The DC Public Library system comprises 26 locations, including the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, also known as the downtown Central Library. The Youth Services department, a public service unit in the Central Library, provides services to youth, from birth to age 21, and their families.
DC Public Library's Central Library is undergoing a significant renovation, and the Youth Services Department Manager is charged with developing and implementing a new vision for provision of services for young District residents and their families within this dynamic new space. The Youth Services Department will lead the charge in developing innovative programming and services that help young people embrace a joy of reading, explore their identity and negotiate the diverse world that surrounds us. In addition, the Youth Services Department will maintain a strong presence in the educational landscape of D.C. and provide support to other agencies that help young people and their families live inspired, connected and enriching lives. Particular attention will be focused on supporting DC Public Library's reimagining of teen services.
The Youth Services Manager is part of the leadership team for the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The manager works collaboratively with the system wide Youth and Family Services Team and other key staff to ensure smooth operations and high-quality customer experiences. The Youth Services Manager will also focus on how the entirety of the building can welcome and embrace young people and their families.
Join the DC Public Library team to help build a dynamic, inclusive experience throughout the library system. Our participants reflect a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural and religious affiliations within their countries, including people with disabilities, and we encourage people with disabilities and from other diverse backgrounds to apply.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responsible for the efficient and customer service-oriented operation of the Youth Services Department. Leads librarians in designing services and establishing partnerships for the location that align with community needs and the library’s strategic plan.
- Performs supervisory personnel functions within the department. Creates performance plans and writes performance evaluations for staff. Initiates personnel action as necessary and provides documentation to support such action.
- Interprets and assists with the development of DC Public Library policies in managing the Youth Services Department.
- Monitors the physical plant of the branch or library department, including all furniture, fixtures, and equipment. Reports problems to appropriate departments and initiates requests for equipment and supplies.
- Participates in training workshops, meetings, seminars, etc., directly related to professional development. Stays abreast of professional literature, trends and developments, through active participation in both local and national associations.
- Convenes regular meetings with staff to discuss procedures, rules and policies in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the branch.
- May serve on selection panels, interviewing job applicants for appointment to and promotion within the library system.
- Directs the professional development of staff and the orientation of new hires. Makes recommendations to supervisor on staff development and training needs.
- Assigns staff to areas of the collection that they are to develop and maintain.
- Represents library at community events and meetings throughout the community and serves as liaison to location’s Friends of the Library group.
The incumbent must possess a Masters-Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution in addition to a minimum of three (3) years of experience:
providing direct public service to youth in a library or educational setting.
Supervising, training, developing and evaluating staff of diverse abilities.
Designing and implementing improvements to processes, services, programs and initiatives.
Facilitating and leading trainings on programs and services for children and teens.
Advising on principles of programming and services for youth, teen and families, including implementation of best practices.
Experience serving diverse populations in a large urban environment preferred.
A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney position in the Excepted Service (series 950) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected the person shall be required to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
General Suitability Screening
This position is subject to general suitability screening; verification of employment history, reference checks and degree/license, as applicable. The appointee to the position may be offered employment contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory general suitability screening.
Enhanced Suitability Screening
The position for which the individual is applying has been identified and designated as requiring enhanced suitability screening; If tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check, traffic record check, consumer credit check, and mandatory drug and alcohol test will be conducted (as appropriate); and the appointee to the position may be offered employment contingent upon receipt of a satisfactory enhanced suitability screening.
Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.
Licenses and Certifications
The work is performed in an office setting.
Other Significant Factors
Duration of Appointment:
Management Supervisory Service (MSS).
MSS At-Will Statement:
Positions in the Management Supervisory Service (MSS) serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
Collective Bargaining Unit:
This position is not covered under a collective bargaining agreement.
Promotion Potential - None
Equal Employment Opportunity
The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer: all qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, which is also prohibited. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited.
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