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Head of Youth Services, Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library (Manchester-by-the-Sea)

Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library seeks a full time Head of Youth Services

This full-time 33.5 hours per week benefitted position provides a small and lively Children’s Room with programs, services and collection development for infants through 6th grade and their caregivers. Knowledge of varied and vital literature and age-appropriate programming is a must. Hours include some weekend and evening hours. You will work closely with the Young Adult Librarian and be an integral part of a small experienced staff.


M.L.S. and three to five years’ experience with this age group is preferred.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$29.18 - $32.34  / hour

Closing Date

April 8, 2023

How to Apply

Please apply with resume and cover letter to

Position Purpose: 
Performs responsible administrative, direct service, supervisory and professional work in planning, directing, and conducting the activities of the Library Services to youth from infants through young adults; performs all other related work as required.   
Essential Functions: 
(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. 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.) 
Responsible for planning, organizing, delivering and evaluating library services for children through grade 6. 
Manages the selection, classification assignment, inventory, weeding and collection development of all print and non-print resources within youth Services.  Responsible for the instruction of staff in the use of newly-acquired materials and resources. 
Researches, selects, processes, and provides input for materials for ages infant through grade 6 and caregivers. 
Develops, conducts, and evaluates programming for children utilizing current facility, grounds, and community spaces. 
Creates lists and displays both physical and on-line to promote reading and other modes of learning in the library. 
Communicates with other youth leaders in the community both through school, civic and other organizations to share resources and information. 
Seeks opportunities for enhanced services and programs through grant writing, application, block booking and shared materials with other agencies and libraries. 
Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates. 
Recommended Minimum Qualifications: 
Education, Training and Experience: 
Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited school; three to five years of professional children’s library experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 
Knowledge, Ability and Skill: 
Knowledge: Thorough working knowledge of library principles and procedures, including automated circulation systems and information technology.  Thorough knowledge of children’s literature, related materials, reading levels, child development, and appropriate techniques in working with children.  Knowledge of automated library systems and related applications.  Knowledge of standard office procedures, practices, forms, and equipment, current trends in library services for children and computer competency. 
Ability: Ability to communicate effectively with the all members of the public (including children and young adults) in a courteous and tactful manner.  Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with coworkers and other libraries; ability to interact tactfully and appropriately with library patrons; ability to work independently and manage numerous, diverse tasks at one time; ability to develop and implement programs; ability to handle problem patrons and emergencies effectively. 
Skill: Excellent customer service and public relations skills.  Strong verbal and written communication; aptitude for working with youth. Flexibility in order to adapt to constantly changing technology. Excellent planning and organizational skills. Proficient computer skills and excellent skills using the Integrated Library system (ILS), cataloging and publisher/graphic design.  Skills in operating above mentioned equipment. 
Physical Requirements:  
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  
Moves books and other library materials,  regularly required to walk, stand; handles, feels or operates objects, tools, or controls, and picks-up paper, books, and other common objects; stoops, kneels, crouches, replaces books on shelves, and reaches to high-level shelves.  Operates a keyboard at an efficient speed, lifts and/or moves objects weighing up to 30 pounds such as books, equipment, supplies, etc.  Vision and hearing at or correctable to normal ranges, Communicates verbally and in writing.   
Supervision Scope: Performs general duties requiring a general knowledge of departmental operations and the exercise of basic judgment and initiative to perform duties and complete assigned tasks, provides guidance, assistance, and/or interpretation to others regarding the application of procedures and standards to specific situations. 
Supervision Received:  Works under the general supervision of the Library Director, refers all questions and problems to supervisor.   
Supervision Given:  Supervises a part time Young Adult Librarian in planning and implementing programs for Teen, in collection development for Teens, and in organizing and delivering library services to Teens. Also supervises Children and Teen volunteers within Youth Dept. 
Job Environment: 
Work is performed under typical office and library environment with high public traffic volume; frequent interruptions to assist patrons.  Library operating hours may require evening and weekend work. 
Operates computer, printers, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, and other standard office and library equipment. 
Makes constant contact with the general public, community organizations such as preschools, teachers, Mothers Club, and other regional network library staff, requiring a high level of courtesy and patience.  Contacts are in person, email, and by telephone and involve an information exchange dialogue. 
Has access to confidential patron borrowing records; most information is subject to public disclosure and must be appropriately presented for the audience and communicated factually. 
Errors could result in reduced levels of service, poor public relations, and minor monetary loss. 
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change. 
March 2023 


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