Thursday, February 5, 2015

Come work at Skokie Public Library!

Guess what? My library is hiring a Youth Services Department Manager! Skokie Public Library is a 5-star library and a wonderful place to work. The library is truly the heart of our vibrant village. There are so many fantastic, dedicated folks here, and you can apply to be one of them!

Preschool Play Area (photo by Skokie Public Library,
CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Job Title: Youth Services Department Manager

Opening Date/Time: Wed. 02/04/15 12:00 AM Central Time
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $28.75 - $43.13 Hourly, $56,071.00 - $84,106.00 Annually
Job Type: FT
Location: 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, Illinois
Department: Youth Services

Job Description

Are you a creative, passionate, and agile leader who has a strong understanding of child development? Do you have a vision for how libraries can provide children and families with an engaging public library atmosphere and spot-on recommendations for books, movies, and music? Bring your experience and expertise to Skokie Public Library as its new Youth Services Manager.

As a member of the management team, the Youth Services Manager will take the initiative to explore new ideas and trends impacting services to children and families. This work will involve frequent collaboration with other leaders in the organization and developing a talented group of staff members. Strong communication skills are essential.

Duties/Responsibilities

  • Develops, implements, and evaluates a service model for youth from birth through 8th grade
  • Hires, trains, and manages staff and reviews performance
  • Coordinates preparation of annual objectives for service to youth and oversees their execution
  • Plans and oversees implementation of a schedule of story times
  • Oversees an annual Summer Reading Program for youth
  • Works with staff from Learning Experiences to ensure a varied mix of program offerings for youth
  • Works with staff from Community Engagement to provide service to schools, pre-schools, and day care centers
  • Collaborates with members of administration and senior management team to ensure successful library operations
  • Interprets library policies and procedures to public and staff
  • Contributes to public services in the library, online, and in the community
  • Compiles and analyzes statistics and prepares annual report and periodic reports for Library Board
  • Selects and weeds materials in one or more areas for the children’s collection
  • Develops key community and professional contacts
  • Maintains current knowledge of library and other relevant industries (e.g. education, technology, and publishing)
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Qualifications/Requirements

  • MLIS from an ALA accredited library school
  • Minimum five years' experience in public library service to children including supervisory experience, public desk experience, programming and collection development responsibility, and experience with technology in the library environment
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with people of all ages
  • Good knowledge of child development
  • Skill in use of computer for document preparation, communications, and scheduling

Click here for more info and to apply.

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