LIBRARIAN II (YOUTH MANAGER)

POSITION OVERVIEW

Applications Accepted From:All Persons Interested

Division:Customer Experience
Reporting Location:Central Library
Workdays & Hours:Varied (hours within Mon - Sun, 8:00 am - 8:15 pm / Rotating Shift)
Subject To Change

Houston Public Library is seeking a passionate, creative, and innovative Librarian II to serve as the youth services manager at Collier Regional Library. Under the leadership of the library manager, the Librarian II will be responsible for providing leadership for the location in programming and outreach for youth ages 0-18 years of age. The Youth Manager will work with the Youth Services Administration team and with neighborhood libraries in their region to provide support and assist with the implementation of system-wide Youth Services initiatives. In addition, this position is responsible for training all new Youth Services staff in best practices and standards for youth programming, collection development, online learning resources and services for youth ages 0-18. Successful candidates will communicate effectively, provide exceptional customer service, enjoy working with, learning and teaching new and emerging technologies, be at ease multitasking in a fast-paced public service setting and enjoy interacting with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds.

Collier Regional Library, located in northwest Houston, has a busy youth programming schedule which includes Baby Storytime, Bilingual Baby Storytime, Pajama Storytime, Toddler Storytime, and Family Storytime to promote early literacy and a daily After School Zone which provides STEM programming, homework help, gaming and crafts. Adult classes such as ESL, Citizenship, Open Job Lab, and Computer programs are regularly held at the location. Collier Regional library also functions as the new employee training facility for Houston Public Library. Trainees receive practical hands-on training in library best practices for general customer service and library services and online learning resources such as Brainfuse, Tumblebooks, and Learning Express Library. Additional specialized training is provided as needed. The new staff gain the basics before reporting to their home locations. In addition to regular library services, this location also serves as a Passport Acceptance Facility. Selected candidates may be trained as Passport Acceptance Agents and must pass a passport certification exam and maintain an annual re-certification.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Leading and supervising branch Youth Services staff, including providing timely and objective feedback of performance, fostering the learning and development of staff, as well as for providing and modeling exceptional public service with an emphasis on children, teens and preteens;
  • Creating a welcoming and safe environment for youth and their families and planning and coordinating the development of exciting programs and services for youth of all ages including story times and after school programming;
  • Interacting with customers at the customer service desk to find information and library materials;
  • Liaising with the community through outreach and developing partnerships with local schools and community organizations;
  • Marketing the youth collection and keeping it well maintained;
  • Developing training material for the Learning Lab, especially youth services, and evaluating the performance of trainees;
  • Training new Youth Services staff in best practices, including programming, collection development and services for youth ages 0-18;
  • Supporting system-wide Youth Services initiatives and provide leadership and support for youth staff in their regions;
  • May serve as the person in charge in the absence of the manager and assistant manager;
  • Evening and weekend (Saturday and Sunday) shift work is required.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a Cover Letter and Resume when applying. For a location listing of our 37 Neighborhood Libraries and Central Library, please visit www.houstonlibrary.org/hpl-locations .

WORKING CONDITIONS
The position occasionally requires stooping or bending. Occasional very light lifting, such as three or four reams of papers or books (up to 20 pounds or an equivalentweight) may be required. Must be able to move freely throughout the library to file/retrieve library materials.


MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Requires a Master's of Library Science degree from a school accredited by American Library Association (ALA) and one (1) year of library experience
OR
Requires a Bachelor's degree plus 18 hours toward a Master's of Library Science degree from a school accredited by ALA and two years of library experience. A Master's of Library Science degree must be completed within two (2) years from being hired into this classification.

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Valid Driver's License and compliance with the City of Houston policy on driving (AP 2-2).

PREFERENCES

  • Experience with creating training curriculum and conducting one-on-one and group trainings;
  • Experience providing teen programming and services in a library setting;
  • Comfortable working with diverse populations;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to motivate, develop, train and direct staff in a collaborative team environment;
  • Knowledge of current trends in library services to youth and their parents and caregivers;
  • Experience using the MS Office Suite and OneDrive and knowledge of video gaming equipment and electronic devices such as e-readers and tablets and other technologies.
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) preferred.

Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.

GENERAL INFORMATION

SELECTION / SKILLS TESTS REQUIRED
Department may administer skills assessment test
SAFETY IMPACT POSITION: Yes
If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.
SALARY INFORMATION
Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification.
PAY GRADE: 21
APPLICATION PROCEDURES
Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during posting opening and closing dates shown. Applications must be submitted online at: www.houstontx.gov . To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/default.cfm . orcall 832-393-4897.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information.If you need special services or accommodations, please call TTY 7-1-1.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

EEOEqual Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.


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