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Small Talk Parent Educator


Salary:  $16.63 Hourly; 10-20 hours/week

Closing Date: Open until filled.


General Information
Ames Public Library is currently accepting applications for a Small Talk Parent Educator. Under direction of the Library Director and Youth Services Manager, the Parent Educator will present the LENA Start program as part of the Small Talk in Story County Project. This part-time position will last for the duration of the grant period. Evening and weekend shifts may be required.


Examples of Essential Job Functions

  • Presents parent education programs;
  • Assists with recruitment of program participants;
  • Assists with recruitment and training of volunteers;
  • Assists with planning, scheduling and implementing programs;
  • Ensures adherence to LENA Start program requirements;
  • Assists with maintenance of program records;
  • Assists with recorder uploads;
  • Ensures adherence to confidentiality requirements;
  • Assists with promotion of the program;
  • Attends required training and continuing education sessions;
  • Attends Small Talk Team meetings as required;
  • Adheres to Library safety and security guidelines;
  • Works cooperatively with other workgroups and staff members;
  • Plans work according to established procedures;
  • Represents the Library and the Small Talk Project in the community;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include: committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork.  For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life.  For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective.  The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Employment Standards

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Education, Child Development or related field or graduation from the Small Talk program required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Knowledge of: early literacy skills and practices; office management; computer applications; standard office and library machines.


Skill in: presentation; classroom management; customer service; written and oral communication; creative problem solving; critical thinking and decision-making.


Ability to: work independently and as part of a team; work with a sense of urgency, tact and sense of humor; work accurately with attention to detail; adapt to change; assess and prioritize multiple tasks; communicate effectively with other library staff, program participants, volunteers and customers; understand and follow verbal and written instructions; successfully operate a computer and software to perform office management tasks; use email and web browsers; handle challenging situations and people; demonstrate professionalism and positive attitude; be trained in various technological hardware and software applications; tolerate ambiguity.


Equipment Used on the Job

Computer hardware, peripherals, and software and digital devices appropriate for library and community-based programming work, including word-processing, databases, spreadsheets; general office equipment; communications equipment including office telephone system; cell or wireless telephones; presentation equipment. Equipment related to the LENA Start program.


Physical and Environmental Characteristics :





Stand for up to 1 hour at a time during daily activities


Walk up to 500' at a time to access library areas


Sit for up to 1 hour at a time


Lift 50# box of books from floor and place on 15"-29” cart daily


Carry 50# box of books up to 5' frequently


Push book carts up to 150# daily


Pull book carts up to 150# daily


Climb steps


Grip 30# bilaterally

Hand Coordination

Hand coordination to manipulate boxes and operate computer and other library technology.


Vision Requirements:  Minimum standard for use with those whose work deals largely with preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects or parts, use of measurement devices or assembly of parts at distance close to the eyes.


Environmental Conditions:  The worker is exposed to heavy lifting and transportation of materials needed for programming and delivery of deposit collections. The worker may be exposed to adverse environmental conditions while traveling to and from Library to outreach site. The worker is required to provide own transportation for programming and delivery of program materials.


This position works with the public and is expected to attend to hygiene and health emergencies.


This job specification does not include every duty or responsibility that a person in the role may be asked to perform. May be required to perform other related duties as assigned.


Application Procedure:

All applicants must electronically submit a completed City of Ames Employment Application, cover letter, and three references to be considered for the position. Please e-mail the application materials to janderson@amespubliclibrary.org.

Ames Public Library is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.