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FAMILY LITERACY COORDINATOR

by The Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Date Posted: Jan 21, 2011

Job Description

Part-time


LOCATION:  2017 Nafziger Rd., Baden (Library Headquarters)        


Develops literacy focused programs and resource materials for the public and Region of Waterloo Library (RWL) staff.  Reviews and assesses current library programs for children to determine program effectiveness and popularity.  Surveys staff and the public to ascertain interest in after school programs, baby programs, evening story times, and other programs.  Promotes and delivers literacy focused programs in libraries for children and their families.  Assesses need for volunteers in program delivery.  Develops literacy awareness packages for RWL staff.  Provides staff training to enable them to deliver creative children’s programs.  Provides guidance and information to parents/caregivers on literacy awareness; identifies resources available at libraries.  Develops promotional materials and presents programs to parents/caregivers.  Develops partnerships with local family agencies and educators, such as teachers and day care providers, to mutually support literacy initiatives.  Visits schools, day care centres, and other agencies within the Region to promote reading and libraries.  Recruits, trains and occasionally assigns work to volunteers to assist with program delivery.  Work requires standing for continuous periods of time when conducting literacy workshops/programs.  Bends, stoops, or reaches overhead 25% of the time when retrieving books and program supplies.  Occasionally lifts boxes of resource materials weighing up to 10 kgs.  Travels within the Region to attend meetings and visit schools, day care centres, and other agencies to promote literacy; and outside the Region for meetings and training and development workshops.  Occasionally works irregular or late hours for program delivery.


Knowledge of public library services and children’s literature, family literacy and child development, normally acquired through the attainment of an Early Childhood Education degree/diploma, plus two years directly related experience working with children, adults and information resources, preferably in a library setting.  Knowledge of local rural communities.  Ability to exercise patience and tact to maintain control of groups ranging from 5-50 children during library program events; interact and establish empathy with children.  Creativity and imagination are needed to plan and offer a variety of programs and motivate children and their families to read and use the library.  Ability to work independently and in a team environment.  Proficiency in the use of a computer, using software such as Microsoft Office applications, Sirsi/Dynix library system, the Internet, and early literacy software.  Ability to troubleshoot computer hardware and software.  Ability to read books, articles and other materials to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of library resources and literacy.  Ability to write occasional articles for the local newspapers and to create promotional materials and displays.  Ability to communicate with groups of all ages, deliver children’s programs, conduct presentations, and provide information on library services.  Ability to communicate daily with library RWL staff in person, by telephone and email.  Ability to travel to various locations within the Region.  Ability to support and project values compatible with the organization.


WAGE/SALARY:  $24.21 - $27.51 per hour


IS SHIFT WORK NORMALLY REQUIRED:  NO                                           


HOURS OF WORK:  24 hours per week

Please apply online, by the closing date Feb 04, 2011 quoting competition number 2011-1045, or send your resume to: The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Human Resources, 150 Frederick Street, 3rd Floor, Kitchener, ON N2G 4J3.

We thank all applicants in advance; however, we will be corresponding only with those selected for an interview.

 

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