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Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services, Pollard Memorial Library, City of Lowell, MA

Job Title: Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services (1400-14, J#6575, 3714)
Department: Pollard Memorial Library
Reports to: Library Director
Union: MVEA Unit D
FLSA Status: Non Exempt
Salary: $35.4973 (min) to $39.7047 (max) per hour
Schedule: 35 hours per week

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Under the direction of the Library Director:
– Performs administrative and supervisory work in assisting in the operation of the Library.
– Assists the Library Director in administrative, professional, and supervisory duties.
– As Head of Adult Services, supervises Reference and Circulation Departments.
– Assists in all phases of collection development as assigned by the Director.
– Assists the Library Director in the supervision of all departments of the library and keeps the Library Director informed about scheduling problems and staffing needs; Coordinates staff development and training programs.
– Keeps up to date on new trends in public services and provides leadership in their implementation.
– Provides back-up support at public service desks as needed.
– Represents the Library to the public, especially when dealing with public service issues; May include attendance at community meetings and events.
– Performs other duties as assigned.

Directly supervises employees in the Pollard Memorial Library. Carries out supervisory
responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws.
Responsibilities include interviewing, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing
work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and
resolving problems. Assumes the authority, responsibility, and accountability for all areas of the
library when the Director is absent.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty
satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions. Demonstrated ability to supervise staff at all levels; ability to communicate and work effectively and tactfully with employees and the public, to create a positive workplace environment and to present a positive public image; ability to work in a team environment; good professional judgement.

MLS from an ALA accredited library school required; plus (5) years’ experience in adult
services in a public library, including (3) years of supervisory work with increasing
responsibility and (l) year of administration experience.
Commitment to public service in a large, urban library; experience in community outreach
programs and public relations preferred; demonstrated attention to detail. Must possess valid
driver’s license (or be able to obtain one) with an acceptable driving history. The Assistant
Director must have a good knowledge of all aspects of public library service.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals,
technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business
correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond
to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public. Individuals with
bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers,
common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to draw and
interpret bar graphs.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations
where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished
in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an
employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk: sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color
vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee
encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations
may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The City of Lowell is a smoke and drug free employer and requires a physical with drug screen and CORI, post offer.

How to Apply:

Qualified individuals should apply by the deadline of March 4, 2024 by submitting
application/resume with cover letter using the City of Lowell job opportunities online

The City is committed to encouraging diversity and inclusion through equitable opportunities
for all community members. The aim is for our workforce, including contractors, to be truly
representative of all sections of society and our community, and for each team member to feel
respected while fostering belonging.
“The City of Lowell assures that every individual shall have equal access to all City
employment opportunities. The City is all-inclusive and no person shall be denied equal access
because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity,
age, military service, or physical/mental disability.”
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