DATE ENTERED: July 14, 2021
POSITION: Senior Librarian (Community Engagement: Families & Neighborhoods)
LOCATION: Suffolk Public Library (Suffolk VA)
SALARY: $51,501 - $66,177
APPLY BY: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Join the team dedicated increasing accessibility and awareness of library resources. We are seeking someone to join our Community Engagement Team as a Senior Librarian specializing in serving Families and Neighborhoods. The Families and Neighborhoods Senior Librarian will manage Library2Go operations and lead the development of mobile services that are reflective of community needs and interests. Are you community focused, with experience building purposeful partnerships and connecting people to services?

Under limited supervision, serves as the manager of a specific division or area and is responsible for planning, leading, managing, and evaluating library operations and staff. Ensures that all services are in alignment with the library's strategic goals and are implemented effectively. Responsible for supervising, training, and evaluating subordinate staff, establishing standards for services and collections, monitoring the budget, researching and formulating long range goals, developing policies, and planning and evaluating programs, services, and goals. Reports to the Library Manager.


  • Coordinates the development and implementation of neighborhood and family services utilizing the Library2Go outreach vehicle; including but not limited to determining service routes, establishing and maintaining community partnerships, creating policies, procedures and standards of service on the Library2Go and making item recommendations to enhance Library2Go collection.
  • Works collaboratively with fellow Senior Librarians and Management to determine strategic direction for outreach services with focus impacting families and neighborhoods
  • Acts as co-lead of Delivery Team, directing outreach operations and providing support for staff conducting deliveries between locations.
  • Supervises, directs and evaluates assigned staff of employees and volunteer workers; processes employee concerns and problems; directs work; counsels, disciplines and completes employee performance appraisals.
  • Coordinates work activities; organizes, prioritizes and assigns work; monitors status of work in progress and inspects completed work; consults with assigned staff; assists with complex problem situations and provides technical expertise.
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, rules, regulations and standards.
  • Participates in hiring process for full-time and part-time library staff.
  • Examines statistical data to make workflow improvements or schedule changes.
  • Supervises, evaluates and trains staff through ongoing feedback and annual performance evaluations.
  • Assists patrons in all aspects of public service, including locating information from print and non-print sources, teaching patrons how to use library catalog, databases, and assisting patrons with concerns about library policy.
  • Supervises and evaluates operations of area of responsibility, programs, and services by making site visits and meeting with staff.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel, including training, scheduling, assigning and evaluating work.
  • Develops programs and services that meet the needs of the public and are aligned with best practices set forth by ALA and state educational standards and works with granting agencies to obtain funding for projects.
  • Assists with the development, monitoring, and implementation of the relevant budget.
  • Coordinates programs and services by working with agencies and organizations outside the library to develop programs of mutual interest, working with City departments, and ensuring that services are reaching the community.
  • Acts as a mentor to staff by assisting with their professional development and morale, and providing assistance as needed.
  • Serves as Library Manager in their absence.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Master's Degree in an ALA accredited program in Library Science, and 3 to 5 years of professional level public library experience in a library setting, including 1 to 2 years of administrative/supervisory responsibilities; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.
Requires a valid driver's license.

CLOSING DATE:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021