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The Providence Community Library is looking for a temporary, full time, Ready for Kindergarten (R4K) Youth Services Specialist to work on PCL’s Mobile Library this summer. Under the direction of the Youth

Services Coordinator, the Ready for Kindergarten Youth Services Specialist performs paraprofessional level work providing direct service to preschool children (ages 3-5) and their parents/caregivers. The R4K Youth Services Specialist will be responsible for implementing PCL’s Ready for Kindergarten program, a library based school readiness program at ten Providence Public Elementary Schools, outside in the parking lot, on the playground, or in another open, accessible, outdoor space.

PCL sets up an outdoor library, including a computer lab, circulating collection of books, math and literacy activities, and free breakfast/lunch, on 10 elementary school grounds throughout the City of Providence. The R4K program exists as part of the outdoor library and includes open ended learning and discovery centers (sand/water table, art experiences, math/science activities, dramatic play, and storytelling), free breakfast or lunch, story times enriched with early literacy tips for parents/guardians, and Storytelling/Story Acting. This position is grant funded and runs from June 24 – August 23, 2019 (9 weeks).

Specific responsibilities include:

● Deliver successful customer service by responding to the library needs of patrons.

● Encourage parents/caregivers and children to sign up for library cards, borrow books, and read

together at home.

● Plan and present PCL’s Ready for Kindergarten program at 10 Providence Public Library elementary

schoolyards. Develop themes, plan stories/songs/rhymes, lead Storytelling/Story Acting, and prepare tips for parents/guardians based on the RI Early Learning and Development Standards.

● Share information about RI’s Early Learning and Development Standards with parents/caregivers.

● Encourage attendance and participation by calling and emailing participating families. Accept calls and

emails from interested families. Manage the registration paperwork.

● Supervises and is accountable for following all federal requirements for the summer breakfast/lunch

program for meals distributed through the mobile library.

● Collect, maintain, and analyze library statistics related to PCL’s R4K program.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

● Basic knowledge of Children's Literature.

● Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults.

● Ability to interact with diverse patrons.

● Ability to travel to multiple locations each day.

● Bilingual in English/Spanish desired.

● Manual materials handling required, up to 40 lbs.

● Willingness to work outdoors in potential heat or rain showers to maintain the mobile library schedule.

● Trained in the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards.

Experience and Training:

Associates or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a concentration in an area directly

related to working with children, such as Early Childhood Development, Youth Development, or

Elementary Education. A minimum of one year successful experience working with children.

Work Schedule: Full-time position, M-F, 8:30-5:00 w/ 1hour lunch break (includes travel time).

Hourly rate: $19.86 per hour, bi-weekly.

Apply to: Send an email to Judanne Hamidzada at jhamidzada@provcomlib.org, specifying your

education, experience, and interest in this position.


PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

MOBILE LIBRARY PROGRAM ASSISTANTS

(Temporary, Grant Funded Position)

The Providence Community Library is looking for three temporary, full time, Youth Services Program

Assistants to work on PCL’s Mobile Library this summer. PCL sets up an outdoor library, including a

computer lab, circulating collection of books, math and literacy activities, and free breakfast/lunch, on 10 elementary school grounds throughout the City of Providence. The purpose of the mobile library is to

support Providence elementary students in maintaining their reading and math skills over the summer

months. Under the direction of the Youth Services Coordinator and Mobile Library Specialists, the Mobile Library Program Assistants perform paraprofessional level work providing direct service to children, parents/caregivers, educators, and other individuals who provide services to youth. One of the programs of the mobile library is Ready for Kindergarten, aimed at 3-5 year old children and their parents/caregivers. R4K includes open ended learning and discovery centers (sand/water table, art experiences, math/science activities, dramatic play, and storytelling), free breakfast or lunch, story times enriched with early literacy tips for parents/guardians, and Storytelling/Story Acting. The mobile library also serves walk-up youth, Providence Recreation Center camps, and other summer programs.

These positions are grant funded positions and run from June 24 – August 23, 2019 (9 weeks).

 Specific responsibilities include:

● Delivers successful customer service by responding to the library needs of patrons.

● Encourage parents/caregivers and youth to sign up for library cards, borrow books, and read

together at home.

