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Arlington County Human Resources Department

Arlington, VA

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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.

Special Requirements

Must possess or be eligible for a Virginia Librarian's Certificate.

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 for this position. Your cover letter should include:

an overview of your experience supervising and evaluating staff performance, and managing public library services for a culturally diverse customer population;

a description of your experience developing or re-imagining public library services for adults; and

a description of how your efforts lead to improved performance, operations, or collaboration on a major project or service.

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. Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate upon hire and annually thereafter. .

Additional Information

Work Hours:

Full-time 40 hours per week, may include some evening and weekend work.

Work Location:

This vacancy is located at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (please use the apply button below).

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments

All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:

Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:

Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:

Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:

Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

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