Librarian I - Youth Services
Jersey City Free Public Library
Job posted to this site on May 16th at 10:53am
Application Deadline: June 16th 2023
About Jersey City and the Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL)
JCFPL is the largest municipal library in the State of New Jersey, with ten locations and growing, and a collection comprising over 2.5 million print and digital items. Our staff of nearly 120 dedicated individuals serves the residents, students, and workers of Jersey City: the largest city in Hudson County, N.J., and the second-largest city in New Jersey.
The staff of JCFPL reflects the cultural and linguistic diversity of Jersey City, which is consistently ranked as the most diverse community in the United States. Collectively, our staff speaks over 16 languages, including English, Spanish, Arabic, Hindi, Tagalog, Gujarati, Marathi, Igbo, Portuguese, and others.
JCFPL is committed to building on our strong foundation and expanding our ability to meet the needs of Jersey City’s growing and increasingly diverse community.
About the Position
As part of the Youth Services Division and reporting to the branch managers (Heights, Miller, Gardner Main Branches) , the individuals in these roles are responsible for providing services to Children and Youth. The Five Corners branch will focus more on Teen and Young Adult services. This includes but is not limited to developing/delivering after school programs, providing homework help, delivering story times and other programs; maintaining the department’s youth collections; promoting use of library materials and services; performing outreach to schools and others supporting youth; preparing reports; keeping informed of professional developments; and performing other duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for children’s and young adult literature; familiarity with current library technologies; the ability to perform both independently and as a team member; experience in planning and conducting children’s programming; an energetic approach to outreach to schools, daycares and community partners; excellent communication skills; enthusiasm, courtesy, flexibility and a sense of humor. The ideal candidate will have experience in preschool programming and promoting early literacy practices, afterschool programming and homework help.
* Please note, this vacancy announcement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required for the employee for this job. The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.
Specific Job Duties:
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as an illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
- OUTREACH - Develop partnerships with parents, community leaders, and organizations.
- EVALUTATION OF BRANCH NEEDS - Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate overall programs, services, and activities to ensure they meet library goals and the needs and interests of students.
- INNOVATION PROGRAMMING -Designs, develops, and implements innovative programs and services and integrate new technologies into library service.
- TRADITIONAL PROGRAMMING -Organizes and conducts library tours, book talks, film programs, reading clubs, etc. for the purpose of promoting literacy, fostering use of library resources and/or to inform the community and various organizations of available youth services.
- AESTHETICS - Designs, develops, implements and evaluates displays and exhibits.
- SOCIAL MEDIA - Promotes library activities, facilities and services.
- CUSTOMER SERVICE - Assist patrons in locating, evaluating and effectively using information or resources;
- OTHER - Perform all other reasonable duties as assigned by Supervisor.
- Master’s degree in Library or Information Sciences in a library program accredited by the American Library Association or from a New Jersey College Master’s program in Library Science that has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State University.
- Possess a valid certification as a Professional Librarian issued by Thomas Edison State University.
- Ability to keep informed of current theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of librarianship: and adapt to modern technology, library trends and innovations.
- Ability to identify, customize, create and present innovative programs and services and integrate new technologies into library service.
- Ability to read, write, speak, or communicate in a second language other than English.
- Experience as a musician, singer, theater performer, or artist a plus.
- Desire to work in fast-paced urban environment a plus.
This vacancy is associated with a N.J. Civil Service job title; the New Jersey Civil Service Commission requires all incumbents to possess and be prepared to verify the minimum experience and skills required for the associated Civil Service job title.
This position is subject to residency requirements as set forth in the New Jersey First Act.
LocationJersey City Free Public Library, 472 Jersey Ave, Jersey NJ 07302
$58,000 - $65,000 yearly