Early Literacy Services Supervisor

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

We support parents, caregivers and educators to help children on their path to achieve essential milestones:  learning to read and being prepared for school.   This position is responsible for creating and delivering early literacy experiences to infants through preschoolers; connecting with parents and caregivers through programs and workshops; providing outreach to early childhood providers and community organizations; and developing school-age readers and life-long learners through engaging literacy and STEAM programming.   Join us at an exciting time as we begin our path to become a Family Place Library. 

  • Responsible for the development and coordination of library-wide early literacy programming and initiatives that are consistent with the vision and values of the library, our strategic imperatives, and the diverse needs of the community.
  • Provides in-depth and high-level knowledge of early literacy skills and programming to guide staff and customers.  This includes promoting an environment that encourages input from all staff, sets high standards and encourages all library staff members to provide exceptional customer service while building staff expertise.
  • Coordinates, evaluates, and coaches library staff for development and presentation of early literacy programs such as storytimes, family engagement programs, and informational workshops.  Take the lead role in training library staff to disseminate early literacy concepts and practices to parents of children from birth to age 5.
  • Identifies and implements emerging opportunities throughout the community for early literacy partnerships including resource sharing, referral and community coalition building.
  • Supervises and participates in hiring, training, and evaluation of support staff whose duties include service to young children.
  • Develops effective strategies for communicating the library’s early literacy goals to individuals and the community through a variety of media.
  • Provide reference and readers’ advisory service to customers of all ages.
  • Actively contributes to broader Youth Services offerings and library-wide programs and services.
Requirements & Skills: 
Minimum 3-5 years of experience in a public library.  Experience in developing and presenting relevant programming and instruction.  Supervisory experience preferred.

Candidates must have demonstrated ability to work well independently and with a team. 

Broad knowledge of children’s literature, early literacy and childhood literacy, child learning theories and philosophies, and educational techniques.
Able to effectively communicate with and work with all age groups, specifically young children and their caregivers,  from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds to instill a passion for reading and to  promote lifelong learning.
Proven experience in creating and/or implementing early literacy initiatives.
Knowledge of ECR2R initiatives and materials and resources that support them.

Desire and ability to serve the public and colleagues with friendliness and diplomacy.

Ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment and excel in Our Culture.
Master of Library Science from ALA-accredited program.
Hours and Scheduling: 
Full-time 37.5 hours per week.  Must be flexible for schedule Monday through Friday, participate in a weekend rotation every month, and be available for some evening and weekend programs.
Salary and Benefits: 
Starting salary $52,000. to $57,000 per year, depending on qualifications.
Benefits include 4 weeks of vacation, plus sick and personal leave, 12 annual paid holidays and participation in Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) pension plan.  Roth/IRA savings plans available.
To be considered for this opportunity, please submit:
  • A letter of interest describing how your qualifications and experience meet those required for the position.
  • Resume
This opportunity will remain open until position is filled.
Only electronic submissions will be considered.
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We promote diversity and practice inclusion.
People of color and all abilities are encouraged to apply.
If accommodations are needed during the selection process, please let us know.
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