Children's Services Coordinator

per month
Full time: 40 hours/week
Monday, November 18, 2013
Schedule Notes: 

Irregular; may include evenings and weekends based on programming needs

Job Summary: 

This position calls for a strong, child-centric coordinator who can continue to develop and expand the library’s efforts to engage, educate and entertain the children and parents of Tulsa County. Strong organizational skills are required to manage system-wide children’s services from the Youth Services Department; to administer grants and trust initiatives related to children’s services; to serve as spokesperson in the community regarding children’s issues, programs and events; and to provide leadership and development opportunities for TCCL’s children’s associates and librarians.

Essential Functions: 
  1. Coordinate system-wide children’s programming, including the Children’s Summer Reading Program, Books to Treasure, and other children’s events and activities;
  2. Manage budgets, grants and trust proposals, event and program timelines, program planning and special events related to children’s services;
  3. Chair the Children’s Service Committee;
  4. Engage staff throughout the system to manage various aspects of children’s services and activities;
  5. Research & coordinate new programs, methods and resources for serving children with an emphasis on emergent literacy and the national initiative, Every Child Ready to Read and Family Place Libraries;
  6. Create and provide appropriate staff training and development;
  7. Develop and maintain the library’s children’s web and Intranet sites;
  8. Promote children’s programming to the community, helping develop partnerships and cooperation with relevant organizations;
  9. Represent TCCL on community boards and related youth organizations as well as serving as a children’s liaison to public and private schools;
  10. Evaluate the effectiveness of children’s services;
  11. Act as library spokesperson when communicating information about children’s services to the media;
  12. Perform other duties as instructed and assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 
  1. Strong interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills;
  2. Ability to develop and implement successful children’s and youth programs and to evaluate their effectiveness;
  3. Knowledge of children’s developmental milestones and literature;
  4. Ability to work independently and make decisions;
  5. Ability to work some evenings and weekends;
  6. Ability to attend offsite meetings and programs;
  7. Skills in the use of relevant computer hardware, software, and various other office machines and equipment.
Education & Experience: 
  1. Master’s degree in Library Science or Master’s in Education, or substantial Progress towards either degree required;
  2. Five to seven years’ experience in Library setting required, preferably including experience working with children.
Physical & Environmental Conditions: 

Work routinely requires lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment, boxes (up to 40 pounds) and/or long periods of walking on a routine basis, and/or standing for long periods of time and/or frequently requires stooping or bending.

There are occasional minor discomforts from exposure to less than optimal temperature and air conditions.  The job may involve dealing with modestly unpleasant situations, such as occasional exposure to office chemicals and/or extensive use of video display terminals.

Work environment involves everyday risks or discomforts which require normal safety precautions typical of such places as offices or meeting rooms, e.g. use of safe work place practices with office equipment, and/or avoidance of trips and falls, observance of fire regulations and traffic signals.