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Children's Librarian

City of Aurora, Library & Cultural Services

Aurora, CO

Application Deadline

Apply By Jun 3rd, 2024


$53,205.68 to $66,507.10 per Year   Calculate


Aurora, CO





Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of: Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

The Hiring Range for this position is: $53,205.68 - $66,507.10/ Annually

The deadline to submit applications is Monday, June 3rd. Please note, The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first come, first-serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.

Department Information
The Library and Cultural Services Departments vision is to empower an environment of lifelong learning and cultural enrichment by stimulating learning and literacy, inspiring creativity, and integrating arts, culture and history into the lives of Aurora citizens. We have two divisions within the department: Library and Cultural Services, both offering a variety of free programs and services to the community.  Please go to www.auroralibrary.org to learn more about the Aurora Public Library.

 Library Services Summary

  • 7 locations
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, magazines
  • Database and language learning programs
  • Public computers
  • Study space
  • Printing, faxing and scanning services
  • Community events, programs, and activities for all ages 

Cultural Services Summary

  • Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites
  • Aurora Fox Arts Center -Theater
  • Bicentennial Arts Center
  • Art in Public Places collection (over 240 commissioned pieces around the city)

Position Information
This is a full-time, permanent position providing professional level support assisting customers using library resources, computers and conducting research. This position will be responsible for developing and conducting library programs and training as directed; they will also be responsible for assisting with collection and library resource management as assigned.
This position functions as the on-site Professional Librarian and person in charge in the absence of the Supervisor at a branch library, in addition to assisting with Circulation services as needed.  This position may be hired to work primarily at a specific facility with a primary focus but will substitute at other locations as needed and depending upon staffing needs may be re-assigned to a different primary facility.

Locations: Will work primarily at an assigned location, hours may change based on business need.  May be required to occasionally to substitute at another Aurora Library location based on staffing needs.

Central Library (14949 E. Alameda Pkwy)

Primary hours will include days, nights, and weekends but will primarily be a Tuesday - Saturday schedule. Hours are subject to change dependent upon department needs.   


  • Provides friendly, efficient, and professional service to customers in-person, by telephone and email.
  • Functions as the on-site person in charge overseeing staffing and facility customer related functions in the absence of the Supervisor.
  • Develops, plans, oversees, and conducts programs on a wide range of topics with a focus on children’s programming. Oversees programming conducted by Library Assistants.
  • Works with community partners to plan and develop outreach events that may include attending fairs/events and/or speaking to community groups or school children.
  • Performs high level readers advisory and reference searches using library resources, on-line databases, and other reputable sources.
  • Assists customers with accessing and using library resources (books, databases, computers, etc.) and computer questions related to Microsoft Office products, internet navigation, email services, third party web sites and other software applications on public computers.
  • Coordinates volunteers including training, scheduling, and tracking time.
  • May work on joint regional library service committees and user groups representing the Aurora Public Library
  • May assist in collection/inventory management duties including weeding, sorting, shelving, cataloging assistance, interlibrary loan, and database input/maintenance when directed by supervisor.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned. 


An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. 


  • Master's Degree or current enrollee in Masters of Library Science from an ALA accredited program.   

A Master's Degree in another field with relevant library experience may be considered.


  • At least 6 months professional library experience, or 2 years library experience 
  • Lead experience preferred


  • Knowledge of the principles, organization, and practices of library service
  • Library classification system
  • Internet computerized systems and their applications to assigned functions
  • Basic trouble-shooting in computer operation.


  • Ability to deal with stressful situations with tact and diplomacy;
  • Communicate with diverse customers/staff of all ages in a professional, age and culturally, appropriate manner
  • Communicate effectively in writing
  • Use general office equipment, computers, calculators, and copy/fax machine
  • Perform basic mathematical calculations
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Work shifts, including some nights, and weekends
  • Ability to speak a second language a plus

 Licenses, Certificates or Equipment Required: 

  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment.


Essential Personnel:

  • When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.

Physical Demands:

  • Light physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 30 pounds
  • Frequent hand/eye coordination for operation of office equipment
  • Vision for reading and interpreting reports and data analysis and preparation
  • Frequent speech communication, hearing and listening to maintain communication with employees and citizens
  • Considerable walking and standing; frequent pushing, pulling, and climbing

Work Environment:

  • Works primarily in a clean, comfortable environment; occasionally works nights and weekend

Equipment Used:

  • Frequently uses standard office equipment including computer, calculator, multi-line telephones, and copy/fax machines
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.


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