DATE ENTERED: January 5, 2018
POSITION: Central Library Adult Services Supervisor
LOCATION: Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
APPLY BY: 01/25/18

Salary $65,187.20 – $112,236.80
Application Deadline: 01/25/18

The Arlington County Department of Libraries is seeking a Librarian Supervisor to lead the Adult Services unit of the Central Library. We welcome candidates with strong leadership and team building skills, as well as those with demonstrated change management and customer service experience. This employee will directly manage eleven staff members, while supervising collection maintenance, programming, outreach and information services for the adult customer population. The Department of Libraries is committed to providing innovative, high-quality services to its diverse community by offering access to information, promoting the joy of reading, and creating welcoming spaces for learning and discourse.

The Central Library is currently undergoing a major $1.7M upgrade. Enhancements include the addition of a new dedicated maker space, new and modernized meeting spaces and study areas, new furniture and displays, and updated public computing stations. We are also revamping the service structure for adults to include roving and virtual information assistance, enhanced reader's advisory, scheduled librarian appointments, as well as patron accommodation services.

Major duties include:

  • Assisting in the oversight of building operations as a member of the Central Library management team;
  • Providing leadership, management, and technical guidance to Adult Services staff, including hiring, training, staff development, and performance evaluation;
  • Assessing, recommending and implementing streamlined processes and procedures to ensure and maintain quality standards;
  • Supervising the maintenance of Central Library Adult collections, in collaboration with Materials Management unit staff;
  • Directing the planning and implementation of unit services, programs, partnerships, events, outreach, and volunteer support; and
  • Participating in Library and County committees or workgroups to further the Library's mission.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience as a hands-on manager, and be a problem solver and a strategic thinker;
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks, understand and focus on system-wide and County priorities, work successfully within a team, and communicate effectively;
  • Awareness of current trends in public libraries, be proficient with technology, be forward thinking, be a proven innovator; and
  • Be a change agent with a strong background in internal workgroup dynamics and performance management.

The Librarian Supervisor operates with substantial independence and reports to the Central Services Division Chief.

Selection Criteria:

Requirements for this position include a Masters of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university, plus extensive leadership and management experience in a library setting which includes experience leading change efforts, leveraging technology and leading a team to achieve strategic initiatives.
Preferred qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Managing public library services for a culturally diverse customer population;
  • Direct supervision and evaluation of staff performance;
  • Developing or re-imagining public library services for adults; and
  • Working cross departmentally to collaborate on a major initiative, project or service.

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