DATE ENTERED: August 27, 2021
POSITION: Senior Branch Librarian
LOCATION: Roanoke County Public Library
APPLY BY: 09/26/21 11:59 PM    

invites applications for the position of:
Senior Branch Librarian
An Equal Opportunity Employer
SALARY:    $51,983.00 - $57,181.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 08/27/21
CLOSING DATE: 09/26/21 11:59 PM

Roanoke County Public Library is looking for a dynamic and team-oriented leader to join our Senior Leadership Team. You'll live and work in an affordable area nestled in the mountains, minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway, with easy access to a great Parks system and loads of entertainment choices, including minor league sports, popular festivals, an established symphony orchestra, and several renowned restaurants. If you want to join an award-winning energetic team while living and working at the intersection of tradition and innovation, we want to hear from you! We invite candidates who enjoy growing as leaders, thrive in an environment of strategic thinking and problem solving, and are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive space that invites wonder and exploration.

Performs professional, supervisory and administrative work directing the day-to-day operation of South County Library, the system's headquarters. Duties include maintaining the facility, and selecting, training, scheduling, and evaluating public services staff. Supervision is exercised over a staff of full and part-time employees engaged in various phases of library operations. Work includes making data-driven decisions in developing and implementing programs, services, and special events to promote use of the location and sets a model for the system at large, and ensures alignment of all programs and activities with system and County-wide goals. The Senior Branch Librarian participates in the budget process and long-range planning, and manages expenditures for part-time staff and branch programs. Works under general supervision of the Director who reviews work for achievement of desired goals and objectives. Serves on Director's Library Leadership Team. Does related work as required.


  • Develops goals, plans, programs, services, and procedures for South County which sets the model for the system; ensures that operational practices align with system goals and policies
  • Manages, supervises, and participates in all daily public service and support operations within a branch; collaborates on branch decisions; coaches supervisory staff; provides temporary assistance with provision of public services when needed
  • Identifies technology needs; suggests new or replacement equipment and software purchase or upgrades
  • Monitors circulation, reference, readers' advisory, and Interlibrary Loan activities; adjusts operations or resources as needed; proposes and evaluates online databases and products; monitors marketplace for electronic product development; works with Materials Management Administrator to resolve issues with vendor interfaces
  • Participates in decisions affecting the functionality of the RVL consortium ILS
  • Develops projections of resources and personnel necessary to meet established goals and objectives; develops and implements long- and short-range plans
  • Participates in the hiring, training and development of staff, evaluates staff performance, sets schedules and work flow priorities, applies appropriate procedures and policies, and ensures the accomplishment of work
  • Manages branch budget for part-time staff and programs, provides budgetary input in the form of projected needs for personnel, collection, programs, and equipment
  • Assists in the overall marketing of library collections, services, and programs, promotes interest in the library as a community resource, and participates in community activities as appropriate
  • Works collaboratively with the other administrators and branch managers to ensure services are responsive to patron needs
  • Ensures that building and grounds of the location are properly maintained
  • Oversees the inventory and weeding of the print and AV collections, may make recommendations for acquisition of materials, works closely with Materials Management to ensure timely delivery of materials to the public
  • Prepares reports and statistics
  • Works with Administrative and Marketing Manager to develop programmatic materials and works with Public Services Librarian to develop system-wide plan for teaching technology and software skills to the staff and public
  • Promotes interest in the library as a community resource; participates in community meetings and activities as appropriate
  • Responds to patron complaints and/or concerns, attempts to resolve problems, refers intractable issues to Assistant Director
  • Recommends new or replacement equipment and software purchases or upgrades
  • Conducts staff conferences and meetings
  • Promotes and maintains an active volunteer program
  • Attends professional meetings and workshops


Required: Master's degree in Library Science or Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited college or university

Required: Considerable experience in professional library work or comparable public, retail, or technical service experience. Recent substantive training or accredited coursework in relevant areas may be an acceptable substitute for professional library experience, particularly when combined with other responsible retail, public or technical service experience.
Preferred: Experience managing and supervising library services

Eligibility for professional certification from the Library of Virginia
Valid Virginia driver's license with a good driving record.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of professional library science and library management
  • Knowledge of practices and techniques used to ascertain and meet community needs for library services
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement branch activities to promote the goals and mission of County libraries
  • Knowledge of databases, electronic resources, ILS, and office software and other computer applications
  • Ability to interact effectively with the public and staff
  • Ability to speak in front of groups
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of library staff, patrons, County staff, and members of community organizations and area businesses
  • Ability to provide leadership, supervise, and evaluate the work of others
  • Ability to conduct work with attention to detail
  • Ability to remain composed when dealing with multiple priorities or with difficult situations or individuals, and adapt quickly to changing situations and varied work schedule
  • Ability to effectively search online or traditional resources and evaluate retrieved content
  • Ability to make independent decisions

Additional Requirements:
Subject to a complete criminal history and Child Protective Services background search with acceptable results. Must also be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description. Evening and Saturday work required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervises full and part time public services staff assigned to a headquarters library, and supervises volunteers


5204 Bernard Drive
Roanoke, VA 24018
[email protected]
An Equal Opportunity Employer    

Job #201002423