DATE ENTERED: July 26, 2021
POSITION: Community Engagement Librarian
LOCATION: James L. Hamner Public Library, Amelia Court House, VA
APPLY BY: Open Until Filled

SALARY: $42,000

JOB TYPE: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

Tuesday: 12:00 – 8:00
Wednesday: 9:00 – 5:00
Thursday: 9:00 – 5:00
Friday: 9:00 – 5:00
Saturday: 9:00 – 5:00

DESCRIPTION: The Community Engagement Librarian is responsible for overseeing all aspects of events, programming, and outreach.

The following are indicative of the primary areas of responsibility, but do not include all possible categories of duties.

  • Plan, host, and conduct in-person and virtual events for all ages
  • Market and promote library events and services
  • Represent the library at career fairs and other community events
  • Manage an event budget
  • Provide notary services
  • Provide U.S. passport application services
  • Create and teach trainings on library services
  • Participate in regular professional development
  • Provide technology help-desk support to patrons
  • Record statistics and write reports
  • Supervise event volunteers

The Community Engagement Librarian manages the library in the absence of the Library Director and the Technical Services Librarian.
This position assists with circulation and other departments, as needed.

KEY REQUIREMENTS: The person in this position is evaluated, in part, by the following standards.

  • Ability to adapt work into current circumstances and coworkers’ workflows
  • Ability to create accurate reports with meaningful statistics
  • Ability to fairly and accurately apply library policies and procedures
  • Ability to manage simultaneous projects with accuracy and efficiency
  • Ability to professionally perform duties in uncomfortable situations
  • Ability to work within a budget and meet reporting requirements
  • Adherence to principles in the ALA Code of Ethics
  • Consistent increase in digital literacy skills
  • Demonstration of professional interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution
  • Understanding of and adherence to copyright and fair use regulations


  • Assist patrons with technology questions
  • Plan and implement the Summer Reading Program
  • Research and hire performers
  • Host or lead events for all ages
  • Create virtual programs and events
  • Be an engaging representative of the library at community events
  • Create marketing materials
  • Collect statistics and write reports
  • Complete monthly continuing education requirements
  • Open and close the library according to procedures
  • Other duties as needed


  • Virginia Librarian’s Professional Certification
  • VA Driver’s License


  • One year full-time-equivalent programming and event planning experience
  • One year full-time-equivalent experience writing press releases, event promotions, and other professional marketing materials
  • One year full-time-equivalent experience hosting events, including public speaking
  • One year full-time-equivalent library experience

The education requirement may be met by an experience equivalency where one month of full-time relevant work experience in a library equals one month of education.

Physical Requirements
The following physical requirements are representative of those that should be met to perform this job. Reasonable accommodation will be made for disabilities.

  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to cope with the mental and physical stress of the position
  • Ability to lift forty pounds and carry it across the library
  • Ability to reach items on the top and bottom shelves
  • Ability to perform duties outside in various weather conditions

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, e-mail a cover letter with examples of how you meet the key requirements and your résumé to [email protected].

In the e-mail subject line put “YourLastName Community Engagement Librarian Application.”

Label the cover letter file “YourLastName_CoverLetter” and the résumé “YourLastName_Resume.” Both files must be sent as PDFs.

The James L. Hamner Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer that maintains a drug-free workplace. Background and drug screens are required.