Chief Youth & Family Services Officer
Hartford (CT) Public Library
Closing date: February 1, 2015
A place like no other-the Hartford Public Library-seeks a Chief Youth & Family Services Officer like no other to be a vital dynamic part of the Library’s leadership team. This new leader will be a key Library partner working with City agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the Hartford Public Schools setting the vision for the future for Hartford’s children and young adults. The successful candidate will be customer-focused, forward-thinking, and collaborative with both internal and external customers. The Chief Youth & Family Services Officer will also be knowledgeable about current youth and family issues, will understand cutting edge youth services and technology trends, be committed to literacy for all ages, and facilitate the fusion of traditional and nontraditional library services for youth and families. Creativity and innovation are part of the complete package and a joy for working in a large, diverse, urban environment is crucial. Ongoing programs include YOUmedia Hartford and the YOUmedia Makers Space, the Library’s Great Summer Read, the Center for Civic Engagement, ARTWalk, the award-winning American Place, CTWorks@HPL, The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library, the Hartford History Center, and One Book, One Hartford. A 2002 IMLS National Service Medal winner, the Library was also a finalist for the medal in both 2013 and 2014. Hartford Public Library serves 124,775 residents with ten facilities and a $9.6 million annual budget. In FY14, the library staff (98FTE) hosted 833,000 visits and circulated nearly 500,000 items.
Hartford, the capital of Connecticut, is the fourth largest Connecticut City and home to the nation’s oldest public art museum, the oldest public park, and the birthplace of the Boys and Girls Club. Hartford also was home to Caroline Hewins, the Library’s first chief librarian, who was a national leader in the early 20th century for creating services for children in the public library. The City is proud of its innovative iQuilt project, a culture based urban design plan for Downtown Hartford-a compact historic district with more than 45 cultural assets and destinations (including the Library)-accessible through a pedestrian network. Its centerpiece is the GreenWalk, a one mile chain of parks and plazas connecting the Capitol to the Connecticut River waterfront. The City’s goals include a more walkable, sustainable and welcoming downtown, an improved cultural network, and a stronger economy and workforce. Hartford is a city of neighborhoods and housing choices range from a loft to a Victorian home to a starter home. For additional information on the Library and the City, see Hartford Has It!
Responsibilities. The Chief Youth & Family Services Officer is responsible for the successful delivery of services and programs to families, children and young adults through cooperative and collaborative external partnerships; designs and executes the strategic initiatives to address needs; coordinates collection development and selects materials for purchase; and ensures effective communication with other departments and partners. Reporting to the chief executive officer and serving on the Library’s leadership team, the Chief Youth & Family Services Officer performs professional, managerial, and administrative work of a highly responsible nature in directing and coordinating the activities of the library program. With considerable independent judgment, discretion, and initiative, this position develops youth collections, plans, and implements services and activities to meet present and anticipated community needs ensuring the highest level of service is provided by staff to all customers. This position also acknowledges and accepts the library’s vision, mission and core values, respects the library’s confidentiality policy and maintains the integrity of Hartford Public Library.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include: an ALA–accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science with a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible leadership experience in public services with a concentration in youth and family services. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to think strategically at a high leadership level, proven success in system-wide and community partnerships, project management skills, sound public presentation skills, thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of modern library operation and administration, and a strong commitment to working in a team environment. Expectations also include strong oral and written communication skills and budgeting experience. Experience working in a multi-branch urban setting and a union environment is preferred. For the complete position description, please visit Chief Youth & Family Services Officer.
Compensation. The position’s salary range is $79,720 - $113,533 annually and a competitive employee benefits package.
For more information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Jobeth Bradbury or Karen Miller and apply on or before the closing date of February 1, 2015.
Youth Services Librarian
Frankford Public Library
Closing date: Open Until Filled
Frankford Public Library seeks a creative individual to be the Youth Services Librarian. Located in Sussex County DE, Frankford Public Library is a rural community library devoted to enhancing and sustaining the educational, creative, and cultural needs of our diverse community. The Frankford Public Library is an independent, non-profit library and part of the consortium of Delaware libraries. The 6,000 square foot building has been newly renovated and expanded in 2013.
The ideal candidate will be committed to excellence in children's programming; understand the library’s central educational role in the community; and view outreach, programming and collection development as essential to the library's role in promoting early literacy.
Guided by the Director, the incumbent will perform those duties traditionally identified with the position: develop, plan, and facilitate regular and special programs and classes; supervise and mentor volunteers; plan and execute Summer Reading programs, plan and execute outreach with local schools and community groups, participate in departmental meeting at all levels, assist all patrons with access to traditional and emerging technologies, provide statistical program data for the Director, and operate within an established budget.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Library/Information Science or related field, Master’s Degree preferred. At least three (3) years of steadily increased supervisory and administrative library experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills; advanced knowledge of: Internet searches/navigation, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); basic computer troubleshooting. Bilingual (Spanish-speaking) preferred but not required.
Frankford Public Library strives to provide a compensation package commensurate with experience. This is a part-time position with a flexible workweek of 28 hours.