● Plans and presents children's summer reading programming, including story times, crafts, games, and other hands-on activities that promote literacy.

● Assists with the Ready for Kindergarten program, including leading activities, interacting with

parents/caregivers, and participating in group time.

● Collects, maintains and analyzes library statistics related to PCL’s summer reading program.

● Promotes use of the mobile library through outreach in each neighborhood.

● Supervises and is accountable for following all federal requirements for the summer breakfast/lunch

program for meals distributed through the mobile library.

● Collect, maintain, and analyze library statistics related to PCL’s R4K program.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

● Basic knowledge of Children's Literature.

● Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults.

● Ability to interact with diverse patrons.

● Ability to travel to multiple locations each day.

● Bilingual in English/Spanish desired.

● Manual materials handling required, up to 40 lbs.

● Willingness to work outdoors in potential heat or rain showers to maintain the mobile library schedule.

● Training in the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards preferred. 

Experience and Training:

Currently enrolled in a college or university, concentrating in an area related to preschool or elementary age children. A minimum of one year successful experience working with children preferred, either in a library or other youth serving organization.

Work Schedule: Full-time position, M-F, 8:30-5:00 w/ 1 hour lunch break (includes travel time).

Hourly rate: $16.00 per hour, bi-weekly.

Apply to: Send an email to Judanne Hamidzada at jhamidzada@provcomlib.org, specifying your education, experience, and interest in this position.


PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY LIBRARY

MOBILE LIBRARY YOUTH SERVICES SPECIALIST

(Temporary, Grant Funded Position)

Position Description:

Under the direction of the Youth Services Coordinator, the Mobile Library Youth Services

Specialist performs paraprofessional level work providing direct service to patrons, with an

emphasis on children, parents/caregivers, educators, and other individuals who provide services

to youth, at a Providence Public School District schoolyard. This position a grant funded position

which runs from June 10 – August 30, 2019 (12 weeks).

The Mobile Library Youth Services Specialist works under the guidance of the Youth Services

Coordinator. Specific responsibilities include implementing the Summer Reading Program;

planning unique programs in response to neighborhood interests and needs; and, assisting

children, parents/caregivers, and educators in selecting appropriate books for home or classroom

use. The Mobile Library Youth Services Specialist has a lead role with regard to the daily

activities of the mobile library, which includes a Kindergarten readiness program led by an

additional Program Specialist. He/She will direct the activities of the mobile library clerk,

college interns, and driver/helper. He/She will also coordinate activities with the Providence

Public School teacher(s) leading math activities at each schoolyard. Although the Youth

Services Specialist is not a line supervisor, he/she is expected to monitor and assist, when

needed, in the daily routines at the mobile library such as circulation, patron registration,

shelving, etc. While he/she is not responsible for solving problems in these areas, this employee

is expected to notice such problems and bring them to the attention of the Youth Services

Coordinator and assist in developing effective solutions.

 

Essential Job Functions:

● Delivers successful customer service by responding to the library needs of patrons promptly

and attentively.

● Assists and instructs children using the mobile library, both individually and in groups.

● Plans and presents children's summer reading programming, including story times, crafts,

games, and other hands-on activities that promote literacy.

● Coordinates special performances by statewide summer reading presenters at each

Providence Public schoolyard participating in the program.

● Collects, maintains and analyzes library statistics related to PCL’s summer reading program,

including accurate record keeping in ReadSquared, the online summer reading registration

and tracking system used by Providence Community Library, usage statistics, and circulation

statistics.

● Informs patrons of library programs and services, including those happening at PCL

locations. Promote regular year-round library usage.

● Promotes use of the mobile library by children through outreach to camps, summer learning

programs, family child care homes, and other community organizations in each

neighborhood the mobile library will visit.

● Assists with the orientation, training, and supervision of grant funded mobile library staff,

including interns, teachers, a clerk, and a driver/helper.

● Supervises and is accountable for following all federal requirements for the summer

breakfast/lunch program for meals distributed through the mobile library.

● Writes draft of grant report, including compiling and presenting all program statistics, as

required by the grant funder, the United Way of RI.

● Provides clerical functions as needed.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

● Good knowledge of Children's Literature.

