Youth Services Department Manager

A full-time youth services department manager position is available at the Brentwood Branch Library and will be posted until filled. The job is scheduled for 40+ hours per week and pays $31,824-50,003.20 based on experience.

The vision for the Springfield-Greene County Library is to be a thriving Library that is an integral part of the lives of the community. Library employees will be expected to embrace the following values:

  • Empowerment - To give someone the means or ability to do something.
  • Respect - To treat all people with dignity.
  • Excellence - To be the best in everything we do.
  • Innovation - To start or provide something new.
  • Confidence - To be certain of trustworthiness.
  • Synergy - To produce a combined effect greater than what we can do individually.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Supervise and manage youth services staff. Including participation in the hiring and orientation of new staff, developing the skills and talents of existing staff, and evaluating all according to the current model.
  • Develop Library services based on sound models of youth participation and development, allowing for social interaction, growth and learning.
  • Collaborate with community organizations and individuals to develop youth services beyond library walls. Prepare and present off-site programs and presentations.
  • Oversee and manage daily operations and budget of the Youth Services department.
  • Collaborate with other department managers on supervision/direction/management of shared staff.
  • Represent the Brentwood Youth Services department at district Youth Services meetings, on appropriate committees and within the branch.
  • Develop and supervise youth participation, such as youth advisory groups, teen volunteers, and opportunities for employment.
  • Assist patrons with reader's advisory, information and location of library materials.
  • Assist and instruct patrons in the operation of Library technology, materials and resources.
  • Assist with material selection and collection development.
  • Prepare departmental reports and correspondence as required.
  • Perform routine telephone reference and information work.
  • Perform computer data searches; must be proficient in using computers with Windows.
  • Effectively lead building tours and meetings.
  • Perform basic file keeping and clerical duties.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Timeliness: Since employees in this position work with other staff and provide assistance to the general public who patronize the Library, Youth Services Department Managers must be punctual and timely in arriving to work and completing tasks. A Youth Services Department Manager must also be capable of working a full-time (40 hour per week) schedule.
  • Ability to work with others and the general public: Youth Services Department Manager jobs are interdependent and mutually dependent regarding other job categories. Youth Services Department Managers also have a high degree of direct contact with Library patrons and staff. Therefore, it is essential that individuals who work in this position have the ability to work and interact in a cooperative, pleasant, and constructive manner with others and encourage and nurture positive relationships between youth, their families, the library, staff and administration.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited university required. (Will consider if nearing completion.)
  • 2-3 years public service experience preferred.
  • 2-3 years library experience preferred.
  • 2 years of supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience working with children and teens.

Skills/Job Knowledge

  • Ability to interact pleasantly, constructively and cooperatively with library patrons and staff.
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written.
  • Ability to effectively listen to and respond to patron inquiries.
  • Ability to perform basic library functions during times of high public usage.
  • Working knowledge of library ready reference tools, databases and youth literature.
  • Demonstrates artistic and creative ability in the development of youth programming and displays.
  • Computer and keyboard skills, to include Windows, word processing and spreadsheet construction.
  • Work with staff to plan, implement and evaluate youth programs based on the developmental stages and needs of the target audience.
  • Must have excellent public speaking skills, ability to plan, organize and execute programs.


  • Regular, daily public contact with adults, teens and children.
  • Works closely with other department personnel.
  • Routine telephone contact with others departments and branches.


  • Supervised by Branch Manager.

Physical Demands

  • Performs bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching from floor level to 6 feet in height.
  • Displays good coordination and mobility.
  • Routine lifting of library materials weighing up to 20 lbs.

Working Environment

  • Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general library environment.
  • Occasional special outdoor events.

Miscellaneous Requirements

  • Must pass a security background check.


Education and experience will be evaluated with regard to quantity, recency and quality.

To receive credit for college courses or degrees, transcripts must accompany your application.

Applications may be reviewed for qualifications beyond the stated minimums on the job posting.

Those with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act before testing or appointment. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - M/F/V/D

Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in the United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment.


Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including U.S. citizens). The Library uses the E-Verify system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). For more information, view the E-Verify poster in English (pdf) or Español (pdf). For information about the right to work, see the right to work poster in English (pdf) or Español (pdf).

Find more information about applying for this job, or download an Application for Employment (pdf).

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