Librarian I - Youth Services

City of Westminster, CO - Westminster, CO (30+ days ago)

The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for planning programs for children (from birth to middle school age), their families and caregivers; assisting with the management of a Branch Library; and fostering partnerships and programs with local schools, child care facilities, and businesses.This employee must be experienced in creating new services and programs for youth, and providing evidence of proven success in community outreach. This position may be required to work some evenings and weekends.

The full salary range for this position is stated above. Starting wages are negotiable and dependent on the qualifications and experience of each individual candidate. The City of Westminster offers a bonus of up to $1,500 per year depending on the employee's fluency in Spanish, Hmong, and/or Laotian.


The mission of every employee at the City of Westminster is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through SPIRIT. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City's core values of Service, Pride, Integrity, Responsibility, Innovation, and Teamwork.

This position supports the goals of the Parks, Recreation and Libraries Department, which enhances the quality of life for all Westminster citizens by providing diverse leisure, recreational and informational services and resources; and acquiring, developing and maintaining first-class parks, facilities, open space and recreational trails. This position works towards the accomplishment of the Departments mission: "Together we create exceptional opportunities for a vibrant community with a commitment to nature, wellness and literacy."

Every employee is accountable to:
Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority
Communicate with customers to ensure that, where possible, they are satisfied, and that their needs are being addressed; solicit and evaluate customer feedback
Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization's mission and vision
Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty, and ethical behavior
Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner
Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility, and take calculated risks when appropriate
Participate in personal growth opportunities, and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity, and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences

Citywide - Every employee in this position is accountable to:
Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments
Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses, and target areas for personal self-development
Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks
Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions
Achieve goals, and handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently
Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications
Demonstrate accountability for work, and take ownership in job performance
Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product
Job Specific – Every employee in this position must be able to:
Assist the coordinator in directing the work of paraprofessionals, volunteers, and support library personnel in a manner accommodating of Westminster's SPIRIT philosophy
Enthusiasm for an experience working with early literacy providers, teachers and caregivers
Thorough and up to date knowledge of resources for parents, early literacy providers, teachers and caregivers
Knowledge of and/or experience with electronic databases and other electronic educational resources for young people
Effective oral and written skills
Creative and critical thinking skills
Excellent customer service skills and the ability to work effectively with a team
Skills in computer searching by title, author, keyword, and subject; a working knowledge of the Horizon System is preferred
Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and personal and office software including Word, Excel, and Outlook
Plan and implement inclusive services and programs with minimal supervision
Help patrons with the processing of purchase requests, interlibrary loan requests, holds, and Reader's Advisory services
Serve as a resource for library staff in new literacy research and best practices
Present new books and library materials to children and deliver passionate and inspiring books talks and story times
Plan, organize, publicize, and provide special programs for youth, including programs for community outreach functions
Schedule Staff for a busy Children's area
Work enthusiastically and effectively with diverse library patrons
Leadership/Supervisory – Every employee in this position is accountable to:
Supervise Youth Services paraprofessionals
Foster a participatory organizational climate that is open, positive, reinforcing, and supportive
Encourage employees to be accountable for their work and take ownership in what they do
Demonstrate leadership and courage by making or supporting decisions that reflect the organizational mission and goals even when the decision may be unpopular to some
Demonstrate collaboration and conflict resolution skills with other departments and employees
Help employees to see the value of developing their skills, and assists them in eliminating barriers to their development; encourage employees to step outside of their comfort zone to develop their skills
Provide meaningful, timely employee feedback and appraisals, and effectively address employee performance problems
Effectively supervise, mentor, and motivate in a team environment

Essential Job Functions, Duties, Responsibilities, and Tasks
Assesses the needs of families in the service area through direct contact or through interaction with schools and relevant community agencies and recommends services and resources the library should provide to address those needs
Recruits, trains, schedules, and supervises paraprofessional staff members
Develops and presents programs, tours, and specialized events for user groups such as schools, community organizations, children, parents, teachers, and other librarians
Initiates, plans, and conducts a variety of outreach activities to encourage the use of the library for all ages
Provides staff coverage and excellent customer service on the public services desks, helps customers over the phone and in person with their information needs; this includes finding books and other library materials, readers advisory, using online databases,helping customers use computers, reference, and otherwise locating general information
Maintains a high level of familiarity with children's collections and provides input on collection building and maintenance under the guidance of the Collection Development Librarian
Demonstrates the ability to learn new technology and keep current with library trends
Address and resolve complaints from patrons and/or staff, or forward to supervisor as necessary
Maintains regular and punctual attendance
Other Duties and Responsibilities
May serve on City committees or task forces
May occasionally fill in at the Information or Circulation desks
May coordinate and supervise volunteers
Other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion


Education, Experience, Skills, Formal Training, Licenses, and Certifications

Graduation from an accredited, four-year college or university, supplemented by an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science
At least three (3) years of public library experience at a professional level with focus on services to youth and families
Strong experience and commitment to excellent customer service: helpful, friendly, energetic, and adaptable
Broad knowledge of early childhood literacy: child learning theories and philosophies
A valid driver's license and maintain a safe driving record

Previous supervision
Experience planning and implementing outreach services
Spanish language skills
Experience in delivering library services to children with special needs
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Physical Requirements
Work performed is physical in nature and involves sufficient physical strength and stamina to:
Occasionally sit and stand in one area to perform customer service, and book check-out and check-in; constantly standing and walking throughout a public library facility
Frequent crouching, squatting, bending, and twisting to shelve books from floor level to above head; frequent climbing and balancing to use step stools, ladders, etc.
Constant light grasp to prepare returned and new materials/books for check-out and patron use, and constant reaching at waist level to return material to proper shelves; frequent firm grasp, pinching, and fine motor skills to prepare materials/books, and reaching overhead to stock books
Constant near acuity to read computer screens, and book and shelving labels; frequent hearing to communicate with public, staff, and vendors
Frequent lifting of up to forty (40) pounds from ground to waist to move returned books to check-in area; frequent lifting of up to twenty (20) pounds from ground to overhead to return books to stacks and stock supplies and materials; occasional carrying of up to forty (40) pounds 200 feet to move books and materials; occasional pushing/pulling of cart of up to 150 pounds throughout a public library

Work is constantly performed indoors in a public library setting. This position involves high public contact and mobility throughout a public use facility.
Required Materials and Equipment
Frequent use of telephones, personal computers, databases (including on-line searching), photocopiers, fax machine, barcode readers, and various electronic and audio-visual equipment; regular use of personal transportation to the library's various facilities and other locations in the provision of library services and programs.

Background checks will include employment references and criminal history and when applicable, credit check, driver's license record, education verification
Drug screen
Must be legally entitled to work in the United States