Youth Services Consultant

Company Name & Location: 

South Carolina State Library | Columbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina: 

Columbia combines all the graces of the rich past with the vibrance of the emerging Sun Belt. It's the state capital and home to a major university. One of America's outstanding zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is just minutes from the state capital. The State Museum also tells the colorful history of South Carolina. If you like water sports, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre playground less than 15 minutes from the heart of the city.

Two pictures, one of the State Library and one of the Columbia cityscape

The South Carolina State Library: 

map of South CarolinaThe South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. SCSL bears responsibility for public library development, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The Agency is a locus for collaborative library endeavors of all kinds and works closely with the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Headquartered in downtown Columbia, SCSL is well supported with state and federal funds. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. The State Library succeeds because of the people we employ: Passionate professionals who believe South Carolina library users deserve first-rate resources, services, and support. We are seeking talented, enthusiastic individuals who wish to join us in making a contribution to the development of great public libraries. The South Carolina State Library is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview: 

The Youth Services Consultant takes a leadership role to ensure South Carolina library staff are well supported in the provision of children’s and teen services to meet the needs of children, teens and families. The State Library offers an outstanding professional development environment for consultant staff, and plenty of encouragement for a creative, innovative approach to the work.

Compensation & Benefits: 
    • Starting salary range $39,960-$50,000 depending on experience.
    • Benefits Include: vacation (15 days per year); sick leave (15 days per year); holidays (13 days per year), standard benefits package and South Carolina State Retirement System.

Essential Duties of the Position: 
  • Serve as the Agency’s project lead for early childhood literacy initiatives, statewide teen activities, the summer reading program, and other projects
  • Engage in field work to assess conditions in public libraries and build supportive relationships with library staff and management, to improve library environments for youth services
  • Collaborate with other Library Development staff to create and implement learning opportunities for librarians, including 21st Century skills development
  • Act as a liaison between school and public libraries for the coordination of services and for furthering collaborative projects and efficiencies
  • Participate in identified children’s and youth services initiatives and forums at the state and national level
  • Research and recommend for purchase tools and resources for service improvement and innovation statewide
  • Advocate at all opportunities for improved services and resources for youth
  • Advise State Library administrators on needed services and resources for youth, actively work to support agency goals, and participate fully as a Library Development Team member

The Candidate: 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Master’s degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association and experience in professional public and/or school library positions with responsibilities directly related to children’s and teen services. Knowledge of public library principles and practices; broad general educational background. Knowledge of typical library issues and problems, especially as related to children and teen audiences. Knowledge of programs and resources currently available to address those concerns. Ability to speak confidently in front of a group.

How to Apply: 

All applications must be submitted online at

Additional Comments

  • Candidate should have excellent writing, math and interpersonal skills. Should be knowledgeable about public library issues and the status of libraries in South Carolina. Candidate should be able and willing to maintain an orderly, well-documented, responsive and schedule-conscious grants operation.
  • Complete the State application to include all current and previous work/salary history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed in lieu of a completed state application to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position. Include a cover letter, resume and three professional references; reference and background check will be conducted.