Youth Services Coordinator, Worcester Public Library, Worcester MA



$61,048.93 - $78,580.93 annually; $29.25 - $37.65 hourly.

A supervisory, professional position under the direction of the Associate Head Librarian

The Youth Services Coordinator is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and implementing services designed to serve children from infancy through high school.  The service include fostering literacy, encouraging reading for enrichment and pleasure, supplementing school resources and promoting the use of the public library as a lifelong resource.



  • Supervises, schedules, coordinates and evaluates staff services for the Children's Room, Young Adult unit and One City One Library (OCOL) locations.  Makes recommendations for hiring and discipline.
  • Serves as a member of the Management Committee for overall planning and coordination of library services and work units and as a consultant and advisor to Management in youth areas of expertise and knowledge.
  • Advocates for library services for youth.
  • Oversees planning, scheduling, and promotion of programs for children's and youth adults at Main Library and branch libraries.
  • Supervises the selection of print and non-print materials, manages the materials budget and supervises the maintenance of the collections for children and young adult services at the Main Library, branch libraries and Mobile Services. 
  • Conducts programs and library tours when needed.
  • Coordinates displays and bibliographies for children and adults concerned with children.
  • Coordinates long range planning and program development for youth services.
  • Originates and administers grant funding.
  • Prepares bid specifications and oversees contracts for the division.
  • Provides reference and readers advisory service directly to the public.
  • Acts as Librarian-In-Charge as needed.
  • Connects customers with the best bibliographic searches/inquiries using every possible resource.
  • Interprets goals and policies to customers and staff.
  • Stays informed about professional and community developments affecting the library and librarianship.
  • Represents the library at appropriate community agencies.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, consistent with the functions of the work unit and level of responsibility.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of services for youth.
  • Works collaboratively on strategic plan.
  • Recommends division budget and monitors budget when funded.
  • Works with appropriate committees of the Library's Board of Directors and attends monthly Board meetings.




  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate with professional and para-professional staff about concepts, ideas, and requirements.
  • Thorough knowledge of standard youth services in libraries.
  • Commitment to library leadership.
  • Creativity.
  • Experience and familiarity with literature and programming for youth.
  • Comfortable working with children individually and in groups.
  • Ability to plan short-term and long-term work objectives with staff and to assign tasks and to follow-up to ensure quality of work and completeness of tasks.
  • Ability to take the initiative and interest in and ability to improve existing work techniques and procedures.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in current and emerging technologies and their applications
  • Ability and willingness to assume responsibility.
  • Ability to effectively respond to needs of patrons of all age groups.
  • Ability to organize, direct, coordinate, coach and supervise the work of others
  • Ability to resolve conflict with staff/customers
  • Excellent public speaking skills
  • Thorough knowledge of the practical application of computer operations.



Education:      Master's degree in Library Science from a Graduate School of Library Science accredited by the American Library Association or approved by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Experience:    Three years of professional library work after receipt of MLS that includes supervisory and public service responsibilities.  Broad working knowledge of children's resources.  Minimum 3 years of successful experience in the supervision and management of staff  in a library setting

Schedule:         Includes evening and weekend assignments and working at other locations

Travel:              Ability to get to other locations in a timely manner

Other:             Ability to sit and use computer workstation, including keyboard and terminal, for extended periods of time.  Ability to bend, stoop and lift books and equipment. Strength to push loaded book trucks.  Stamina, for example, to work with the public for periods of a minimum of two hours at a time while maintaining good communication.


Send resume and cover letter on or before Monday, December 16, 2013 to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA  01608 or apply online at .

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