DATE ENTERED: March 25, 2019
POSITION: Full-time Youth Programming Coordinator
LOCATION: Bedford Central Library, Bedford, VA
APPLY BY: Position open until filled

Come join our team! The Bedford Public Library is seeking a motivated, imaginative, and spirited professional who possesses strong communication and teambuilding skills to serve as the youth programming coordinator.  Primary duties include coordinating a system-wide program of summer reading activities (SRP) for all 6 libraries, leading the youth/teen programming operations at Bedford Central, taking shifts at the public service desk and helping with fundraising activities and outreach activities. The successful candidate will provide friendly, positive public service to all library patrons and work cooperatively with area community organizations to further the Library System’s mission.  The candidate should have previous library experience and past experience working with groups of children, teens and their caregivers to create and implement exciting activities.  Fundraising or grant writing experience is also desired.

The Bedford Public Library system contains one central branch located in Bedford and five other branches that serve over 75,000 citizens of Bedford County.  In 2017, the Bedford Public Library system had over 5,000 participants, Countywide, in our summer reading program. The library receives generous financial support from Bedford County government and additional support from community donors and 4 independent Friends of the Library groups. The Bedford Public Library System is centrally located between Roanoke and Lynchburg in SW Virginia and is a beautiful setting to work in with modern equipment, friendly staff, and the ability to grow professionally.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and plan the annual summer reading program (SRP) for youth and young adults.
  • Plan and implement special programs for youth and young adults throughout the year at Bedford Central Library
  • Serve as a youth and teen program resource for branch managers.
  • Work with various departments and committees on joint projects that may involve youth and/or teens  
  • Write grants and request donations for library funding.
  • Provide readers advisory and other pertinent information for children, teens, parents, and teachers.
  • Work as an advocate for juvenile and teen library users, both within the library system and the community, and represents the library system at school, community and in committee forums. This includes outreach programs.
  • Provide instruction on the use of computers and the internet to children and adults.
  • Participate and/or attend regional and national conferences and keep up with current library trends.
  • Participate in committee meetings, as assigned.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Valid state driver’s license.

This position reports to the Library Director and is listed at the grade 109 salary range, with an anticipated salary of $25,500 – $30,000, depending on education and qualifications.

Benefits include VRS retirement and life insurance, generous paid leave and holiday time, medical, dental and vision coverage and optional AFLAC supplemental insurance coverage. Paid training and tuition reimbursement opportunities are available as well.

Applications are available online at Position open until filled. EOE. The BPLS maintains a safe, drug-free workplace for its employees. A criminal background check, and previous employer references may be required for all positions as conditions of pre-employment.

Send completed application and resume, to Jenny Novalis at [email protected].