Arlington, Virginia
$70,574.40 - $121,430.40 Annually
Nov 25, 2021
Dec 04, 2021
Full Time
Position Information
Arlington County's Public Library is seeking an innovative and experienced manager to join the Public Services Leadership Team. We invite candidates who have proven leadership skills, are strategic thinkers and problem solvers, have strong interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, and are dedicated to creating a welcoming and inclusive space for culture and connection.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing mentorship, leadership, and management to professional and administrative staff, including development, training, and performance evaluations;
  • Contributing to the planning and evaluation of system-wide policies and best practices;
  • Directing the planning and implementation of services, partnerships, programs, events, outreach, staffing, and volunteer support;
  • Assessing, recommending, and implementing streamlined processes and procedures to ensure and maintain quality standards;
  • Making decisions based on data, including interaction reports, staffing audits, and location-specific reports;
  • Supervising the maintenance of collections, in collaboration with Materials Management Division staff;
  • Participating in Library and County committees or workgroups to further the Library's mission; and
  • Developing and maintaining community contacts. .
The ideal candidate will have the following:

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

Selection Criteria
Minimum: Masters' Degree in Library Science or Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university plus extensive leadership and management experience (three or more years) in a library setting which includes experience leading change efforts, leveraging technology and leading a team to achieve strategic initiatives.

Desirables: Preference will be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:

  • Managing public library services for a cultural diverse customer population;
  • Direct supervision and evaluation of staff performance;
  • Developing or re-imagining public library services; and/or
  • Working cross departmentally to collaborate on major initiatives, projects or services.

Special Requirements
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. Your cover letter should include:

  • An overview of your experience supervising and evaluating staff performance and managing library services for a culturally diverse customer population.
  • A description of your experience developing or reimagining library services and leading staff through change, and
  • A description of how your efforts lead to improved performance or operations.

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

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