BRANCH MANAGER

Arlington County


Date: Sep 23, 2022
City: Arlington, VA
Salary: $74,859 - $128,794 / year
Contract type: Full time
Arlington County
Position Information

Arlington County\'s Public Library is seeking an innovative and experienced manager to join the Public Services Leadership Team. We invite candidates who have proven leadership skills, are strategic thinkers and problem solvers, have strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, and are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive space for culture and connection.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing mentorship, leadership, and management to professional and administrative staff, including development, training, and performance evaluations;
  • Contributing to the planning and evaluation of system-wide policies and best practices;
  • Directing the planning and implementation of services, partnerships, programs, events, outreach, staffing, and volunteer support;
  • Assessing, recommending, and implementing streamlined processes and procedures to ensure and maintain quality standards;
  • Making decisions based on data, including interaction reports, staffing audits, and location-specific reports;
  • Supervising the maintenance of collections, in collaboration with Collections and Access Division staff;
  • Participating in Library and County committees or workgroups to further the Library\'s mission; and
  • Developing and maintaining community contacts. .
The ideal candidate will have the following:
  • Experience as a hands-on manager, and be a problem solver and strategic thinker;
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks, understand and focus on Library system-wide and County priorities, work successfully within a team, and communicate effectively;
  • An awareness of current trends in public libraries, be proficient with technology, be forward thinking, and a proven innovator, and
  • Experience as a change agent with a strong background in internal workgroup dynamics and performance management.
Selection Criteria

Minimum: Master\'s Degree in Library Science or Library & Information Science from an ALA accredited college or university. Three years of experience in a Library setting providing programing or technical services. One year of experience serving as a team lead or supervisor preferred.

Desirables: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Experience leading change efforts, leveraging technology, and leading a team to achieve strategic initiatives;
  • Managing public library services for a culturally diverse customer population;
  • Direct supervision and evaluation of staff performance;
  • Developing or re-imagining public library services; and/or
  • Working cross departmentally to collaborate on a major initiative, project or service.
Special Requirements

As part of this application, please include a cover letter that describes in detail how your training, education and experience has prepared you for this position and how you meet the qualifications. Your cover letter should include:
  • An overview of your experience supervising and evaluating staff performance and managing library services for a culturally diverse customer population;
  • A description of your experience developing or reimagining library services and leading staff through change; and
  • A description of how your efforts led to improved performance or operations.
Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach it to your online application.

Covid-19 Vaccination: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

Additional Information

Work location and hours of work: Full-time, 40 hours per week including some evening and weekend work. Actual work schedule is determined by the needs of the work location; assignment location could change over time. The current vacancies are at the Westover and Glencarlyn branch libraries.

The official title of this position is Librarian Supervisor.

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