The Children’s  System Coordinator will oversee and coordinate system-wide programming and services for the Children’s area, as well as provide tools and support to branch staff.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

•Strategic Programming Implementation: Contributes to the strategic plan for programming to ensure equitable patron experiences at programs throughout the CCPL system, regardless of facility or region. Develops program standards and guidelines, guides staff in Children’s program planning, including the type, number, frequency, and location of programs to be offered. Identifies opportunities for special programs, and coordinates with the Associate Director of Community Engagement in advancing a strategic, system-wide programming response to high-interest events and observances. Ensures appealing, high-quality programs that enrich the lives of child patrons.

•Program Oversight: Provides general oversight in the development and delivery of Children’s library programs, including the management of Summer Reading, to ensure that program offerings achieve the vision of the strategic programming plan. Identifies and engages talented groups and individuals that can deliver quality programs in accordance with the plan. Works with internal stakeholders to promote library programs and services.

•Resource Oversight and Monitoring: Provides support to Associate Director of Community Engagement to determine appropriate funding for Children’s programs, monitors spending, negotiates fees of performers and presenters, executes contracts, and approves invoices. Makes business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures.

•Sponsorship Coordination: Performs coordination of sponsorship opportunities with the Communications Department to eliminate repetitive solicitations on behalf of the library, secures funds through sponsorship for system-wide programs, coordinates the distribution and use of those funds for programming and ensures a consistent message in those solicitations.

•Communication: Works to ensure that information about Children’s programs and services are communicated with the Communications Department in the appropriate amount of time in order to enhance the promotion of events. Will hold meetings with branch staff members to keep the line of communication flowing about upcoming programs and events.

•Needs Assessment: Assesses patron needs and interests through surveys and research in order to improve existing programs and services and generates ideas for new programs and initiatives provides a means for program evaluation by patrons and interprets the feedback in order to assess the quality and effectiveness of library programs.

Qualifications:

•The ability to motivate others is a material part of the job, requiring a significant level of diplomacy and trust. Must have skills in obtaining cooperation internally.

•Ability to foster and build relationships with outside partners and organizations.

•Demonstrates excellent communication skills and the ability to work well with others.

•Demonstrates the ability to work effectively with intradepartmental teams.

•Ability to learn and subsequently train staff on Children’s programs, services and related topics.

•Knowledge of current library trends, technology, and innovation, best practices, policy and procedure writing, literacy, youth physical and cognitive development, youth services, youth literature, social media, information literacy, knowledge of generational and multicultural issues and multi-literacy skills.

Knowledge/Certification in Every Child Ready to Read principles preferred.

•Demonstrates the ability to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and work assignments from a variety of staff. Demonstrates excellent organizational skills and experience with project management.

•Demonstrates the ability to implement and monitor strategic planning for system-wide programming, which includes evaluating and measuring results. Has the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate Children’s programming.

•Demonstrates the ability to plan the scope of large-scale events solicit bids from venues and service providers, inspect venues, coordinate event services, determine technology needs and staffing needs, recommend and expend budget, monitor event activities to ensure patrons are satisfied and evaluate event.  

•Intermediate skills in contract negotiation and ability to manage effective vendor relationships.

•Demonstrates the ability to develop, manage and administer budget for each project.

•Intermediate technology skills for Windows, Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, and Outlook.

•Ability to travel between facilities and work varying shifts, including evenings and weekends, required.

•Ability to focus on the customer, show integrity, be inclusive, enjoy learning and have fun.

•Passionate about the mission of public libraries and comfortable with the principles of intellectual freedom.

REQUIREMENTS: ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree preferred.  Bachelor’s Degree required with three (3) or more years of public library experience or related field.  Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite, with the ability to learn and use new methods, policies and technical advances.  Experience with SIRSI ILS preferred. Must have extensive knowledge of library principles, trends and administration. Ability to work with children of varied backgrounds and ages.  Knowledge of children’s literature and materials required.  Must use tact, courtesy and good judgement when communicating with co-workers and the public.  Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Travel 100% of time as needed between branches.  Must have stamina for periods of walking, standing, reaching, and bending. Must be able to lift library materials including books, AV equipment, program materials and maneuver loaded book carts weighing approximately 50 to 100 pounds. Bilingual - English/Spanish a plus.

Eligible for or hold South Carolina State Library certification.  A valid South Carolina driver’s license with a safe driving record. Hiring Salary Range: $46,945.60 - $52,873.60 annually depending on qualifications.

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