Employment

Please check here for open jobs at the nine libraries of the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County.

Current employment opportunities:

Library Director - Richmond Heights Memorial Library

The Richmond Heights Memorial Library has an opening for Library Director. The Library serves the nearly 10,000 residents of Richmond Heights, Missouri, an inner-ring suburb in the heart of the St. Louis metro area. Richmond Heights’ population is diverse, relatively young, well-educated, and middle class. More information can be found on the city website: http://www.richmondheights.org/departments/city_manager/national_citizen_survey_reports.php

The Richmond Heights Public Library was established in 1933 with a $16 gift from the Lions Club. The Library has evolved over the years, culminating in November 2000 when the Library moved into its new 13,000 square foot home at THE HEIGHTS: Richmond Heights Community Center and Memorial Library. The Richmond Heights Memorial Library is a full-service, independent municipal library. More than 50% of Richmond Heights’ residents are active Library card holders. The collection includes 134,000 items in a variety of media with circulation of 173,500 annually.

The Library belongs to the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County, a nine-member cooperative of independent libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges and a shared Polaris ILS and catalog.

PRIMARY FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:

  • Supervises a staff of fifteen part- and full-time employees to ensure the smooth operation of the library and directs staff assistance to patrons to ensure quality service.
  • Plans, organizes and directs a balanced program of library services.
  • Develops and maintains the collection of library materials to respond to the unique needs of the community.
  • Drafts new policies and updates existing Board policies as appropriate, to be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. Interprets and implements Board Policy for the day-to-day operation of the Library.
  • Prepares and administers annual operating budget for the Library. Directs and supervises the expenditure of library funds and security of physical assets.
  • Promotes the Library and its use. Ensures that a positive, high profile image of the Library is presented to the community.
  • Acts as library liaison to maintain a good working relationship between the Consortium, community leaders, public officials and groups, professional groups, citizens of Richmond Heights, and library patrons.
  • Attends all Board of Trustees meetings, prepares a director’s report in advance of each scheduled meeting and delivers these materials to the Trustees.

JOB QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Studies, preferably from an ALA-accredited university.
  • Three to five years work experience in a supervisory capacity within a library preferred.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

  • Salary range is between $70,000 - $80,000 depending on experience and qualifications.
  • A competitive benefits package includes health insurance, a retirement pension plan through Missouri LAGERS, paid vacation and paid membership in professional associations.

APPLICATION PROCESS

To apply for this position please submit a cover letter and resume to William Haggerty, Trustee at: <william_haggerty@att.net>. Resumes must be received by April 15 to be considered for this opportunity.

Director of Adult and Community Services - Kirkwood Public Library

The Kirkwood Public Library is a municipal library located in Kirkwood, MO, a suburb of St. Louis.  The collection includes 160,000 print and audio-visual items, with circulation of 600,000 annually. The Kirkwood Public Library belongs to the nine-member Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County, which serves a combined population of 150,000 with 675,000 items and shares a Polaris ILS and catalog. This is a full time position that provides a competitive benefits package including health insurance, paid sick leave and vacation, pension and savings plan.

Position: Director of Adult & Community Services

Supervision:  Reports to Library Director

Supervises: Reference & Adult Services Library Associates III, Homebound Coordinator, Assistant Director of Adult & Community Services

Job Purpose: Responsible for overseeing services for adults and ensuring a commitment to Library mission and values.

Responsibility:

