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Communications Coordinator

Delta County Public Library District

Delta County Libraries

Application Deadline

Apply By Aug 14th, 2023


$23.10 to $31.90 per Hour   Calculate


Hotchkiss, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Associate's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Specified

Type of Library



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Job Description

Position:  Communications Coordinator

Location:  Administration (Hotchkiss Library)

Hours:  Full time = 36 hours/week

Pay Range:  $23.10 - $31.90/hour, with benefits, including health insurance options, life insurance, sick leave, vacation/holiday leave, retirement options and employee assistance.

Application deadline:  Open until filled.  Priority will be given to applications received by August 14, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

Can you compose a speech, a flyer and a sentence, enjoy both graphic design and graphic novels, read your community as well as a book, and find it as easy to be social as to be on social media?  Then look no further than this opportunity with Delta County Libraries, where you will harness your passion for creativity, building relationships, and promoting libraries.


Communications Coordinator provides support by focusing on building relationships, increasing awareness, and promoting the libraries within the community; works collaboratively with the management team, library staff, and the public to deliver effective community engagement, programs and services, marketing and public relations, and project management.

Essential Competencies

Creativity:  Generates original ideas, encourages new ways of thinking, explores options, and develops innovative solutions.  Challenges pre-existing conceptions and offers alternatives.  Finds new ways to look at old problems.  Encourages others to challenge old assumptions and tries innovative improvements.

Functional/Technical Expertise:  Knowledgeable and skilled in public relations, marketing, advertising, graphic design, communicativeness, presentations, and written communication.  Adds organizational value through unique expertise in the communications field.  Remains current in communications trends and serves as a resource for the Library District.

High Standards:  Establishes and models standards that guarantee exceptional quality and necessary attention to detail.  Continually seeks to improve processes and deliverables and holds library staff accountable for quality.  Finds best practices, shares them, and then improves upon them.

Influence:  Directs, persuades, and motivates others.  Flexes their style to direct, collaborate, or empower, as the situation requires.  Establishes a personal power base built on mutual trust, fairness, and honesty.

Mission Focus:  Understands and supports the organization’s mission—its core purpose for being.  Believes in the mission, values it, and is committed to it.  Communicates it to library staff, stands behind it, and interprets its applications for others.  Frequently refers to the mission and incorporates it into daily activities.

Organizing & Planning:  Plans and organizes so that work is accomplished efficiently.  Manages effectively.  Prioritizes multiple competing tasks.  Maximizes use of available time.  Makes efficient use of the Library District’s resources.  Employs sound project management principles and procedures in the planning and implementation of programs and services.

Relationship Building:  Recognizes importance of establishing and maintaining productive relationships.  Like interacting with people and is good at it.  Devotes appropriate time and energy to establishing and maintaining networks.  Initiates contacts readily and maintain them over time.  Utilizes relationships to achieve common goals.

Team Player:  Develops and maintains effective relationships with others to achieve common goals.  Works effectively in teams with strong team-building skills and attitudes.  Identifies with the larger Library District team and understands role within it.  Shares resources, responds to requests from other parts of the Library District, and supports larger Library District agendas as more important than personal goals.


Marketing and Public Relations:  Develops, implements and evaluates an ongoing marketing plan for the Library District including, but not limited to, creating content for external communications and editing content, appearance, usability, and efficiency of external communications, including the website, promotional materials, programming materials, and publicity campaigns in order to insure the desired message and image is presented; researching, writing, and editing news releases, feature stories, brochures, etc.; overseeing and strategizing the Library District’s social media and email marketing platforms; participating in making community presentations in order to communicate the intended “brand” of the Library District.  Understands and applies marketing theory and practices. 

Community Relations:  Maintains positive public relations through communication and promotion of the Library District’s values, services, accomplishments and needs to all stakeholders.  Builds support for the Library District among a variety of groups, using the most appropriate methods.  Builds relationships with community organizations.  Collects statistical data to assess library services to demonstrate the impact and value of the Library District to the community.

