Youth Services Assistant
The Delafield Library is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic individual for the position of Youth Services Assistant. If you are a self-motivated, flexible, and forward-thinking professional with a strong public service commitment to provide great service to children, teens, and families, we welcome your application! This nearly full time position (approx. 32 hours/week) will work diligently with the head of Youth Services Librarian and will report to the Library Director.
Typical responsibilities of position:
- Provides age appropriate children’s and teen programs and events
- Provides reference and reader’s advisory services
- Acts as a liaison to the community, organizations, schools, etc.
Major duties and responsibilities:
- Prepares and/or assists in planning, organizing and implementation of events, such as:
- Twice per week for approximately 35 weeks each year
- Summer Reading Program
- Contracts with summer performers; hosts events
- Solicits sponsor donations
- Visits schools to promote summer events
- Organizes & implements summer events
- Kitchen Science Kids
- Special events such as Family Scarecrow Making/Chili Supper, Fire Fighter, Santa & Super Hero Special Storytimes; Christmas Crafts for Kids; Yoga Storytimes; Easter Crafts & Play; PBJ Day; Stuffed Animal Sleepover; etc.
- Plans, implements and evaluates library programs and services which fulfill the diverse educational, recreational and personal needs of local teens.
- Assumes a community engagement mindset and develops and maintains effective relationships with schools, community groups, agencies and non-profits that target youth in order to plan and deliver programs and services that meet local teen needs and interests.
- Creates an environment that attracts and invites teens to use the Library
- Involves teens in planning and implementing services for their age group
- Ready to “hit the ground running” and make their mark on developing and sustaining a well-loved teen program
Knowledge and abilities:
- Considerable knowledge of modern library science theory and practices
- Strong public service attitude and ability to relate to and communicate with children and young adults.
- Display excellent customer service skills both with patrons in house and in community forums
- Ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationships with the public, peers and supervisors
- Ability to perform reference work using both print and digital resources
- Demonstrates flexibility and teamwork
- Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations
- Ability to work independently, organize and prioritize tasks, respond to varied/changing work demands and make decisions as required
- Ability to plan, organize and carry out a program of library service independently and/or in conjunction with head of Youth Services
- Ability to interact pleasantly, constructively and cooperatively with library patrons and staff
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
- Must be proficient and comfortable with the changing nature of technology
Physical demands of the position:
Employee must be able to:
- Sit, stand, walk, climb, stoop, bend, twist and reach
- Talk and hear; use the telephone
- Have far vision at 20 feet or further; have near vision at 20 inches or less
- Lift and carry 50 pounds or less
- Handle processing, picking up and shelving books
- Push and pull objects weighing 60 to 80 pounds on wheels
- Travel to meetings outside of the library; provide own transportation to said events
Environment & working conditions:
- Primarily an inside work environment
- Evening and weekend hours required
Education & experience:
- Bachelor’s Degree in related field
- 2 years+ of customer service experience required
- 2 years+ of previous Library experience required
If interested, please send resume and list of three professional references to Library Director Stephanie Ramirez, firstname.lastname@example.org. Starting pay rate of $18.00/hour with excellent benefits as well as 9 paid holidays. First review of applications will begin on October 2, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact the Delafield Library at (262) 646-6230.