Senior Public Services Librarian—Cascade Park Community Library—Updated

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries has an opening for a full-time senior public services librarian (SPSL) with youth services focus for our Cascade Park Community Library. This is an amazing opportunity in a busy suburban library for someone who has strong leadership skills and a passion for working with patrons ages 0–18 years.

In this position you would serve a leadership role and participate in the management of the branch. This position reports to the branch manager and directly supervises four senior library assistants. The SPSL regularly acts as the person-in-charge, addresses escalated patron concerns, and provides guidance to 13 public service assistants and a security guard. We are looking for a leader who is willing to lead by example and enjoys actively participating in the daily operation of the branch such as working at the desk, shelving, and assisting patrons.

The Cascade Park SPSL is responsible for planning and coordinating programs and outreach activities to serve our patrons ages 0-18 years. Facilitation of these activities is shared between the SPSL, senior library assistants, the branch operations manager, and the branch manager. We are interested in candidates who excel at working collaboratively in teams and love working with our younger patrons. It is also important that the SPSL shares the district’s values of community success, district-wide collaboration, exceptional service, innovation, and intellectual freedom.

The branch

Cascade Park Community Library, the second largest and second busiest of 15 libraries throughout our district, is located in the Firstenburg Community Center complex in east Vancouver, adjacent to the popular community center run by Vancouver Parks & Recreation. The 24,175 sq. ft. beautiful, modern, open, and airy library building was built in 2009 and features a teen space, an early learning space, a community meeting room, study rooms and a fireplace. In addition, there is a used book store run by Friends volunteers. The Firstenburg Community Center complex serves as the community hub in east Vancouver.

This is an exciting time to join the branch! After working for the district for 25 years, the current branch manager is retiring. The SPSL has moved to another position in the district. The branch is eager to welcome new team members and the new ideas they bring with them.

The community

Vancouver is situated on the north bank of the Columbia River, in southwestern Washington state. Vancouver is a bustling community of about 174,000 that prides itself on its rich history, rapidly growing vibrant downtown, excellent schools, and great access to outdoor activities. It’s also the county seat of Clark County, which has a population of over 467,000.

Job requirements

To be considered, applicants must have:

  • A masters degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited program, or the ability to obtain Washington State librarian certification upon hire.
  • Three to five years of related work experience, including customer service
  • One to three years of supervisory experience or lead worker experience

Please see the position description and addendum linked below for a more detailed list of job duties and requirements.

Compensation

The compensation for this position begins at $50,494.08 per year with an excellent benefits package including health insurance benefits, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment benefits, short term and long term disability benefits, Washington state PERS retirement, and paid time off. No relocation assistance is available for this position.

How to apply

To be considered for the position, please submit these items to jobs@fvrl.org:

If submitting electronically, application signature may be collected at time of interview.

Recruiting timeline

Application deadline: Open until filled
Video (virtual) interviews: May 7 and 8, 2019
Final interviews: May 22, 2019