We are looking for a friendly, resourceful and energetic individual to connect with teachers, families and kids of all ages in our community. This position will develop and implement innovative outreach services to local schools and other organizations to bring our library past our physical walls. A passion for connecting people of all ages with their interests and information needs through interactions at our youth services desks and community events is essential for this position.
Our next youth outreach librarian will be responsible for building and fostering relationships with community partners. This individual will create exciting activities and events that dovetail with educational initiatives and support the library's mission. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to plan and manage events for youth, their caregivers and families and can work well on a team of dedicated library staff.
- Serving as the contact person for local schools
- Training, mentoring and supporting library staff to successfully partner with schools
- Collaborating with other departments and community organizations
- Regular desk shifts to provide reference services and monitor youth areas, Kids' World and the Hub
- Contribute to library-wide and departmental projects, programs and committee work
- Participate in professional activities to contribute to the wider profession
Requirements & Skills:
- Experienced in developing successful youth programs and services
- Strong ability in and comfort with public speaking to develop and lead trainings/workshops
- Positive and welcoming communication skills in order to excel in Our Culture
- Proficient in using technology (e.g. computers, tablets, internet) to assist customers
- Access to reliable transportation
- One to three years public library experience preferred
- A good working knowledge of books, movies and pop culture for youth preferred
- Experience working with youth and multicultural audiences preferred
Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited school or equivalent work experience
Hours and Scheduling:
Full-time position, 37.5 hours/week. Primarily Monday-Friday days and monthly weekend shifts. Must be flexible for scheduling to present programs, support events and serve at public service points.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary $47,476 to $55,000 per year, depending on qualifications.
Benefits include four weeks of vacation plus sick and personal leave, as well as participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan and availability of Roth/457 savings plan.
This opportunity will remain open for applications until position is filled. Candidates who apply by November 25 will be given priority for interviews. To be considered, please submit:
- A letter of interest, including how your qualifications match the requirements for the position.
- Your resume.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.