Branch Manager – Lynden and Sumas Libraries – Bellingham, WA

Branch Manager – Lynden and Sumas Libraries

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks an energetic Branch Manager committed to excellent customer service to manage the Lynden Library, the system’s busiest branch, along with the Sumas Public Library, a smaller branch located in the neighboring community. The Branch Manager directs all branch operations including staff supervision; assists patrons by providing reference and reader’s advisory services and community referrals; performs community outreach; promotes core Library values, and performs other related duties. Requires a Bachelor’s degree and five or more years’ recent, progressively responsible, and professional public library experience serving all ages. Master’s degree in Library Science preferred. Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. Full-time position, with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Thursday, July 9th.  Click on the “read more” link for full posting and application instructions.

POSITIONBranch Manager – Lynden/Sumas Libraries

DEPARTMENT: Public Services

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks an energetic Branch Managercommitted to excellent customer service to manage the Lynden Library, the system’s busiest branch, along with the Sumas Public Library, a smaller branch located in the neighboring community. The Branch Manager directs all branch operations for both branches and assists patrons by providing reference and reader’s advisory services and community referrals.  Essential functions include:

  • Public Services: develops, delivers and continually evaluates and improves services for a diverse population.  Coordinates branch services with the Whatcom County Library’s system-wide priorities and resources.  Provides reference and other public services including outreach.  Participates in system-wide project teams.
  • Staff supervision: develops and guides staff toward the highest standards of customer service.  Supervises staff and evaluates performance.  Oversees the selection, training, performance appraisal and recognition, discipline and professional development of branch staff.
  • Community outreach: initiates, develops and maintains effective working partnerships with Friends, schools, volunteers, business and civic groups.  Identifies emerging needs for new library services and sets goals and priorities accordingly.
  • Branch operations: Makes recommendations to the Cities of Lynden and Sumas (building owners) to ensure that the building and grounds are adequately maintained.  Coordinates branch operations with other departments including Facilities, Information Technology, Collection Support, and Administrative Services.  Ensures the branch collection is balanced and current.
  • Branch administration: assists with developing branch budgets and monitoring expenditures.  Oversees staffing and adherence to Library’s mission, administrative policies and procedures.  Serves as a resource to other branch staff.
  • Promotes core Library values: supports intellectual freedom.  Assumes responsibility for how library is perceived by the staff and the public.  Provides leadership to the Library though collaborative problem solving.

QUALIFICATIONS: You are a positive and enthusiastic leader and manager with a strong understanding of the full range of library service and a passionate commitment to literacy and engaging the community through library service.  You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a proven track record of motivating and developing staff and building community collaborations. You have strong supervisory skills with a demonstrated ability to create a positive work environment for staff with varying degrees of experience and responsibilities, and evidence of ability to build a cohesive team.  Requires the ability to speak, understand, and write English clearly and concisely.  Requires a Bachelor’s degree, five or more years’ recent, progressively responsible, and professional public library experience serving all ages.  Master’s degree in Library Science preferred.  Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

Work requires considerable physical effort in the handling of materials up to 30 pounds and/or continual standing or walking 80%+ of the time.  New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

THE LIBRARY SYSTEM: WCLS has been providing library service in Whatcom County since 1944, currently through ten branches, a bookmobile and outreach services.  With a reputation for exceptional customer service, innovation, and fiscal accountability, WCLS holds a collection of more than 380,000 items and has implemented services such as downloadable eBooks, e-magazines, e-music and e-audiobooks, chat reference service, text messaging, homework help, and a mobile app.  WCLS strives to provide top-notch library services in an energetic environment that fosters professional growth, creative problem solving, collaboration and an appreciation for humor.

LOCATION: Primary work location at the Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, Lynden, WA, with some weekly hours at the Sumas Public Library, located at 451 2nd Street, Sumas, WA.  Perennially recognized by the national media as one of the best places to live in America, Whatcom County is a place that truly has something for everyone.  With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, and charming communities, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State.  Learn more about the Lynden area: http://lynden.org/, and the Sumas area: http://www.sumaschamber.com/.

UNION: Membership in AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 1581 required commencing not more than 30 days after employment, according to the terms and conditions described in the current bargaining agreement.

SCHEDULE: 40 regular scheduled weekly hours, including evening and weekend shifts.  Successful candidates may be required to adapt to future schedule changes depending on library needs.

COMPENSATION: Beginning annual salary of $60,320, with excellent benefits including Social Security, retirement, long-term disability insurance, medical, dental and optical insurance; paid vacation and sick leave, EAP, and a fun and innovative work environment that values the contributions of our employees.

POSTING DATESMonday, 06/08/15 to Thursday, 07/09/15

APPLICATION: Submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Thursday, 07/09/15 to:

Christina Read, Human Resources Manager
Whatcom County Library System
5205 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA  98226
Phone: (360) 305-3600, ext. 216
Email: branchmanager@wcls.org

* Application packets must include:

JOB BEGINS: As soon after hiring as possible.

SELECTION: Selection criteria may include the contents of the application, an oral interview and skills test.  Selection of applicants for further consideration and/or possible testing will be determined by the information supplied by the applicants on their applications and accompanying documents. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on the application to permit WCLS to properly determine the applicant’s qualifications, abilities and attributes as they relate to the listed position.  Interviews will be scheduled ONLY with best qualified applicants, based upon applications, resumes and other documents received, and test results.  Applicants who need accommodation during the application, testing or interview process should contact Human Resources.

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