Teen Services Specialist


Oak Park Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Part Time
20 hours per week, including evenings and weekends
Starting hourly rate: $18.00 to $21.00, depending on experience and qualifications.

The Oak Park Public Library is seeking a motivated, consistent, and committed individual to join its Teen Services team.

The Teen Services Specialist contributes to the effective operations of the library by providing a variety of literary, educational, and cultural programs, activities, and services for teens and their caregivers. Responsible for working collaboratively with all other library service areas, outside agencies, and community organizations for the planning and implementation of a wide variety of programs.


This position reports to the Teen Services Coordinator and collaborates closely with the Teen Services team. It is part-time, 20 hours per week, and includes paid time off and other benefits. Starting hourly rate: $18.00 to $21.00, depending on experience and qualifications. Position to start in October 2019. Applications will be accepted through Sunday, September 22, 2019.


At the Oak Park Public Library, we are engagers, we are learners, and we are stewards. We serve a diverse population at our three locations, and out in the Oak Park community. Our vision is to empower every voice in our community and our mission is to share the information, services, and opportunities that fulfill Oak Park's aspirations.

We engage our community. We ask questions. We listen. We work to understand our community's aspirations. Then, we apply this knowledge intentionally to make sound decisions. We turn outward in our daily work, which means we use the community as the reference point for everything we do.

Duties and Responsibilities Include

Community Engagement

  • Identifies and cultivates regional or local community relationships that advance the mission, vision and/or strategic initiatives of the library system
  • Provides programs and services at the main branch and at Maze and Dole branches
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with peers, community and, educators, youth support systems, and resource staff to achieve established program plan goals
  • Conducts outreach efforts with the population at the library and the various school districts


  • Designs, facilitates, presents, and evaluates programs
  • Develops, presents, facilitates, and evaluates workshops for the teen population
  • Proactively seeks out and recommends areas for improvement and innovation

Professional Development/Agency Engagement

  • Provides input to strategic direction and goals
  • Remains current on the latest developments in teen services
  • Participates in the design and implementation of staff training and learning
  • Seeks opportunities to develop skills and knowledge related to service area and professional expertise; proactively shares new skills with colleagues and other library professionals

Resource Management

  • Practices efficient time management
  • Uses resources appropriately
  • Participates in individual and group goal setting
  • Collaborates across the organization to address initiatives and organizational strategies
  • Seeks out and applies for grants and additional funding opportunities
  • Compiles and submits statistics and reports


  • Uses evidence-based decision making for programs and services
  • Participates in evaluation and assessment practices (Program Logic Model)

Service Points

  • Adheres to library policies and proactively enforces the Library's Rules of Behavior


  • May provide work direction to team members, interns and volunteers as needed

Required Qualifications

  • Understands, supports, and advances the vision, mission, and strategic priorities of the library.
  • Service-oriented and committed to providing exceptional service to our patrons, staff, and community.
  • Experience with restorative justice techniques and conflict resolution.
  • Verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills. Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively to internal and external stakeholders.
  • High level of professionalism and integrity with the capacity to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to exercise good judgment and independent thinking.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills with excellent attention to detail.
  • Technical competence and a willingness to learn and grow in technical understanding.
  • Must be available and willing to work evenings and weekends.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum of three years of experience serving teens required.

Diversity. Inclusion. Equity.

The Oak Park Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. We work to create and support an environment of diversity, inclusion, and equity for the benefit of our employees, our collections, our programs and services, and our community.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Date below
Deadline Date: 
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Application Note: 
Application Contact: 
Billy Treece