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Small Talk Childcare Coordinator


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are considered as positions become available.


Schedule:  10 hours/week average, including some weekend and evening hours to mirror the Small Talk Parenting Session schedule

Starting wage:  $12.00 per hour

Benefits: IPERS


Under direction of the Library Director, Youth Services Manager, and Small Talk Program Coordinator, coordinate childcare as part of the Small Talk in Story County Project.


Duties include the following:

  • Coordinate all aspects of childcare provision for the Small Talk project;
  • Recruit childcare volunteers;
  • Develop training materials for childcare volunteers;
  • Incorporate pertinent aspects of the Small Talk curriculum into training guidelines;
  • Train childcare volunteers;
  • Manage background checks for childcare volunteers;
  • Schedule childcare volunteers;
  • Manage paperwork and recordkeeping related to childcare;
  • Create a safe and stimulating environment for childcare provision;
  • Set up and take down childcare room for each class session;
  • Serve as a model for excellent care of children ages birth to nine;
  • Ensure adherence to LENA Start program requirements as they relate to interactions with children and their parents;
  • Ensure adherence to confidentiality requirements;
  • Assists with promotion of the program;
  • Prepare reporting documents related to childcare for grants associated with the project;
  • Attend required training and continuing education sessions;
  • Attend Small Talk Team meetings as required;
  • Adhere to Library safety and security guidelines;
  • Work cooperatively with other workgroups and staff members;
  • Plan work according to established procedures;
  • Represent the Library and the Small Talk Project in the community;
  • Perform 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.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Experience with childcare provision preferred; preference may be given to applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in Education, Child Development or related field.


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.


Physical and Environmental Characteristics:


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.


Physical Requirements:

  • Standing:  Stand for up to 1 hour at a time
  • Sitting:  Sit for up to 1 hour at a time; sit down on floor and get up from floor multiple times daily
  • Walking:  Walk up to 500' at a time
  • Lifting:  Lift 50 pound box of books from floor and place on 15"-29” cart; lift and hold babies and toddlers
  • Carrying:  Carry 50 pound box of books up to 5' frequently
  • Pushing:  Push carts up to 150 pounds
  • Pulling:  Pull carts up to 150 pounds
  • Climbing:  Climb steps
  • Gripping:  Grip 30 pounds bilaterally
  • Hand Coordination:  Manipulate boxes and operate computer and other library technology

Environmental Conditions: The worker is exposed to heavy lifting and transportation of materials needed for programming and delivery of program materials. 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.


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.

The City of Ames/Ames Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.