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Programs and Events Specialist

Boulder Public Library District

Main Library

Application Deadline

Apply By Jan 31st, 2024


$26.00 to $28.92 per Hour   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience

Not Required

Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

Job Summary: The Program and Event Specialist coordinates with staff and community partners to design, deliver, and evaluate engaging programs and events for patrons of all ages.

Essential Functions:

  • Designs informational, educational, cultural, and literary programs, events, and outreach activities for the community working closely with colleagues and community partners. (30%)
  • Maintains accurate program planning records and collects and reports attendance statistics. Assists with evaluating programs and events. (20%)
  • Manages program and event logistics, obtains supplies, and oversees setup and takedown of furniture, equipment and materials. Acts as a liaison to service furniture and equipment vendors who perform work or deliver furniture or equipment to indoor and outdoor program and exhibition spaces. (20%)
  • Facilitates or presents programs and events. (15%)
  • Assists with writing funding requests and grant applications. (15%)

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Provides project management assistance with long-range program planning and unique projects.
  • Participates in staff meetings and professional development and serves on committees.
  • Monitors the activities of patrons to ensure their compliance with rules and policies often in the absence of a manager.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree and two years of experience designing and producing programs for all ages in a public institution, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven experience with building and maintaining positive relationships with community contacts.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Extensive knowledge of adult, child, and family educational, cultural, and creative opportunities in the Boulder area and trends within the field.
  • Experience recruiting and partnering with community organizations/individuals to reach mutual goals.
  • Experience working with, and providing programs and outreach to, diverse communities.

Working Conditions

Partially sedentary, partially physical work in indoor and outdoor settings, requiring the ability to stand and walk regularly and lift a maximum of 30 pounds, and push up to 300 pounds. Ability to operate the book bike. Work may include extended periods of time viewing a computer video monitor and operating a keyboard. Seeing, hearing, and speaking required.  

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Health and Wellness Benefits

· Group medical, dental and vision benefits to employees who work 20 hours or more per week

· Lifestyle Spending Account for all benefit-eligible employees

· Employer paid basic life and long-term disability insurance

· Employer paid employee assistance program for employees and their household members

· Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts for all benefit-eligible employees

· Voluntary , employee paid, group accident, critical illness and hospital indemnity plans for all benefit-eligible employees

· Employees who work 20 hours or more per week are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave following the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with an employee for adoption or foster care

· Infant at Work Program

Time-off Benefits

 · New employees accrue 4 weeks paid vacation 

 · 80 hours of paid sick leave per year for employees who work 20 hours or more per week

· 12 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays

· Time off for jury duty, bereavement and voting

· Pet adoption leave

· New grandparent leave

Helping Your Future

· Public Employee Retirement Association of Colorado (PERA) Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan

· PERA 401(k) Plan

· Tuition reimbursement program and student debt repayment assistance

· Paid training and professional development 

Library Perks

· Easy access to unlimited resources—including books, movies, programs, digital technology and more

The Community

The BPLD is committed to advancing equity in our diverse community by providing accessible programs, print and digital materials, tools and technology, and educational opportunities. Across our five current locations, we are proud to offer resources such as a makerspace, art galleries, outdoor learning areas, a multimedia local history archive, community literacy programs, and a theater. Boulder Public Library strives to be a safe and welcoming place to all staff and patrons, alike. Through outreach, community partnerships, and volunteer-driven programs, we seek to adapt our services to those who may experience barriers to visiting our physical locations.  

We circulate more than 1.5 million items annually, but we believe that a library is more than a place to borrow free materials. As a vital civic space, we provide opportunities for our more than 500,000 yearly visitors to study, host meetings, be introduced to new people or experiences, and connect to essential local services.

Our employees are part of a vibrant, uplifting workplace culture that honors the joy and commitment of meaningful public service, while still caring for the needs of the individual.  Our work is highly collaborative, adaptive, inquisitive, and is always on-going. We are passionate individuals with diverse backgrounds, interests, and experiences and we are dedicated to our mission of connecting people, ideas and information to transform lives and strengthen our community. 


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HR Info

Tim McClelland, Public Services Department Manager mcclellandt@boulderlibrary.org

Posted Jan 11, 2024