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Branch Manager with an upgraded salary, Springfield City Library, (Springfield, MA)

Join our team! At Springfield (MA) City Library, we are Welcoming, Trusted, Connected, and Innovative. Apply for our full-time (40 hours a week) Library Branch Manager position and come help us achieve this vision when you lead the teams of two branches. The salary is now $69,390.36 annually. Learn more here, and apply by Sunday, July 14 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

The Brightwood Branch Library is very busy with school group visits throughout the day. Co-located with a middle school, neighbors include two elementary schools, including a newly-constructed one. The Branch is located in the heart of the neighborhood, and staff work closely with many non-profit organizations, civic groups, and residents to provide, in partnership with the community, for their informational, educational, and leisure needs. The very large community room is undergoing an upgrade to provide state of the art projection and sound systems to enhance library and resident programming and meetings. The Branch is well-known for its extensive collection of materials in Spanish. See inside here.

The Indian Orchard Branch Library opened March 18, 1909, and is a Carnegie library. This Classical Revival Style building was designed and built by local talented architects and craftsmen. See their incredibly beautiful work here, some of which was restored during a renovation and expansion in the 1990s. Beyond traditional library services, the Indian Orchard Branch has always played an important role as a community center and has traditionally been a place new immigrants could come to learn to become U.S. citizens. A popular Play & Learn Space was created thanks to an LSTA grant. The staff came together to convert a storage room to a modest-sized meeting room that hosts library programs and community group meetings. The tight-knit neighborhood includes parks, schools, a former mill complex that now houses artist galleries, and commercial zones as well.

The Manager at our Brightwood and Indian Orchard branches is responsible for leading the teams of these two libraries, with the support of a Supervisor at each branch. This includes staff hiring and mentoring, public interaction, programming, administrative duties, system-wide initiatives, and community engagement. Work is performed with professional independent administrative judgment in accordance with the policies and objectives of the Library. Supervision is exercised over a team of twelve people, including a supervisor at each location.

Springfield is a city of about 156,000 people. Located in western Massachusetts on the banks of the Connecticut River and spreading eastward, the “City of Homes” offers a mixed housing stock, from expansive Victorians to neighborly apartment blocks. Its flat landscape of 33 square miles is home to the 730 acre Forest Park and the Basketball Hall of Fame. Springfield City Library is community-centered and has a Central Library and 8 branches. Learn more about working with us, including links to videos showing some of the highlights of our beautiful city: Work at Springfield City Library. We are home to an American Hockey League professional hockey team, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, an annual Jazz & Roots Festival, four Smithsonian-affiliated museums plus numerous independent and college galleries, and many other activities to get involved in.

We’re looking for candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and the completion of an American Library Association-accredited Masters of Library Science. A minimum of five years of professional library experience is desired, including some administrative experience. You’ll need an excellent customer service orientation, and a “turned outward” approach to community engagement is ideal. Bilingual abilities desirable (English and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Somali, Dari, or other community language). The City of Springfield has a residency requirement and allows new hires up to a year to establish residency. 

How to Apply

When you apply by Sunday, July 14, 2024, please upload a cover letter. The URL to apply is