DATE ENTERED: May 3, 2021
POSITION: Divisional Librarian-Youth Services
LOCATION: Roanoke County Public Library, VA
APPLY BY: 5/24/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Divisional Librarian- Youth Services

Roanoke County Public Library is looking for a dynamic and team-oriented leader for our Children’s Department who will play a key role in implementing the library's strategic plan. You’ll live and work in an affordable area nestled in the mountains, minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, with easy access to a great Parks system and loads of entertainment choices, including minor league sports, popular festivals, an established symphony orchestra, and several renowned restaurants. If you want to join an award-winning energetic team while living and working at the intersection of tradition and innovation, we want to hear from you!

The successful candidate will be responsible for performing professional, supervisory, and administrative work managing the day-to-day operations of the children’s department. Duties include overseeing system-wide children’s programming and early literacy initiatives, and selecting, training, scheduling, and evaluating children’s staff. Supervision is exercised over full and part-time employees engaged in work supporting youth services. Duties includes making data-driven decisions in developing and implementing programs, services, and special events to support the literacy and technology needs of families. Will help promote use of our libraries and align programs and activities with system and county-wide goals. The Divisional Librarian participates in the budget process and long-range planning, manages expenditures for part-time staff and programming, and works under general supervision of the Administrative Librarian who reviews work for achievement of desired goals and objectives. Does related work as required.

Performs responsible administrative and professional work in managing and coordinating children's and/or young adult services. Major responsibilities include delivering professional assistance to library patrons, providing responsible leadership for the operation of one or more of the specialty services of the library system, and planning and organizing programs, services, and support activities. Does related work as required.


  • Coordinates with material management unit to oversee collection development for the division; evaluates library collections for completeness, currency, and condition, and participates regularly in the de-selection  process.
  • Designs, plans, and implements programs aligned with the library's strategic plan; evaluates library programming and services; collects and analyzes community feedback and statistics on program and services; maintains various collections and formats.
  • Assists in preparing annual budget, particularly as it relates to divisional services and staffing.
  • Plans, directs and provides outreach services to area schools and childcare providers including library visits, classroom visits, and daycare story times.
  • Develops and implements story hours, youth programs, and family programs in coordination with system-wide children's staff and Public Services Librarian.
  • Selects and plans outside performers or presenters according to County procurement guidelines; evaluates proposed programs for safety hazards, feasibility, and age appropriateness.
  • Networks with colleagues and attends professional seminars and training events keeping abreast of service innovations and best practices for youth services.
  • Answers complex reference questions and performs readers' advisory for youth, their parents,  and caregivers.
  • Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers; works with Library Friends and civic groups.
  • Supervises, evaluates, instructs, and collaborates with other library management staff; conducts  regular  meetings  of  youth  services  staff  facilitating  communication, knowledge sharing, and program and outreach coordination; assumes responsibility of staff and building in the absence of other professional staff.
  • In coordination with Administrative and Marketing Manager, prepares press releases, publicity flyers, public service announcements and other materials publicizing programming; creates and updates website pages regarding activities and opportunities; contributes to Library social network outreach.
  • Works closely with consortium personnel and other professionals in the region; serves as liaison to schools.

Required: Master's degree in Library Science or Library/Information Science from an ALA- accredited college or university or a combination of experience and ability to complete MLS and acquire Library of Virginia Certification within one (1) year from date of hire.

Required: Considerable experience in professional library work or comparable public, retail, or technical service experience. Recent substantive training or accredited coursework in relevant areas may be an acceptable substitute for professional library experience, particularly when combined with other responsible retail, public or technical service experience.

Must be eligible for certification as a professional librarian by the State of Virginia. Must possess a valid Virginia driver's license and have a good driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of professional library principles, standards, methods and techniques pertinent to the operation of a specialty services division
  • Thorough knowledge of English, spelling, arithmetic and basic statistics Technical expertise utilizing and maintaining ILS and  products
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and produce reports
  • Ability to work well with library personnel and to maintain good relations with the citizens in the community
  • Ability  to  design  and  implement  work  programs Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Ability to direct the activities of subordinate staff and to properly motivate and develop staff

Additional Requirements
Subject to a complete criminal history background search with acceptable results. May be subject to DMV driving record review as required by amount of work related driving, specified by support responsibilities. Must also be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Supervises subordinate staff assigned to specialty area

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