DATE ENTERED: August 28, 2020
POSITION: Adult Reference Supervisor
LOCATION: Samuels Public Library, Front Royal, VA
APPLY BY: No date specified


Samuels Public Library
Job Description
Position Title: Adult Reference Supervisor - Librarian II Grade 15
Reports To: Library Director
Fair Labor Standards Act: Exempt
August 2020

Position Summary: The Adult Reference Supervisor oversees operations of the Reference & Technical Services Department, adult collections, adult programs and services under general direction of the Library Director.

Major Position Responsibilities:
These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Supervises, trains, and schedules  Reference & Technical Services Staff
  • Provides excellent customer service.
  • Works with the Circulation Supervisor, Children’s Reference Supervisor, Operations Director, and Library Director as part of the Library’s management team.
  • Develops, implements, and plans procedures for the department.
  • Collection maintenance for all adult materials, including selection and weeding.
  • Ensures adequate reference desk coverage for all operational hours.
  • Designs and implements a technology training program for patrons and staff.
  • Maintains current knowledge of library and publishing trends.
  • Oversees publicity for adult services.
  • Collaborates with local businesses and organizations to foster community outreach opportunities.  
  • Works closely with Friends of Samuels Library and volunteers on events and special projects.
  • Exhibits a thorough knowledge of Library policies and procedures and implements these policies and procedures courteously, efficiently, and with exercise of discretion and judgment.
  • Reviews and recommends new products to enhance library operations or services.
  • Plans and directs adult programs.
  • Acts as building supervisor when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required: Considerable knowledge of the full scope of professional library principles, methods, materials and practices. Excellent communication skills with the ability to supervise staff and volunteers.

Education, Training and Experience Required: At least one year of public or academic library work required. Prior supervisory experience preferred.  Must obtain a MLIS or MLS Degree and Librarian’s Professional Certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia within 3 months of hire.

Physical Requirement of the Position: This is light work requiring the exertion of up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and a negligible force constantly to move objects. Work requires repetitive motion and prolonged periods of standing. Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels. Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities. The worker is not subject to adverse environmental conditions.

Special Requirements: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential tasks.

Compensation: Salary range is $39,954.14 - $60,794.94 and is dependent on qualifications and experience.

To apply: A cover letter and resume should be emailed to Michelle Ross.