Delta County Libraries
Position: Library Manager
Locations: Cedaredge and Delta Libraries
Hours: Full time = 36 hours/week
Pay Range: $28.85 – $41.75/hour, with benefits, including health insurance options, life insurance, sick leave, vacation/holiday leave, retirement options and employee assistance.
Application Deadline: Open until filled. Priority will be given to applications received by Monday, January 8, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.

Are you a strong leader who wants to work collaboratively on an innovative team to meet shared goals? Then look no further than this opportunity at Delta County Libraries, where you will harness your passion for building positive teams and providing excellent library services to the community.

How to Apply: Your application should include a cover letter and resume.  Please explain in your cover letter the key component to creating a positive work environment. Your references should be professional, and work related.

For more information, email LaDonna Gunn, District Director, ldgunn@deltalibraries.org.

The complete job description and application are below.

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Summary
Library Manager provides shared leadership and support to library staff by anticipating and meeting the needs of library users in the most visible way, providing the best possible programs and services to the library community, helping to provide users with organized and expedient access to collection resources. Works collaboratively with the Library District’s management team by demonstrating leadership qualities and behavior and aligning efforts with the vision and direction of the Library District.

Essential Competencies
Communicativeness: Communicates effectively using a variety of methods. Creates an open and accessible environment that encourages flow of information. Communicates effectively with a variety of audiences and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Ensures that staff have current and accurate information needed for success. Selects and applies the most appropriate and effective communication means to meet situational needs.

Conflict Management: Constructively supports and manages disagreements. Negotiates healthy conflict resolution. Applies effective strategies—consensus, collaboration and communication—to manage organizational politics, conflict, and difficult coworker behaviors.

Customer Orientation: Manages the library environment to enhance the user experience. Analyzes input from users, evaluates the effectiveness of current services, and adjusts services and practices as applicable. Uses effective training strategies to teach staff good customer service techniques. Determines the relative needs of customers and library staff and strives for balance in supporting them to achieve their goals. Applies customer service skills to enhance the level of user satisfaction.

Industry Knowledge: Knows public libraries. Monitors public library trends. Uses library knowledge to advance the Library District. Understands and acts in accordance with the basic values and ethics of library service.

Organizing & Planning: Plans and organizes so that work is accomplished efficiently. Manages effectively. Prioritizes multiple competing tasks. Maximizes use of available time. Makes efficient use of the Library District’s resources. Employs sound project management principles and procedures in the planning and implementation of programs and services.

Problem Solving & Decision Making: Approaches problems and decisions methodically. Isolates causes from symptoms. Withholds judgment while gathering information. Involves others as appropriate. Commits to action; acts readily and decisively. Demonstrates sound judgment and critical thinking abilities.

Team Management: Identifies team roles and takes responsibility for staffing appropriately. Sets and communicates team goals. Monitors team progress toward goals. Actively works to maintain team rapport. Fosters team atmosphere and rewards collaboration. Aligns efforts with the vision and direction of the organization. Demonstrates leadership qualities and behavior.

Team Player: Develops and maintains effective relationships with others to achieve common goals. Works effectively in teams with strong team-building skills and attitudes. Identifies with the larger Library District team and understands role within it. Shares resources, responds to requests from other parts of the Library District, and supports larger Library District agendas as more important than personal goals.

Responsibilities
Library Operations: Provides effective and efficient oversight of daily administrative operations of the library, including, but not limited to, staff scheduling, monthly financial reports, monthly board reports, ordering of supplies, submission of marketing jot forms. Receives and responds to requests, complaints, concerns and general inquiries from the public and patrons, provides resolution accordingly and refers matters of importance to the District Director.

Public Services: Ensures that the library provides quality customer service in the circulation of materials and in the support and assistance to users of the library’s public access technology, electronic devices and wireless network. Ensures that the library provides quality outreach services that engages and meets the needs and interests of the community and increases use of library services, and reaches underserved populations. Ensures that the library provides quality programming opportunities for information, development of special skills, entertainment and lifelong learning for all age groups. Ensures that the library provides quality patron training opportunities to meet lifelong learning needs of users and to build their skills. Ensures that the library provides quality reader’s advisory assistance and access to reference resources.

