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Head of Children’s Services


The Head of Youth Services assists the Director with the primary focus of responsibility in serving the youth of Dover by creating and providing an exceptional and transformative library experience for children and tweens, other related duties, as required.

Essential Duties

The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work performed. The omissions of specific statements of duties do not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Responsible for the children’s department budget; prioritize and determine expenditures and manage budgets
  • Oversees the work, training and development of part-time staff and volunteers
  • Exhibit compassion for all customers and co-workers; Exhibit an entire library approach to library service. Be committed to working, assisting and brainstorming in all departments
  • Be passionate about core librarianship, access to information and all forms of literacy
  • Responsible for provision of readers’ advisory and reference services that will enrich the customer experience through personal interaction with customers, developing online/paper bibliographies and pathfinders that may enrich customer experience
  • Create and brainstorm marketing ideas and displays
  • Plan, develop, implement, promote and publicize programs, book groups and participatory experiences for our customers; develop and implement the Summer Reading Program
  • Performs circulation desk duties in all departments, as needed
  • Maintains supply inventories and materials and submits requests for purchase approval; organizes and oversees storage closet
  • Perform other similar and related duties, as required or as situation dictates
  • Assess, develop and maintain children’s materials using appropriate selection tools for a balanced, comprehensive collection in all formats and media within the assigned budget as established by the director; includes routine weeding
  • Responsible for updating the library’s children’s web page
  • Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in libraries including all new technological procedures, processes and equipment; possess the ability to teach  basic skills to more advanced  presentations
  • Represents the library in community outreach efforts, social media presence; keeps current with social media trends; develop and maintain partnerships between library, schools and other learning institutions
  • May represent the library at meetings, conferences, public functions and professional organizations; provide tours and programs for school and community groups and outside library groups
  • Works with the Director to develop and implement policies, annual budget, state reports, Disaster Plan, Long Range Plan, grant and other reports; identify external sources of funding, write and implement grants; assist with policy development regarding youth services and development of goals and objectives


Works under the administrative direction of the Library Director; plans and prioritizes work according to established procedures and in accordance with established departmental policies and standards; refer unusual situations to the Director.

Work Environment

Work is performed “on the move”, in an office, in public spaces under normal library conditions; the volume of work is subject to seasonal fluctuations. Expect evenings and weekends to be part of your schedule.

The employee has regular contact with colleagues, the public, schools and colleges, the news media, community groups, with other libraries and vendors.

The employee has access to patron record that is subject to confidentiality.

The employee operates standard office equipment and hand tools.

Errors could result in delay of service, monetary loss, and damage to equipment or poor public relations, or injury to patrons.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:

Education and Experience

MLIS degree from an ALA accredited school, three years of library experience, including children’s services, storytelling and public performance, computer technology, automated systems and databases; supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill

Considerable knowledge of the principals and practices of professional library work, of children’s literature, reference protocol, child development, program design, budgeting and grant-writing, library organization and management of library operations, information technology, computer networks:  hardware and software, publishing cycles and collection development for print and non-print materials.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with customers and other staff members, communicate clearly both orally and in writing, work independently, or as part of a team, and meet deadlines. Ability to plan and develop creative programs for children, relate well to children, design and implement programs and make group presentations.

Interpersonal skills, verbal and written skills; advanced computer skills; planning and organizational skills

Physical Requirements

Moderate physical effort is required to perform administrative duties; the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, speak and hear, use hands to operate equipment, climb, stoop, reach with hands and arms to lift and move furniture and equipment. Vision requirements include the ability to read documents and use a computer.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change