Required Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities
- Thorough knowledge of established practices and procedures for library operation and administration.
- Knowledge of library resources, programs, and services in a public library.
- Knowledge of advanced reference and bibliographic search methods and systems, collection management, fiscal administration, and community relations.
- Library on Wheels: Thorough knowledge of general safety rules and principles and all Washington State driving regulations.
- Strong customer service and communication skills.
- Strong organization and attention to detail.
- Ability to work independently and to set priorities.
- Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective interpersonal skills with the public and co-workers.
- Ability to handle and resolve disruptive behavior effectively.
- Ability to operate relevant computer systems including hardware and software, such as Microsoft Word, electronic databases, email, and internet navigation in addition to other office equipment and security systems.
- Ability to provide a valid driver's license from the State of Washington required.
Education and Experience
- Master's degree in library science from an accredited university is required.
- Four years related professional librarian experience required or equivalent combination of technical training and related experience.
- One year of supervisory or management experience required.
- Provide a Washington State Librarian certificate within 60 days of hire.
Physical and Environmental Conditions
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to: talk and hear; sit, stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. An incumbent may occasionally lift and/or move objects or materials weighing up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities include sufficient vision to read and recognize numbers and alphabetical characters on books, magazines and other materials as well as computers.
Most of the work of incumbents is carried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoor environment. There is constant interpersonal contact with staff members and with customers of various ages and social groups. These contacts and situations are deemed to be generally safe, but require incumbents to be cordial, helpful and skilled in interpersonal relations with others both in the public and within the Library District, which may involve hostile, disruptive or disgruntled members of the public. These conditions are not deemed to be inherently dangerous but may be disagreeable on occasion.
Library on Wheels: An incumbent in a mobile services unit is required to operate delivery vans and the bookmobile; climb in and out of delivery vehicles; stoop and bend; have vision abilities sufficient to pass the Washington State driver license requirements and to see clearly for safe vehicle operation in accordance with the Library District's standards; and have hearing acuity sufficient for safe vehicle operation and to hear customers in conditions with background noise or with customers unable to produce normally audible speech.
The following supplemental questions will be asked during the application process:
- Describe your experience being in charge of a building, facility, or department.
- Describe one example of your experience in relationship-building to a group of customers, children, students, or community members. Include any and all that apply in your response: initial engagement, outreach, diverse stakeholder groups, and communication.
- Describe your experience in supervising others, including hiring, performance management, and corrective actions. Provide specific examples.
- Describe from your supervisory experience your ability to blend a group of employees into a high-performing team that collaboratively meets its goals.