Employment at the Mercer County Library System

Interested in working for the Mercer County Library System? We accept resumes on an ongoing basis for professional librarians and individuals who are interested in clerical or page positions. Résumés may be submitted care of:

Ellen O'Shea Brown, Library Director
Mercer County Library System
Lawrence HQ Branch
2751 Brunswick Pike
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
fax: (609) 538-1206

Note: Mercer County residency is required within one year of appointment. All applicants are subject to pre-employment tests: drug, physical and criminal background check.

The Mercer County Library System is currently advertising the following opening(s):

The Mercer County Library System is accepting applications for Manager, Twin Rivers Branch.

(Posted 11/25/14)

Anticipated vacancy of Branch Manager, Twin Rivers Branch. This is a full time, 35 hour per week (includes one evening and rotational Saturdays) position in the title of Librarian III.

The Mercer County Library System seeks a dynamic individual with proven leadership qualities and system-wide philosophy to direct and further incorporate the Library System into Twin Rivers' diverse community. The Twin Rivers Branch offers a fast-paced, innovative, interesting and rewarding work environment, along with a staff that is focused on quality customer service. This position oversees the branch, works closely with other branch managers, library management and the Twin Rivers and larger East Windsor communities, and reports to the Library Director, Chief Fiscal Officer, and Supervising Librarian.

This position includes professional, supervisory and administrative work directing the day to day operations of the branch, while being mindful of the overall branch and system-wide goals and objectives. Duties include, but are not limited to staff scheduling, attention to the physical condition of the branch facility, and selecting, training and evaluating branch staff. Work also includes developing and implementing programs, services and special events to promote use of the library branch and overall system. The branch manager develops goals, plans, programs, services and procedure for a branch library. They manage, supervise and participate in all daily service and support operations within a branch. They develop projections of resources and personnel necessary to meet established goals and objectives, represent the library in the community, participate in committee work and the selection of materials, prepare reports and statistical evaluations for the branch, appraise employee performance and facilitate resolutions to problems both with staff and patrons. They perform lower level work as required and necessary for the operation of the branch and effectively communicate with the public. The branch manager very much is the face of the branch, responsible for how the Library is perceived by staff and public.

The branch manager of the Twin Rivers Branch insures that information, programs, and appropriate library materials are available for all users in its community.

Major responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsibility of the branch as a facility. Overseeing maintenance personnel, materials, supplies and equipment. Referring concerns that cannot be addressed at the branch level to Library Administration. Keeping copies of the work orders and making certain that vendors sign in and out when working in the branch. Primary responsibility for emergency notifications (i.e. the fire alarm, burglar alarm, inclement weather.) Making certain the branch is clean and safe.
  • Responsibility for the branch staff, personnel issues and reporting procedures. Close involvement in the Friends of the Twin Rivers Library, including assisting with the various fundraising efforts, preparing fund requests, and keeping careful records of funds spent. In addition, the branch manager supplies information and photographs for newsletters.
  • Meeting with the youth and adult programming staff and taking a hands-on role in various programs and events. The manager is responsible for planning and facilitating most of the adult programs. For example, this might mean facilitating a book club, making certain that programs are creatively conceived, well advertised, and set-up properly. This also includes helping staff with large branch events and making certain that events run smoothly. It might mean contacting presenters, creating program fliers, entering programming information into EventKeeper and sending monthly programming information to the calendar coordinator. It could also include submitting publicity to the local news outlets.
  • Maintaining contact and networking with community outside agencies and groups that can benefit the library.
  • Facilitating community room reservations.
  • Attending and participating in system-wide committees and attending various training workshops in and outside of the system. Participating in system-wide outreach events and branch events.
  • Meeting with youth, reference and circulation staff frequently in order to assess the organization and overall success of the departments.
  • Preparing the branch schedules for all departments, record and report payroll, and maintain branch requests for leave, and request for leave, holiday and overtime slips. Keep employee time record sheets up to date and verify information against the report sent by the payroll clerk.
  • Interviewing applicants to make recommendations to Administration. Oversee new employee training process and probationary progress reporting.
  • Supervising community service workers and reporting their hours to the Mercer County Probation Service Department. Supervising volunteers and maintaining a log of their hours.
  • Communicating effectively with patrons and responding to patrons’ comments or complaints in writing or via email, when appropriate.
  • Maintaing a presence in the branch, for example, adding themselves to the desk rotations to keep in touch with staff and patron issues and needs. Or, scheduling themselves into the regular rotation of desk coverage to ensure optimum staffing.
  • Handling and maintaining donations.
  • Fulfilling necessary duties associated with the operation of the branch – i.e. printing the various daily and monthly reports and make certain they are completed; seeing to the book drop; preparing statistical reports; preparing the fines / fees reports; etc.
  • Participating in the collection development process, including assuming responsibility for some facet of the collection, keeping abreast of online ordering procedures, overseeing collection deletions, circulation and turnover rates, and branch materials budget allocation.

A job description for the title of Librarian III can be found on the NJ Civil Service Commission website.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school, A NJ Professional Librarian certificate, and at least two years of library experience. Preferably the successful candidate will show a progression of increasing responsibility and commitment toward library services. Desired attributes include proven management expertise, planning ability, budgeting skills, ability to successfully promote library services at a system and local level; knowledge of organizational theory; knowledge of current library technologies and best practices; and excellent interpersonal communication skills. Knowledge of reference sources and collection development practices and methods, public relations and customer service methods, and various computer software products, such as the Microsoft Office Suite.

The County of Mercer adheres to a strict residency requirement. Residents of Mercer County will be given first priority. Mercer County residency is required within one year of appointment. All applicants are subject to pre-employment tests: drug, physical and criminal background check.

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