The Director of Children’s Services is an integral member of the management team, working directly under the Assistant County Librarian of Public Services, providing insight on best practices for children’s services in libraries. We are looking for an energetic individual with a sense of humor. Our new director will lead the dedicated professionals of our Children’s Services team, providing programming guidance and training to staff working directly with children at the ten locations of Spartanburg County Public Libraries. Our Children’s Services team embraces the Every Child Ready to Read initiative and incorporates fun and engaging storytimes and playtimes at each location. Each location provides toys in their children’s area to enhance Every Child Ready to Read practices, and the Headquarters location also has an outdoor playground. Quality gaming, craft, literature and movie programs are planned for school age children and tweens. The director guides the work of the team to implement the Libraries’ Board of Trustees’ strategic goals around programs, staff, collection and environment. The director oversees a large budget for programming, summer reading, and Every Child Ready to Read needs
•Strong knowledge of children’s literature, reader’s advisory for children, children’s developmental stages and best practices in the area of children’s services in libraries •Ability to identify new technologies and programs for children’s services and recommend ways to implement new services •Skills in creative and critical thinking, budget development and analysis, team building, strategic planning and project implementation •Ability to develop the Library’s mission, vision and goals into successful objectives and action steps for children’s services and encourage and involve staff in the planning process •Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines and lead and motivate highly productive teams •Proven experience in leadership, fiscal management, project management, supervision, working with teams and providing excellent customer service •Must be able to analyze and implement efficient workflows and systems to effectively collaborate with Library staff and partners •Ability to creatively problem-solve, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive and inclusive manner and model a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal/communication skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor •Ability to connect to the community through attendance at meetings and serving on boards or committees that relate to the library’s work with children in the community •Experience with overseeing large programs and a large budget are essential
Please submit a cover letter, resume and application. Applications are available at all checkout desks or may be downloaded from the library’s website. Applications can be faxed to (864) 596-3518 or mailed to 151 South Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29306.