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OPENS: 11/15/2018 CLOSES:11/29/2018

This is a professional library position requiring knowledge of library principles, practices and policies; attention to detail; sound judgment; strong communications skills; and some supervisory experience. The position may direct and supervise the day-to-day operation of a specific department for this location. The position involves performing a wide range of professional library work including but not limited to public service, circulation, collection management and supervising personnel.  Strong customer service skills and an excellent service philosophy are required. Work is reviewed through conferences and on the basis of results achieved.  Work under the general guidance and direction of the regional coordinator.
  • Reports to the Department Head.
  • Supervises staff members including conducting employee performance reviews, handling employee performance issues, provides training opportunities and general employee development.
  • Assists in administering and interpreting the library’s policies and procedures especially those involving circulation and membership.
  • In charge of financial procedures and reporting in this capacity supervises the daily recording of financial transactions, prepares weekly deposits, inputs monthly statistical information.
  • Provides regular and special reports on the activities and needs of the department and its activities.
  • Provides training to staff and patrons as needed on use of the library automated systems.
  • Attends various departmental and system-wide meetings.
  • Sets goals and plans procedures for effective provision of library services for assigned area.
  • Assists patrons in utilizing the self check system and the hold shelf.
  • Handles and resolves patron complaints and problems regarding library policy and practice.
  • Opens and closes the libraries in the region, as necessary.
  • Assesses and reports building facility issues, addresses, as necessary.
  • Manages meeting room transactions including discussions with patrons about usage guidelines and expectations.
  • Schedules circulation staff for the regional branch and coverage at the branch libraries within the region, as necessary,
  • Participates in Collection Management for the Branch.
  • Represents the library at neighborhood and community meetings.
  • Develops and promotes library programs and services.
  • Attends various department and system wide meetings, serves on system wide committees and task forces.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Knowledge and practice of good customer service skills and ability to establish cordial and effective relationships with associates and patrons.
  • Knowledge of and experience with computers and various computer software applications, peripherals, online databases, online searching, social networking and the Internet.
  • Ability to direct the work of nonprofessional staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Ability to maintain cordial and productive relationships with staff and public.
  • Ability to supervise and motivate team members.
  • Strong commitment to public service supported by excellent customer service skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills and ability to mediate patron complaints.
  • Self motivation to learn new skills and the ability to adapt to a changing work environment is essential.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and understand information from microform and PC monitor, and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to stoop, twist, turn and move materials from place to place in the library.  Ability to lift up to 30 pounds.
Graduation from an accredited four year college or university supplemented by the attainment of a master’s degree in library and information science (MLS, MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution.  Previous supervisory experience preferred.
80 hours biweekly, Grade 22, with starting salary of $42,286.40 to 46,633.60. All positions may include morning, afternoon, evening and weekend hours, including Sunday.  Employees may be required to adapt to future schedule and location changes depending on library needs. Excellent benefits, such as major medical health coverage, dental and life insurance, pension plan, sick and vacation leave, along with 12 paid holidays per year. Employees may be required to adapt to future schedule and location changes depending on library needs.

Applicants must contact the Alabama Career Center ( for an application.  The application will be forwarded to the Birmingham Public Library Personnel Officer.  Library employees need not go through the Alabama Career Center but can submit applications directly to the Library Personnel Office. A resume must be submitted prior to the interview. Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview.  You must pass a pre-employment health screen before you may be employed by the Birmingham Public Library.  Position available immediately. 
This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbent may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.
Equal Opportunity Employer
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