Head of Youth Services

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Huntley Area Public Library District – Head of Youth Services 

The Huntley Area Public Library District, a busy, mid-sized suburban library serving a population of approximately 44,000 citizens in and around the Village of Huntley, Illinois (a far northwest suburb of Chicago), is seeking a Head of Youth Services to help us fulfill our mission of library services to the community we serve. 

What we offer: 

  • Competitive salary (Range: $50,000-$60,000 to start, depending on qualifications) 
  • Excellent working environment 
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance 
  • Paid time off 
  • Retirement plan (IMRF) 

What we need: 

Overview: Responsible for managing a Children’s Services Department, through its staff members and resources, to meet the needs of the Huntley area’s children and the wide variety of people responsible for those children including parents, grandparents, teachers, and caregivers by means of programming, outreach, collection development, reader’s advisory, and trending and established technology offerings. 

The successful candidate must have knowledge of library technology, strong organizational skills, and must be able to work collaboratively with staff and other managers. This position reports to the Library Director and has a leadership role in the library. 

Essential Job Functions: 

  • Manages the Youth Services team, including hiring, training, evaluating, and holding team meetings   
  • Oversees and delegates the activities of the Youth Services team 
  • Works to ensure cooperation with all departments 
  • Oversees, develops, and presents programming for youth and families with the Youth Services staff. 
  • Works with schools and other youth-related, community organizations to provide outreach programs to promote reading and the use of the public library  
  • Attends library and non-library community group meetings, as needed 
  • Works the Children’s Information Desk and there provides a wide range of traditional and digital reference and readers’ advisory services to patrons of all ages 
  • Develops and maintains one or more areas of the youth collection, including purchasing and weeding   
  • Participates in professional activities related to job responsibilities 
  • Oversees department displays, bibliographies, and reading lists 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Knowledge of current library materials, practices, techniques, and technology 
  • Ability to interview, select, and train staff 
  • Ability to be flexible, welcome change, and promote growth 
  • Ability to exercise initiative and make independent decisions 
  • Knowledge of public library service to children 
  • Knowledge of children’s literature, bibliographic, and reference sources 
  • Knowledge of child development combined with age appropriate readers’ advisory 
  • The ability to create well-planned programs and activities for youth 
  • Ability to interpret library policies in a diplomatic and sensitive manner  
  • Ability to remain calm in difficult situations 
  • Ability to work and communicate orally and in writing, in an effective manner, with the public and staff. Capacity to communicate effectively on the telephone. Ability to speak effectively in front of groups 
  • Ability to type, to read written materials, to maintain files, to operate computers and other library machines and equipment   
  • Ability to retrieve and return books and other library materials to shelves or other designated places 
  • In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the following represent the physical and environmental demands of this position: this position requires approximately equal amounts of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, and carrying of objects weighing up to 25 pounds is sometimes required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands and arms are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential to performing this position. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Requires a Master of Science in Library and Information Science degree from an American Library Association-accredited college or university 
  • Two years of youth services-related experience required 
  • Two years of management or supervisory experience preferred 
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends 
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong leadership and project management skills 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 

Schedule 

40 hours per week, with some flexible scheduling with some evenings and weekends required 

How to apply: 

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume with relevant references to resume@huntleylibrary.org. The library will conduct a background check for the successful candidate. 

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