Youth Services Librarian – Waterbury Public Library (Waterbury, VT)

About the Library

The Waterbury Public Library (WPL) is housed in a new and beautiful building which opened in 2017, and has established itself as a hub of community life. This 5,000 sq. ft. library provides a pleasant, airy and light-filled space for patrons and staff alike. WPL provides access to books, information, public computers, programs and events for all ages, and educational opportunities for a wide variety of patrons. Our space provides places for people to connect, learn, browse and meet. The Library is overseen by a Board of 5 elected Commissioners, and is a department within the Town of Waterbury municipal government. WPL has an active Friends group, loyal volunteers, an experienced Board, and a very supportive community. There are three full time and four part time staff. Please note we are currently operating under a COVID-adapted service model of Curbside Service.

About the Area

Central Vermont is a thriving and beautiful place to call home. Waterbury is close to both our largest city of Burlington- home to the University of VT, and to our state capitol, Montpelier, both accessible via Interstate 89. Waterbury abounds with the natural beauty of mountains, trails, lakes, streams and rivers with an amazing array of outdoor activities at our doorstep. The quality of life is outstanding with strong schools, many service and cultural organizations, and a safe community with a deep sense of welcoming, belonging, and caring.

The Position

We are seeking an experienced, creative, outgoing, forward-thinking and organized person who believes in the mission and power of today’s public libraries to impact both individuals and society. The successful candidate must have the skills and enthusiasm to engage with families, children and teens with warmth, good humor and knowledge of child development needs. This position is 35 hours per week with a competitive salary range and a full array of benefits.

Our Ideal Candidate

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; MLIS or Vermont Certificate in Public Librarianship strongly preferred.
  • At least two years of experience working in a library providing programming and services for children and/or young adults.
  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of children’s and young adult literature.
  • Passion for the role of public libraries as community hubs, centers of learning, and transformative institutions.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite; in-depth knowledge of information systems (e.g., Koha). Technologically curious. Basic graphic design experience preferred.
  • Strong social media skills (e.g., Facebook, Instagram) and virtual communication tools (e.g., Zoom, Facebook Live) required.
  • Broad knowledge of the current youth landscape and trends, child development, early literacy best practices, and education standards.
  • Passion for working closely with children, teens, and their caregivers with imagination, confidence, and enthusiasm.
  • Warm, engaged, collaborative, flexible, and eager disposition;
  • Successful in cultivating positive, collaborative working relationships with supervisors, subordinates, co-workers, Board members, patrons, and volunteers as part of a coordinated team.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak compellingly about the Library’s mission.
  • Resourceful and self-directed; pro-active and adept at anticipating organizational needs.
  • Capacity to multi-task and prioritize competing demands while remaining calm, positive, and detail-oriented.
  • Rigorous standards for personal and professional integrity.
  • Able to work on-site and remotely; regular evening and weekend hours generally include one evening per week and one Saturday per month, subject to change.

To Apply

To apply for this approximately 35 hour/week, benefitted position, please send an email including a cover letter, resume or CV, and three professional references to Almy Landauer, Library Director, at almy@waterburypubliclibrary.com. Criminal background check and valid driver’s license are required.

For the full job description click here or visit our website at www.waterburypubliclibrary.com

– Posted March 30, 2021