DATE ENTERED: May 3, 2021
POSITION:    Librarian III-Student and Family Services
JOB TYPE:    Full Time
LOCATION:  Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Outreach and Innovation Library (COIL), 2726 Border Road; Chesapeake, VA 23324
SALARY: $56,962 Annually

The Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) is seeking a Family Services and Student Success Librarian III to be part of a creative, collaborative management team and support the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Outreach and Innovation Library (COIL). The CPL promotes innovative thinking, collegial debate, and a work environment that values civility, cordiality, diversity, and the unique contributions of each staff member.

The Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Outreach and Innovation Library (COIL) seeks to redefine library services in Chesapeake through the creation of dynamic spaces and services designed to meet the evolving needs of students and families. COIL is embarking on a new journey to create library users who expect the unexpected and the exceptional by challenging the way those services are delivered and imagined. The ideal candidate will have a passion for connecting with families and students, exploring new ideas and award-worthy innovations.

The Librarian III-Family Services and Student Success Librarian under the administration of branch leadership, leads system-wide and cross departmental teams and projects to facilitate the success of students and families in the City of Chesapeake. Provides leadership and direction for library teams in the planning, development, management and assessment of student and family needs and organizational data collection, analysis and reporting, specifically focused on family services and student success. This position works with the Library’s Outreach and Innovation team at the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Library as well as Library leadership. The Student Success Librarian reports to Branch Manager of the Dr. Clarence V. Cuffee Outreach and Innovation Library, and functions as a member of the leadership team as it relates to the Library’s Strategic Goals of strengthening student success.


  • Plans and implements 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 based on the needs of students and families in Chesapeake.
  • Plans programs and events to meet the evolving needs of students and families in the Chesapeake community, including tutoring, small group lessons, STEAM programs, outreach support, summer reading and collaborative projects with external groups, such as Chesapeake Public Schools.
  • Supervises subordinate staff, volunteers and tutors. Serves as branch supervisor in the absence of the Branch Manager.
  • Assists Library Administration with external and internal research to support service and policy developments.
  • Ensures attention to the Library’s goals of diversity, equity and inclusion by reviewing programs, services and materials for representation and cultural reflection.
  • Provides professional library services such as reference or children’s coordination, volunteer management and selection of library materials.
  • Collaborates with branch youth and family services team members to provide system wide programming.
  • Provides project management support for library services and innovations related to student success.
  • Mentors library staff in order to facilitate group participation, innovation, training and idea sharing.
  • Works with library-affiliated partners 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.
  • 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 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 they represent.
  • 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.

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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