Colorado State Library (Colorado Department of Education)
Denver Metro, CO
About the Colorado Department of Education
Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.
All students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in society, the workforce, and life.
The mission of the Colorado Department of Education is to ensure that all students are prepared for success in society, work, and life by providing excellent leadership, service, and support to schools, districts, and communities across the state.
Why work for the Colorado Department of Education?
We offer a great location and great benefits which include:
- Medical and dental plans
- Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
- Employee wellness programs
- Paid life insurance
- Short and long-term disability coverage
- No Cost ECO Pass
- 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
- Flexible work schedule options, training opportunities, and more.
“ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.”
Description of Job
The Library Research Service (LRS) Director manages the State Library's Library Research Service and provides leadership about statistics and evaluation for the state library and the Colorado library community. The LRS Director oversees the Public Library Annual Report, continuing education initiatives, and internal evaluations of various state library projects.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
A. Ensure compliance with federal and state laws governing the collection and reporting of library statistics. Create, implement, and refine practices that optimize the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of library data.
B. Exercise strategic and operational leadership in creating and disseminating policy and evaluation research addressing issues of concern to school, public, and academic libraries for staff and administrators in all types of libraries, and the general public.
C. Provide vision and direction for continuous improvement of Online resources that provide ready access to research and statistics about libraries and the library workforce.
D. Consult with the Colorado library community about program evaluation, statistics, and data use for management, strategic planning, and demonstrating impact.
E. Coordinate multiple projects, including program evaluation and educational and professional development for library staff both within LRS and between LRS and other State Library units, state library agencies, the Colorado Library Consortium, library associations, and similar organizations.
F. Advise the Associate Commissioner for State Library, office directors and staff of the State Library, library leadership groups (e.g. Colorado public library directors, school library leaders), and individual administrators in libraries of all types on issues, policies, and decisions informed by research and statistics.
G. Develop professional development opportunities and distributable summaries of statistical analysis for library personnel involved in data-based advocacy, budgeting, planning and evaluation, and management.
H. Supervise three staff positions and monitor contractors that may be employed to assist with data gathering, analysis, or reporting.
I. In conjunction with the State Library Associate Commissioner, office directors and other CSL staff, identify projects that may require contractor expertise; determine required skills and other specifications for contracts, procure services of and assign appropriate projects to contractors.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Competency and Qualification Requirements
Knowledge of current evaluation methods, working knowledge of SPSS or similar data analysis software, demonstrated ability to conduct in-person and online training about data gathered by LRS.
A commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- This position does have supervisory responsibilities. The duties and responsibilities for employees that supervise staff include, but are not limited to the following:
- Models and ensures consistency with organizational values and policies.
- Clearly communicates expectations and standards to staff.
- Conducts timely performance management of staff including formal evaluations, on-going, and routine feedback, and holding staff accountable.
- Awareness and approval of employee time worked and work schedules. This includes approval of time worked for payroll and monitoring and approval of all work schedules including remote work and flex schedules, based upon CDE's policies.
- Provides the applicable tools and resources staff require to perform their job.
- 3-5 years of supervisory experience with personnel and budgeting responsibilities
Minimum Education Requirements
An equivalent level of six years of experience will be considered in lieu of a master's degree.
How to Apply:
Applicants MUST submit a resume and cover letter attached to the online application. The online application can be found here:
Applications left blank or marked "See Resume" will not be accepted.
Complete Applications must include the following documents:
- A complete online application.
- A cover letter (attach to your online application).
- A resume (attach to your online application).
Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.
***Please DO NOT attach transcripts, certificates or reference letters***
The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.
The Colorado Department of Education is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Susan Jiron-Garcia, at Human_Resources@cde.state.co.us or call 303-866-6600.