Children's Services Manager

Library System/Company Name
Charleston County Public Library
Job Description

Branch Location: Wando Mount Pleasant (WMTP)

Reports To:  Department Manager

General Summary:

The Children’s Manager, under the general direction of the Branch Manager, provides support to the Children’s staff and library services for children ages birth through grade 5.  Creates attractive displays, develops new and maintains ongoing innovative children’s programs.  As a Librarian, you must demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills, as a great part of this job will involve interacting with the local community.


All duties listed below are essential job functions for which reasonable accommodations will be made.  All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or abilities deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently.  This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements.  Employees may be required to perform any other job-related tasks as requested by the Branch/Department Manager subject to reasonable accommodations.

Essential Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Assist patrons with locating resources and computer usage.
  • Provide reader’s advisory and information services to customers of the Children’s Department.
  • Create, plan and coordinate community programs for children that increase library awareness, this will include off site programs.
  • Represent the library at external programming and outreach events.
  • Participate in committees and/or organizations that support the library’s mission and goals.
  • Must be comfortable proactively seeking out customers to help in all areas of the library (desk, roving, e-mail, phone, or additional methods of communication).
  • Create booklists and book displays and provide technology assistance and demonstrations.
  • Perform routine desk duties, help patrons locate and check out materials.
  • Keep informed of current services and trends as related to public libraries.
  • Candidates should be good listeners and communicators, present positive attitude, enjoy working cooperatively as a team member, and place top priority on customer service.
  • Must be flexible to assume additional responsibilities and scheduling requirements as needed to meet the coverage needs of the public service desks in other departments
  • Provide library services for children ages birth through grade 5.
  • Develops new and maintains ongoing innovative children’s programs, story times/storytelling, STEAM programs, and puppetry programs to promote literacy
  • Assist children and caregivers in use of library resources.
  • Contribute content about the Children’s Department to the Communications and Programming Department for inclusion in the Library’s social media presence.
  • Must demonstrate knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of children’s materials, both print and electronic.
  • Assist with Community Hub Services such as the rental assistance program, vaccine clinics, voting process, as well as other programs and services that are provided by CCPL.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Benefits and Compensation: 

Charleston County Public Library offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance for full-time employees and Paid Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, 401k, and a Pension Plan for all employees.

$53,248.00 - $59,966.40 annually commensurate with education and experience.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must possess exceptional knowledge and competency of modern principles and practices in Children’s Services.
  • Knowledge of and experience with parent education initiatives, Every Child Ready to Read, Early childhood development, and early literacy skills are desirable.
  • Knowledge of library amenities and the ability to provide information about library policies.
  • Ability to use tact, courtesy and good judgement when communicating with coworkers, and the public.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of library materials, both print and electronic.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and present ideas orally and in writing.
  • Ability to carry out assignments independently and work collaboratively with a team.

Qualifications and Requirements: 

  • Must possess exceptional knowledge and competency of modern principles and practices in Children’s Services.
  • Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA Accredited program.
  • 2 years library experience and 1-year supervisor preferred.
  • Eligible for or hold South Carolina State Library Certification. 
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite, with the ability to learn and use new methods and emerging technical advances.
  • Must possess excellent customer service skills, ability to get along well with others and to communicate effectively with the public and with library staff, a strong work ethic.
Mount Pleasant
South Carolina