Youth Outreach Specialist

We are looking for a creative, engaging and reliable outreach specialist to help us develop and deliver our growing youth outreach services. You will have duties that cover many aspects of library service—including programs, reference, reader’s advisory and circulation—but primarily you will provide outstanding outreach in a variety of settings to youth in our community.

As Youth Outreach Specialist, you will collaborate with our knowledgeable and experienced staff to deliver services out in the community and in the library. You will need to work effectively with teachers and other community partners, staff from across a variety of library departments and customers with differing abilities and skills.

  • Prepare and present literacy-based programs for youth and family audiences.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with teachers and staff at a variety of organizations, including schools, businesses and other public libraries.
  • Prepare and present high-interest book talks for students.
  • Give tours of the library to school and community groups of all ages.
  • Represent the library and present programs at community events, including STEM nights, literacy nights, and community-wide events.
  • Create and present high-energy presentations to promote reading programs.
  • Pull resources on a given topic to provide curricular support to K-8th grade classrooms.
  • Provide reader’s advisory and circulation services on the bookmobile to support community events and outreach visits.
  • Desk shifts providing reference and reader’s advisory for kids, teens, and their families.
Requirements & Skills: 
  • Comfortable speaking to large groups of all ages, from children to adults.
  • A positive attitude and ability to adapt quickly to unexpected circumstances.
  • Experience with or interest in working with underserved, at risk populations.
  • Access to reliable transportation.
  • Positive and welcoming communication skills in order to excel in Our Culture.
  • Proficient in using technology (e.g. computers, tablets, internet) to assist customers.
  • A good working knowledge of books, movies and pop culture for youth preferred.
  • Experience working with youth and multicultural audiences preferred.
Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent work experience; MLIS students encouraged to apply.
Hours and Scheduling: 
Part-time position, 25 hours per week.  Some flexibility in scheduling is required to support the team and our customers, including evening and weekend hours.
Salary and Benefits: 
Starting salary $18.00 to $20.00/hour, depending on qualifications.

Benefits include two weeks of vacation plus sick and personal leave, as well as participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan and availability of Roth/457 savings plan.
Candidates who apply by April 21 will be given priority for interviews. To be considered for this opportunity, please submit:
• A letter of interest, including how your qualifications match the requirements for the position.
• Your resume.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.
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If you are selected for an interview, be ready to tell us how you will excel in our culture.
We promote diversity and practice inclusion; all abilities are encouraged to apply.
If accommodations are needed during the selection process, please let us know.
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