a leader of young minds

I remember how hard I searched for jobs when I was coming out of grad school, so that's why I've been periodically sharing what passes through my inbox.
Young Minds Program Leader job opening at The Columbus Metropolitan Library

The Young Minds Program Leader has the opportunity to help address community needs identified in the library’s Young Minds strategy, our top priority. Building a foundation for a successful life is the outcome we strive to attain for the children we serve, and the work we do every day reflects this aspiration.

This position is responsible for key areas in our Youth Services program that support our goals of preparing children, their parents and caregivers for kindergarten (Ready for Kindergarten); increasing school-age literacy and reading proficiency (Third Grade Reading – Ohio’s state mandated initiative; Summer Reading Club) and supporting high school graduation success (Homework Help).

Columbus Metropolitan Library is the place for out-of-school learning opportunities for students in central Ohio, and our programs and services focus on student success before, during and after school. The Youth Services Program Leader will be instrumental in furthering this work.

Columbus Metropolitan Library is an award-winning profession leader. We’ve been ranked the number one
library in the nation multiple times, Library Journal named us National Library of the Year in 2010, and in 2011 we earned the National Medal for Community Service.
Our customers experience world-class service and hiring exceptional staff is the key to our success. We’re embracing the changing role of libraries in the digital age and evolving
our services to meet the needs of our customers. We are imbedded in the diverse communities we serve. We work with partners and community leaders to ensure
we understand and meet the needs of our customers in these unique neighborhoods.

We offer a strong benefits package. Our staff enjoys health insurance with 100% coverage of preventative care. We offer dental, vision, long and short-term disability, life insurance and we are part of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS).
1. Masters of Library Science Degree from an ALA accredited institution of higher learning.
2. 3-5 years progressively more responsible experience working with children.
3. Knowledge of children’s and teen literature.
4. Knowledge of children’s and adolescent development.
5. Demonstrated ability to develop training programs and train staff. 
6. Ability to establish and maintain system-wide collaborations with community agencies. 
7. Ability to effectively present in a variety of formal settings - one on one, group, peers, direct reports, etc.  Command attention and manage group process.

For more information: www.columbuslibrary.org/careers


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