DATE ENTERED: February 18, 2021
POSITION:    Library Manager (Community Learning)
LOCATION:   Suffolk Public Library (Suffolk VA)
SALARY:       $64,126 - $70,539
APPLY BY: Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Join the team dedicated to increasing accessibility and awareness of library resources. We are seeking someone to join our Community Engagement Team as a Senior Librarian specializing in serving families and neighborhoods. The Families and Neighborhoods Senior Librarian will manage Library2Go operations and lead the development of mobile services that are reflective of community needs and interests. Are you community focused, with experience building purposeful partnerships and connecting people to services?

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:  
Under minimal supervision, serves as the Community Learning Manager. As the Community Learning Manager, responsible for administering the events, classes and learning opportunities of all library locations including offsite programming in partnership with the Community Engagement Department for customers of all ages and abilities.  Responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, and directing library programming and ensuring that all are in alignment with the library's strategic goals and are implemented effectively at each library. Responsible for supervising, training, and evaluating subordinate staff, establishing standards for services and programs, preparing the budget, researching and formulating long range goals, developing policies, and planning and evaluating library learning opportunities and goals in and out of the library locations.  

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develops and executes strategies and programs to develop and maintain a positive image and relationship between library representatives and citizens of the City of Suffolk.
  • Develops and coordinates events, classes and learning opportunities to provide service to the community as a reflection of current community learning needs and library goals.
  • Works in cooperation with City officials to plan the progressive development of the library.
  • Develops and revises library policies; presents to Assistant Director and Director for approval and distribution.
  • Represents the library at meetings to ensure unified action with user groups and regional efforts; represents Director in departmental and City department head or City Council meetings, as necessary.
  • Maintains membership in professional organizations; attends seminars and conferences to continue professional development for self, staff and library system; reads professional journals related to library functions.
  • Provides input related to recruitment and selection of staff; trains staff in new procedures and in normal operations.
  • Conducts community analysis and use data collected for collection development, programming, and policy making
  • Supervises subordinate personnel, including training, scheduling, assigning and evaluating work.
  • Performs library service development by assessing Division service delivery for quality and value, developing programs and services that meet the needs of the public and are aligned with best practices set forth by ALA and state educational standards, and working with granting agencies to obtain funding for projects.
  • Participates in library-wide planning and decision making as a member of the Library Management Team.
  • Coordinates programs and services by working with agencies and organizations outside the library to develop programs of mutual interest, working with City departments, and ensuring that Division services are reaching the community. Serve on relevant boards and commissions to represent the library and provide educational professional development to diverse audiences.
  • Acts as a mentor to staff by assisting with their professional development and morale, and providing assistance as needed.
  • Provide classes, events, and programs to staff, members of the community, and other organizations.
  • Supervises and evaluates Community Learning operations, areas within each location, programs, and services by making site visits and meeting with location supervisors.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel, including training, scheduling, assigning and evaluating work.
  • Performs library service development by assessing Division service delivery for quality and value, developing programs and services that meet the needs of the public and are aligned with best practices set forth by ALA and state educational standards, and working with granting agencies to obtain funding for projects.
  • Supervises and evaluates Outreach Services Division operations, areas within each location, programs, and services by making site visits and meeting with staff.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel, including training, scheduling, assigning and evaluating work.
  • Formulates, prepares, and presents the annual Division budget.
  • Performs related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  
Master's Degree in an ALA accredited program in Library Science or possession of Librarian's Professional Certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia State Library Board and 5 years professional level experience in a library setting, including 2-3 years of administrative/supervisory responsibilities; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Requires a valid driver's license.

CLOSING DATE:  Wednesday, March 17, 2021

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  www.suffolkpubliclibrary.com/careers