Head of Children's Services

West Warwick Public Library

West Warwick, Rhode Island

Application Deadline

Apply By Mar 31st, 2020


$41,969.20 per Year   Calculate


West Warwick, RI





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library



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Job Description



The West Warwick Public Library seeks a creative, motivated individual for a full-time position as the Head of Children's Services. The Head of Children's Services works cooperatively with the Head of Teen Services to provide comprehensive library service to the youth of West Warwick. This position reports directly to the Library Director. 

The Head of Children's Services is responsible for library services for children ages birth through elementary school and their parents and caregivers. This includes collection development, early literacy programs, story-times, sensory programming, after-school programming and more. In conjunction with the Head of Teen Services this position is responsible for budgeting, planning, organizing, developing, and maintaining a collection for the entirety of the Youth Department.

Example of Duties:

Directs and supervises library services for children.

Develops services and programs for young people; conducts services and programs for young people as part of regular duties.

Makes assignments to staff; oversees, trains and evaluates staff in collaboration with Head of Teen Services.

Coordinates children's service operations with other library services.

Provides readers advisory and acts as a liaison with schools, daycare, and homeschoolers.

Evaluates and maintains a collection of materials in all formats for young people.

Assists in promoting library use both in person and digitally by creating attractive promotional materials and using social media.

Keeps current with new trends in library planning and services.

Meets with other Library staff and outside organizations in order to coordinate activities and exchange information.

Attends professional development and participates in professional organizations.

Represents the library and participates in outreach.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions.

Considerable knowledge of the needs and abilities of babies, children and families.

Extensive knowledge of children's literature and children's interests.

Effective written and oral communication skills.

Ability to develop and administer programs and activities for children and supervise the work of others.

Practiced ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies and the general public.

Excellent customer service skills.

Creativity, planning, and organizational skills.

Proficiency in Sierra, Microsoft Office, and use of PC computers. 

Qualifications include a Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited university OR Degree conferred by May 2020. One to three years of library experience preferred and one to three years of experience working with youth. One year of supervising and scheduling staff and volunteers; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Hours: 35 hours a week, one evening and alternate Saturdays.

Salary: $41,969.20

Benefits: Excellent medical and dental coverage

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Mail Applications by March 31 to: Colin McCullough, Interim Director, West Warwick Public Library

1043 Main Street, West Warwick, RI 02893 

Email Applications to: colin@wwpl.org  Subject: Head of Children’s Services

The Community

West Warwick Public Library has been serving the great folks of West Warwick and beyond for over 50 years! We offer 3 floors of books, materials, computer and tech access, a variety of clubs, ongoing events, the largest selection of Tabletop RPG games and guides, an English as a Second Language (ESL) classroom and free lessons, a passport registration program, outreach, notaries, tech lessons, and so much more!


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Varies by position. See open position for details. To inquire about open positions, see wwpl.org/employment or call (401) 828-3750 x 5.

Posted Mar 11, 2020