Staff Supervision and Training: Works with District Director to effectively recruit and select new library staff; to develop and implement a culture that supports ongoing learning; and to develop effective methods to evaluate learning initiatives. Leads and empowers library staff to deliver effective, high-quality library services. Fosters staff growth and opportunity through mentoring. Promotes a performance-based culture that aligns learning goals and objectives with desired outcomes. Establishes effective strategies for performance management. Works appropriately in recruiting volunteers and providing for their effective training and supervision.

Community Relations and Marketing: Works with Communications Coordinator to help promote the library as a center of lifelong learning for the community; to maintain visibility in the community by networking with organizations that promote libraries; to help encourage awareness of a dialogue about the library and community needs by occasionally speaking publicly at programs, events and meetings throughout the community; to help build relationships with community organizations; to help use multiple formats and channels to communicate with library users, potential users and other stakeholders; to assist with the periodic review of the community for opportunities to align needs with library services; and to help identify, analyze and prioritize target markets and audiences, and help determine how best to promote library services that can effectively serve them.

Library Facility: Works with District Director and library staff to provide clear paths and clear signage to navigate through the building; to monitor the use of the building and make changes to improve the user’s experience; to identify maintenance, service, and repair needs; and to address safety issues.

Laws, Policies and Procedures: Works with the District Director and the Library District management team to understand, apply and explain applicable laws; to assist in developing policies and procedures based on the Library District’s mission and user needs to guide efficient and effective Library District operations; and to assist in creating policies and practices to ensure safety and security.

Collection Development: Works with Collections & Systems Administrator to assist in building and maintaining a collection of high-quality and relevant resources in many formats based on a determination of community needs and to help ensure that the collection is current, useful and in good condition.

Friends of the Library: Works with the District Director and Communications Coordinator to understand and sustain the library’s role and relationship with the Friends of the Library by working with the Friends of the Library to promote the library within the community.

Librarianship: Strives for effectiveness and efficiency through clear communication, strong relationships, ethical behavior, and the flexibility to be a leader, team player, and lifelong learner. Attends staff development days and other trainings to acquire new skills and knowledge and to stay current on all information that is pertinent to the Library District. Stays current on trends that impact public libraries, including technology trends.

Core Library Values: Understands and acts in accordance with the basic values and ethics of library service. Supports intellectual freedom. Familiar with Colorado Library Law and endorses it. Knows and follows the Library District’s policies and procedures. Understands and adheres to the mission, values, and vision of the Library District.

Other Duties
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Qualifications
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree.

Preferred Education: Master’s degree in related field.

Required Experience and Abilities: Three (3) years or more of public library experience and two (2) years of supervisory experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered. Demonstrated ability to create a positive work environment and to build a cohesive team. Knowledge of library-specific software, reference and reader’s advisory services, and literature for children, teens, and adults. Proven success in establishing community partnerships and working with all age groups. Proficiency in technology, electronic devices, computers, the internet, Microsoft office Suite, and other office equipment.

Work Demands
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including days, evenings, and weekends. Must be able to travel in and out of the Library District by having, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver’s license and by having reliable transportation with proof of automobile insurance. Must be able to stand and/or walk for 4 hours or more per day; bend and stretch without limitation; lift up to 35-50 pounds at a time; push a loaded book cart weighing up to 150 pounds. Tolerate dust and mold associated with books. Walk, stand, sit, type, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, talk, listen, see, hear, grasp, pull, bend, and climb. Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation. Must complete a technology skills assessment and a shelving skills assessment.

Conformance Standards
In the performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees are expected to conform to the following:
• Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.
• Interact professionally with other employees, customers, and vendors.
• Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.
• Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees, customers, and organizations.

Position Type, Expected Hours of Work, Supervisory Responsibility
Hourly, 36 hours, non-exempt, weekdays, evenings, and Saturdays.
Reports to: District Director
Supervises: Library Staff and Volunteers

EEO Statement
Delta County Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer hiring candidates based on their past experience, references, and ability to match the requirements demonstrated in the hiring process. DCPLD does not discriminate based on age, national origin, sex, race, color, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, and sexual or gender orientation.

Revised: December 2023

For more information, email LaDonna Gunn, District Director, ldgunn@deltalibraries.org.