20210104-Denver Public Library-Teen Services Coordinator

Denver Public Library is seeking a creative, enthusiastic, and experienced Teen Services Coordinator to support Teen Services across all locations and departments.This position will implement best practices and support staff systemwide as they work toward intentional, inclusive, and teen-informed services.

  • DPL Youth Services Vision – Youth in Denver have the resources, support and opportunities to be successful, happy and healthy.
  • DPL Youth Services Mission – DPL Youth Services builds community through welcoming spaces, high-quality services and empowered staff to support youth and families.

Denver Public Library staff strive to provide a welcoming space for teens to receive developmentally appropriate support to create, collaborate, learn, access library materials, and

attend workshops and programs.

This position will coordinate and develop standards for all aspects of 6th-12th Services, including: spaces, collection, programming, outreach, interactions, and community partnerships. Working collaboratively with DPL departments and individuals, the coordinator would develop a holistic vision for Teen Services while keeping equity at the forefront of all conversations and decisions. They will outline plans and strategies to solicit youth feedback and involvement in space design, programs, and additional services. In collaboration with branches and departments, they will develop programs year-round that incorporate Positive Youth Development principles and activities and a systemwide Teen Advisory Board network. They will support teen-serving staff at all locations and build relationships with branch staff, youth serving organizations, and stakeholders. They will participate in city-wide youth initiatives such as the Youth Violence Prevention Action Table, the Mayor’s Youth Council, and Safe Zone events. They will oversee the development of more teen employment opportunities at DPL. This position will be a strong advocate for teen services at DPL, be an example for, and take a leadership role in, professional development for DPL staff including anti-racism and anti-bias work, positive youth development, and new information about youth best practices as they develop.

Our ideal candidate has a strong interest in working in a public library, a passion for serving middle and high school youth and a desire to connect teens to their interests through activities that focus on the creation rather than consumption of content, aid in the development of 21st century skills, and lead to college and career pathways.

They also have:

  • Knowledge of best practices and strategies for supporting youth aged 13-18
  • Knowledge of positive youth development practices
  • Knowledge of Young Adult literature (preferred)
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Ability to demonstrate innovation and flexibility
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups.
  • Ability to thrive in an environment with constant collaboration with colleagues and community partners.
  • Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers, and the community.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner.
  • Ability to utilize workplace and other technology including email, internet, databases, and other software.
  • Ability to pass a background check after the offer to hire has been made.

We realize your time is valuable. Please only apply if you meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any field.
  • A minimum of three years experience working with older youth in a structured environment.
  • One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education.
  • Additional appropriate education may be substituted for the minimum experience requirements.

Please apply by Friday, January 22, 2021 in order to be considered.