DATE ENTERED: August 7, 2017
POSITION:    Elementary Services Senior Librarian
LOCATION:   Suffolk Public Library, Suffolk, VA
APPLY BY: Thursday, August 31

SALARY:      $49,018 - $62,987

Suffolk Public Libraries is looking for a creative, innovative, and engaging individual to provide leadership in the area of Elementary Services by providing direction for programming, services, and outreach to Suffolk’s diverse elementary-age population. Being a member of the Youth and Family Services team requires leadership, collaboration, and the ability to think outside of the box in order to meet the needs of the community. We are looking for a librarian who exemplifies leadership, engages with and wants to make a mark on the community.

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.


  • Participates in strategic planning related to the area of responsibility.
  • Oversees programming and outreach efforts for area of responsibility for all Suffolk Public Libraries.
  • Determines community needs through the development and implementation of an outreach plan for the area of responsibility as well participating in other community outreaches.
  • Supervises, directs and evaluates projects.
  • 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.
  • Coordinates library selection process; assists with collection development; selects materials for purchase; receives and processes materials for inclusion in the library collection; repairs or discards damaged/obsolete materials.
  • Assists in ensuring compliance with all applicable policies, procedures, rules, regulations and standards.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, receipts, requests for materials, supply orders, patron records, statistical data, in-house manuals, patron guides or other documents.
  • 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.
  • Provides classes, events, and programs to the community and staff.
  • Serves as Library Manager in their absence.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Master's Degree in an ALA accredited program in Library Science or possession of Librarian's Professional Certificate from the Commonwealth of Virginia State Library Board, 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:  Thursday, August 31