Employment Opportunities

Head of Children and Family Outreach Services

Oshkosh Public Library seeks an energetic and customer-focused librarian to lead its Children’s and Family Outreach Department.
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Employment Opportunities - 236-5210
Job Title:
Head of Children’s and Family Outreach Services
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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Oshkosh Public Library seeks an energetic and customer-focused librarian to lead its Children’s and Family Outreach Department.  Join a committed staff of 61 (38 FTE) as we champion values of literacy and lifelong learning in the midst of rapid change.  Oshkosh Public Library provides a full range of services to 80,000 area residents from a beautifully restored and historically significant building.  Circulation for 2013 was 989,000 items.  Oshkosh Public Library is the resource library for the Winnefox Library System, whose members number 30 libraries in 5 counties.  Oshkosh is situated in east-central Wisconsin, on the western shore of Lake Winnebago. 

Principal Duties:
The Head of Children’s and Family Outreach Services manages 5 employees (3.5 FTE) and is responsible for the successful direction of all activities that support literacy and learning in children, including programming, collection development, reference and reader’s advisory services.

Outreach responsibilities include serving as liaison to schools and community groups that serve children and families.  Active participation in these groups is expected.

The successful candidate will develop and maintain collaborative outreach programs that increase awareness of the library and will advocate for underserved populations in the community.   In addition, the department head serves as the children’s services resource for the Winnefox Library System.

As an integral member of the library’s management team, the Head of Children’s and Family Outreach Services participates in planning and budget sessions, and serves on the Public Services Improvement Team.

Knowledge & Skills:
Knowledge of child development and children’s literature are critical for success in this position, as is enthusiasm for helping children and families learn and grow together.  Candidates are expected to possess team-player and leadership skills, strong supervisory and motivational skills, effective communication and organizational skills and knowledge of current library and technology trends.  Evidence of successful grant applications and project administration will be viewed favorably.  Applicants must invite and embrace positive change.

Education & Experience:
MLS from an ALA-accredited program.  3-5 years of professional level library experience with an emphasis on children’s literature and services desired.  1-3 years of management and supervisory experience preferred.

Starting Salary and Schedule:
Full-time position with some nights and weekends.  Flexible schedule required.
$58,700 with excellent benefits.

Closing Date for Applications:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and 3 current references with telephone numbers and e-mail addresses in Word format by June 20, 2014.  Applications may be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to:

Julie Schmude
Oshkosh Public Library
106 Washington Ave, Oshkosh WI 54901
E-mail: WinnefoxOffice@Winnefox.org
Fax #: (920) 236-5228

Library Page:

This is an entry level, part-time, 11-hour position.  Applicants for Page positions must be 16 years old.  An application can be submitted at any time and applications are kept on file for 3 months.  Selection for interviews is on an as-needed basis.

Please fill out the Online Application Form if you are interested in having an application on file.  Please do not attach a resume or cover letter as these are entry level jobs.  Please do not call the library to check on the status of your application.

The Library is an Equal Employment Opportunities employer.

Homework Assistant Needed:

The Oshkosh Public Library is looking for a volunteer homework assistant to help students in grades 6 through 12 with homework assignments, which may include test preparation, book reports and research papers, mathematics and advanced mathematics, science, psychology and special projects. Library staff will provide orientation and ongoing assistance.  Complete job description and application information.