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: the annual multicultural Jingles ‘n Gingerbread holiday gathering with 500 attendees, 1000 children each year in the Summer Reading Club program, Dog Reading Pals, the Plant Based Nutrition Support Group, 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
- 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, Sundays 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
- 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
Responsibilities: The Coordinator of Youth Services is responsible for leading the Youth Services Department, including management of interns and volunteers.
- 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
- Experience with marketing library materials preferred but not required.
- Experience with grant writing preferred but not
Location: Murrysville, PA, https://www.murrysvillelibrary.org/About_Us.html
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.
To Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following to Amy.Riegner@wlnonline.org.
- Cover letter including salary requirements
- 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 the position is filled. 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).