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Youth Services Supervisor

Title: Youth Services Supervisor
Reports To: Assistant Director
Schedule: 37.5 hours per week
Department: Main Library
Salary: $50K DOQ
Revision Date: May 2024

Position Background:

The Youth Services Supervisor leads a professional, progressive, and passionate team in providing a comprehensive program of library services for children from birth through twelfth grade, their parents, caregivers, and the community organizations that serve them. Supervises the staff and volunteers within the Youth Services Department at the Main Library. Promotes library services and activities in the community. Works closely with the Assistant Director to provide quality youth services across all library branches.

How to Apply:

Please send resumes and cover letter to resumes@readingpubliclibrary.org.

Job Summary:

  • Responsible for direct management of library personnel in the Youth Services Department of the Main Library functioning in their day to day activities
  • Organizes the daily tasks in the Children’s Department and Teen Loft
  • Coordinates programming for children and teens, including and the annual summer learning program, Summer@RPL
  • Collaborates with and oversees Youth Services staff in creating and delivering innovative lessons, programs, displays, and promotional materials
  • Coordinates with Youth Services staff in the creation and maintenance of online content including social media and other streaming and recorded virtual content
  • Coordinates the planning of library outreach programming with school and community partners
  • Fosters and maintains relationships with schools and community partners
  • Coordinates the development and maintenance of the Children’s and Teen collections within budget guidelines
  • Assists patrons with the use of library resources and services
  • Handles problems and complaints as they occur
  • Assists in the establishment, revision, and modification of library policies and procedures as they pertain to Youth Services
  • Serves as a resource for collections and programming for all RPL branches
  • Represents RPL at local and regional meetings, workshops, and seminars as required
  • Identifies, executes and reports on grant for youth services
  • Coordinates the collection of data to measure the impact of Youth Services
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational Requirements

  • Master’s Degree from an ALA accredited library school

Experience

  • At least 3 years in a professional or educational setting working with children and managing staff

Clearances

  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • Mandated Reporting Training for Child Abuse
  • PA Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Criminal Background Check

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and digital communication skills
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and direct library staff Knowledgeable and skilled in personnel management and decision making
  • Ability to create and work within budgets
  • Ability to provide and model excellent customer services while working with a diverse, urban population
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with community partners
  • Ability to identify community interests and needs, and design relevant and responsive programs
  • Broad knowledge of children’s and teen literature, authors, and illustrators including both classic and modern materials
  • Understanding of 21st Century library collection development practices across all formats
  • Knowledge of learning styles and child development
  • Well-informed about current trends in libraries and education
  • Strong technology skills including internet navigation, gaming, social media, and Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus

Working Conditions:

Scheduling flexibility required, as work schedule may vary based on the needs of the library. Evening and weekend hour required. Must have own transportation.

Frequent standing, sitting, bending, talking, hearing, speaking and mental concentration necessary; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms; specific vision requirements include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to communicate and be understood clearly. May be required to lift or move files, books or supplies of up to 35 pounds. This is a physically active position. (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

Disclaimer:

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed. The essential functions or duties listed above are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed and are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Branch Youth Program Coordinator

Title: Branch Youth Program Coordinator
Reports To: Branch Manager/Assistant Director
Schedule: Full-time (35-37.5 hours, including evenings/weekends)
Department: Branch Library
Salary: $16.00/hr DOQ
Revision Date: April 2024

Position Background:

The Branch Youth Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and providing a robust weekly youth program schedule consisting of creative, age-appropriate, entertaining and educational activities for children, teens, and families; and working to maximize program participation, promote reading, and increase use of library resources. Personal transportation necessary for required outreach and county library meetings. Schedule includes day, evening, and Saturday hours.

How to Apply:

Please send resumes and cover letter to resumes@readingpubliclibrary.org.

