Job Title:  Children’s Department Manager

Reports to:  Director

Status:  Permanent Full-time, Non-exempt

Salary:  $14.75-$16.25 hourly [$30,680 - $33,800 annually]

Hours/Week:  40



Creates, implements, and presents agency and community programs for children ages 1-12 years of age and child related programs for parents, caregivers and teachers. Provides reference and reader's advisory services and interprets the Library's policies and procedures. Develops and maintains a reference and circulating collection for juvenile patrons. Oversees personnel, collection development, and programming for all personnel in the Children’s Department.  Is also responsible for the physical appearance of the Children’s Department.



  1. Plans and conducts programs for children to encourage reading, viewing, and listening of library materials in an effort to create lifelong readers.
  2. Oversees all Children’s Department programming.
  3. Evaluates and selects materials of interest to children for purchase by the library.
  4. Oversees all collection development for the Children’s department.
  5. Performs reference and reader's advisory services in person, by telephone and by e-mail, using materials in a variety of formats primarily for the Children’s Department.
  6. Assists in library-wide reference when occasions arise.
  7. Provides service to the community and schools through programming, teacher collection services, and other Library services.
  8. Provides service during afternoon - evening hours at least once per week.
  9. Provides service during weekend at least once per month.
  10. Supervises the operation of the Children’s Department and staff.
  11. Interprets the Library's policies and procedures to the public in a customer friendly manner.
  12. Maintains knowledge of Evergreen Integrated Library System circulation module in order to assist at circulation desk.
  13. Uses computers and the Internet effectively for providing Library service.
  14. Identifies reading trends among juvenile patrons.
  15. Creates displays to enhance the Library collection and to promote reading.
  16. Attends workshops, conferences, and meetings and reads professional literature to stay current in the field.
  17. Serves on committees, as requested, to enhance the profession.
  18. Assists patrons in the use of online catalog and other electronic tools.
  19. Compiles bibliographies and develops library user guides.
  20. Communicates with teachers, parents and community groups to develop and offer customer-focused services, programs and collections.
  21. Prepares a monthly Children’s department report for the Library Board of Trustees.
  22. Attends Library staff meetings.
  23. Follows Library policies and procedures.
  24.  Maintains Children’s Department content on library website.
  25.  Contributes Children’s Department information to monthly newsletter.



Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination and evaluation of the Children’s Department of Hamilton North Public Library and its staff.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Newly assigned employees are expected to be proficient at assigned tasks by the end of the first six months of service.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; ALA accredited MLS preferred.


Prefer knowledge and/or prior experience in the following areas:  management of budgets and personnel; customer service; children’s program planning and evaluation; project management; collection development for children; and child development.



Valid driver’s license and personal transportation available for job-related assignments required.



Applicable abilities, aptitudes and personality include:  effective problem resolution skills; working well with others, leading and directing the work of others; good judgment; managing resources effectively and responsibly; readily adapting to change; team player; good verbal and written communication skills; and the ability to speak and read English.



40 hours per week, weekdays and weekends, daytime and evening hours.  Is occasionally called in when emergencies arise.


This job description is intended to describe the type and level of work being performed by a person assigned to this job.  It is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities required by a person so classified.  Other functions may be assigned and management retains the right to add or change duties at any time.



Application Instructions:

Apply by Monday, Sept 1st, 2014.


Preferred method of application: Please send an email to Ann Hoehn ( with cover letter, resume, and 3 references 


Please contact Ann Hoehn, Director, with questions concerning this job vacancy. Phone: 317-984-5623 ext. 11, Email: