Youth Services Associate orAssistant

A part-time youth services assistant or associate position is available at the Library Station and will be posted until Jan. 10. The job is scheduled for approximately 24 hours per week and pays $9.45 per hour for an assistant or $10.85 per hour for an associate. Assistant positions require a minimum of 60 college credit hours. Associate positions require a BS/BA degree in a related field. The job description is the same for either the Associate or the Assistant however the pay scale will be based on the candidate’s educational level. To be considered for this position, transcripts must accompany your application.

The vision for the Springfield-Greene County Library District is to be a thriving library that is an integral part of the lives of the community. Library employees will be expected to embrace the following values:

Empowerment - To give someone the means or ability to do something.
Respect - To treat all people with dignity.
Excellence - To be the best in everything we do.
Innovation - To start or provide something new.
Confidence - To be certain of trustworthiness.
Synergy - To produce a combined effect greater than what we can do individually.

Essential Function:

  • Ability to relate to children, primarily ages 0-11, but sometimes as old as age 18 and work with the general public. Youth Services jobs are interdependent and mutually dependent regarding other job categories. Youth Services Assistants also have a great degree of direct contact with Library patrons. Therefore, it is essential that individuals who work in this position have the ability to work and interact in a cooperative, pleasant, and constructive manner with others and encourage and nurture positive relationships between teens, the Library, staff and administration.
  • Develop and implement children's, teen and family programs and activities, such as storytimes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, or school age youth, family events. Also works occasionally teen advisory groups and teen volunteers. Develop Library services based on sound models of youth participation, allowing for social interaction, growth and learning.
  • Timeliness: Since employees in this position work with other staff and provide assistance to the general public who patronize the Library, Youth Services Assistants must be punctual and timely in arriving to work and completing tasks. A Youth Services Assistant must also be capable of working all of the hours in their assigned shift.
  • Assist patrons with reader's advisory, information, and location of library materials.
  • Assist and instruct patrons in the operation of patron access computer (PAC), copy machines, printers, microfilm readers, and reference materials.
  • Regular telephone reference and information work.
  • Performs computer searches, keyboard work at 35 wpm.
  • Operates technologically advanced computer equipment, databases, fax machines and PACs.


  • Assistant: 60 college credit hours / Associate: BA/BS Degree in a related field.
  • One-year public service experience required.
  • Public library experience, supervisory experience and experience working with teens and/or children preferred.

Skills/Job Knowledge

  • Ability to interact pleasantly, constructively and cooperatively with library patrons and staff.
  • Must exhibit flexibility, initiative, creativity, energy, patience and tact.
  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written.
  • Ability to effectively listen to and respond to patron inquiries.
  • Ability to perform essential job functions during times of high public usage.
  • Working knowledge of ready reference tools.
  • Computer and keyboard skills, to include Windows, word processing and spreadsheet construction.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of children's and teen literature, issues and interests.
  • Public speaking skills, ability to plan, organize and execute programs, tours and meetings.


  • Works with Youth Services Manager to plan, implement and evaluate youth programs for the branch, based on the developmental needs of teens and children.
  • Assists Youth Services Manager with the promotion of youth services to local schools and community organizations through outreach.
  • Is a member of the Children's Committee.
  • Performs reference, patron advisory and information services in a pleasant, constructive and cooperative manner.
  • Observes and implements library policies and procedures.
  • Assists in the training of teen and adult volunteers.
  • Evaluates and documents programs and services to contribute to institutional and professional memory and adapt and improve future programs and services.
  • Performs periodic public speaking, conducts tours and attends meetings.


  • Regular, daily public contact.
  • Works closely with other department personnel.
  • Routine telephone and email contact with other departments and branches.


  • Supervised directly by the Youth Services Department Manager.

Physical Demands

  • Performs bending, squatting, kneeling and reaching from floor level to 6 feet in height.
  • Displays good coordination and mobility.
  • Routine lifting of library materials weighing up to 20 lbs.

Working Environment

  • Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general library environment.

Miscellaneous Requirements

  • Must be able to pass a security background check.


Education and experience will be evaluated with regard to quantity, recency and quality.

To receive credit for college courses or degrees, transcripts must accompany your application.

Applications may be reviewed for qualifications beyond the stated minimums on the job posting.

Those with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act before testing or appointment. EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER - M/F/V/D

Proof of United States Citizenship/Authorization to Work in the United States as established by the Immigration Reform Act of 1986 is a condition of employment.


Federal law requires that all employers verify the identity and employment eligibility of all new employees (including U.S. citizens). The Library uses the E-Verify system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). For more information, view the E-Verify poster in English (pdf) or Español (pdf). For information about the right to work, see the right to work poster in English (pdf) or Español (pdf).

Find more information about applying for this job, or download an Application for Employment (pdf).

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