Website Delray Beach Public Library

Location Name: Delray Beach Public Library
County: Palm Beach
Region: Southeast Florida
Address: 100 West Atlantic Ave
City: Delray BeachZipcode: 33444
ALA accredited Masters required: Yes

The Ladies Improvement Association founded the Delray Beach Public Library in 1913. In 1938 the Delray Beach Public Library Association became a not-for-profit corporation to provide a public library in Delray Beach. Since 1950, our patrons have received library service through a successful public/private partnership between the City of Delray Beach and the Library Association. The City of Delray Beach has provided a large percentage of the annual operating budget, and the Library Association has raised capital funds.


The Delray Beach Public Library exists to enrich the lives of the individuals of Delray Beach’s diverse communities by creating and sustaining superior public library services through responsive staff, dynamic collections, appropriate technology, effective programming, and access to global information. We envision a dynamic community connecting ideas, information, and creation. Our mission is to ignite curiosity, fuel discovery, and encourage creativity through access to trusted information, resources, and community connections.


Children’s Services is the first connection many make with the library, and in turn the community, as new young patrons, and new families.  As a result, the Head, Children’s Services engenders a welcoming and exciting environment that nurtures connection, learning and wonder. The Head of Children’s Services (The Head) is responsible for the provision of excellent service, staffing, resources, programs and experiences for the children and families who are patrons and prospective of the Library.  As the Department Head it is essential to develop, initiate and evaluate all forms of service provided by that Department. Evaluation must include analysis of customer service, staff skills, collection use statistics, program participation, customer service and collection management. The Head is responsible for managing a collection budget and keeping informed of emerging resources – physical and digital – and introducing new resources when applicable. The development of excellent programming for babies to age 12 must include staff participation and community partnerships. Community outreach includes extending library services directly to partners including daycares, community agencies, schools, etc. It is expected that the Head will lead community outreach programs with the schools and other agencies. Particular attention must be paid to the Tween population. The Head will develop and deliver programs for this demographic.  The Head is expected to liaise with the Young Adult Librarian developing an effective transition for youth to move from Children’s Services to Tween/Teen Services. This position demands an innovative and compassionate mentor who models behavior which the Children’s Staff can emulate including sound project management skills, effective communication, and a passion for reading and learning. This position requires a high level of technology proficiency including the ability to explore new technologies and demonstrate their application effectively as an integral part of daily service and programming.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

·         Reports to the Assistant Director and is a vital part of the Senior Management Team.

·         Makes recommendations to the Assistant Director for Library Services regarding Children’s Department appointments, promotions, dismissals, staff evaluations, and other personnel matters.

·         Assists the Assistant Director in the maintenance of the library’s bibliographic database and general collection development, ordering and management.

·         Evaluates, trains, directs, and mentors staff to provide an excellent experience for all patrons in Childrens and throughout the Library.

·         Develops and delivers a robust schedule of programming year-round for ages 0-12. Special attention is paid to the community need to integrate STEM technology into programming wherever possible and to develop and deliver an excellent summer reading program.

·         Relative to the Children’s Department, makes budgetary recommendations and services in the preparation of the budget. Supervises and furnishes budgetary control; writes and administers grants; monitors compliance with appropriate rules and regulations.

·         Manages Children’s Services collections and programs and produces regular reports with analysis of use, challenges, and opportunities to Assistant Director and Executive Director.

·         Extends Children’s Services into the community by sustaining and developing new community outreach and partnerships including direct service to schools and agencies.

·         Models exemplary patron service to children and their caregivers that is culturally respectful and developmentally appropriate.

·         Identifies and develops budget for grant opportunities as needed.

·         Participates in library-wide training, programming, and planning.

·         Completes special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education, Skills & Experience Requirements:

·         Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program required.

·         Minimum of two years of working in a library in a supervisory capacity.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail.

·         Demonstrated skills in technology curriculum design and delivery.

·         Demonstrated ability in time and project management including planning, successful execution, and evaluation.

·         Must excel in a team-oriented work environment.

·         Proven record of successful application of technology knowledge and skills.

·         Passion for reading and ability to communicate effectively fostering a lifelong love of reading.

·         Self-motivated, self-starter with the ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure to meet deadlines.

·         Proficiency in Windows and Mac operating systems.

·         Ability to develop and maintain excellent rapport, and cooperative and courteous relationships with supervisor, co-workers, officials, merchants, city representatives, partner organizations, and the public.

·         Bilingual preferred specifically Creole and/or Spanish.

Physical Requirements:

·         Ability to lift 25 pounds in the shifting and moving of library materials and equipment required.

·         Ability to navigate stairs, kneel, bend, reach, stand for 1/2 hour, stretch and stoop in the maintenance of an orderly collection on the shelves required, or to plug power cords into outlets or retrieve objects.

·         Normal speech quality and normal hearing ability expected at level of 25 decibels through the speech frequency, aided or unaided, to efficiently serve the public.

·         Ability to drive a car to perform various duties outside library building and ability to attend out-of-town meetings via commercial transportation.

·         Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving prolonged sitting, walking, or moving from one area of the building to another, and standing for periods of time.

·         Requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as keyboarding and/or use of other office equipment.

·         May require sufficient strength and coordination for lifting, pushing, and/or carrying the weight of smaller office equipment, files, or supplies.

·         Involves extensive VDT exposure.

Hours: This is a salaried full-time position with a 37.5-hour weekly schedule, which may include weeknights and alternating weekends. Excellent benefits, 403b + Matching, Paid Vacation/Sick/13 Paid Holidays.

Multilingual Skills Required: No
Contact Person: Loanis Menendez-Cuesta
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 561-819-6406
How to Apply / Instructions:

Send cover letter and resume to Loanis Menendez-Cuesta, Assistant Director, at