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Director of Childrens Services

Posted by: Spartanburg Couty Public Library

Posted date: 2017-Nov-20

Location: Spartanburg Couty Public Library

The Director of Childrens Services is an integral member of the management team, working directly under the Assistant County Librarian of Public Services, providing insight on best practices for childrens services in libraries. We are looking for an energetic individual with a sense of humor. Our new director will lead the dedicated professionals of our Childrens Services team, providing programming guidance and training to staff working directly with children at the ten locations of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Our Childrens Services team embraces the Every Child Ready to Read initiative and incorporates fun and engaging storytimes and playtimes at each location. Each location provides toys in their childrens area to enhance Every Child Ready to Read practices, and the Headquarters location also has an outdoor playground. Quality gaming, craft, literature and movie programs are planned for school age children and tweens. The director guides the work of the team to implement the Libraries Board of Trustees strategic goals around programs, staff, collection and environment. The director oversees a large budget for programming, summer reading, and Every Child Ready to Read needs.
Job Title Director of Childrens Services
Start Date 11/20/2017
Library/Institution Name Spartanburg Couty Public Library
Salary $53,471 per year minimum
Certification Required? Yes
City Spartanburg
State SC
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Type of Library Job Classification -> Public
Qualifications Strong knowledge of childrens literature, readers advisory for children, childrens developmental stages and best practices in the area of childrens services in libraries
Ability to identify new technologies and programs for childrens services and recommend ways to implement new services
Skills in creative and critical thinking, budget development and analysis, team building, strategic planning and project implementation
Ability to develop the Librarys mission, vision and goals into successful objectives and action steps for childrens services and encourage and involve staff in the planning process
Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines and lead and motivate highly productive teams
Proven experience in leadership, fiscal management, project management, supervision, working with teams and providing excellent customer service
Must be able to analyze and implement efficient workflows and systems to effectively collaborate with Library staff and partners
Ability to creatively problem-solve, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive and inclusive manner and model a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal/communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor
Ability to connect to the community through attendance at meetings and serving on boards or committees that relate to the librarys work with children in the community
Experience with overseeing large programs and a large budget are essential
Application Instructions Please submit a cover letter, resume and application. Applications are available at all checkout desks or may be downloaded from the librarys website. This information can be faxed to (864) 596-3518 or mailed to 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.
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