Senior Librarian, Young Adult Services 220123001

Pikes Peak LIbrary District

5550 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By Jan 29th, 2020


$24.05 per Hour   Calculate


Colorado Springs, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library


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

Job Description



(40 hours per week, exempt)

Position #220123001

DATE POSTED:                  January 10, 2020

PRIMARY LOCATION:      5550 N. Union Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80918

STARTING WAGE:             $24.05 per hour + full benefits (for benefits information, please see:

POSITION HOURS:            40 hours per week per the following schedule:

                                                Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Note:  Regular schedule may be subject to minor changes due to required meetings, training events, etc. Also, management may require modifications to a position’s schedule, days, times and locations at any time as the needs of the Library District change.


1.     Complete a PPLD online application located at on/Jobs the Application tab

2.     Attachments should be submitted in the following file types: .doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .pdf, .htm

3.     Requires resume and cover letter. Applications will not be considered without a resume and cover letter.

4.     If you require an accommodation to complete your job application, please contact the Human Resources Office at (719) 531-6333, Ext. 6380                         

CLOSING DATE: Online application materials must be received by January 29, 2020 at 9:59 p.m. MST

Position Summary: :  Operates in a diverse environment to help fulfill the Library’s mission by providing comprehensive, patron-focused public services, planning/conducting programs, or participating in targeted activities for young adults (ages 12 – 24). This position requires flexibility, collaboration, communication, and the ability to identify priorities and shift focus quickly.

Essential Functions

Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Plans and conducts programs district-wide, with a focus on finding, recruiting, interviewing and hiring independent contractors to present programs for patrons ages 12 – 24 years old.
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements assigned projects related to organizational goals and objectives.
  • Provides leadership for specialized projects, services, programs and activities related to Services strategic goals and objectives; serves on project teams or committees. National local initiatives include: Banned Books Week, Free Comic Book Day, Colorado Blue Spruce Book Awards and others.
  • Provides work direction for assigned projects; provides guidance and training to other staff. For example, providing guidance on standards for teen spaces and aligning Teen Advisory Board structure and goals.
  • Acts as a special resource provider in specific service areas: young adult ages 12 – 24, with a focus on how to engage and reach patrons ages 19 – 24 years old.
  • May coordinate and engage in community outreach and programming and/or book talks with schools, businesses, or other community groups to expand visibility and partnerships with the library and community in conjunction with Pikes Peak Library District’s communications and marketing initiatives.
  • Promotes library services through tours, demonstrations, talks, and displays; may teach classes on technology, or other Service specific topic to patrons and staff.
  • Provides specialized public or collection management services for patrons as they visit the library, call on the telephone, or communicate in a virtual environment.
  • According to individual assignment, may manage a specific project, program or event, or maintain responsibility for specific websites. For example, working with our teen volunteer program.
  • Compiles and analyzes data and research to assist with decision-making; makes recommendations for new initiatives or solutions to challenges.  Anticipates challenges due to seasonal workflow, emerging technology and evolving community dynamics; helps set priorities for adapting to systemic change.
  • Provides excellent customer service and maintains a courteous, positive image of the Library; maintains confidentiality in all patron and staff interactions; models exemplary customer service behaviors for library staff.
  • Provides specialized assistance and information about library services, collections, and procedures; assists patrons with an advanced level of assistance in finding materials or online information, technology support, and community resources. Provides expertise and direction for collection management and maintenance.
  • Provides individual readers’ advisory assistance, providing materials in requested formats that engage, enrich and inform.  Provides expertise regarding developmental stages, interests, and literature for assigned age groups or target populations.
  • Organizes and maintains specialized files and databases.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

Duties are considered non-essential and include the following:

  • Keeps informed about library and department information.
  • Attends regular department meetings and scheduled all-staff meetings.
  • May act as person-in-charge as assigned; assumes responsibility for safe and effective operation of the library; ensures that security and safety reports are completed accurately and submitted as required.
  • Staffs a public desk 4 – 6hours a week.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The employee is expected to perform or possess the following:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Pikes Peak Library District’s policies and procedures and ability to follow them.
  • Ability to act as an ambassador of Pikes Peak Library District by promoting its mission and vision to the public.
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of library trends, processes and best practices.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to actively support change in order to meet strategic goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills; maintains effective relationships with patrons, coworkers, and with staff at all levels.
  • Demonstrates commitment to principles of intellectual freedom and all aspects of customer diversity.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively organize daily work under general supervision.
  • Ability to effectively train others.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, demonstrating an excellent customer service attitude.
  • Demonstrates ability to effectively use applications software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Outlook, Integrated Library System, along with standard office equipment.
  • Demonstrates ability to exhibit sound judgment and demeanor in public interactions; thinks and acts appropriately under pressure.
  • Demonstrates ability to work effectively as a team member, organize daily work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, detail-rich environment.

Education and Experience:

1.    Requires an MLS or MLIS degree.

2.    Requires a minimum of two years of library experience. 

3.    For some positions, experience in working with foreign language materials and/or specialized formats and equipment is preferred.

4.    Bilingual ability is a plus in serving a diverse community.

Physical and Environmental Conditions:

Work is primarily conducted in an office setting that provides comfortable lighting, temperature and air conditions. Position requires the ability to sit and use a computer or standard office equipment for extended periods.  Position requires the ability to stand for extended periods of time.  Position requires the ability to occasionally reach, bend, climb, twist and squat. Position requires the ability to lift up to 35 pounds.  Ability to push a loaded book truck required.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls and observance of fire regulations.


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