CHILDREN'S SERVICES ASSISTANT MANAGER (FULL TIME)
Bolingbrook, IL Children's Services Department
Job Type
Full-time
Description

Full-time position: Non-Exempt position, 37.5 hours per week. Requires some evening and weekend work


Salary: $32.00/hour


Benefits: Generous benefit package including several options for health, dental, and vision insurance. Other benefits include flexible spending account, life insurance, paid time off and IMRF.


Closing date: Until position is filled.


OBJECTIVE

Assists the Children's Services Manager in planning, organizing and implementing programs and services that meet the goals of Children's Services and the library and satisfy the needs of the community and library patrons. 


DUTIES

  • 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 commitment to the mission and vision of the Fountaindale Public Library District.
  • Coordinates, supervises, hires, trains, and schedules Children's Services Specialists to provide programming, patron assistance, reader’s advisory, and promotion of library services to patrons.
  • Works with Children’s Services Manager to establish benchmarks for staff and to develop, design and integrate initiatives and services for patrons.
  • Coordinates, plans, prepares, and leads cross-departmental programming committees or projects.
  • Evaluates Children’s Services services and programs 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.
  • Plans, implements and reviews the use of technology in programs and services in cooperation with the Children’s Services Manager.
  • Chairs and participates in regional and library wide committees for special projects, strategic planning, new library initiatives, departmental development, and consortia wide development.
  • Organizes and leads regular meetings and trainings with all Children's Services staff in cooperation with the Children's Services Manager.
  • Prepares and submits required records, reports, statistics, and purchase requests in keeping with the policies and procedures of the library.
  • Performs all duties at the Children’s Services desk including basic and in-depth reference and reader’s advisory services, computer monitoring and one-on-one instruction.
  • 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.
  • Acts as backup departmental lead.
  • Performs other miscellaneous duties as assigned.  
Requirements

Education:  Requires expertise acquired through completion of a MLS degree program from an ALA-accredited library school. 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. 


Skills: 

  • 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.

Communication:

  • 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, especially children and their caregivers.
  • Prepares and delivers oral presentations. 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITES

Position has supervisory responsibility. Interview, hire, train, encourage, review work, inspire, assist, develop, counsel, evaluate, discipline and enforce library rules and policies. 


CONTACTS

Internal: Library staff. 

External: Patrons, school personnel, performers, community organizations, vendors and personnel from other libraries.  


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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.


WORKING CONDITIONS

Work is performed in a typical office environment. Full-time position.  Requires some weekend and evening work.