Job Summary:

  • Plan and provide weekly in-person, virtual, and special events/programs at the branch library
  • Plan and provide youth activities for the annual summer learning program, Summer@RPL
  • Create the monthly events calendar, flyers and other media to promote youth programs
  • Create engaging content on social media and virtual platforms
  • Cultivate partnerships with community organizations serving youth and families
  • Attend community and school outreach events to promote the library
  • Collaborate with the Main Library Children’s Department and other RPL Branch Youth Program Coordinators, and attend Berks County Public Library Youth Services meetings
  • Keep program attendance records and prepare narrative and statistical reports as assigned
  • Assist with planning, executing, reporting on grants
  • Perform circulation duties when needed: check materials in and out, issue library cards, place holds, shelve, assist patrons using library resources
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field or equivalent experience

Experience

  • 2 years in a professional or educational setting working with children and teens

Clearances

  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • Mandated Reporting Training for Child Abuse
  • PA Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Criminal Background Check

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of children’s and teen literature and media
  • Ability to identify community needs and work effectively with an urban population
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely verbally, digitally, and in writing
  • Strong computer, social media, and Internet skills; comfortable with MS Office Suite, Google Drive
  • Additional consideration for Bilingual-Spanish

Working Conditions:

Scheduling flexibility required as work schedule may vary based on the needs of the library. Evening and weekend hours required. Must have own transportation

Frequent standing, sitting, bending, talking, hearing, speaking and mental concentration necessary; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms; specific vision requirements include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to communicate and to be understood clearly. May be required to lift or move files, books or supplies of up to 35 pounds. This is a physically active position. (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

Disclaimer:

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed. The essential functions or duties listed above are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed and are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

Library Assistant (part-time)

Title: Library Assistant (part-time)
Reports To: Department/Branch Supervisor
Schedule: 20-24 hours per week – Variable (days, evenings, Saturdays)
Department: All Branches
Salary: Minimum $14/hour DOQ
Revision Date: June 12, 2024

Position Background:

Primary function is to perform daily duties and assist patrons using the library. Schedule includes days, evenings, and Saturdays. Duties as assigned, includes registering new patrons and issuing library cards: checking materials in and out; shelving library materials and maintaining shelf order; assisting patrons using library materials, equipment, and services. Strong communication, problem solving, computer, and customer service skills; ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and serve the public required. Transportation necessary, schedule may include any of the library’s four Reading locations.

How to Apply:

Please send resumes and cover letter to resumes@readingpubliclibrary.org.

Job Summary:

  • Performs routine daily tasks
  • Demonstrates competent use of library software and computer applications
  • Assists patrons in identifying, locating, and using library materials
  • Responds adequately to patrons with questions and concerns; maintains patron accounts
  • Follows approved policy and procedures; demonstrates the ability to learn and apply new policy and procedures
  • Helps to maintain a safe and pleasant environment in the library
  • Operates office equipment satisfactorily
  • Maintains sufficient levels of library supplies
  • Promotes library programs and services; projects a positive image of the library
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED required

Experience

  • Customer Service
  • Library Experience desired
  • Bilingual Spanish fluency desired

Clearances

  • PA Child Abuse Clearance
  • Mandated Reporting Training for Child Abuse
  • PA Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Criminal Background Check

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Strong customer service skills; ability to provide friendly service to patrons of all ages and backgrounds
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to assess and solve problems either in person or over the phone
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Strong computer skills; comfortable with Microsoft Office software
  • Good communication skills including grammar, spelling, and usage
  • Working knowledge of the public library system
  • Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal System
  • Understands and helps to enforce library policies
  • Reliable and flexible; willing to work where needed; shows initiative

Working Conditions:

Scheduling flexibility required as work schedule may vary based on the needs of the library. Evening and weekend hours required. Must have own transportation.

Frequent standing, sitting, bending, talking, hearing, speaking and mental concentration necessary; use of hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms; specific vision requirements include close vision, color vision and the ability to adjust focus. Must be able to communicate and be understood clearly. May be required to lift or move files, books or supplies of up to 35 pounds. This is a physically active position. (This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee. It is used as a guide for personnel actions and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.)

Disclaimer:

Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind work assignments as needed. The essential functions or duties listed above are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed and are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.