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SPARK Parent Partner - Canton Local Schools


SPARK Parent Partner

Internal Classification: 

FLSA non-exempt, bargaining unit

Primary Location: 

Main Library


Full-time (40 hours/week)

Starting Hourly Rate:

$12.00 an hour

Posted on April 12, 2019. Applications for the position will be accepted for a minimum of 10 calendar days from the original date of posting.

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Stark Library seeks an outgoing, customer service oriented professional to fill an opportunity as a SPARK Parent Partner at the Main Library of Stark Library. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for building literacy skills in the Canton Local Schools community and who understand the importance of keeping our library patrons and community families a top priority. Candidates must have a proven ability to work independently and maintain a flexible schedule depending on the needs of families, the program, and other required events. To learn more about the SPARK program and this unique and important work, please go to the following website for information:  A more detailed description of this position’s specific duties is outlined, below. 

If you believe you may be a good fit for this position, please go to Stark Library website - - for more information and to complete an employment application.  Go to “Contact” and then “Employment” for access to our on-line application. 

Position Summary

An employee serving in this position advances the mission of the Library by providing in-home kindergarten readiness programming to the community as part of the Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids [SPARK] program.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Works directly with preschool-age children and their families during regular home visits and in group settings to enhance early literacy skills and help the family prepare for kindergarten.
  2. Plans and implements regular in-home sessions to advance the successful achievement of each child’s individual learning goals.
  3. Creates and maintains all necessary records according to SPARK guidelines.
  4. Attends Parent Partner meetings, training sessions and on-going professional development programs as required.
  5. Acts as the SPARK advocate for all assigned children and families, encouraging a high standard of early childhood care and education to ensure a preparation for kindergarten and successful transition to elementary school.
  6. Works with Responsive Services Team to determine appropriate learning assessments, tools, services, and programs for SPARK children and their families, according to SPARK guidelines.
  7. Develops and maintains strong and effective relationships with all SPARK Ohio Initiative partners, including the Early Childhood Resource Center.
  8. Communicates emergency situations and/or critical changes to the Literacy Manager in a timely manner.
  9. Performs duties as a mandated reporter to child protective services as needed.
  10. Helps develop assigned caseload by recruiting program participants at community events and other opportunities where interaction with the public will take place.
  11. Positively represents and promotes the Library, the SPARK program, and collaborative partners to agencies, organizations, and the community.
  12. Performs library public services duties for portions of workweek as needed.
  13. Other duties as required.

Core Competencies

  1. Adaptability
  2. Communication
  3. Customer Service
  4. Dependability
  5. Ethics & Integrity
  6. Initiative
  7. Job Knowledge
  8. Quality of Work
  9. Teamwork

Technical / Functional Skills

  1. Demonstrated ability to work independently, including having to set own work schedule, is preferred.
  2. Familiarity with aspects of social work or early childhood caregiver responsibilities, with a focus on literacy or equivalent, is preferred.
  3. Familiarity with and ability to fulfill the requirements of a mandated reporter for child protective services is preferred.
  4. Familiarity with handling confidential and/or sensitive information is preferred.
  5. Proficiency in MS Office [Outlook, Excel, Word] or similar software is required.  Relevant business management systems such as general ledger, HRIS, CRM, etc. is preferred. Experience with FileMaker Pro and iPads is preferred.

Education and Experience

  • Education: High School diploma or equivalent is required.  Associate’s degree or more in Social Work, Early Childhood Education, or a related field is preferred. 
  • Certifications or licensure: Ohio drivers’ license and ability to maintain a driving record that is satisfactory to the Library’s liability insurance carrier is required.
  • Years of relevant experience: 2 to 5 years is required in absence of an Associate’s or other post-secondary degree.  0-2 years with an Associate’s degree or more in related field.
  • Years of experience supervising: None.
  • Experience in customer service, especially when working with clients with special challenges and circumstances is required.
  • Experience working with all levels within an organization is preferred.
  • Experience working in a variety of settings, including personal residences, and social contexts is preferred.
  • Experience working with other public or social service agencies is preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • The library environment involves everyday risks or discomforts that require normal safety precautions typical of offices, which includes the need for general safe workplace practices with office equipment and computers, avoidance of trips and falls, and observance of fire regulations.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
  • This position is performed mainly off-site through in-home visits, which can present a variety of different working conditions depending on the set up and arrangements within each home.
  • There is no set schedule for this position due to the scheduling requirements of home visits and work-related meetings and events that may occur before or after the typical Library hours of operations, including weekends and evenings.
  • Work requires the ability to lift light objects [less than 20 pounds] and carry them short distances [20 feet or less].  The ability to transport materials (in and out of the office and homes), sometimes weighing in total more than 20 pounds for longer distances than 20 feet with assistance is required.
  • This position may require an employee to remain in a seated position, sometimes on the floor, for extended periods of time while conducting story times or facilitating lessons.
  • This position may require an employee to remain in a standing position for extended periods of time while performing a variety of tasks.
  • Employees must be able to perform repetitive hand, arm, and body movements, including typing and/or lifting books, on a continuous basis.
  • Work may require reaching overhead and bending/kneeling to shelve books weighing up to three pounds.
  • Travel by personal automobile and a valid State of Ohio driver’s license along with the ability to maintain a driving record that is satisfactory to the Library’s liability insurance carrier is required.  Occasional overnight travel may also be required. 

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by an individual working in this job.  Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

About Stark Library

Stark Library serves over 105,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.4 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio.  Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 170,000 attendees and provides 260,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.  The system consists of ten branches, including our main library, as well as a mobile services department.


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