Job Opportunity

Houston County Public Library System


Date Posted: September 12, 2018

Closes: Open Until Filled

Job Title: Youth Specialist

Location: Nola Brantley Memorial Library

Reports to: Branch Manager

Position and Benefit Status: FLSA exempt. Full Time – 40 hours per week. Social Security contributions are not made on behalf of the employee, otherwise full benefits are included.

Pay Rate: $9.65 per hour


SUMMARY:  Plans, coordinates and implements a dynamic program of library services to children and teens, birth to age 17.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Work is performed primarily in a library environment while standing at a counter for extended periods of time or sitting at a desk using a computer.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel or use a computer keyboard; and talk or hear including the use of a telephone; and hear with background noise.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, or kneel, sometimes standing for lengthy periods of time.  The employee must be able regularly to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and push a fully-loaded book cart weighing up to 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the office work environment is usually moderate with frequent occasions of multiple conversations in process.  While working in a library environment, the employee may be exposed to dust, loud noises, vibrations, fumes and odors, communicable diseases, wetness/humidity, darkness or variable lighting.


  • Plans and presents literacy and literature based, age-appropriate programs for the public, specifically ages birth to 17, including the Summer Reading Program.
  • Provides readers advisory services for children and teens.
  • Answers reference questions for children and teens.
  • Instructs patrons on the use of library resources.
  • Is responsible for collection development in the children’s libraries.
  • Promotes the library by offering tours and activities for groups on a regular basis and as resources allow.
  • Promotes the library by speaking and presenting programs to outside groups.
  • Assists in keeping the Department neat, organized, and inviting using displays, bulletin boards etc.
  • Designs program flyers and other promotional material.
  • Works at circulation as needed.
  • Acts as person in charge when Branch Manager and Circulation Supervisor are absent.



High school diploma or general education degree (GED).  [College degree in associated field preferred].  Knowledge of children and teen literature, reading programs and activities.  Ability to be creative, imaginative and resourceful when planning and presenting programs.  Ability to read aloud with expression and enthusiasm. Skilled in oral, written and interpersonal communication.  Self-motivated and able to stay on task.  Consistent attendance and punctuality.


Previous library experience.  Experience working with children’s programming.  Excellent customer service skills. Familiarity with automated library systems.  Keyboarding skills.


To apply email cover letter and resume to Mark Bohnstedt at

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