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Community Outreach Librarian II

Poudre River Public Library District

Webster House Administration Center

Application Deadline

Apply By Dec 8th, 2023


$54,169.00 to $67,711.00 per Year   Calculate


Fort Collins, CO





Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


Job Description

Community Outreach Librarian II

Outreach · Fort Collins, Colorado

Working at the Poudre Libraries is about being part of a dynamic organization that is transforming the community and having fun along the way. You’ll be instrumental in helping our library customers connect to the ideas, information, and resources that spark their curiosity and support lifelong learning. More than 1 million people come through our doors each year and tens of thousands more access important library services online and through our outreach efforts, making the Library District – and its staff – an indispensable public resource. Come check us out!

SELECTION PROCESS:  Application deadline is 3:00 PM MT on 12/8/2023. All applicants must apply online and submit a cover letter and resume. 

Applicants will receive an email acknowledgment when the application has been successfully submitted. Completed applications will be forwarded to the hiring manager.  Applicants who are selected for further testing or interviews will be contacted by someone on the hiring team to schedule. Please keep your contact information up-to-date. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

Post-offer background check & MVR required.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The library may consider an equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

Job Title:                    Community Outreach Librarian II (Bilingual Spanish/English)

Reports To:                Community Outreach Manager

Department:             Community Outreach Services

Location:                    Webster House Administration Center

FLSA Status:              Exempt

Job Classification:    Classified

Benefits Eligibility:   Classified Benefits Summary

Salary Range:            $54,169 - $67,711 annually

Bilingual Pay:            This position is eligible for a Spanish bilingual pay differential of an additional $1/hour, upon successful completion of language assessment.


Under the general supervision of the Community Outreach Manager, oversees library resources, programs, and services provided primarily outside of the branches to culturally diverse and underserved populations throughout the District. This position supervises classified and non-classified staff and volunteers. Serves as an information advocate and innovative forward thinker who inspires learning, discovery, and the development of 21st century skills for staff, volunteers, and the community. Inspires lifelong learning, collaboration, and advocates for the library in support of the library’s goals and mission.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·       Create a welcoming environment for all patrons and staff that fosters equity, diversity and inclusion by seeking to understand, respect, and value individual differences.

·       In alignment with the District’s mission and goals, advocates for populations underserved and underrepresented due to age, race, class, status, geographic location, language, disability, and gender, amongst other marginalizing factors.

·       Provides direct supervision of assigned staff and establishes goals and priorities for assigned staff, including performance appraisals and evaluation; scheduling and coaching on industry best practices. Communicates goals, strategic priorities, and procedures to direct reports.

·       Makes recommendations on personnel matters affecting subordinates, including interviewing applicants, hiring new employees, evaluating performance, and taking corrective action.

·       Plans, coordinates, delivers, and evaluates informative and relevant public programs.

·       Partners and collaborates with staff, community agencies, businesses, and members of the communities served, to leverage the library’s reach.

·       Works closely with Volunteer Program Manager and Homebound Assistant to coordinate Homebound Services Program.

·       Collaborates with District Mentoring Coordinator to design, develop and promote District English language acquisition and Citizenship resources and services in alignment with community needs.

·       Works collaboratively with staff, community partners, and members of the primary communities served to define needs and design programs and services.

·       Participates in teams and committees in the District and within the community.

·       Drives the District’s mobile services vehicle to predetermined destinations, assists library patrons, maintains library materials, and records, and assists in special activities and programs presented by the library.

·       Works collaboratively with District programming staff and teams, and with staff serving adults throughout the District. Takes a leadership role in coordinating various teams and districtwide initiatives.

·       Assists Community Outreach Manager with managerial duties including assisting and training staff, scheduling, budget and grant management, resolving customer disputes, and acting as person in charge.

·       Actively participates and provides data to inform the Community Outreach strategic plan and budget. Assists in the compilation and reporting of statistics.

·       Promotes crucial literacies including reading, digital, civic, and cultural literacies. Collaborates with staff throughout the District and with community partners to foster digital inclusion and help community members increase vital digital literacy skills.

·       Recommends additions to and removal of items from the collection to keep collection appealing, current and relevant to the community. Works with Collections Department staff to identify materials by and about underrepresented communities.

·       Performs other duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

·       Knowledge of characteristics and needs of diverse populations including underserved community groups.

·       Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies, internet navigation, and social media outlets. Knowledge of Integrated Library Systems (ILS) software desired.

·       Knowledge of library policies, best practices, trends, theories, values, and issues.

·       Knowledge of current and emerging models, practices, and tools used by public libraries for the access and discoverability of resources.

·       Ability to foster a nonjudgmental, supportive, and collaborative environment for a diverse population of patrons and staff.

·       Ability to demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor in working with customers, coworkers, and community.

·       Able to understand and use library resources, both digital and physical, with proven ability to research, retrieve, evaluate, and utilize information.

·       Able to provide leadership and embrace risk taking, innovation, collaboration, and change.

·       Able to listen, communicate and positively interact with internal and external customers. Great oral and written communication skills.

·       Able to analyze, take ownership and resolve requests and issues using critical thinking skills.

·       Able to lead, coordinate and manage special projects and initiatives.

·       Able to gather, interpret and analyze data to inform decisions.

·       Able to present programs to a variety of audiences.

·       Able to create and manage a budget.

·       Able to operate with minimum supervision and work independently as well as cooperatively in a team environment.

·       Able to manage projects by applying critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills.

·       Ability to safely operate the District’s mobile services vehicle, follow traffic laws, and maintain sufficient charge status to travel to and from all locations scheduled for the day.

Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required; Master of Library Science or relevant Master’s degree preferred; two years of related outreach or professional library experience, evidence of supervisory and leadership skills; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Language Abilities:

Spanish and English proficiency is required.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to author reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the public.

Reasoning Abilities:

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificates and Licenses:

Valid driver's license required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises classified employees and substitute library assistants, including scheduling and coaching on industry best practices.  Makes recommendations on personnel matters affecting subordinates, including interviewing applicants, hiring new employees, evaluating performance, and taking corrective action.

Work Environment:

The work environment is varied.  Position involves frequent, short distance travel, and performing work outside of library facilities in various District communities and varied venues such as schools, recreation centers, parks, etc.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk, drive, reach with hands and arms; stoop; kneel; crouch; crawl; talk and hear.  The employee is frequently required to use hands to handle or feel.  The employee is occasionally required to climb and balance.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee is required to drive and assist loading the District’s mobile services vehicle as needed.

The Poudre Libraries will make reasonable accommodations for access to Library District services, programs and activities and will make special communication arrangements for persons with disabilities.  Please call (970) 221-6740 for assistance.

Poudre Libraries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered for positions for which they have applied without regard to gender (regardless of gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age 40 years or older, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy or other characteristics protected by law. For the purpose of this Library District policy “sexual orientation” means a person’s actual or perceived orientation toward heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality.

Note: Some information in your application may be public information under the Colorado Open Records Act.

Apply online at: https://poudrelibraries.bamboohr.com/careers/171

The Community

Located in northern Colorado, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and an outstanding public school system.

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Fort Collins offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping.

Throughout the year, live music and entertainment, as well as great local dining, can be found throughout the historic downtown area. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city.

If you are seeking the Colorado lifestyle and a community in which you can reinvent and reinvigorate yourself then Fort Collins is your city.

For more information, please visit the City of Fort Collins website:  http://www.fcgov.com/visitor/


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Posted Nov 20, 2023