Youth Services Outreach Specialist

Job Application (.pdf)


Summary: Permanent, full-time position. Under limited supervision and with significant latitude for independent judgement, works to provide outreach services for children, 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, all under the direction of the Youth Services Coordinator. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Serves as liaison to children and their families at community centers, social services agencies, schools, child care centers and churches; provides information about Library and outreach activities, facilities and services.
  • Works to foster relationships with community organizations; develops and works with community and school contacts to promote Library services; assists with the development of promotional materials and distribution strategies; delivers and distributes promotional and Library materials throughout community.
  • Identifies sites to serve and designs and implements procedures and practices to facilitate public service delivery in response to community needs and departmental directives.
  • Provides direct outreach services to Frankfort/Franklin County community.
  • Represents the Library at community events.
  • Collaborates with Youth Services Coordinator and leads and/or assists in the development, implementation and evaluation of new outreach services and programs targeted at families and children under 12.
  • Presents talks on books and programs to encourage reading.
  • Provides public services including reference, readers advisory and programs.
  • Plans and organizes activities such as story-hours, special events, and initiatives, etc. that are developmentally appropriate for families, children under 12 and community members.
  • Coordinates and collaborates on special projects with the Youth Services department and other Library departments or organizations.
  • Assists in collection maintenance in the Youth Services department.
  • Plans & develops collection and tools for outreach services.
  • Creates tools for Library users using technology and other methods.
  • Serves as Library representative at various community functions and meetings.
  • Promotes the Library and Library services.
  • 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.
  • Extensive knowledge of child development with focus on early childhood.
  • Extensive knowledge of early literacy and foundational concepts of literacy.
  • Knowledge of Library databases, digital collections, and services (may be acquired after hire).
  • Extensive knowledge of Franklin County community.
  • 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. 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.



Education and/or Experience

 Bachelor’s degree in related field; four to ten years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.


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

Kentucky Library Certification or eligibility for Kentucky Library Certification



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.


COVID-19 Changes

Employee will comply with mandates from the Office of the Governor and the Franklin County Health Department while at work which includes, but not limited to, wearing a facial covering and practicing social distancing from patrons and co-workers.



$33,000-$37,000 based on education and experience.

Benefit package includes health, dental and life insurance including optional FSA program.  Retirement and optional deferred compensation program.  Vacation, holiday pay and sick leave.


How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, employment application and résumé.  All documents can be submitted via email or mailed to the contact information below:


Paul Sawyier Public Library
ATTN: Human Resources
319 Wapping St
Frankfort KY 40601

NO phone calls please.