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Head of Youth Services

Full Time

The Princeton Public Library seeks an innovative, passionate, and customer-focused librarian to lead its Youth Services department and ensure the delivery of dynamic and educational services and programs for children, teens, parents, and caregivers that encourage a lifelong love of reading and the development of a variety of literacies. The successful candidate will be a creative and passionate librarian who loves working with children and teens, possesses excellent communication, organizational, budgeting, and supervisory skills, is knowledgeable and discerning about emerging library and technology trends, and will inspire enthusiasm among staff and community members. 

Major Responsibilities:
  • Develop and implement innovative services and programs that support the developmental and educational needs and interests of children, teens, parents, and caregiver, including storytime, early literacy programs, STEAM-based curricula, book clubs and summer reading programs, parent/caregiver education, homework assistance, community outreach, and signature events.
  • Provide leadership and direction to the Youth Services department, establish departmental and individual goals that support the library’s strategic initiatives, and guide employee performance.
  • Ensure balanced coverage of the programs and public service desks managed by the department, and develop and monitor the department budgets.
  • Manage selected signature events and series, including the Princeton Children’s Book Festival, and work closely with the library’s Adult Programming Manager to ensure a cohesive, cross-generational approach.
  • Evaluate, select, develop, and promote the library’s youth collections, and monitor current use trends and interests.
  • Serve as liaison between the library and schools, caregivers, homeschoolers, and community partners serving children and young adults, and regularly perform community outreach, including school visits, in order to promote library services, programs, and collections.
  • Cultivate relationships with local organizations, businesses, interest groups, and underserved populations.
  • Serve as a member of the library senior management team, contributing positively to strategic and organizational planning, and setting a positive example of collaboration and collegiality.
Position Requirements:
  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science, a New Jersey librarian certificate issued by Thomas Edison State University (or eligibility for immediately acquiring one) and a minimum of three (3) to four (4) years of working with children and teens in a public library, with increasing responsibility. 
  • Residency in the State of New Jersey will be required in accordance with New Jersey Revised Statutes N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70).
  • Bilingual Spanish/English language skills are desired.
Compensation and Benefits:

Starting annual salary of $70,000+, negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package including paid vacation, holidays, personal, and sick time, medical/dental/vision, life insurance, and professional development support.

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