DATE ENTERED: October 19, 2021
POSITION: Blue Ridge Library Branch Manager
LOCATION: Botetourt County, VA
APPLY BY: Position available January 1, 2022, and will remain open until filled.

The Blue Ridge Library Branch Manager directs a branch team and activities in pursuit of the Library’s mission and goals to connect people and ideas in the suburban community of Blue Ridge, VA. They lead and supervise about 2 full-time and 4 part-time branch employees, organize and direct workflow, initiate innovative ideas, manage projects, oversee the Blue Ridge Library facility, partner with local organizations, and develop collections, services and programs. With a love for people, a passion for learning, a desire to share and a zeal for challenges, they foster a positive, productive and effective environment where both employees and patrons feel valued and empowered. They provide professional and technical expertise, exercise independent judgment, explore creative solutions and demonstrate high ethical standards.

PREFERRED: This position may coordinate and plan digital literacy programs and services for the library system. Strong technology, instructional and planning skills are highly preferred, as well as a solid understanding of the significance of emerging technologies and trends to community members in rural and suburban settings. Hands-on experience with or interest in emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, virtual reality and others is highly preferred.

This position requires thorough knowledge of:

  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of library theory and best practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of library ethics, including intellectual freedom, privacy and confidentiality
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession and services
  • Demonstrated essential understanding of and/or experience with circulation services, reference and information services, collection management, community engagement, children’s services, data analysis, cataloging/classification, marketing, planning and instructional design
  • Demonstrated history of both learning and teaching new technology independently and on the fly
  • Has intermediate to advanced technology skills, including mobile devices, hardware, internet browsers and email
  • Experience and skills coordinating digital literacy programs and services, from robotics and 3D printing to basic computer classes, primarily for adults but also for children and teens highly preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of technology in society and daily life, including emerging trends
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies, such as AI, robotics, 3D printing, virtual reality and others highly preferred

The ability to:

  • Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion, good judgment and awareness in a wide variety of situations, including sensitivity to political and social climates and dynamics
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including employee supervision, conflict resolution, team building, discipline, coaching and development
  • Demonstrated ability to actively and positively engage with people of all demographics, backgrounds and walks of life
  • Demonstrated history of continuous learning, improvement and innovation  
  • Able to learn and develop proficiency using library software and digital resources as well as emerging technologies
  • Has excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to instruct and train others clearly and effectively


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university highly preferred
  • Certified or eligible for certification by the Library of Virginia highly preferred
  • Three (3) years of progressive professional library experience preferred
  • Two (2) years of supervisory experience
  • Two (2) years experience planning and coordinating digital literacy programming, including with emerging technologies such as robotics and 3D/laser printing highly preferred


Starting Salary: $40,480 DOQ
Full job description and online application available at:  Application, resume and cover letter are required.

Position available January 1, 2022, and will remain open until filled.

Botetourt County (pronounced Bot’-uh-tot), is one of Virginia’s most scenic and historically significant County. A blended rural and suburban community nestled just north of Roanoke, Virginia, Botetourt County offers American history blended with nature and modern attractions. When it was first established, the County extended all the way to the Mississippi River, covering parts of seven present-day states. Botetourt offers a slice of Americana, with charming small towns, traditions, and southern hospitality of life in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Library serves the suburban southern side of Botetourt County, adjoining Roanoke and Bedford counties.

Botetourt County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.