Children’s Program Specialist

Posting ID: 
Position Details: 
Full–time, Temporary, position up to 52 weeks
Department or Branch: 
Currently located at the Carlyle King Branch

Under the direction of the Branch Manager, participants in a wide range of programming activities, provides circulation services, reference and readers’ advisory service to children and adults.

  • Performs a wide range of activities related to implementing puppetry in programming, including research, variation and adaptation of puppetry media, original design and construction, scripting and performing.
  • Participates in all aspects of the department’s literature-based programs, including puppetry, story theatre, readers’ theatre, book talking, traditional storytelling, school visits and class tours, and outreach activities (community literacy events, trade shows, school staff meetings, parent talks, etc.).
  • Performs a complete range of duties related to the circulation of library materials, including check-out and check-in, overdues and late charges, borrower registrations holds and interlibrary loans. Provides information about library procedures and policies, programs, borrowing privileges, hours of operation, etc.
  • Answers a wide range of information questions utilizing print and electronic resources. Instructs and advises patrons in the effective use of library resources.
  • Prepares and mounts small and large scale displays throughout the year.
  • Acts as system resource person on all aspects of children’s programming and productions; may present workshops for library staff.
  • Assists with collection maintenance as directed.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Completion of a recognized university graduate or undergraduate degree in drama, fine arts or education, or a Library Technician diploma with courses in children’s services and programs.
  • More than two years of experience in developing and presenting stage productions.
  • Experience and proficiency in the design and construction of set design, props, and puppets, such as hand, shadow, marionette, etc.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with children and caregivers, including parents and educators.
  • Sound knowledge of children’s materials.
  • Sound knowledge in the use of computer, Internet and online resources.
  • Good knowledge of and proven ability to explain library procedures, policies and regulations according to Saskatoon Public Library values and practice.
  • Ability to provide effective public service.
  • Proficient in providing reference and readers’ advisory service.
  • Strong demonstration of flexibility, teamwork and a willingness to try new ideas.
  • Must be creative.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a minimum of supervision, take initiative, manage time effectively, prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Establishes and maintains good working relations with staff and library users.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in the English language.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 11.4 kg and ability to handle the physical movements required in stage set up and drama presentations.
  • Demonstrated reliability (including punctuality and attendance).
  • Acceptable current Criminal Record check is required.
Hours of Work: 
36.25 hours per week.
Pay band 10: $ 48,083.76 – $57,928.32 per annum, pro-rated. (2016 rates)
All applications must be received on line by 4:30 p.m., March 23, 2017.