DATE ENTERED: March 22, 2021
POSITION: Librarian III-Strategic Initiatives Manager, Chesapeake Public Library
LOCATION: Central Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
SALARY: $56,962 Annually

DESCRIPTION:  The Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) is seeking a dynamic Librarian III-Strategic Initiatives Manager-Concentration in Family Services and Student Success to be part of a creative, collaborative management team. The CPL promotes innovative thinking, collegial debate, and a work environment that values civility, cordiality, and the unique contributions of each staff member.
The Librarian III-Strategic Initiatives Manager under administrative direction, leads system-wide and cross departmental teams and projects to facilitate implementation of strategic goals and the improvement of experiences for the community. Provides leadership and direction for library teams in the planning, development, management and assessment of strategic projects and organizational data collection, analysis and reporting, specifically focused, but not limited to, family services and student success. This position works with the Library’s other Strategic Manager, whose primary concentration is Information Services and Library Operations. This position reports to the Director and Deputy Director and functions as a member of the leadership team as it relates to the Library’s Strategic Goals.


  • Serves as 1 of 2 Strategic Managers in planning and implementation of initiatives with library team members. Makes presentations to the leadership teams within the Library representing the development of project objectives, project deliverables, timelines and resources.
  • Assists Library Administration with external and internal research to support service and policy developments.
  • Provides professional library services such as reference or children’s coordination and selection of library materials.
  • Provides project management support for library services and innovations.
  • Mentors library staff in order to facilitate group participation, innovation, training and idea sharing.
  • Works with library-affiliated partners (e.g. Foundation, Friends) and external partners, City departments and volunteers to develop resources and services that fill the needs of families and students.
  • Prepares and maintains various reports and records including statistics and departmental budgets. Monitors and oversees the progress of initiatives related to the Strategic Goals.
  • Executes short and long-term objectives within the context of the Library’s strategic plans.
  • Promotes the library through public relations outreach and represents the library in regional or statewide professional groups.
  • Attends or conducts staff meetings to exchange information; attends in-service training and professional classes, seminars, or conferences to improve professional skills.
  • Provides consultation on the design, development, and implementation of plans and projects related to service distribution, operational and capital planning, advising Administration on the best way to use resources in relation to the needs of the community.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Preferred qualifications:  Experience in large-scale project management and implementation preferred.

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: Requires an American Library Association accredited master’s degree in Library Science.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Requires a valid driver’s license and a driving record in compliance with City Driving Standards. Virginia Public Librarian Certificate required within three months of employment.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: In addition to satisfying the vocational/education standard, this class requires a minimum of three years of related, full-time equivalent experience, including one year of supervisory experience. Public library experience preferred but other library experience considered.


  • An acceptable criminal history and Child Protective Services (CPS) reports are required.
  • Employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-terms department needs and/or City-wide emergencies. Emergency operations support work and work locations may be outside of normal job duties.


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