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The Tchula Public Library, an equal opportunity employer, is now accepting applications for the position of Branch Librarian. The successful applicant will be responsible for all aspects of the daily operation of the Tchula Public Library, including the development, promotion, and delivery of all library services. Must possess excellent customer service, communication, and computer skills, initiative, and an interest/enthusiasm for librarianship and the community. Base salary plus co-pay state health insurance, state retirement and other benefits. 20 hours per week. Click here or on the banner to apply today. Deadline to apply is Monday May 24th at 5pm.

Position Summary:

The Tchula Librarian/Branch Manager is responsible for all aspects of the daily operation of the Tchula Public Library, including the development, promotion, and delivery of all library services, and providing excellent customer service to our library patrons.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Communicate and interact effectively with the public in order to conduct transactions, accept requests for information, explain services, and provide other assistance as necessary;
  • Responsible for the circulation of all library materials and equipment;
  • Responsible for the shelving, maintenance, and development of all library collections and resources;
  • Collect statistical data and prepare reports as required;
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of library policies and operations, and an ability to carry out and explain those policies when necessary;
  • Maintain an interest, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the informational, educational, and recreational needs of library patrons, as well as current library services and materials;
  • Participate in relevant professional development activities;
  • Plan, conduct, and participate in programs and activities which promote and encourage library use;
  • Maintain an understanding and ability to use all relevant technology, including but not limited to library computers, library automation software, the Internet, and clerical equipment;
  • Order materials which meet the needs and interests of library patrons within allowed budget;
  • Train and supervise relevant staff, including substitute librarians and volunteers;
  • Create and maintain patron records and accounts and maintain confidentiality of those records;
  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with local officials, present quarterly service reports;
  • Oversee the maintenance and repairs of the Tchula Public Library facility, and promptly report needed repairs to the Tchula City Hall and System Executive Director;
  • Actively seek and develop financial sponsorship and grant opportunities;
  • Collect, record, and account for all monies received in the library; 
  • Ensure adequate supplies of materials are available;
  • Maintain a welcoming, orderly, neat, and safe library environment;
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Core Competencies:

  • Work Ethic: Is productive, diligent, conscientious, timely, and loyal. Conscientiously abides by rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Integrity: Models and demonstrates high standards of integrity, trust, openness, and respect for others. Demonstrates integrity by honoring commitments and maintaining necessary confidentiality.
  • Service Orientation: Demonstrates a commitment to quality public service through statements and actions. Seeks to understand and meet and/or exceed the needs and expectations of customers. Treats customers with respect, responding to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances. 
  • Self-Management Skills: Effectively manages emotions and maintains a positive attitude. Works effectively and cooperatively with others. Treats all people with respect, courtesy, and consideration. Adheres to high ethical standards. Continuously evaluates and adapts; copes effectively with change.
  • Accountability: Accepts responsibility for actions and results. Focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals. Maintains necessary attention to detail to achieve high level performance. Deals effectively with pressure. Takes ownership of tasks and mistakes.
  • Self-Development: Adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
  • Professional Maturity: Takes initiative to accomplish stated and unstated goals.
  • Library Advocacy: Communicates the importance of library services to the public.
  • Communication Skills: Receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal and written messages and instructions, and expresses information to individuals or groups effectively.
  • Results Oriented: Plans effectively to achieve or exceed goals, sets and meets deadlines.
  • Workflow and Resource Management: Demonstrates ability to plan, prioritize, and organize.
  • Technical Proficiency: Reads, comprehends, and correctly applies all rules, regulations, and policies applicable to work assignments. Performs work with a minimum amount of supervision when necessary.
  • Problem Solving/Decision Making: Identifies, analyzes, and solves problems. Has the ability and willingness to cooperate with other employees in identifying and solving problems in order to effectively and efficiently complete assigned tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two years of college is required; a bachelor’s degree in a related field is preferred;
  • Previous customer service experience is required; at least two years of library experience is preferred;
  • Education and prior relevant work experience are equalizing factors that will be considered;
  • Holmes County residents may be given preference;  
  • Excellent computer/technical skills; Excellent communication skills;
  • Valid Mississippi Driver’s License.

Working Conditions:

A 20 hour per week position. Regular working hours are Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 5pm, and Thursday 10am – 4pm. Overtime and travel may occasionally be required to complete job duties. Employee may be required to work with minimal or general supervision. Tasks may often require standing or sitting for long periods of time. Employee may frequently exert force equivalent to lifting up to 20 pounds and/or occasionally exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 35 pounds. Though most duties will be performed in an office environment, employee may occasionally encounter environment that is dusty and/or dirty with a lack of environmental control. Must have the physical ability to climb a step stool and rolling ladder, move a book truck, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and bend. Employee may be required to work under stressful conditions, and in environments which present continuous interruptions and background noises. Employee will be required to respond appropriately to unexpected situations and scenarios.

Disclaimer:

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties, responsibilities, skills, or abilities of the job described, but are instead intended to describe the general nature of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

Additional Information:

Probationary Period: Six Months

Benefits:

  • Access to the Mississippi State and School Employees’ Life and Health Insurance Plan, a self-insured plan that provides coverage for more than 185,000 active employees, dependents, spouses and retirees.
    • Health benefits are administered by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi through the AHS State Network of physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, available exclusively only to Plan participants. BCBSMS provides participants with an online medical explanation of benefits and many other tools to manage their health care.
  • Optional supplemental employee paid insurance
  • Co-paid state retirement through the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS)
  • Annual and sick leave; other miscellaneous leave
  • Approximately 10 – 12 paid holidays per year

Starting Salary: $10,400 per year. Salary Review After Completion of One Year of Service

System Information:

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System is a tax supported public library system with thirteen branches spread throughout Attala, Leake, Holmes, Montgomery, and Winston Counties. Originally formed in 1957, the system is governed by a five member Administrative Board of Trustees, and managed by the System Executive Director. For more information, visit our website located at: www.midmisslib.com.

MMRLS Mission Statement:

The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System offers the best possible information services to the citizens of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, and Winston Counties in Central Mississippi.

The management and staff of the public library system envision the continuation of the blending of traditional public library services with the electronic information services and technologies. This blending of traditional services with new electronic services is for the enrichment of educational opportunities for all citizens.