Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):
Under supervision and within the framework of the Library’s policies and practices, to assume responsibility for the effective execution of the Library’s programs of service to a diverse population characteristic to an urban setting with emphasis on children and to perform professional work requiring application of substantial professional knowledge and experience.
Reports to: Branch Librarian or ranking staff member.
Supervises: As assigned, professional and non-professional staff members.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Initiates, develops, plans and implements the Library’s programs of service to children through personal consultations, reference and readers’ advisory services, outreach and programs.
2. Develops interactive relationships within a defined neighborhood and implements activities to stimulate use of the Library’s resources by the community, especially through schools and other agencies which serve children and their families.
3. Plans and conducts comprehensive programming for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children such as story hours, book talks, craft programs, puppetry, book discussion groups, and summer reading programs.
4. Performs readers’ advisory services and difficult or involved reference work for the general public.
5. Provides instruction to increase patrons’ skills in the use of book resources and electronic databases.
6. Manages program funds assigned to children’s services.
7. Responsible for the development of the children’s book collection and manages the appropriate materials budget.
8. Compiles annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
9. Recommends and/or plans changes in service or new services for children.
10. Responsible for oral presentations and written reports on children’s activities within the branch library.
11. Assists in training professional and non-professional staff.
12. May be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch in the absence of the Branch Librarian or other ranking staff member.
13. Actively participates in system-wide committees, training and other professional activities.
14. May be called upon to represent the Library on city-wide and state-wide committees.
15. Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.
CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.
Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-2
Hours Per Week: 35