Lee County Library System, is offering enthusiastic, community-minded candidates the opportunity to lead the team at the Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library, in Lee County, Florida. This 11,400 square foot library, is home to the largest African-American book collection in Southwest Florida and serves the historic Dunbar community and its surrounding area. The Dunbar Community School, an adult education site hosting GED, ESOL, lifelong learning, and community events, is located next door. The branch operates with a staff of four (4) full-time and one (1) part-time employee and houses a collection of more than 34,000 items.
The branch manager is responsible for managing staff, collections, and operations. The successful candidate will be a self-starter who enthusiastically embraces public library service, demonstrates a positive attitude, a commitment to teamwork, and a passion for community outreach. We seek someone who has excellent interpersonal skills and enjoys working with colleagues in a collaborative environment, someone who can motivate others and be a leader in embracing and effecting change.
The Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library was the dream of five African-American homemakers and mothers who lived in the Dunbar Community. These five women started the library in order to make available African-American books and materials that would provide them with information on African-American history. The name honors the first African poet to have his work published as well as the community's name, Dunbar.
Governance and Organization
Lee County provides a full complement of programs and services to its 600,000+ citizens. A five member Board of County Commissioners acts as the chief policymaking and legislative body for the County.
The Lee County Library System’s 13 branches include six regional libraries, two mid-sized libraries, including the North Fort Myers branch, and five community libraries as well as a bookmobile and a Talking Books library. The library system currently has a collection of 1.9 million items in a variety of formats and circulates around 6 million items per year. More than 274,000 Lee County residents are registered users.
Duties and responsibilities
Supervise staff and volunteers and coordinate workflow for effective service delivery.
Manage the daily operation and upkeep of the library facility and grounds.
Manage branch collection maintenance, including material selection and weeding.
Coordinate branch programming and outreach.
Relate positively to a diverse population and provide stellar customer service to patrons of all ages.
Promote teamwork and cooperation through productive interactions with colleagues at other branches, Library Administration, and Library Processing.
Use considerable independent judgment and initiative along with established policies and procedures to assure a competent staff and high quality service to both internal and external customers.
Work effectively with the Friends of the Library and other community groups
Monitor branch budget and make recommendations about budgetary needs
80 Hours Bi-Weekly. Workdays are Tuesday through Saturday with evenings and some Sundays. Hours will vary and will be determined by supervisor.
Emergency Response/Recovery Activities:
All employees will be required to work before, during, or after an Emergency as needed. During an emergency, employees may temporarily be assigned to work and perform duties outside the normal scope of their position, location and work schedule to fit the needs of the County and its citizens.
Education, Experience, Licensing
Requires a Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from a graduate library school program accredited by the American Library Association and two years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian in a public library system or a department or division of a main library.
Demonstrated leadership or management experience and the ability to work independently is preferred.
Two years of prior supervisory experience is preferred.
Possession of a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record is required.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Physical address where the job position is located.
Lee County is an equal opportunity and at-will employer, Veteran's Preference may apply. Apply at http://www.leegov.com/hr/jobsearch or in person at Lee County Human Resources, 1825 Hendry Street, Ste. 200, Fort Myers, FL 33901. You may mail your application to Human Resources at PO Box 398, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Your application must be received in Human Resources BEFORE the posting closes. If Human Resources does not receive your application BEFORE the posting closes, we will NOT be able to consider you for the position and your application will NOT be processed.