Job is Expired Library Programs Specialist

Boulder Public Library / Main Library

Job deadline Apply by May 12th, 2014   Job salary $41,287.00 to $62,925.00 per year   Job type of library Public   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

“Are you looking for some library action and excitement?

If so, the answer is at Boulder Public Library! We need a program planner who isn’t afraid to be the life of the party!

Come join a vibrant team of professionals and an engaged community who truly appreciate their libraries. We’re looking for someone with ideas for fun, creative, interesting, community-building programs for all ages. You’ll work with the library, collaborate with the Arts division staff, and partner with the community to make your ideas a reality. You’ll also flex your marketing muscles as you develop an innovative marketing plan for the library & arts departments. Help us get the word out about our amazing resources, programs, and events. Use print and electronic resources to broadcast our happenings in an informative and eye-catching way.

This is an exciting time for Boulder Public Library! This year we have a new director, opened a new branch, our Main Library is undergoing a $4M renovation, we’re converting to RFID, rolling out a new website, AND we will be implementing a new customer service model--with a new attitude. Clearly we’re re-inventing ourselves! And we want YOU to contribute to the transformation.

So, why don’t you join us and APPLY today!


  1. Actively seeks out and discovers program and event topics that are appealing and relevant to community interests;
  1. Plans, develops, organizes, schedules, implements, and evaluates informational, educational, and literary events and programs for the library that are cohesive system-wide, sustainable, and within the budget. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Coordinates program presentation with tours, exhibits, and book discussions; arranges transportation, restaurant/catering; secures reservations, as needed;
  • Coordinates program and event logistics with facility maintenance and information technology staff; oversees the set-up and “take down” of programs and events.
  1. Develops and implements marketing strategies for promoting library programs, events and resources, utilizing both print and electronic - including social media strategies. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Works with contractor to develop a marketing plan for the library and arts department.
  • Coordinates all marketing efforts with library and arts staff and the communications specialist and works closely with teachers, patrons, and community groups.
  • Prepares and distributes promotional material for programs and events and coordinates publicity materials with graphics and library web services specialists.
  • Assists librarians with marketing library resources.
  1. Maintains accurate records, collects statistics, tracks performance measures and prepares reports related to programs and events to include attendance, evaluation, costs, etc. as required by administration.
  1. Develops budget estimates for programs and events. Monitors program budgets.
  1. Assists administration with the development of Boulder Public Library Foundation funding requests and other grant applications for program and event funding by coordinating with library and arts staff members to collect information and prepare written requests and reports.
  1. Staffs the public service desk as needed.
  1. Other:
  • Performs related duties as required to meet the needs of the city.
  • Takes proper safety precautions to prevent accidents.      
  • Responsible for the safety of self, others, materials, and equipment. Uses all required safety equipment and follows all safety regulations, policies and procedures. Reports all accidents and damage to city property.
  • Responsible for knowing and complying with all city and department policies; participating in professional trainings and development; and adhering to attendance and workplace attire policies.

Generally, duties and responsibilities are listed from most to least critical or time consuming.

Description of Community

Boulder is not just a beautiful place. There is a kindness and warmth about the people here that exist only in places that truly value community. There are hundreds of reasons to live here including (to name just a few): 1) Three hundred days of sunshine; 2) The ability to walk out your back door to hit the trails; 3) An amazing, constantly-evolving food scene; 4) An influx of culture and diversity thanks to the University of Colorado and Naropa University; 5) Rubbing elbows with artists, entrepreneurs and start-up companies in a place with more new businesses per capita than almost any city in the nation. From technology to design to aerospace to the arts, Boulder continues to define itself as a leader.

No matter what you may have heard about Boulder, Boulderites are fiercely independent and passionately engaged. Boulder's citizenry continues to redefine what civic participation looks like. They take an active role in promoting public infrastructure such as libraries, parks, and open space. Today, the City of Boulder is in the midst of a dramatic re-envisioning of its downtown civic corridor. Our Main Library is the western anchor of this bold new vision. The city’s core values are important to us. Read them. Commit them to memory. There won’t be a test, but we do expect you’ll live them as we do--and the good news is you'll be happy to, because these values just make sense.

Required Education

  • Bachelor's Degree

Preferred Education

  • Bachelor's Degree

Other Required/Preferred Skills & Experience

Check out the formal position description for required and preferred specifics. There’s a lot to absorb there in terms of duties and responsibilities, so know that we're looking for applicants with experience in those areas. Sampled examples: 

  • Strong customer focus
  • Effective communications in many formats
  • Experience base providing high quality program and event planning
  • Demonstrates interest in continuous learning
  • Ease in working collaboratively and in partner with community groups
  • Exhibits our core values

Application Requirements

Qualified applicants will dig in deeper and see what we’re looking for by looking at the position description. They’ll submit a cover letter and resume. We welcome your application! 

Complete a City of Boulder Employment Application. Applications are required for all City of Boulder position openings and must be filled out completely and accurately. Resumes and cover letters may be attached to applications. If the information requested does not apply, enter n/a. Refer to the job announcement for duties and requirements of the position. If the position you are applying for requires a valid driver’s license or a Commercial Driver’s License, you must complete the Driving Information section of the Employment Application. According to the Colorado Public Records Act, all information on applications is considered public information. 

HR Contact Information

Human Resources Department 1101 Arapahoe Ave, First Floor Boulder, CO 80302 telephone: 303-441-3070 fax: 303-441-3049


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Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science

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Salary Wage Calculator $41,287.00 to $62,925.00 per year

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Date Posted

April 28th, 2014

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