Children and Youth Services (CYS) Specialist

Do you enjoy libraries? Do you have a passion for working with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau? Do you want to be part of a team that delivers amazing programmes, events, and collections to the community? Are you passionate about learning and developing within a team committed to improving services for all members of our community?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, nau mai, haere mai; we’d love for you to share our journey.

Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui / Wellington City Libraries is looking for a new Children and Youth Services (CYS) Specialist. This is an exciting library role with the opportunity to help shape youth services at Wellington City Libraries as we reimagine our future.

This role will be based in the North Cluster of Libraries & Community Spaces, with the primary location of work being at the Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Community Hub. At times, there will be a requirement to work across the Library network.

The CYS Specialist is accountable to the Team Leader, Libraries & Community Spaces (North Cluster) for developing and maintaining high quality services in the North Cluster that are aligned with customer needs and demand. This role will be worked Tuesday to Saturday, 38.5 hours per week. 

In this role, the ideal candidate will:

  • Design, deliver, and coordinate programmes, events, and collections for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
  • Develop team capability in delivering programmes and events for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
  • Connect with the local community and community organisations to identify service requirements.
  • Help identify customer demand for services in the North Cluster of Libraries & Community Spaces.
  • Help to develop and support makerspace and STEAM based learning that is happening in THE HIVE, the makerspace located within the Johnsonville Library at Waitohi Community Hub.
  • Connect with the local education community to help activate locations in the North Cluster as learning hubs outside of school.
  • Work closely with the Wellington City Libraries CYS Coordinator to support programming across the network 
  • For this role, the ideal candidate should:
  • Demonstrate our guiding principles of aroha, manaakitanga, and akoranga in their work; be empathetic, insightful and enthusiastic, and relish working with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau,
  • Have experience designing and delivering services for tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in their work, as well as to nurturing relationships with tāngata whenua, and building connections with Kōhanga reo and Kura Kaupapa Māori.
  • Be committed to a Te Reo Māori learning journey, and to building organisational capability in Te Reo Māori as part of our Te Tau Ihu Action Plan
  • Seek out innovative ways to serve multicultural, multilingual communities, and be comfortable building relationships with whānau and educators from a range of backgrounds.
  • Lead our CYS staff in learning about and respecting tikanga Māori, at work.
  • Be able to build great relationships with tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
  • Have an understanding of how libraries can support implementation of the Te Whāriki curriculum and the literacy and digital technologies/Hangarau Matihiko strands of the NZ Curriculum.
  • Have a passion for kids and teen literature, and connecting young people to technology and resources.
  • Be able to grow the team’s knowledge and capability in delivering kids and teen services.

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For any enquiries, please contact Justin Hoenke at Applications for this role close on Monday 17 August 2020 at 5.03pm