Youth Services Manager
Posted on May 6, 2019

Due to the retirement of two long-term employees, the Sweetwater County Library System is hiring two Youth Services Managers. One position is at the White Mountain Library and the other is at the Rock Springs Library. Both libraries are located in Rock Springs, Wyoming. 
 

Located in beautiful southwest Wyoming, Rock Springs is the largest city in Sweetwater County with a population of approximately 23,000 residents. Sweetwater County is home to 10,500 square miles of high desert adventure and offers excellent recreation opportunities, affordable housing and a variety of cultural activities to choose from. 
 

Salary is $42,915 annually; based on a 35 hr/wk. Additional benefits include retirement plan, health insurance, vacation and sick leave. The state of Wyoming does not have a personal income tax.
 

To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and library employment application to jgrubb@sweetwaterlibraries.com. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about the positions should be directed to Library Director Jason Grubb @ 307-872-3200 option 1 or jgrubb@sweetwaterlibraries.com. 
 

JOB DESCRIPTION 

YOUTH SERVICES MANAGER                                 

The Youth Services Manager is responsible for the organization, management, supervision and effective functioning of all aspects of youth resources, services, partnerships, activities, programs and events at a specific library in the library system. In addition, the Youth Services Manager serves as the Manager in Charge in the absence of the Assistant Library Director.
 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  1. As a member of the management team, regularly contributes to the attainment of the library’s mission through compliance with library policy and procedures.
  2. Provides planning, implementation, management and evaluation of youth services activities and events.
  3. Oversees work teams, staff schedules and daily staff tasks as assigned. 
  4. Recommends selection of staff, trains staff and recommends discipline as required.
  5. Develops and submits for approval assigned budgets and manages activities within budget guidelines.
  6. Directly addresses patron concerns, suggestions or complaints regarding staff, collections and/or services.
  7. Provides reference, reader’s advisory, library services and bibliographic instruction to patrons; models best practices in these areas for staff.
  8. Serves as Manager in Charge in the absence of the Assistant Library Director.
  9. Oversees all building level volunteer activities.
  10. As a working supervisor, maintains a thorough understanding and knowledge of Public Services Librarian duties and responsibilities performing these duties and responsibilities as needed or assigned.
  11. Responsible for the management of the youth collections in all formats including inventory, replacing and weeding of library materials.
  12. Works with the Assistant Library Director over marketing and promotion and Public Relations Specialist to promote youth programs, events and services.
  13. Respects confidentiality in discussing patron, staff, volunteer and organizational matters; also maintains confidentiality of organization, project, fiscal and personnel related information in compliance with Wyoming state law.


OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Monitors local, state and national trends and developments in library services; participates in professional development activities such as self-directed learning, webinars, and professional meetings. 
  2. Advises and assists, as directed, the library system’s Collection Development Specialist in the selection and acquisition of youth materials in all formats.
  3. Collaborates with schools, local and state libraries, and/or community organizations to actively promote topics and activities that support the library’s mission.    
  4. Participates in the development and keeps informed of library system policies, procedures, activities and services.
  5. Provides regular reports and statistics of youth services and activities, as required.
  6. Performs other duties as assigned.
     

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Standard library procedures, current information technology, Internet and database search techniques.
  • Administrative principles and practices, including budget and financial, goal setting, program development, implementation and evaluation and the management of employees.
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including selection, work planning, organization, performance review and evaluation and employee training and discipline.
  • Theories of infant, child and adolescent learning, literacy development, brain development and implications on library services.
  • Print and non-print youth materials and collections. 
  • Clerical practices.
  • Correct business English, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Ability to:

  • Utilize and search computerized bibliographic databases.
  • Enter data into a computerized database, spreadsheet, document or other systems.
  • Establish and maintain rapport with co-workers.
  • Exercise flexibility, initiative, good judgement and discretion.
  • Understand and provide verbal and written instruction in English.
  • Work hours mandated by the Assistant Library Director.
  • Coach, train and lead other workers.  
  • Provide excellent customer service to patrons of all ages and abilities.

Skilled in:

  • Planning, developing and managing library services, collections and programming for children from birth through high school.
  • Implementing goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards.
  • Planning, organizing, training, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of others.
  • Developing effective work teams and motivating individuals to meet goals and objectives and provide customer services in the most effective and efficient manner.
  • Use of electronic and multimedia resources and technologies as applicable to library services.
  • Using initiative and independent judgement within general policy guidelines.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or library goals, objectives and activities.
  • Organizing tasks, managing time and solving problems.
     

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Supervised by the Assistant Library Director.

As assigned, assists with the supervision of Public Services Librarians and Volunteers. 


QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution preferred; Bachelor’s degree and one year of relevant experience required. (Four years of library experience may be substituted for a Bachelor’s degree.) At least one year of experience managing people, processes and projects required. 

Schedule Requirements: Must be able to work a flexible schedule that may include nights and weekends.

Travel: This job requires occasional travel using a library vehicle and/or your own vehicle throughout Sweetwater County. You must have or be able to obtain a current driver’s license valid in the State of Wyoming, have the ability to operate a motor vehicle and be able to be insured by the library system’s auto insurance policy.   

Work Environment and Physical Demands: The essential functions of this job require the employee to work inside in an office environment. Frequent stooping, bending, walking over uneven spaces, lifting or carrying heavy (up to 30-40 pounds) items is required.