Coordinator of Youth Services (Murrysville Community Library)

 

Hours: This is a salaried, full-time position (35 hours a week); some weekend and evening hours will be required. 

 

Salary: $30,000 to $45,000, commensurate with experience 

 

Benefits: The Murrysville Community Library offers paid health insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave to its full time employees. 

The Murrysville Community Library, a suburban library 18 miles east of Pittsburgh, serves a population of 28,000 in Murrysville, Export and Washington Twp. It is a member of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System, an alliance of 24 member libraries serving the residents of Westmoreland County. MCL supports a very active programming schedule: a robust Summer Reading Program, year round storytimes and children’s programs, an annual Jingles ‘n Gingerbread holiday gathering, Dog Reading Pals, Teen Advisory Board, among many other programs. Murrysville Community Library is also the founding home of Storytime STEM-packs™. 

 

Job Summary:

The Murrysville Community Library is seeking a creative and innovative individual who is committed to youth service while upholding the Library’s mission: to inspire ideas, enrich lives and create lifelong opportunities for learning, literacy, and enjoyment. This individual will provide library services to the community’s youth, including reference, reader’s advisory, programming, outreach, and collection development; will monitor and evaluate services to youth; and will promote and publicize youth service programs in the schools and around the community. 

 

 The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking, compassionate and engaging individual who enjoys working with children and young adults and excels at building a rapport with parents, teachers and caregivers. S/he should have a strong interest in continuing to expand programming and supporting the current STEM emphasis. S/he should have an ability to adapt to changes and a willingness to explore new things. 

 

The candidate should possess the following attributes: 

 

  • Knowledge of: developmental, recreational and educational needs of children and young adults, current trends in youth library services, standard library procedures, current information technology, best practices in youth services including guidelines and standards published by ALA, ALSC, YALSA and other recognized organizations, best practices in community assessment and engagement, and effective practices in evaluation and outcome measurement. 
  • Skill in: program development and evaluation, budget management, developing and maintaining local partnerships, and public speaking. 
  • Ability to: be courteous and tactful with the general public; communicate effectively verbally and in writing, establish and maintain working relationships with patrons, library staff, key community leaders and organizations, and the general public; and speak distinctly to large groups. 
  • Ability to: work a flexible schedule that includes Saturdays and evenings as needed, travel to youth services meetings and library outreach events, recognize and set priorities, and use initiative and independent judgement in a variety of situations. 
  • Ability to: stand and sit for long periods of time, bend, lift, and carry up to 40lbs, operate a motor vehicle, and hold a valid driver’s license. Vaccination to COVID-19 preferred. 

 

Essential Responsibilities: 

Youth Services: 

  • Develops, presents and/or directs, and evaluates programs for children, including pre-school story hours and summer reading programs 
  • Participates in the evaluation and selection of juvenile library materials 
  • Follows and maintains the Youth Services budget 
  • Maintains a cooperative relationship with local public and private schools, working with administrators, librarians, teachers, and students to ensure quality library service 
  • Establish and maintain a working relationship with local service organizations and businesses to help promote and support quality library service for children 
  • Develops library activities and programs appropriate to planned community activities 
  • Work closely with the Social Media Coordinator on marketing for Youth Services 
  • Manages the collection of program and storytelling resources 
  • Engages in outreach to schools, daycares and preschools, and other community organizations 
  • Pursues and applies for grant money for youth programming 

 

Management Activities: 

  • Supervises and manages all routine activities in the daily operation of the Youth Services Department 
  • Prepares monthly and annual statistic reports as required 
  • Supervises the Summer Reading Assistant 
  • Supervises volunteers assisting with the Youth Services Department 
  • Keep Director accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems, reviews policies and procedures and recommends revisions as needed 

 

Staff Support: 

  • Assists at the circulation desk as needed 
  • Assists patrons with use of the library 
  • Maintains a neat and safe work area 
  • Performs duties as requested by the Library Director 

 

Continuing Education: 

  • Keeps current on Youth Services trends through professional journals, social media, listservs and networking 
  • Attend professional meetings, conferences and workshops to maintain professional growth and development 

 

Qualifications: 

  • Master of Library Science from an accredited American Library Association (ALA) Institution 
  • A minimum of two years progressive experience working in libraries with demonstrated experience with children ages 0-18 years. 
  • Experience with marketing library materials preferred but not required. 
  • Experience with grant writing preferred but not required. 

 

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following to Amy.Riegner@wlnonline.org. 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three professional references
  • Separate program proposals (max 200 words) for each of the following age groups: Pre-K, Grades K-5, Grades 6-12

 

Applications will be accepted until August 19, 2022. No paper applications will be accepted.

 

All library positions require the following criminal background and child abuse clearances: Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police, Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services, and fingerprint ID based on federal criminal history submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent (FBI).