The Fountaindale Public Library is seeking an enthusiastic, flexible and collaborative librarian to join our dynamic team as Children’s Services Assistant Manager. The library serves a diverse community of 68,000. Our busy Children’s Services Department is well-loved by children and families and offers services, resources and programming for youth from birth through 5th grade.
The Children’s Services Assistant Manager will collaborate to develop and implement outstanding programming for children, provide friendly customer service at our busy service desk, supervise a team of creative specialists and assist the Children’s Services Manager with the day-to-day operations of the department. This position includes daytime, evening and weekend shifts.
Full-time position: Non-exempt position (37.5 hours per week) includes evening and weekend hours
Starting Salary: $28.21 per hour
Benefits: Generous benefit package includes 8 holidays per year plus additional paid time off. IMRF (Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) is included as well as medical, dental, vision and life insurance options.
Closing Date: Applications received by Monday, July 15 will receive first consideration. Position will remain open until filled.
Provides consistent, gracious and friendly service to internal and external patrons.
Understands and enforces District policies and procedures while safeguarding intellectual freedom and patron privacy.
Demonstrates an understanding of, and respect for, the diversity of patrons, coworkers, supervisors and the community as a whole.
Coordinates, supervises, hires, trains and schedules Children’s Services Specialists to provide programming, patron assistance, readers advisory and promotion of library services to patrons.
Works with Children’s Services Manager to establish benchmarks for staff and on improving work processes.
Demonstrates effective management, supervision and leadership skills by fostering a culture of participation and creativity.
Demonstrates verbal and written ability to appropriately respond to, or refer, complex and difficult requests and situations.
Coordinates, plans, prepares and leads cross-departmental programming committees or projects.
Plans, prepares and conducts children’s programs.
Evaluates Children’s Services programs and services under leadership of Children’s Services Manager and assesses functionality and productivity of committees or projects.
Assists with establishing and monitoring the Children’s Services budget.
Works closely with the Collection Management and Technical Services Department to promote the collection.
Collaborates with the Communications Department to develop promotional material for the department and content for the website and social media platforms
Reviews, plans, coordinates and implements the use of technology within public services and professional work methods.
Chairs and participates in regional and library wide committees.
Organizes and leads monthly meetings and trainings with all Children’s Services staff in cooperation with the Children’s Services Manager.
Performs reference and readers advisory duties at the Children’s Services desk with other duties as needed.
Keeps informed of current information and trends at the local and regional library level. Participates in professional development activities relating to areas of responsibility.
Assumes building responsibility as required.
Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Education: Requires expertise acquired through completion of a MLS degree program from an ALA-accredited library school preferred. Emphasis in Children’s services preferred.
Experience: Minimum of two years related library experience in a library or comparable organization required. One to three years of supervisory experience.
Strong knowledge of youth services, principles, trends, practices and technology.
Strong knowledge of children’s literature, popular materials and reference materials in a variety of formats.
Knowledge of reference techniques and digital information retrieval.
Basic knowledge of circulation, interlibrary loan and public access catalog operations.
Knowledge of productivity suites and integrated library systems.
Basic knowledge of employment law and best practices for staff management.
Basic knowledge of collection development operations.
Ability to lead, inspire and motivate others to perform well and accepts feedback from others.
Ability to incorporate technology into programming and other public services.
Ability to exercise reasonable and independent judgment and discretion.
Ability to meet deadlines, define, measure and evaluate project and program results.
Ability to appropriately prioritize and set deadlines for one’s own work and the work of others.
Ability to analyze and synthesize data to produce new or revised processes and procedures.
Ability to adapt to and effectively implement change.
Ability to effectively use a variety of tablets and similar devices.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with staff and public.
Communicates effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
Speaking skills in other languages, particularly Spanish, is a plus.
Ability to stay calm and effective in difficult situations.
Ability to empathize and relate to the needs of all patrons.
Prepares and delivers oral presentations.
Position has supervisory responsibility. Interview, hire, train, encourage, review work, inspire, assist, develop, counsel, evaluate, discipline and enforce library rules and policies.
Internal: Library staff
External: Patrons, school staff, performers, community organizations, vendors and staff from other libraries.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job.
Physical requirements for this position include: good speaking, hearing and vision ability, ability to push carts of library materials weighing up to 100 pounds rarely, lifting materials weighing up to 50 pounds rarely and lifting materials up to 25 pounds occasionally.
Work is performed in a typical office environment. Full-time position. Requires some weekend and evening work.
To apply for this position an Application for Employment is required. Applications can be sent directly to the library to the attention of Human Resources, 300 West Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone calls please. Equal Opportunity Employer.