Youth Services Department Head – Cooper Siegel Community Library

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Starting Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 Status: Full-time, Exempt
Hours per Week: 37.5, including some evenings and weekends
Benefits: Paid Time Off; Retirement Plan; Health Insurance

The mission of Cooper-Siegel Community Library is to cultivate a community of lifelong learners. The Library provides a high quality collection of books, media, and subscriptions as well as engaging programs and friendly customer service to serve the educational, cultural, professional and recreational needs and interests of our patrons.

The Youth Services Department Head is critical to achieving this mission. The primary purpose of this position is to be responsible for managing the children’s area to provide the highest level of professional service to children and their parents or caregivers. The Youth Services Department Head supervises the Youth Services Librarians and directly reports to the Executive Director for the overall management of the children’s area, including programs and collections, facilities management, personnel and financial management as follows:


Programs and Collections

  • Plans and conducts programs for children ages birth through 10 years old and works with the Teen Services Manager to develop and implement programs for tweens and teens
  • Researches and develops new children’s programs, implements and evaluates success
  • Works with the Marketing/PR Coordinator to design materials for program promotion
  • Provides reader and reference advisory to patrons
  • Plans and provides outreach services to local preschools and daycare centers
  • Reviews the Youth Services Department collections’ strengths and weaknesses, and selects and/or oversees selection, purchasing and weeding of all library materials
  • Is the liaison with local and state agencies that provide child services including schools, caregivers, homeschoolers and agencies serving children
  • Prepares and implements special projects as required by the organization
  • Represents the library at community events


Facilities Management

  • Maintains a safe, clean and cost efficient environment that meets the needs of the children’s library
  • Works with staff to insure effective scheduling and use of space
  • Monitors public usage of children’s area



  • Hires, trains, motivates, supervises and evaluates staff in accordance with the official Policies and Procedures Manual and Board guidelines
  • Manages youth services staff scheduling and ensures public desk coverage during all open hours
  • Reviews staffing and professional development needs regularly and makes recommendations for Board approval; provides professional development as needed for optimal staff performance
  • Oversees daily operations of the department


Financial Management

  • Works with the Executive Director to develop an annual budget for the Youth Services Department, including staff salary recommendations, for approval by the Board
  • Monitors income and expense within the approved budget
  • Seeks external funds, including donations and grants, to support Youth Services
  • Prepares reports and statistics


Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
  • Three years’ experience working with youth in a public library
  • At least one year of library management or supervisory experience


Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge and implementation of the principles of current library practice, including reference and readers’ advisory services, collection development, program planning and literacy promotion
  • Familiarity with trends in pop culture and how they can be adapted to library programming
  • Advanced internet, computer, website and social media skills
  • Ability to exercise judgment and initiative
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to supervise, develop and motivate others
  • Knowledge of child and teen developmental milestones and expectations
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing
  • Work enthusiastically and effectively with staff and patrons, especially children
  • Flexible and respectful of others personalities
  • Ability to set priorities to meet assigned deadlines; ability to balance many demands and maintain a positive public service attitude
  • Working knowledge of Sierra ILS preferred
  • Ability to provide PA Criminal, PA Child Abuse and FBI Clearances prior to date of hire


Required Behavioral Competencies

  • Ability to figure out processes necessary to get things done
  • Ability to build effective teams
  • Ability to push self and others for effective results
  • Ability to work hard, address challenges and seize opportunities
  • Works effectively with staff, public, and vendors
  • Is an independent thinker and problem solver that can make decisions without direct supervision
  • Cooperates with other staff, promotes teamwork, shares information and resolves conflict


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • This position requires frequently walking, sitting, bending, stooping, crouching, kneeling or crawling and periodically standing for long periods, using hand or fingers to manipulate touch or handle
  • Frequently will need to lift or push up to 15 pounds, periodically up to 30 pounds, and rarely up to 65
  • The work environment noise level is typical of a moderately noisy standard business office with equipment running, outdoors in normal suburban


Tools and Equipment commonly used to perform this job includes

  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Copier
  • Fax machine
  • Book truck


Additional Comments or working conditions not listed above:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


The responsibilities outlined above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.


Applications for this position will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 24, 2020. Please send your cover letter, resume and three professional references to Jill McConnell, Executive Director, at . No phone calls please.