Youth Services Early Childhood Programmer

Job Title: Youth Services Early Childhood Programmer


Application – (.pdf)

Summary: Permanent, part-time position (23 hours per week). Under limited supervision and with significant latitude for independent judgement, works to provide outreach services for children, young adults, teachers, classes and other groups. Responsible for assisting in meeting the goals of the Youth Services Department. Develops and implements new and existing services that meet the needs of the community. Works extensively with the public and staff members.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Designs and implements developmentally appropriate programs and events for children, childcare staff and teachers
  • Presents programs and coordinates events
  • Promotes the library and library events to patrons, groups and the community
  • Provides public services
  • Assesses information needs and develops services to meet those needs
  • Assesses community needs and designs events and services to meet those needs
  • Assists patrons in selecting materials and using the Library remotely and in-library.
  • Identifies sites to serve targeted populations
  • Provides direct library services community members
  • Represents the Library at community events
  • Helps to maintain collections within the Youth Services department by shelving, shelf-reading, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned


 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of practices, procedures, techniques, material and technology used in professional library service, including general reference, classification, circulation, collection development and adult library services
  • Knowledge of contemporary children’s literature and literacy best-practices
  • Knowledge of child development with a focus on early childhood
  • Knowledge of interdisciplinary education for early childhood
  • Knowledge of library databases, digital collections and services
  • Knowledge of developmental assessments used in early childhood care and education
  • Knowledge of early childhood care and education standards in Kentucky
  • Extensive knowledge of Franklin County community, especially organizations serving children and their families
  • Ability to navigate the internet and other online tools, including various social media
  • Ability to solve practical problems without supervisor intervention
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to manage difficult or emotional customer situations, responding to customer needs and requests for service and assistance
  • Maintains high quality customer service skills
  • Ability to organize own work, set priorities and meet deadlines. May be required to adjust schedule to work community events as well as occasional unscheduled days, evenings or weekends depending on staffing levels
  • Ability to deal with people tactfully and effectively, establish and maintain effective working relations, and provide excellent customer service to all library patrons
  • Ability to contribute to a positive team spirit
  • Ability to develop a project from inception to implementation on time and on budget
  • Ability to balance team and individual responsibilities
  • Ability to respond objectively and with openness to the ideas of others
  • Ability to treat others with respect and consideration, regardless of status or position
  • Ability to design and present developmentally appropriate programs
  • Must follow through on commitments
  • Must be flexible and able to handle frequent interruptions
  • Must have a genuine caring and respect for children


Work Schedule

The schedule for this position will be based on the needs of organizations utilizing outreach services. It will include a weekend rotation, every fourth week.


Education and/or Experience

 Minimum of 2 years of college, bachelor’s degree in applicable field preferred; experience working with children is required.


Language Skills

 Ability to read, analyze, and interpret most documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to use and interpret decimal numbers.


Computer Skills

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must have knowledge of library databases, electronic services and digital collections, be proficient using Microsoft Office (with particular proficiency for Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint), social media, and the general internet.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

 Current Kentucky Driver’s License with clean driving record


Physical Demands/Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform 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 talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk and sit. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


How to Apply

All interested applicants are required to submit a completed PSPL Application, cover letter of interest, and resume to be considered for this position.  All materials can be emailed to, mailed to the address below, or dropped off at the circulation desk to the attention of HR.


Position closes on Sunday, June 30.




Send materials to:

Paul Sawyier Public Library

ATTN: Human Resources

319 Wapping Street

Frankfort KY 40601