Summer Youth Program Assistant – Hennepin County Library

Salary: $18.55 Hourly
Location: Hennepin County, MN
Job Type: Varies
Department: Library
Job Number: 19LIB839JR029
Closing: 3/26/2019 11:59 PM Central

Hennepin County Library (HCL) is seeking enthusiastic and creative Youth Program Assistants who are passionate about serving youth and families, to support the implementation of the library’s summer learning services and programming: “Discover. Summer. Here.”

Hennepin County Library’s goals for summer learning are that:
• Youth encounter new concepts, resources, ideas or ways of thinking.
• Youth maintain and develop their academic, social, or emotional skills.
• Youth establish or enhance meaningful connections with peers, library staff, and other adults.
• Youth find value in reading and learning.

Location and hours:
These positions will be for the duration of mid-June 2019 through August 2019. Summer Youth Program Specialists work approximately 16 hours per week during daytime, evening and weekend hours.

Locations included are:
Franklin Library (Minneapolis)
Hosmer (Minneapolis)
Oxboro (Bloomington)
Sumner (Minneapolis)
Webber Park (Minneapolis)

For a list of all library locations click here.

About the position type:
These are limited duration (temporary), non-benefit earning positions for Summer 2019.

In this position, you will:
• Support and deliver summer learning programs and activities for children, youth and families.
• Proactively maintain a welcoming and safe environment by managing youth behavior in the library and working with colleagues as necessary to address challenges.
• Collaborate with youth services staff to coordinate the work of youth employees and volunteers to support programming and service needs.
• Assist with library tours or large group visits for children, youth and families.
• Collect program data such as attendance numbers and administer surveys.
• Become familiar with and promote library resources to children, youth and families.
• Attend required meetings and training sessions.

Need to have:
One of the following:
• Graduated from high school or high school equivalent, and completed eighteen months or more of experience in youth-development, education or applicable experience working with children and youth.
• Education may be substituted for experience on a month for month (3 semester credits = 1 month) basis, preferably with credits in youth-development or education.
• One year or more of experience in youth-development, education or applicable experience working with children and youth, and completion of the Career Connections Office Specialist Pathway Training program.
• Six months or more of experience in youth-development, education or applicable experience working with children and youth, and completion of the Career Connections Healthcare Clerical Training program.
• Availability to work variable hours, including daytimes, evenings and weekends.

Nice to have:
• Mentoring or leading youth.
• Collaboratively creating and supporting drop-in programming based on the needs and interests of youth.
• Creating a welcoming and safe environment.
• Working with cultural backgrounds different than your own in a work or volunteer setting.
• Interest in all forms of literacy and informal learning and its application in the field of youth work.
• Creativity and innovation in applying youth development practices in a community setting.
• Strong organizational and communication skills.
• Basic computer skills, including the ability to navigate online systems and email.

Ability to:
• Work with youth from a wide range of backgrounds and socio-economic statuses.
• Work as part of a team.
• Handle the demands of a constantly changing work environment and workload.

Candidates with fluency in another language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

About the department:
Hennepin County Library works to nourish minds, transform lives and build community together. We are about much more than books. In addition to a collection of almost 5 million books, CDs and DVDs, the library system maintains a treasure trove of documents and online resources, and offers programming to aid and enrich Hennepin County employees and clients.

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals — that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

Your future. Made here.

This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

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