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Assistant Supervisor of Youth Services for Teens, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA

Department:               Newton Free Library                                                

Location:                    330 Homer Street, Newton, MA
Salary Range:            $56,801 - 76,336 in 11 steps             

Grade:                         S09, AFSCME, Local 3092
Department Head:     Philip E. McNulty, Director
Date of Notice:          11/28/2017     


Do you know your teen lit authors, from Albertalli to Zentner? Can you engage teens and tweens in everything from Minecraft to handicrafts? Can you put the "team" in STEAM? Are you ready to get the community excited about supporting teens and to advocate for their needs? Can you take Newton's innovative teen services to the next level? If so, the Newton Free Library encourages you to apply to join our active Youth Services Department, and help us build on our successes and continue to transform services to teens and tweens, grades 5-12.

Exciting things are happening at the Newton Free Library. We have plans to open a new teen room complete with a ground-breaking tween area and tween collection, one of only a couple in Greater Boston. We recently received a staff development grant, a portion of which is going toward training a cross-departmental team to better serve teens and tweens. In 2017, we started a teen study nights program during school finals that brought in and engaged a large number of students.

The successful candidate will have the vision, drive, experience and energy to lead a team of cross-departmental staff in programming, outreach, and reference in a large, diverse, library environment. He or She will show an ability and passion for relating to teens and engaging them in the library, and will evince a knowledge of teen development trends and issues as they relate to public library service. Responsibilities include assisting in the leadership of a large, talented staff of 17 Youth Services people, leading a cross-departmental "teen team," developing an extensive youth collection and managing Teen and Tween collection and programming budgets. The Assistant Supervisor of Youth Services represents the library throughout the community and to agencies and organizations serving teens and youth, as well as being part of the library's collaborative leadership and planning team.


Qualifications: Master of Science in Library Science (MLS) and three to five years of related experience including supervisory experience. The successful candidate will demonstrate significant experience serving teens and tweens, and an understanding of library processes and technology.

Individuals interested in the above position should submit a completed application, resume and cover letter addressed to Philip McNulty, Library Director, using the City of Newton's online application process at by Friday, December 22, 2017.

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