Missouri Secretary of State
  • 05-Feb-2020 to 28-Feb-2020 (CST)
  • Jefferson City, MO, USA
  • $3,489.00 - $3,825.00 monthly
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Definition: 

The Youth Services Consultant (YSC) provides leadership in the development and improvement of library services to children, teens and their families. Through the YSC position, the Missouri State Library/Library Development offers a coordinated approach to improving children, teen, and family library services through workshops and trainings sessions for library staff; statewide projects; and grant support on assigned programs.

Job Functions and/or General Responsibilities:

  • Plan and coordinate statewide projects to improve library and literacy services for children teens, and their families with a particular emphasis on early literacy, STEM/STEAM, summer reading, and family literacy.
  • Develop and maintain contacts with applicable statewide stakeholders such as the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Head Start, Parents As Teachers, and the Missouri Association of School Librarians.
  • Plan, organize, and sponsor training activities in a variety of formats for library staff in children, teen and family library services, particularly for staff of small and rural libraries. May conduct some presentations, and also select subject expert presenters to develop appropriate training presentations. Provide for appropriate program evaluation. Coordinate activities with Library Development's Continuing Education Team to ensure effective scheduling and delivery of training.
  • Assists with LSTA grant programs targeting children, teens and families. Specifically, assists with grant review, grant program development, evaluation, and overall LSTA plan development as assigned. Assists with state-funded programs as assigned.
  • Works with staff to develop and maintain appropriate evaluation tools and records of continuing education activities and statewide initiatives, particularly for the LSTA five-year evaluation.
  • Uses State Library website and other online communication tools to effectively foster communication and networking among library staff.
  • Provide consultant services to libraries, specializing in public services for children, teen, and family programmatic topics such as early literacy, digital readiness, family literacy, summer reading, and STEM/STEAM.
  • Participates with Library Development Division staff in planning, implementing and promoting statewide projects.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the Library Development Director or the State Librarian.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Applied knowledge of library services for public library service in general, and services for children, teens, and families in particular.
  • Ability to design continuing education opportunities for library staff serving children, teens, and families, using a variety of formats, delivery methods, and software. Also able to develop and make presentations in small and large group settings.
  • Ability to conceive and implement programs to help libraries meet community needs.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and in an appropriate manner in verbal and written communications, using good judgment in assessing sensitivity of issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and internal and external constituents.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills including the ability to manage multiple projects, develop appropriate project budgets and timelines, and prioritize work effectively.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and other appropriate office computer applications, ability to learn new applications quickly for online training and communications with library constituents.
  • Ability to administer programs to conform to state purchase and contract requirements.
  • Ability to travel as needed for onsite consulting and project requirements.

Qualifications:

A Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program and a minimum of two years of experience working with youth in a responsible, professional public library position is highly preferred. An alternative Master's degree in combination with relevant work experience will be considered.  Experience in providing training and continuing education in a variety of formats is preferred.

The above job description in no way implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee.  The incumbent is expected to perform other duties necessary for the effective operation of the department.

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