To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to: Frankford Public Library, PO Box 610, Frankford DE 19945, or email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denver (CO) Public Library
Closing date: January 4, 2015
Connecting people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives, and strengthen the community. Join the Denver Public Library Commission and staff as they work to make this mission a reality for their city. The eight-member Library Commission seeks an energetic and enthusiastic leader to serve as City Librarian for the City and County of Denver and build on its outstanding program of services and collaboration—and achieve even greater levels of excellence and community participation. Library staff (530.75 FTEs) and 1,748 volunteers (50 FTEs) serve the 664,293 citizens of Denver with a budget of $40.3 million and 25 locations, including the iconic Central Library, with its rich special collections and resources, the Blair-Caldwell African-American Research Library, 23 other city branches, and an active bookmobile and outreach program. In 2013 DPL welcomed more than 4.3 million visitors, circulated over 9.8 million items, saw a 37% increase in eBook downloads, conducted technology classes for over 7,900 attendees, and worked with more than 41,000 children in the DPL Summer of Reading program. The Library enjoys strong financial support from the City of Denver, as well as from foundations, business organizations, individuals, and the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation.
Healthy, Active, Innovative, Culturally Diverse… and with a winning football team—that’s how people typically describe the Denver area. With 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty, Denver is a spectacular city. Located at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver's stunning architecture, award-winning dining, and unparalleled views are all here, year-round. Denver is the 23rd most populous city in the U.S. with 2.7 million people in the metro area. For more about the Library, the City, and Denver’s many cultural, educational, and recreational amenities, see Denver Links.
Responsibilities: The City Librarian works with the Library Commission and staff to develop long-term plans and directions for the Library program and services for an increasingly multicultural and multilingual population; plans and directs the overall operations and management of the Library; provides effective team development and leadership to the staff; works collaboratively with City elected and appointed leaders; and works in partnership with civic organizations, agencies, and elected officials at the state and national level. The City Librarian functions with a strong latitude for independent action within the scope of organizational policy set by the Commission. See City Librarian for the complete job description.
Qualifications: An MLS from an ALA-accredited program and at least three years of progressively responsible experience in upper-level administrative/managerial roles in a library serving an urban population; or any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the requirements of the position. Essential attributes include excellent interpersonal and communication/listening skills; ability to create and implement a shared vision of excellent library service; skill in leading a diverse team of library professionals in setting and achieving goals; a thorough knowledge of financial management and budgeting; collaboration and consensus-building skills; and a solid understanding of philosophy and trends in the library and information technology fields, with the ability to effectively apply them locally. Experience at the senior executive level in an urban public library, an advanced degree in business, public administration or a similar field, and success reporting to a policy-making board or commission are highly desirable.
Compensation: The starting salary range is $130,000–160,000 with a competitive benefits package.
For further information inquire by email or phone to Bradbury Associates/ Gossage Sager Associates. To start the application process, send a cover letter and current resume as Word or PDF documents to Dan Bradbury. This position closes January 4, 2015.
Worcester (MA) Public Library
Closing date: December 21, 2014
Your open door to opportunity-the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors seeks an experienced visionary who can provide strong leadership throughout the Library and the Community. The successful candidate will build strong partnerships in the Community and lead the staff and Board of Directors toward a well-defined vision for the Library. The Library, with a $5 million annual budget and a dedicated staff (103 FTEs), provides services and programs through the Main Library, which houses the Talking Book Library, two community branches and two mobile Libraries. Additionally, the Library is a partner in an innovative initiative known as One City One Library, in which the city, the Library, the Community and the school system in Worcester have collaborated to create additional library spaces within three public school buildings. These locations serve the schools during the day and are open to the public after school and on Saturdays. There are plans to add more locations in additional school buildings in the near future. The City government of Worcester has a strong vision for creating a vibrant downtown and sees the Library as an integral part of that vision.
Worcester, located in Central Massachusetts, is the second largest city in New England with a population of 181,000 residents and is known as the “heart of the Commonwealth.” Worcester is known as a city of firsts: many items and ideas were first discovered or created in Worcester, including the monkey wrench, the smiley face, the pill, the patent for the first liquid fuel rocket that led to modern rocketry, and the first national Women’s Rights Convention. The city is home to ten different higher educational institutions including Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Clark University and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts brings many Broadway shows and nationally known performers to the area. The American Antiquarian Society has been located in Worcester since 1812 and has the foremost collection of early American history. The Worcester Art Museum is known for the depth and breadth of its collection. Hockey fans will appreciate that the city is home to the American Hockey League team known as the Worcester Sharks. In addition to everything available in Worcester, the city is ideally located-downtown Boston is less than an hour’s drive and Providence, RI and New York City, NY are within easy driving distance. The recently refurbished Union Station serves as a hub for commuter traffic, providing rail and bus options. For additional information, visit Worcester Links.
Responsibilities. The Head Librarian is responsible for overall leadership and direction for the Library and planning, organizing, directing and coordinating all activities of the Worcester Public Library. Responsibilities include providing insight and opportunity as City Department Head in all matters of public library access, function, facility and service; providing the Board of Directors with timely and professional counsel and caution, assuring a dynamic and responsive public library; influencing staff with inspiration, opportunity, expectation and motivation, assuring a high performance and service driven community service; participates in legislative advocacy, professional organizations and other public arenas; administering approved budgets; supervising staff; preparing the annual Library budget; and recommending adoption of policies to the Board of Directors. To see a full job description for the position, visit WPL position description.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are a master’s degree in library science, a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in library work which includes supervisory experience, and the ability to acquire and retain a certificate of professional librarianship issued by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate the ability to develop and communicate library goals; demonstrate experience working with groups, such as the Board of Directors, Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, volunteers and other key community groups and stake holders for the purpose of achieving Library goals; has extensive experience in fiscal management; and has the ability to present a positive image for the library as a community leader and in professional activities. Previous experience working in an urban library environment, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing Board, and experience working in a union environment are highly desirable.
Compensation: The position offers a hiring salary range of $85,000 – $112,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller or Tom Dillie. This position closes December 21, 2014.The City of Worcester is an EEO/AA Employer.
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