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Head of Youth Services, Durham Public Library, Durham, CT


The Durham Public Library seeks an innovative, flexible, and experienced librarian to join our team and lead our Youth Services Department, serving youth from birth to 18 and their families. Our ideal candidate will be energetic, collaborative, committed to professional growth and learning, and display a strong commitment to public service to children and youth.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing administrative oversight of the youth services department, including developing budgets and marketing materials, assessing the success of programs and services, supervising the Youth Services Librarian, and mentoring library staff
  • Planning and conducting innovative programs and services for children and youth, including preschool storytimes and summer reading programs
  • In conjunction with the Youth Services Librarian, developing and maintaining the youth print and media collections
  • Engaging in outreach to schools, daycares, and other community organizations
  • Delivering reference and reader’s advisory services to children and families

Qualifications desired include:

  • An MLIS degree from an accredited library school
  • Three years’ professional experience as a librarian, experience in youth services essential, supervisory experience preferred
  • Knowledge of children’s literature, best practices in early literacy children’s programming, and child development
  • Experience in developing engaging, hands-on programming for school-aged children. STEM programming experience desired
  • Strong organizational and communications skills
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, and ensure that tasks are completed accurately and on time
  • Strong commitment to warm and welcoming public service required

This is a full-time, non-union position (35 hours per week). Starting salary $53,421, with full benefits.
Some evenings and Saturdays required.

How to Apply:

Those interested in applying may send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Christine Michaud, Library Director, at [email protected]. Deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 25, 2021.