Community Center Youth Services Librarian

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Chester Addison Community Center

Job Overview and Requirements

Are you ready to be a catalyst for making great things happen within an organization that leads on youth, parent, and schools engagement?   Do you want to help develop a forward-leaning program and activities that ensure opportunities that engage youth and their parents in academic, social and emotional growth? Do you want to be challenged, have fun, work hard, and incorporate student, parent, and community feedback into our progressive model?  Domus- Chester Addison is looking for a part-time Youth Services Librarian for our youth lending library housed at our Center to join our team of committed professionals.

Our story: The Chester Addison Community Center is adjacent to the revitalized Southwood Square Development, and is a thriving hub of activity in Stamford’s Waterside neighborhood.   Our community center activities serve approximately 300 youth per week. Our core program “The Study Zone” is a state-licensed afterschool program serving 165.  Our goal is to provide a safe place that engages and supports the academic, social, and emotional growth of students K to 8th grade.  We provide homework time, literacy and STEM opportunities as well as pro-social activities that expose our youth to experiential learning settings. We believe that our work makes positive contributions to encourage and ensure student potential to thrive in schools and in their community. The Chester Addison Library is a focal point of student interest at our center.

  • We seek to fill a part-time 15 hour/week, position with a librarian that has the attributes of a “Pied Piper”; creative, enthusiastic, highly motivated, customer service-oriented youth services librarian. Join a team committed to providing outstanding library service to our afterschool community.
  • The successful candidate will enjoy working with young people K through 8 in the afterschool and, teens and adults from the adjacent community. Must have a strong background in children’s and teen literature, and possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Responsibilities include reference, and readers’ advisory, collection management and programming activities for all ages. Additional responsibilities of this position include outreach into the community to promote literacy and library use and providing leadership for our experienced and committed volunteers. Proficiency in technology required. Bilingual capability an asset.  Perfect position for mature student working towards MLS, reading specialist, or retired educator.

REPORTS TO: Director, Michael Hyman

SUPERVISES: No one however does provide direction to your able team of adult volunteer library helpers.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Relentless Relationship Building with youth
  • Skills Building with Youth
  • Collaborating with Chester Addison and School staff
  • Outreach to the Community
  • Thinking “outside-the-box” to introduce youth to creative approaches, speakers, activities that stimulate an interest in reading
  • Manage our library collection

OUR HIRING PROCESS & TIMELINE:

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • To apply, please send a brief letter of interest to Michael Hyman (mhyman@domuskids.org) Please fully read this job description.
    1. Please tell us (briefly) how your personal values and beliefs do or do not align with the core program beliefs
  • PLEASE: if you have any questions or concerns, or are interested in having a conversation about whether or not this job is a fit for you before you apply, reach out to me @ 203.219.8977

Domus is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Stamford, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Essential Requirements

  • A great sense of humor!
  • A strong work ethic
  • Commitment to our mission, values and core program beliefs
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Flexibility and adaptability. Ability to shift styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
  • High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Love of young people

Compensation

  • Salary range of based on experience

Core Program Beliefs

  • We believe that within each of us is a desire to move towards health and achievement, under the right conditions. It is our job to provide young people with those conditions.
  • We believe that every young person wants to love and be loved. It is our job to love these young people, and to help them learn to love themselves and others.
  • We believe in the power of belonging. It is a core human condition to want to be missed when we are gone.  We will miss young people when they are absent and we will express that: “We didn’t see you yesterday. We missed you.  We are glad you are back”. We will make sure every young person belongs in our community.
  • We accept young people for who they are. Right here. Right now.  They do not have to change to be respected and loved and valued and be a member of our community. Behavior is not a condition of their worth as human beings.
  • We believe that the young people with whom we work deserve our full attention and our best selves. Therefore, we will:  NOT allow our personal beliefs or baggage to interfere with our work; we will commit to doing excellent work all the time on behalf of our young people; we will be honest and transparent with ourselves, our colleagues and our partners.