Head of Youth Services

Plaistow, NH, United States

Position Title:     Head of Youth Services -- search re-opened

Accountability:   Reports to the Library Director

Library Website: http://www.plaistowlibrary.com/

Overview of the Position: Full-Time Position


Hours: Vary / 35 - 40 hrs per week; flexible schedule includes some evenings and Saturdays
Compensation: $18.57 - 21.48/hr, depending on experience and qualifications, with benefits package
Accountability: Reports to the Library Director
Deadline: February 28, 2014

The Head of Youth Services is a full-time, professional level position responsible for the development and implementation of a full range of library services for children, young adults, and adults and agencies serving children and young adults.

This position requires an excellent understanding of children and teens’ developmental needs and abilities as well as an extensive knowledge of library services, principles, practices and procedures. The Head of Youth Services is responsible for the overall goal-setting, planning, and implementation of services and programs for children under the age of 18. This position requires both a high degree of independent initiative and coordination with librarians and other organizations serving children and young adults.

Administration/ Supervision

  • Manages the Youth Services Department, setting goals, assessing performance, and providing reports and statistics as required by the Director and State Library.
  • Develops a proposed budget to meet the Department’s goals.
  • Supervises all library users in the Children’s Room, enforcing the Library’s rules for conduct.
  • Supervises and works with the Youth Services Assistant to meet the department’s goals.
  • Supervises volunteers working in the department.


  • Develops and implements a variety of innovative, regularly scheduled programs and special events that capture the interest of young people. To include: story hours, pre-literacy programs, school vacation programs, summer reading programs, and special evening programs.
  • Handles marketing and promotion of all youth programs via email campaigns, print publications (brochures, signs, bookmarks, etc.), and website/ Facebook/ Twitter updates.
  • Negotiates with performers and collaborates with them to ensure a positive experience for both them and the audience.
  • Seeks external funds, including donations and grants, to support children’s and young adult services.

Outreach Services

  • Serves as a liaison between the Library and schools, caregivers, homeschoolers, and agencies serving children and young adults, including the Town’s Recreation Department.
  • Exhibits initiative and professionalism in seeking out, developing, and maintaining effective relationships with these groups.
  • Conducts visits to schools and agencies, presenting appealing programs that inform children, teachers, and caregivers of the resources and programs offered by the Library.

Collection Development

  • Selects, purchases and weeds children’s and teen materials in accordance with professional standards and the library’s Collection Development Policy to meet the community’s needs.
  • Oversees the physical organization of the youth services collections to maximize access through appropriate classification and arrangement of materials.

Maintenance of the Children’s Room

  • Assesses and makes recommendations to the Director regarding the physical design of the children’s and young adult areas, including furnishings and equipment.
  • Maintains all collections, supplies and equipment in good condition, purchasing additions and replacements as necessary, within the scope of the Department’s budget.
  • Works to create a clean and organized environment that is appealing to children and teens.
  • Creates appealing displays on a regular basis that reflect traditional and contemporary themes of interest to young people and that promote library resources.
  • Installs signage that is appealing, clearly informs, and is prominently displayed.

Reference/ Circulation Services

  • Staffs the Children’s Area circulation desk and provides informational and instructional services to patrons.
  • Applies professional reference skills in accurately assessing needs and in assisting in locating materials to fulfill those needs.
  • Instructs children and teens in information-gathering skills, e.g., the use of the library’s catalog and classification scheme, research skills, etc.

Knowledge, Characteristics and Skills

  • Exhibits creativity and performance skills in planning and implementing programs for groups both large and small.
  • Experience working with youth of varied ages, particularly with a demonstrated ability to interact with children and parents in a warm and engaging manner.
  • Possesses an understanding of children’s and teens’ developmental abilities and needs.
  • Interacts and works with staff and library partners in a courteous and professional manner.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and implementation of the principles of current library practice, including reference and readers’ advisory services, collection development, and literacy promotion.
  • Knowledge of children’s and teen literature and information resources.
  • Ability to develop and implement a variety of age-appropriate programs that speak to the interests of young people.
  • Ability to identify, prepare, submit and manage grants of benefit to the Department.
  • Ability to maintain proficiency in a fast-changing technological environment, including integrated library systems; personal computers; word processing, spreadsheet and desktop publishing software; internet research skills; social media; and newer mobile platforms.
  • Willingness to fill in during other staff members’ absences and perform other duties as required.


  • Ability to lift and carry bags of books or boxes weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Ability to drive a car and hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Available to work evenings and weekends.


Minimum of two years working with children in a library setting; Master’s Degree in Library Science or an equivalent combination of education, experience and training.

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