Arlington, Virginia
Sep 15, 2017
Oct 12, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: LIBRARY DIVISION CHIEF, MATERIALS MANAGEMENT Closing Date/Time: Continuous Salary: Negotiable Job Type: Full-Time Location: Central Library - 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       The Position
Arlington County is seeking a proactive, team-oriented, and a strategic thinker Division Chief to lead Arlington Public Libraries' Materials Management Division. The successful candidate will lead the effort of creating a collection in a variety of formats that meets the needs and interests of the Arlington community and manages the Cataloging and Metadata Services unit, which is responsible for cataloging and processing all materials that come into the Library.

The Division Chief is a member of a dynamic and dedicated Library Leadership Team and works collaboratively with other senior leaders in the Library to set policy and manage the overall strategic direction of the Arlington Public Library.

The major duties of this position include:
  • Serving as head of acquisitions, collection development, cataloging, and processing activities for the library system;
  • Supervising licensing, vendor relations and ordering for electronic resources, serials, and all print materials;
  • Overseeing accounting and budget allocation for the $1.5M materials budget, including analysis, statistical reports and financial reports related to online and print acquisitions;
  • Supervising 3 direct and 12 indirect reports;
  • Providing long-range strategic planning of policies, programs, procedures and initiatives as a member of the senior management team; and
  • Directing short-term and strategic planning to identify gaps in current collections, maintain a state-of-the-art catalog for public and internal staff use, and monitor processing workflows to achieve efficiencies.
A strong background in workflow management, internal workgroup dynamics and supervision are necessary. The employee will operate with substantial independence, supervise a large staff, and report to the Department of Libraries Director.

Arlington County Government
The County has a County Manager form of government, which is governed by a five-member County Board. Each board member is elected at large and serves staggered four-year terms. The board elects a chair and vice chair annually. The chair is the official County head and presides over the board meetings. The Clerk of the Board, County Attorney, County Auditor, and County Manager are appointed by the County Board. The County has a total FY 2018 budget of $1.6 billion and approximately 3500 full-time employees. The County Manager serves as the principal administrative officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of a broad range of services provided by Arlington's various departments. The County Manager is assisted by four Deputy County Managers and three Assistant County Managers. There are thirteen departments within the County.

The Community
Arlington, Virginia is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business. Arlington has a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. Arlington is located just five miles from the heart of the nation's capital. Arlington is an urban county that encompasses about 26 square miles and is geographically the smallest self-governing county in the United States. It is located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington's boundaries.

Although geographically small, 222,800 residents call Arlington County home. These residents are also quite intelligent as Arlington is ranked the most educated county in the nation. In 2015, 72.9 percent of adults age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher and 38.4 percent had a graduate or professional degree. Quality education is easily accessible with 39 public schools and programs including 23 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and one secondary school (grades 6-12). The diversity of the County is reflected in Arlington Public Schools children who speak 104 languages and hail from 116 countries. Arlington residents are also actively involved in the community through a variety of civic and citizen associations, advisory boards and committees, and community service organizations.

Residents also enjoy the presence of several amenities. The County has 89 miles of biking/jogging trails, 167 parks, 14 community centers, seven live stage theaters, eight libraries, and over 600 restaurants and shops. Arlington is home to the famous Pentagon Building and Arlington National Cemetery. Getting around the County is easy as there are 11 Metrorail stations, 17 ART bus routes, and 85 Capital Bikeshare stations. Arlington's top private employers are Accenture, Deloitte, Virginia Hospital Center, Booz Allen Hamilton, Corporate Executive Board, and Marriott Corporation.

Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive, and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation.

Arlington has received national recognition for its forward-thinking policies and practices. Since the 1930s, the community has viewed itself as a learning organization, one that strives to constantly improve for the benefit of all its residents. That culture is infused throughout the workforce and community.

The Arlington Public Library provides access to information, creates connections among people and promotes reading and culture--for every Arlingtonian.

The Arlington Public Library is committed to building a sustainable community by providing information, promoting the pleasure of reading and providing welcoming facilities for learning and discourse.
  • For every Arlingtonian and other patrons
  • On any subject
  • Delivered in a variety of ways
  • At any time
To achieve this end, our energy and efforts will be far-reaching, diversified, innovative and multifaceted.
 Selection Criteria: Requirements
The successful candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association-accredited college or university, plus extensive experience managing a multi-service unit in libraries and supervising library personnel and programs.

Preferred qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas:
  • Strategic and operational planning;
  • Fiscal management;
  • Leading a workgroup of peers in a team environment; and/or
  • Program or project management.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to:
  • Manage multiple priorities;
  • Meet deadlines;
  • Understand and focus on system-wide and County strategic priorities; and
  • Work successfully within a team and communicate effectively face-to-face and in writing.

 Special Requirements: Please provide a cover letter addressing how your education, experience and training meets the requirements under selection criteria highlighting your accomplishments in these areas. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questions section of the online application for your cover letter or attach the cover letter to your online application.
 Additional Information: Compensation
  1. The salary is up to $184,246.40.  Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected and is negotiable. This position is in the Arlington County Government's Senior Program Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Program Managers are eligible for a negotiated salary/benefits package and are evaluated and compensated on the basis of a performance agreement linked to the County Management Plan, and results achieved.  SMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market. For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, click here.
  2. Completion of the Commonwealth of Virginia Statement of Economic Interest form will be required of the successful candidate. Pursuant to Section 27-9 of the Arlington County code, this position requires the completion of "Statement of Economic Interest" (Financial Disclosure) form upon acceptance of employment and annually thereafter.


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