Colorado State Library (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 Colorado Department of Education?
We offer 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 Director of Library Development oversees Colorado library initiatives to strengthen library staff and services for residents, communities, students, and all Coloradans. This position leads, manages, and supervises staff responsible for statewide library and literacy services, programs, projects, grants, and professional development. The Director serves on a leadership team within the State Library as well as other committees, providing input on strategic planning, funding, and implementation of initiatives.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
A. Director provides overall goals and objectives for the Office of Library Development as well as monitors efforts and results for effectiveness and future development.
B. Employee uses judgment and experience to coordinate and supervise the State Library's Library Development program staff located at CDE and offsite as well as their budgets, priorities, offerings, processes, and results. Areas of supervision include public library leadership and management, youth and family services, early literacy, community engagement and development, library staff professional development, digital literacy, and school libraries. Leadership, innovative strategies, and guidance in the area of public, school, and other libraries includes formal and informal professional development, standards and other statutory requirements, and state-level literacy and learning initiatives as directed by the State Librarian.
C. Director serves on State Library leadership team to recommend innovative uses of Library Services and Technology Act funding, and other funds, to advance libraries, professional development, and resources throughout Colorado.
D. Director uses extensive experience with state-level initiatives and grants to oversee literacy, learning, and library programs using state, federal, foundation, and other grants and awards, including directing grant initiatives for the benefit of libraries and those they serve.
E. Employee oversees statewide, regional, and local professional development for library staff, leadership, and other stakeholders, including identifying areas of need and developing offerings.
F. Employee partners within COE, with other state agencies, and with other organizations to further library development and community development needs and aspirations.
G. Employee advocates for and designs creative strategies to further library development at the local, regional, state, and national levels, including serving on committees, leading initiatives, and collaborating as appropriate.
H. Employee facilitates library initiatives to gain consensus and engagement among libraries for collaborative offerings that extend library funding and resources.
I. Employee establishes and oversees structures for innovation, continuous improvement, accountability, and ongoing library successes to ensure the future of library services in Colorado.
J. Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Competency and Qualification Requirements:
"Demonstrated ability to articulate a vision for Colorado library development as well as strategies for prioritizing among competing service options.
• At least five years experience working in a library setting, including in administration.
• Minimum of 3-5 years of supervision of professional and non-professional staff, or the equivalent education and experience in talent development.
• Demonstrated experience in large scale project management, facilitation, and/or partnership development.
• Ability to oversee multiple budgets, grant projects, and other aspects of state-level initiatives.
• Documented track record of library experiences that demonstrate the ability to develop library service offerings across multiple institutions.
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
Minimum Education Requirements:
Master's in Library and Information Science. 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. 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.