Are you our next Library Branch Manager? The Springfield (MA) City Library seeks applications to work at our forward-looking, award-winning public library. We seek candidates who can embrace the attitude that "It's All Yours, Just Ask," and who see the library as a place to help strengthen our city through strong connections and constructive dialogue. We are here to help community members find what they need, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they're looking for, because the Springfield City Library is their place of connection to information and knowledge, culture, and community. Excellent customer service orientation is needed for all jobs, and a "turned outward" approach to community engagement is ideal.
Two Branch Manager positions are available. One manages our Forest Park and East Forest Park branches, and the other manages the Indian Orchard and Brightwood branches, with responsibility for all branch functions. Each branch is a hub for its unique neighborhood. Our historic Forest Park Branch is across the street from a middle school and steps away from a gorgeous public park designed by Frederick Olmsted's firm. East Forest Park Branch is currently located in a strip mall, but a brand-new library will open later this year. Brightwood Branch Library is co-located with a middle school and is home to dynamic outreach services to local schools, senior centers, parks, and child care settings. Staff hit the streets on the BiblioBike on beautiful days! And the Indian Orchard Branch Library is currently implementing a federal grant designed to alleviate isolation among our seniors, through genealogy classes, coffee hours, topical talks and lectures, transportation assistance, and polka parties.
Our next Branch Managers will have the following duties:
Management of personnel, services, and operations of assigned branches. Development and maintenance of collections; development of programs and services; planning of branch goals and objectives; and other similar duties. Work is performed with professional independent administrative judgment and decision in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Library Department, with review by the Library Director through reports and conferences. Supervision is exercised over other employees including supervisors, clerks, librarians, and pages.
Requirements include a Bachelor's degree and completion of an American Library Association accredited Master of Library Science. The preferred candidate will have five years of progressive professional library experience including some experience in library administration supervising or managing staff.
Further job details and job application are available on the City of Springfield's website. The annual salary is $62,233.20. The closing date for this position is Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST. Be sure to upload a compelling cover letter when you apply. The City requires residency within one year of date of hire. Inquiries via email about these positions are welcome, but all applications must be filed on the City's website.
Additional Info & Requirements
Bilingual abilities desirable (English and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese or other community language).
Get excited about the possibilities of working in the city of Springfield by watching this video, then submit your application! Get to know more about living and working in Springfield here and here. We are a small city of about 154,000 residents located in Western Massachusetts. Our library system consistes of a Central Library and 8 branches.
Jean Canosa Albano
Assistant Director for Public Services
Please be sure to upload a compelling cover letter.