ASSISTANT DIVISION CHIEF - PUBLIC SERVICES

Location
Arlington, Virginia
Salary
$103,584.00 - $158,142.40 Annually
Posted
May 28, 2021
Closes
Jul 02, 2021
Ref
7003-21A-LIB-HQ
Function
Executive, Chief
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

NOTE: This recruitment is open until the position is filled with a preferred filing date of Thursday, July 1, 2021. Applications submitted by this date will receive first consideration. See Additional Information Section below.

The Arlington County Public Library

is seeking a proactive, team-oriented, and strategic thinker

Division Chief to join a dynamic and dedicated Library Leadership Team

committed to building a sustainable community by providing information,

promoting the pleasure of reading and providing welcoming facilities for learning and discourse.

This key leadership role will provide strategic leadership in the planning, development, management, assessment, and coordination of library public services and activities across multiple library locations, work units, and cross-cutting public service areas. Working in close collaboration with other Library departments and members of the Public Services Administrative Team, this position ensures the effective coordination of library activities. The major areas managed by this position are services to adults, facility and meeting room use, collection policies in coordination with Materials Management Division, community outreach strategies, and other topics or areas as assigned on an as-needed basis by the Public Division Chief or Library Leadership Team.

The Assistant Division Chief works closely with staff to support the library's core values, develop staff competencies, and to achieve the library's goals. The Assistant Division Chief will be an effective advocate, a collaborative partner with all stakeholders, and will both participate in existing workflows and bring innovative and creative strategies in order to fulfill and advance the library's mission.

This leadership position develops strong, positive relationships with staff; fosters trust, integrity, respect, and teamwork; helps to chart a clear course for welcoming and inclusive library programs and services and strong collections; builds productive partnerships with internal stakeholders, volunteers, and administrative staff.

Specific duties include:
  • Managing operations at five library branch locations and/or departments;
  • Providing mentorship, leadership, and supervision to managers including development, training, and performance evaluations;
  • Contributing to the planning and evaluation of system-wide policies and best practices as a part of the Public Services Leadership Team;
  • Identifying efficiencies, best practices, or gaps in current services, recommending and implementing new service strategies and leading change;
  • Making informed decisions based on data, including interaction information, staffing audits, and location-specific reports; and
  • Participating in Library and County committees or workgroups to further the Library's mission.


Selection Criteria

Minimum: Master's Degree in Library Science or Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution. At least three years progressively responsible supervisory experience in a public library setting.

Desirables: Preference will be given to applicants with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Strategic and operational planning;
  • Leading a workgroup of peers in a team environment;
  • In-depth experience in project management and developing short-term and long-range plans and goals, including assessment and prioritization in a library setting ;
  • Experience evaluating staffing and workflow changes;
  • Experience managing areas such as services to adults, facility and meeting room use, collection policies and community outreach strategies ;
  • The ability to interact effectively and build productive relationships with managers, employees, clients, and community members;
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience in Library program performance assessment and continuous process improvement; and
  • A record of significant accomplishments and innovation in a large, complex Library system in a diverse, urban, socio-economic multicultural diverse environment.


Special Requirements

A letter of application is required. Please use the space in the Supplemental Questionnaire to attach a cover letter that addresses how your education, training and experience meet the Selection Criteria as stated in the job announcement Minimum and Desirable Qualifications as well as the statements in the Desirable section of the job announcement.

Please be specific regarding your role and responsibilities in relevant positions; also indicate the employer(s) where experience was gained. Conclude your cover letter by including significant accomplishments in your library career, highlighting those that reflected a quality public service philosophy of care.

Additional Information

Location and hours of work: Full-time, 40 hours per week. Actual work schedule is determined by the needs of the work location. Vacancy is at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington VA 22201.

The salary listed at the top of this announcement is for FY22, effective July 1, 2021.

Starting salary will depend upon the qualifications and experience of the candidate selected. This position is in the Arlington County Government's Extended Management Accountability Program (XMAP), in which Senior Executives 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, results achieved, and a multi-rater appraisal. XMAP is a flexible total rewards/compensation system directly linked to performance and the market.

For more information on Arlington's family friendly benefits, please click here .

Applications will be reviewed continuously. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.

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: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

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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A letter of application is required. Please use the space below or attach a cover letter to your application that addresses how your education, training and experience meet the SELECTION CRITERIA as stated in the job announcement Minimum and Desirable Qualifications as well as the statements in the Desirable section of the job announcement. Please be specific regarding your role and responsibilities in relevant positions; also indicate the employer(s) where experience was gained. Conclude your cover letter by including significant accomplishments in your library career, highlighting those that reflected a quality public service philosophy of care.

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