Supervising Librarian – Youth Services

September 3, 2023
Mount Vernon, WA
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Mount Vernon City Library is recruiting enthusiastic and motivated individuals who are excited about working for a vibrant and thriving City and Library. We are currently looking for a a Librarian to help with day-to-day operations on a full-time basis. Librarians work with the public to provide excellent library services at Mount Vernon City Library.

Under general supervision, the Supervising Librarian oversees all operational activities, services, and staff performance to include hiring, supervising, evaluating, and training. Provides general assistance to all Library patrons.
Essential Functions
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provides reference assistance and advanced reader's advisory to Library patrons both in person and via phone and email; assists patrons with using library technology, locating materials, conducting research, accessing accounts, and checking in and out materials.
  • Develops and maintains assigned materials collections; weeds collection materials and evaluates donations; researches book reviews and patron requests; orders new materials; catalogs materials for checkout.
  • Serves on Library management team; assists with resolving staff and patron issues, complaints, and conflicts; enforces Library policies.
  • Plans, prepares, schedules, and presents assigned programs; evaluates programs and activities and makes adjustments as needed; with a focus on STEAM, early literacy and family connections.
  • Creates marketing and promotional materials for assigned programs; updates the Library website with program information; suggests materials for social media posts.
  • Manages assigned program budget and materials; orders print materials, program and operating supplies, and furniture.
  • Onboards, trains and manages assigned Library staff and volunteers.
  • Participates in staff and professional development via meetings, workshops, training programs, and conferences.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Preference may be given to bilingual candidates, particularly in Spanish/English.

Education, Training, and Experience Guidelines
Master's Degree in Library and Information Science AND three (3) years of progressively responsible library related experience; OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Applicable local, State, and Federal laws, codes, regulations, and ordinances.
  • General office policies, procedures, and equipment.
  • Customer service principles, practices, and etiquette.
  • Records maintenance and retention policies and procedures.
  • Modern library systems, principles, and practices.
  • Research methods and information resources.
  • Modern library equipment and software.
  • Supervisory principles and practices.
  • Budget management and implementation.
  • Library collection and materials management practices and methods.
  • Dewey Decimal system and diverse collection development.

Skill in:

  • Identifying and researching customer needs.
  • Researching, planning, coordinating, and evaluating programming, services, and events.
  • Maintaining accurate records and filing systems.
  • Providing effective supervision, leadership, and direction to assigned staff.
  • Monitoring and implementing programs and services within budgetary constraints.
  • Researching and developing an assigned library collection.
  • Interacting tactfully and professionally with City staff, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Organizing and prioritizing tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Completing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Typing and entering data with speed and accuracy.
  • Preparing clear and concise communications, reports, and technical documents.
  • Analyzing complex issues and implementing appropriate responses.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurances
  • Life Insurance policy
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Department of Retirement Systems Retirement Plan
  • Paid vacation, holidays and sick leave
  • Gym Membership reimbursement
  • Deferred Compensation (voluntary)

Interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume with their application. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm on Sunday, September 17, 2023. For additional information, or a complete job description, please contact Human Resources at .

The City of Mount Vernon provides and enforces a drug free workplace

and maintains a smoke free work environment.

The City of Mount Vernon is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurances
  • Life Insurance policy
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Department of Retirement Systems Retirement Plan
  • Paid vacation, holidays and sick leave.
  • Gym Membership reimbursement.
  • Deferred Compensation (voluntary)

Closing Date/Time: 9/17/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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