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Youth Services Coordinator, St. John the Baptist Parish Library (1-17) - LaPlace

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St. John the Baptist Parish Library
Vacancy Announcement

Position Available: Youth Services Coordinator
Reports to: Library Director; Assistant Director
Hours: 40 hours per week, with occasional night and weekend hours.  (This is a Systems/Exempt position)
Salary: Starting Salary $47,575.44 depending on experience
Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Nature of the Work: The incumbent in this position is responsible for developing and coordinating programs, materials selection and reference and other services for children (tweens) and young adults.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  1. Implements policies regarding children's and young adult services and recommends updates, revisions and improvements as needed
  2. Develops and coordinates program initiatives for youth services in the central library and branches; participates actively and personally in story hours, programs and school visits
  3. Previews audio and video program materials
  4. Plans, develops, coordinates and evaluates the activities of staff delivering services to children and young adults
  5. Ensures consistency of service standards
  6. Analyzes, evaluates and reports on system wide services and staff
  7. Coordinates library staff to plan for the best use of resources
  8. Maintains department records, evaluates and prepares reports on department activities
  9. Resolves conflicts among team/committee members
  10. Responds to community information needs and requests for services
  11. Works with staff to improve performance; develops and implements continuing educations and staff development activities
  12. Prepares cost estimates for programs and services; submits justification for budget items and monitors and controls expenditures
  13. Coordinates/Responsible for selection and de-selection (weeding) of materials in juvenile collections (children's and young adult)
  14. Prepares publicity, displays and bibliographies and recommends additions to library website
  15. Fosters an environment of teamwork among the central library and branches
  16. Plans and conducts regular meetings of staff and/or committee delivering services to children and young adults
  17. Maintains regular communication with schools

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:

Knowledge of:

  • public library principles, organization, objectives, trends, materials, services and practices
  • current practices of children's and young adult library service; and children's and young adult literature and materials
  • storytelling, book talking and other public performance techniques
  • the principles of reference interviewing techniques, strategy and tools, adult, children's and young adult literature and materials
  • childhood development and learning stages
  • community information and recreation needs for library materials
  • the role of computerized bibliographic databases and searching techniques, electronic reference, online public access catalogs and integrated library systems
  • the principles of selection, de-selection and evaluation of library collections

Ability to:

  • develop and apply library procedures and policies and other professional knowledge to the practical problems of the job
  • establish and maintain courteous and effective working relationships
  • analyze and respond to community interests and concerns regarding library collections and services
  • prioritize work and exercise independent, sound judgment particularly in stressful situations
  • communicate clearly, both orally and in writing
  • plan, organize, supervise and evaluate the work of staff and volunteers; exercise leadership
  • listen
  • understand budgeting procedures
  • plan and create library programming and promotional materials
  • use computer applications in a library setting

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited library school.
  • At least 7 years professional experience working with children and young adults
  • Knowledge of literature for children and young adults is required; grant writing experience is preferred
  • Successful professional library experience serving children, young adults and families, including materials selection, reference and readers advisory, planning and producing programs and publicity material is required
  • Experience scheduling staff, coordinating the work of others and management of a significant project is desirable


  • May be required to work evenings or weekend for programming needs.