About Our Job
The Denver Public Library (DPL) is a growing urban library system that serves the residents of the City & County of Denver. DPL sees more than 4 million visitors every year across its 27 locations, serves Denver’s most vulnerable communities through outreach and mobile services, hosts thousands of programs a year and manages a collection of more than 1.4 million physical and digital materials. We believe a strong library is vital for a strong community. DPL is committed to serving the evolving needs of Denverites through inspired programming, diverse collections, culturally-representative spaces, and equitable policies & procedures.
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DPL is hiring a Branch Senior Librarian for the Montbello Branch. In this position, you will supervise staff and oversee daily operations at the Montbello Branch where all are free to explore and connect. The ideal candidate must be committed to providing a welcoming environment for all customers with the ability to foster curiosity by promoting our services throughout the community, especially among youth and our underserved populations. This person must make it a priority to connect with our customers, and build relationships while providing access to our collection and our space in an equitable manner. This person must be able to demonstrate accountability to members of the communities we serve as a good steward of our resources in a way that reflects our values and commitment to support the needs of a diverse community.
Our ideal candidate has:
Experience in presenting and providing library services to customers of varying levels of knowledge and experience.
Knowledge of popular materials and resources for all ages and of current trends in library programming.
Skills in providing programming, reference, and advisory services to all ages.
Skill in providing strong, dedicated, inclusive, and compassionate leadership.
Ability to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and trauma-informed skills, positive attitude, cultural sensitivity, and sense of humor in working with customers of all ages and backgrounds, coworkers, and community.
Ability to creatively problem-solve, negotiate and handle stressful situations in a positive manner.
Ability to recruit, train, connect, motivate, and retain an equitably diverse team that is reflective of the community.
Ability to use extensive workplace and other technology including email, internet, databases, eMedia, social media, and other software, with ability to work in a virtual environment.
Ability to handle multiple responsibilities, prioritize and set boundaries.
Ability to demonstrate innovation and flexibility.
Ability to work extended hours, including some nights and weekends.
Ability to evaluate staff, set goals and priorities to help staff reach a targeted outcome.
Ability to support organizational goals to maintain morale, to coach staff, and implement progressive discipline if necessary.
Ability to steward all branch activities through scheduling and assigning work to ensure branch service needs are met.
Ability to keep track of the branch budget in alignment with library strategic objectives and values.
Ability to calmly listen and respond to customers' complaints and emergency situations.
Ability to interpret and communicate library policies to staff and customers.
Ability to coordinate and implement emergency preparedness standards to ensure a welcoming environment for customers and staff at the branch location.
Ability to oversee building and grounds maintenance to ensure a welcoming environment for customers and staff at the branch location.
A demonstrated commitment to developing and maintaining a welcoming environment for young people, including babies, toddlers, preschoolers, grade schoolers, and teens.
Education Requirement: Master’s Degree in Library Science.
Spanish language is preferred.
Experience Requirement: Three (3) years of supervisory experience in a retail or public service operational setting, or three (3) years of professional library experience.
Education and Experience Equivalency: No substitution of experience for education is permitted.
The Montbello Branch Library is a medium-sized branch that provides services to a diverse community in Northeast Denver. We are a full-service library committed to offering services that demonstrate the library’s values of Welcoming, Curiosity, Connection, Equity, and Stewardship in action. We are a tight-knit staff who support one another. We strive to meet the individual needs of each customer, connecting with them on a personal level, and creating a positive experience for both external and internal customers.