  • Supervise Reference professionals and paraprofessionals: hiring, training, scheduling, monitoring attendance, mentoring, discipline and staff performance evaluation. Assure effective, timely service to patrons and assure high patron satisfaction with all aspects of the department.
  • Develop concepts, practices, techniques, and innovations to improve the quality, productivity and variety of library services. Attend workshops to acquire new skills and refine and maintain others. Share new skills and knowledge with staff. Test and evaluate new products and conduct patron surveys.
  • Provide Reference staff with professional development and learning opportunities in the areas of reference, public service, technology, electronic products, Internet, etc.
  • Provide, maintain and participate in the use of quality information sources (reference, circulating, databases and online) and services that allow staff to answer patrons’ questions and fulfill needs. Constantly evaluate sources to determine best use of library funds.
  • Perform searches and assist the public in use of the library catalog, Internet, electronic databases, software and equipment. Further assist patrons by troubleshooting search and equipment problems and demonstrate resolutions.  Enthusiastically promote current knowledge of library technologies. Proactively evaluate new technologies to be utilized by the department and the library and train and motivate staff and patrons in the use of those technologies.
  • Provide quality reader advisory services both in person and online. Participate actively in staff reading blog by posting individual reviews and compiled booklists. Bring reader advisory services to the library’s web site, newsletters, Facebook page, Twitter account and other social media accounts.
  • Provide, supervise and participate in extra services: nonprofit collection and classes, outreach to the homebound, passport application acceptance, tax forms, proctoring tests, etc.
  • Based on knowledge of the community, according to collection development policies, and within budget, oversee and participate in the selection and maintenance of materials in all formats appropriate for Reference and other collections as assigned by the Director. Participate in weeding of the collection.
  • Maintain and supervise those pages of the Library website assigned to the Reference & Adult Services Department. Participate in the library’s web site committee.
  • Develop, update and provide the Director policies, procedures, job descriptions, statistics and reports.
  • Work with and maintain effective communication with other department managers and staff. Continually look for ways to improve communication and relationships between departments. Serve as a member of the management team to achieve efficient use of library facilities, resources and staff.  Participate in long range planning.
  • Act as a liaison between library and the community by providing presentations and participating in community groups, including the Chamber of Commerce. Write articles for various newsletters and publications and represent the library at public meetings. Continually look for ways to become a stronger community liaison.
  • Together with department staff coordinate and present creative adult programs and adult outreach, at times best suited for the intended audience, including a wide variety of possible times, and ensuring the programs meet the library’s strategic plan goals.
  • Help to interview, train and supervise community volunteers for the Homebound program. Works with the Homebound Coordinator to implement Homebound reading programs, staff outreach events, and explore possibilities to expand programming and services to the senior population.
  • Coordinates summer and winter reading programs for adults.
  • Actively looks for opportunities to support the library’s collection and services with appropriate grants.
  • Serve as the designated person in charge when needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, including but not limited to oversight of the third floor.
  • Regular attendance as scheduled and performing tasks as assigned are essential job functions.

Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school or degree in progress with extensive experience.
  2. Ability to manage, train and motivate staff.
  3. Commitment to high level of customer service. Must be willing to work cooperatively with and around people of all ages.
  4. Good judgment with analytical and problem-solving skills.
  5. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  7. Effective oral and written communication skills.
  8. Advanced computer skills and competency in technology used in libraries.
  9. Be willing to acquire knowledge of new technology available in the library and have the ability to translate that knowledge to patrons and fellow staff members.
  10. Ability to work in a public service area that is busy, sometimes noisy and with frequent interruptions.

This position will remain open until filled.  Interviews will begin March 11, 2020.

Director - Maplewood Public Library

The Maplewood Public Library has an opening for library director. The Library serves the approximately 8,000 residents of Maplewood, Missouri, an inner-ring suburb of St. Louis. Maplewood, which was incorporated in 1908, is a diverse, middle class, historic residential area. Its vibrant downtown includes a wide variety of shops and restaurants. More information may be found on the city website: www.cityofmaplewood.com.

Maplewood Public Library was founded in 1935 and is one of the oldest libraries in the St. Louis area. The Library belongs to the Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County, a nine-member cooperative of independent libraries with reciprocal borrowing privileges.

Overview: Under the general supervision of the Library Board of Trustees the Director performs and is responsible for varied administrative and professional work related to planning, organizing, and directing all aspects of library services for the City of Maplewood.

The Board is seeking an innovative and energetic leader who is committed to providing quality library services to the community. The ideal candidate needs strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and experience with library administration, systems, and technology.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Supervises and administers human resources functions including payroll and benefits for approximately ten employees, both full time and part time staff.
  • Prepares and administers an annual budget of approximately $550,000.
  • Actively seek grants, donations and other new sources of non-tax funding.
  • Plans, organizes, evaluates and administers the activities, programs, and services of the Library according to perceived needs of the community.
  • Develops print and non-print collections, including selection, organization, maintenance, preservation, withdrawal, and disposal of materials, either directly or through appropriate delegation.
  • Develops short-term and long-range goals and plans for collections, services, and programs in keeping with the library's mission statement and operating policies.
  • Plans, organizes, and manages cataloging and technical and automation services for the library.
  • Confers with the Library Board of Trustees to establish operating policies and to review the library's menu of services.
  • Reviews and evaluates the library's services and programs on an annual basis.
  • Directs the development, repair and maintenance of the Library building, equipment, furniture, and supplies.
  • Acts as the representative of the Library to individuals and to professional and community organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science or Library and Information Studies, preferably from an ALA-accredited university.
  • 5 years of increasingly responsible experience as a librarian in a public library, including 3 years of supervisory experience in library, branch, or department management.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary range is between $50,000-$65,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Competitive salary and benefits package includes health insurance as well as a retirement pension plan through Missouri LAGERS.

Application Process:

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Evan Loveless, Trustee at: evanrloveless@gmail.com. A full job description is available via e-mail upon request. Deadline to submit: Friday, March 6, 2020 5 pm.