● Good knowledge of library clerical procedures.

● Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

● Ability to communicate effectively with children and adults.

● Ability to make presentations which will hold the interest of children, teens, and adults

(particularly parents/guardians, teachers, and other individuals who work with youth).

● Ability to interact with diverse patrons including different ages, languages, and cultures.

● Ability to travel to off-site locations such as schools and community organizations.

● Working knowledge of the policies, procedures of the Providence Community Library

(specifically as they relate to youth,) including mission and vision statements, general goals

and objectives, and the ability to articulate and implement them to staff and patrons.

● Working knowledge of library computer systems and applications including circulation

software, internet, online databases, office software, and email.

● Working knowledge of staff and public computer applications.

● Bilingual in English/Spanish required. If a bilingual candidate is not identified, the library

will hire an English speaking Mobile Library Youth Services Specialist.

● Manual materials handling required, up to 40 lbs.

● Willingness to work outdoors in potential heat or rain showers as required to maintain the

mobile library schedule.

Experience and Training:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a concentration in an area directly related

to working with children, such as Early Childhood Development, Elementary Education, or

Children's Literature. A minimum of one year successful experience working with children in a

library setting is preferred.

Work Schedule: Full-time position, M-F, 8:30-5:00 w/ 1 hour lunch break (includes travel time).

Hourly rate: $21.35 per hour, bi-weekly.

Apply to: Send an email to Judanne Hamidzada at jhamidzada@provcomlib.org, specifying your

education, experience, and interest in this position.


Systems Coordinator

Salary:  $27.88 per hour

Hours:  Full time w/Benefits

Posted: May 7, 2018

Deadline:  External applications accepted until the position is filled.

Providence Community Library is seeking a Systems Coordinator who will supervise staff at the Rochambeau library.  S/he will successfully manage staff, volunteers, security, and work studies.  The position requires creating a professional, team oriented, and productive working environment, as well as an open, inviting atmosphere for library users. S/he will be responsible for the successful delivery of all library services in the building, including collection maintenance, programming, marketing and outreach, and information and readers advisory.

The Systems Coordinator will be responsible for managing circulation and customer service procedures and polices across the PCL system.  S/he will consult with staff, update policies and procedures, and research and implement innovations and trends in the areas of circulation and customer service. The Rochambeau Systems Coordinator will work together with other Systems Coordinators and library administrators to synchronize services for the whole of PCL.  

Systems Coordinators serve on the administration team and are responsible for mentoring, supervising, and supporting all public service staff in all library locations, including, but not limited to, situations requiring an immediate or timely response.

Duties:

  • Supervises and supports all library staff in their roles; initiates mentoring, professional development, and/or corrective action as needed.  
  • Directs day-to-day workflow of the library staff, including but not limited to librarian(s), clerks(s), specialist(s), and volunteers.  Approves bi-weekly timesheets and schedules temporary staff as needed.
  • Responsible for scheduling and arranging coverage, including planned and short notice absences.
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting security, maintenance, and custodial issues.  This includes training the security guard on PCL procedures. Maintains close communication with the Facilities Department.
  • Ensures delivery of successful customer service and impactful programs by responding to community needs.
  • Collaborates with community organizations, elected officials, and schools to promote and facilitate their use of the library and to foster strategic partnerships.
  • Markets library collections, programs, services and resources.
  • Collects, maintains and analyzes library statistics.
  • Serves as liaison to the library’s Friends Group.
  • Works with other PCL Systems Coordinators, Library Director, and Chief Operating Officer to analyze, plan, and implement neighborhood library services, library layout and design, and facilities upgrades.
  • Actively supports teamwork. Conducts meetings as needed to keep staff up to date on policies, procedures and other library developments.
  • Reviews effectiveness of library service policies and procedures, recommending updates as needed.
  • Maintains knowledge and professional skills in specialty areas of circulation and customer service. Regularly communicates relevant information to PCL staff.

Requirements: 

MLS from an ALA accredited program.  Five years of professional library experience which includes supervisory management experience with at least 3 years (or equivalent) in a public library setting.  Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus.

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:  

Maria Melvin, HR Manager, mmelvin@provcomlib.org, (401) 467-2700 x.1606.

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