System-wide Youth Services Manager-Library
All applicants must submit a completed application, cover letter, and resume to be considered for this opportunity.
It’s an exciting time to join the Fort Worth Public Library! We have a brand new strategic plan and an exciting new vision to build a community of learners, dreamers, and doers. Find out more online.
Are you looking for a unique opportunity to put your resourcefulness, relationship-building skills and passion for serving the community to work? If you are a high-level, strategic thinker, and if you have an established history of developing meaningful lifelong learning initiatives for children and teens and fostering and maintaining community partnerships, then Fort Worth Public Library’s Systemwide Youth Services Manager position might be the perfect opportunity for you. The selected candidate will be tasked with continuing the work of building an innovative Youth Services Division, which will support a system of 17 libraries that serve a community of approximately 900,000 residents.
Essential job functions:
· Champions the Library’s strategic goals and initiatives with the system’s mission, vision and core values in mind.
· Provides support for staff who plan and implement youth programs at all Library locations, including identifying and vetting potential presenters and coordinating program evaluation.
· Cultivates community relationships and official partnerships and participates in planning and coordinating library programs and services with other community institutions and agencies; promotes the use of system resources and services through communication with community agencies, organizations and groups.
· Utilizes outcome-based planning and evaluation for program planning.
· Assists with the preparation of/oversees/monitors adherence to the department budget.
· Identifies potential grant funding or monetary sources; in cooperation with Library Administration, writes and administers grants to carry out programs and presentation ideas including negotiation of fees, creating a narrative, budget, and final written or oral evaluations.
· Develops and provides ongoing professional development opportunities for youth-serving staff throughout the system.
· Works collaboratively with the Adult Services Division to develop and execute programs and services for shared target audiences.
· Encourages staff to be forward-thinking, try new ideas, experiment and be willing to fail, and to embrace change.
Minimum job requirement include:
· Master's degree in Library Science, Education, Human Development or a related field; and
· At least 4 years of management experience with evidence of progressive responsibility and interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
· At least two years of relevant library experience developing programs and services for youth.
· Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field; and
· At least 8 years of management experience with evidence of progressive responsibility and interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and decision-making.
· At least six years of relevant job experience developing programs and services for youth.
Highly preferred qualifications include:
· Knowledge of current trends and best practices in library services to children and teens, youth and adolescent development, and children’s and young adult literature.
· High level of comfort with program evaluation and outcome-based planning and evaluation.
· Experience building sustainable community relationships.
· Experience leading by influence.
· Previous experience developing and presenting programs, workshops, and classes for youth and their parents/caregivers.
· Ability to communicate with customers in Spanish.
While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, or crouch, and lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.