Pierce County Library
Storyteller SubstitutePierce County Library System
Pierce County Library desires candidates that are able to work in our branches throughout Pierce County Library System. The successful candidate will have a flexible schedule, the ability to accept shifts on short notices in response to branch needs, and a willingness to work weekends and evenings and at multiple library locations.
Pay Rate: $19.41 per hour, FLSA non-exempt, non-Union represented.
Schedule/Authorized Hours: No regular hours, on-call only. Substitutes are used to fill-in on a limited basis when regular employees are not available for work and may occasionally be brought in for special projects. Substitute positions have no guaranteed hours and are limited to working a maximum of sixty-five (65) hours total per month (no more than forty (40) hours in one week).
Application Requirements: In addition to completing the application, a cover letter and resume are required. To be considered for this position, please apply and submit required documentation through this site no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018. Applications received after the deadline and resumes received without a cover letter will not be considered.
Develops and delivers children’s programming on behalf of the Pierce County Library System’s Youth Services Department; performs storytelling and leads program activities; designs and transports program materials; and interacts with and provides assistance to the public.
This class differs from the classification of Senior Branch Assistant by requirement of youth knowledge and specific youth services performed. It differs from the higher classification of Librarian by the scope and selection of youth services performed and by the level of education required. This position supports and receives direction for youth service activities from the Youth Services Librarian assigned to the location or the Customer Experience Manager responsible for Youth Services.
Reports to the Early Learning Supervising Librarian or a Branch Site Supervisor; no supervisory responsibility is exercised. Year-round Storytellers may direct the work of Pages and Volunteers as needed and may be assigned temporary charge of a branch in the supervisor’s absence.
Class specifications are intended to provide a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Delivers high-quality, customer-focused services.
Develops and presents storytimes; presents selected children’s programs, often in a variety of locations.
Sets up and takes down program chairs/tables, book displays, and/or puppet stages.
Presents children’s programs and storytime; leads program participants in songs, rhymes, and related activities; interacts with children, family members, and caregivers.
Responds to inquiries and assists in promoting literacy and the use the Library’s services.
Provides readers’ advisory services and assists customers in locating books; checks out library materials, places holds for customers, and/or performs other routine circulation duties.
Compiles statistical data, tracks program attendance, and prepares a variety of program records and reports; recommends changes to improve service delivery as required.
Demonstrates punctuality and regular and consistent attendance.
Brings matters of public concern regarding waste, inefficiency, corruption, discrimination, and safety to the attention of Library Management.
Accurately communicates the Library’s policies to members of the public in all job-related contacts.
Positively reflects Pierce County Library’s mission, vision, and values to members of the public and to staff.
Performs other duties as assigned or required.
Required Knowledge of:
Branch Services policies, procedures and service standards (for Year-round Storytellers only)
Public library operations, programs, and services.
Youth Services policies, procedures, and standards of service.
Childhood development principles and literature based programming.
Storytime and youth services collection materials.
Circulation, reference, and readers’ advisory principles.
Computers and Windows-based software.
Customer service standards and protocols.
Required Skill in:
Coordinating and performing a variety of technical and clerical library functions (for Year-round Storytellers only).
Coordinating and performing a variety of storytelling functions.
Delivering high quality and entertaining children’s programming.
Developing storytime presentations.
Conducting storytimes and leading songs, rhymes, and related program activities.
Responding to inquiries and interacting with children, family members and caregivers.
Performing routine circulation and readers’ advisory functions.
Associate’s Degree in Child Development or related field,
Customer service experience, and
Two years experience presenting children’s programming; OR
Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skills and allows successful performance of the job.
Licenses, Certifications, and Special Requirements:
A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required.
Must pass local police and Washington State Adult/Child Abuse records check prior to hire.
The ability to work evenings and weekends on a rotating schedule and to adapt to schedule changes on short notice is required.
Working Environment and Physical Requirements:
Work is performed in a library environment and/or in the field with exposure to variable weather conditions, general driving hazards, and involves regular contact with the public.
Subject to standing for extended periods of time, sitting, walking, bending, reaching, climbing ladders/step stools, and lifting of objects weighing up to 50 pounds.
Must be able to lift and carry library materials and move program tables and chairs.
Required SkillsRequired Experience
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