related software.

Ability to create and maintain positive relationships.

Additional language skills, especially Spanish, are a plus but not required.

We expect this position to close on 8/22/2023. Please apply at your earliest convenience.

About Everything Else

Job Profile

LA1310 Librarian Senior

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Position Type


Library Hiring Range

$59,075.00 - $68,675.00


Denver Public Library

Assessment Requirement

The City and County of Denver provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law. 

Stay up-to-date on best practices in children’s services and programming, and sharing this information with staff across Central departments.

Collaborate with the Youth Services team on early childhood and school-age services. With the leadership of the Youth Services Manager, providing training and support to staff at all library branches and locations to ensure that they are equipped to provide high-quality children’s services and programming

With the leadership of the Youth Services Manager, develop and maintain policies and procedures related to children’s services and programming, ensuring that they are consistent and effective across all Central departments and aligned with systemwide objectives.

Participate in system wide initiatives related to children’s services and programming, such as Summer of Adventure, outreach to underrepresented communities, or special events. Lead system-wide children's advisory support in collaboration with teen & adult services colleagues.

Collaborate with other Central department heads and supervisors to ensure that children services and programming are integrated with other library services and programs.

Stay up-to-date on trends and issues affecting children in order to inform programming, collection maintenance, and readers’ advisory. Share recommendations for best practices on children’s services with staff across Central departments. 

Maintain accurate statistics and prepare reports as needed.

Evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of children’s services and programs, and make recommendations for improvements. Collect and analyze data related to children’s services and programming to inform decision-making and evaluate the effectiveness of Central children’s initiatives.

Develop and maintain partnerships with local schools, community organizations, and other agencies that serve children to promote library services and resources.

Actively participate on multiple leadership teams, including Central Library  person-in-charge shifts, public services leadership team, collaboration and cross-training across Central, and youth services system-wide collaboration.

Provide reference and readers' advisory services to children and assist people of all ages in finding appropriate materials in the children’s collection.

Develop, maintain, and evaluate children’s web content in collaboration with IT and Communications staff.

Create and maintain a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all children, ensuring that they feel comfortable and supported in the library.

Maintain and manage the children’s collection at Central in collaboration with the Youth Services and Collection Development Departments, ensuring that it is diverse, relevant and up-to-date.

Develop, coordinate and oversee a team delivering children’s programming and services at the Central Library, including but not limited to, activities aimed at engaging children with the library. Select, train, and motivate a team of librarians, shelvers, and clerks. Team supervision includes setting job standards and objectives, appraising performance, and creating and maintaining work schedules to cover multiple service points. 

Posted Aug 14, 2023