Project Management:  Employs sound project management principles and procedures.  Monitors and evaluates projects and adapts as needed.  Collaborates with the management team to plan and implement district-wide programs and outreach, for example, the Summer Reading Program, Delta County Reads, and the Student Library Card Program.

Laws, Policies and Procedures:  Works with the management team to understand, apply and explain applicable laws; to develop policies and procedures based on the Library District’s mission and user needs to guide efficient and effective Library District operations; to create policies and practices to ensure safety and security; and to create, evaluate, and implement policies and procedures for Library District technology.

Organizational Leadership:  Works with the management team to use leadership skills to provide vision and guidance to Library District staff, board members and the community; to contribute effective strategies and decisions regarding library services and resources; to provide effective leadership of all stakeholders and teams; and to embrace change and foster understanding and acceptance by all stakeholders.

Librarianship:  Strives for effectiveness and efficiency through clear communication, strong relationships, ethical behavior, and the flexibility to be a leader, team player, and lifelong learner.  Attends staff development days and other trainings to acquire new skills and knowledge and to stay current on all information that is pertinent to the Library District.  Stays current on trends that impact public libraries, including technology trends.

Core Library Values:  Understands and acts in accordance with the basic values and ethics of library service.  Supports intellectual freedom.  Familiar with Colorado Library Law and endorses it.  Knows and follows the Library District’s policies and procedures.  Understands and adheres to the mission, values, and vision of the Library District.

Other Duties

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


 Required Education:  Associate’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, or related field from an accredited college or university.

 Preferred Education:  Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, or related field from an accredited college or university.

 Required Experience:  Three (3) years of recent experience in public relations, communications, or marketing fields.  Equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.  Public library experience preferred.  Demonstrated ability to communicate well in multiple formats, collaborate with others, and think strategically and creatively.  Proven skills in journalistic writing, public presentation, and graphic design.  Proficiency in technology, electronic devices, computers, the internet, Microsoft Office Suite, and other office equipment.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including days, evenings and weekends.  Must be able to travel in and out of the Library District by having, or the ability to obtain, a valid Colorado driver’s license and by having reliable transportation with proof of automobile insurance.  Must be able to stand and/or walk for 4 hours or more per day; bend and stretch without limitation; lift up to 35-50 pounds at a time.  Tolerate dust and mold associated with books.  Walk, stand, sit, type, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, reach with hands and arms, talk, listen, see, hear, grasp, pull, bend, and climb.  Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation.  Must complete a technology skills assessment.

Conformance Standards

  In the performance of their respective tasks and duties, all employees are expected to conform to the following:

· Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.

· Interact professionally with other employees, customers, and vendors.

· Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.

· Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees, customers, and organizations.

Position Type, Expected Hours of Work, Supervisory Responsibility

Hours/Schedule:  Hourly, 36–40 hours/week, non-exempt, weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Reports to:  District Director.

Supervises:  None

EEO Statement

Delta County Public Library District is an Equal Opportunity Employer hiring candidates based on their past experience, references, and ability to match the requirements demonstrated in the hiring process.  DCPLD does not discriminate based on age, national origin, sex, race, color, pregnancy, religion, genetic information, and sexual or gender orientation.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Pay Range:  $23.10 - $31.90/hour, with benefits, including health insurance options, life insurance, sick leave, vacation/holiday leave, retirement options and employee assistance.

The Community

Canyons, rivers, and mountains paint the setting of rural Delta County, inspiring its residents to take regular excursions into the outdoors for hiking, camping, rafting, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, and more.  Agriculture continues to be a prominent industry for the area.  With a population of approximately 30,000, the county has six incorporated communities—Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss, Orchard City, and Paonia—that offer diversity of lifestyles and interests.

Delta County Libraries supports five libraries in Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta, Hotchkiss, and Paonia.  The Library District maintains a varied collection of materials in print, audio, and electronic formats, as well as a wide range of technology for on-site and home use.  Each library offers an annual schedule of dynamic programming for all ages including a Summer Reading Program, weekly storytimes, book clubs, technology help, and much more. 


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LaDonna Gunn, District Director, ldgunn@deltalibraries.org or 970.399.7878

Posted Jul 20, 2023