DATE ENTERED: July 13, 2020
APPLY BY: No date specified

Class Code: 3345
Revision Date: Mar. 3, 2020
SALARY RANGE: $44,512.00 - $74,193.60 Annually        

The Lynchburg Public Library is seeking an experienced professional librarian with strong leadership and communication skills to manage the Youth Services Department. The highly-motivated candidate will have a passion for public service, knowledge of children’s literature, and experience working with children in an urban library environment.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties to provide direct or indirect service to the citizens may be assigned.

When in Youth Services:

  • Oversees collection development for youth and teen collections; guides and trains fellow youth staff in selection guidelines and budget allocation; makes purchasing and budgeting decisions.
  • Plans, organizes, and maintains the children and teen collections through consistent collection maintenance and weeding.
  • Reads widely within the youth and teen discipline in order to provide appropriate reader’s advisory. Also stays attune to children’s popular interests to keep the collection vibrant and locally relevant.
  • Possesses a broad knowledge of children and teen literature; is aware of current trends in library services to children; has a working knowledge of childhood development, early literacy practices, and education standards for children in pre-k to grade 12.
  • Assists library patrons, primarily children and their families, in finding appropriate and relevant materials, answering reference and research questions, and performing reader’s advisory.
  • Plans, implements, and directs all youth and teen programs, including but not limited to storytimes, summer reading programs, summer lunch program, school and community outreach, after-school teen programs, and family programs.
  • Works with outside performers and vendors when planning special program and events.
  • Sets, interprets, and upholds departmental goals and objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Maintains a pleasant, inviting, and safe environment for children. Deals tactfully and courteously with the public.
  • Compiles statistics on attendance of all children’s programs throughout the year for the annual report and statistics on the summer reading program. Conducts outcome measures to gauge program impact.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises youth staff of 6 employees. Delegates, oversees, and evaluates a variety of assigned tasks.
  • Speaks to community groups about youth programs and the mission of the public library’s service to children and families.
  • Solicits funds and finds grant opportunities to purchase children’s materials and fund children’s programs.
  • Works closely with the library director in planning programs, developing policies and procedures, and maintains an effective working relationship with fellow staff members. Has a cooperative team spirit.
  • Fosters partnerships with local community organizations, such as schools, homeschool groups, preschools, and daycares.
  • Attends professional library conferences, seminars, and network committees; reads professional literature; attends and contributes to library staff meetings.


  • Other duties to provide direct or indirect service to the citizens may be assigned.
  • When unusual situations occur and/or the City Manager declares a State of Emergency, all City employees may be required to accept special assignments and perform as needed to ensure appropriate service delivery.

Directly supervises assigned support and professional staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) or Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited library school required; minimum 3-5 years of professional library experience working with children and families preferred; coursework in children’s and teen literature preferred.

Depending on assignment, possession of valid driver's license issued by Commonwealth of Virginia and acceptable driving record according to City criteria may be required.

Must successfully complete IS100 and IS700 National Incident Management (NIMS) training within 90 days of employment.  May also be required to complete higher levels of NIMS training as determined appropriate for the position.


Librarian III Supplemental Questionnaire
*1. Do you have experience presenting a storytime or early literacy program for children in a public library setting? Are you comfortable leading a group of children during a storytime, which will include singing, reading and engaging both parents and children? Please give a detailed example.
*2. Do you have experience presenting any virtual programs to children? Please give an example and include the virtual platform used.
*3. Have you taken a course in children's and/or teen literature? What experience do you have connecting children and/or teens with books?
*4. Do you have experience directly supervising staff? If so, how many staff, full-time and part-time, have you supervised?
*5. This position requires you to work evenings and Saturdays. Are you willing and able to work these hours?
* Required Question