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Youth Services Assistant/Associate at The Library Station

Company/organization: Springfield-Greene County Library District
Contact: Human Resources
Phone: 417-616-0589
Website: http://thelibrary.org/libjob/libjobs.cfm

POSITION:                Youth Services Assistant/Associate

LOCATION:             The Library Station – 2535 N Kansas Expressway – Springfield, MO

Classification:         Library Assistant III / Library Associate I

Salary Track:           E / G      

FSLA Status:           Non - Exempt

SALARY:                  Assistant $10.00 per hour            Associate $12.00 per hour

TRACK:                    E / G


This is a part-time position at 24 hours per week. Candidates must be available to work any hours the library branch is open. Some weekend availability on a rotation is essential. This position serves youth from infants to age 18 and their families. As a condition of employment, work schedules may change as necessary to best provide user services and to meet the Library’s responsibility to the citizens of Greene County. 

The Assistant position requires a minimum of 60 hours college credit; the Associate requires a BS/BA degree in a related field. To be considered for this position TRANSCRIPTS MUST ACCOMPANY YOUR APPLICATION. All candidates for employment must be at least 16 years old.

Education and experience shall be evaluated with regard to recency and quality, as well as quantity.  Based on the number and quality of applicants, applications may be reviewed for qualifications beyond the minimums stated herein.

Current library employees desiring consideration must:

  • have received a satisfactory performance rating on their last performance evaluation
  • currently be performing their duties at a satisfactory level
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Applications may be found online at http://thelibrary.org/libjob/libjobs.cfm then follow the link provided for this Job Posting

Direct questions through e-mail to humanresources@thelibrary.org or call 417-616-0589 Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.

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.

Individuals with disabilities should request reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act prior to testing or appointment. 


The vision for the Springfield-Greene County Library 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:

Synergy – To produce a combined effect greater than what we can do individually

Empowerment – To give someone the means or ability to do something

Respect – To treat all people with dignity

Innovation – To start or provide something new

Confidence – To be certain of trustworthiness

Excellence – To be the best in everything we do

Essential Functions

  • Ability to relate to youth from infants to age 18 and their families, and create age-appropriate programming
  • Develop and implement children's, teen and family programs and activities, such as story times for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, or school age youth, family events
  • Work with teen advisory groups and teen volunteers
  • Develop Library services based on sound models of youth participation, allowing for social interaction, growth and learning
  • Assist patrons with reader’s advisory, information, and location of library materials
  • Assist and instruct patrons in the use of Library technology and reference materials
  • Assist and instruct patrons in the operation of patron access computer (PAC), copy machines, printers, microfilm readers, and reference materials
  • Perform computer searches, keyboard work at 35 wpm
  • Provide regular  and telephone reference and information services to the general public
  • Assist Youth Services Manager with the promotion of youth services to local schools and community organizations through outreach, including periodic public speaking
  • Work with Youth Services Manager to plan, implement, and evaluate youth programs for the branch, based on the developmental needs of children
  • Is a member of the Youth Services Committee
  • Perform reference, patron advisory, and information services in a pleasant, constructive and cooperative manner
  • Assist in the training of teen and adult volunteers
  • Evaluate and document programs and services to contribute to institutional and professional memory and adapt and improve future programs and services
  • Perform periodic public speaking, conducts tours, and attends meetings
  • Interpret and implement the Library’s General Conduct Policy
  • Timeliness:  Since employees in this position work with other staff and provide assistance to the general public who patronize the Library, the employee must be punctual and timely in arriving to work and completing tasks. The employee must also be capable of working all of the hours in their assigned shift.
  • Ability to work with others and the general public:  The employee’s job is interdependent and mutually dependent regarding other job categories. The employee also has a high degree of direct contact with Library patrons. Therefore, it is essential that individual who works in this position have the ability to work and interact in a cooperative, pleasant, and constructive manner with others.
  • This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; employee may be required to perform other related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of the Library.


  •     Youth Services Assistant requires a minimum of 60 college credit hours / Youth Services Associate requires a BA/BS Degree in a related field
  •     One-year public service experience required
  •     Public library experience preferred
  •     Education including child/teen development and/or prior successful work with youth
  •     Must be at least 16 years old

Skills/Job Knowledge

  • Excellent communications skills, oral and written
  • Working knowledge of children's literature and age appropriate materials
  • Demonstrates artistic and creative ability in the production of children's programming


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


  • Supervised 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.
  • May have some exposure to bodily fluids

Working Environment

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

Miscellaneous Requirements

  • Must pass a security background check
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