Branch Manager, Librarian 1, Newark Public Library, Vailsburg Branch (Newark)

The Newark Public Library is accepting applications for Manager of the Vailsburg Branch. We are seeking a dynamic individual with experience in Children’s services and leadership qualities to manage the Vailsburg Branch in the West Ward section of Newark. The Vailsburg Branch is located near the following areas East Orange, South Orange, Maplewood and Irvington and serves a diverse clientele. The Manager oversees all aspects of branch services and works closely with the Supervisor of Branch Services, other branch managers, and Library management.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Supervising the staff and operations of a branch within a library system.
  • Providing designated staff with appropriate assignments and instructions for their completion.
  • Scheduling staff to cover public service desks, shelve materials, and perform other duties.
  • Monitoring the physical condition and security of the branch facility.
  • Evaluating employee performance and conduct.
  • Providing and modeling excellent customer service.
  • Answering reference questions of varying difficulty and explaining the use and availability of reference sources in all appropriate formats. 
  • Assisting and/or instructing patrons and staff in the effective use of electronic resources for finding information.
  • Planning and facilitating library programs.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective relationships with community organizations, schools, and the public. 
  • Planning and providing outreach activities to schools and community organizations.
  • Selecting books and other library materials for collections.
  • Reviewing collections to develop or discard/discontinue as needed.
  • Preparing clear, accurate, and informative narrative and statistical reports. 
  • Maintaining files and records including employee time cards. 

REQUIREMENTS: A Master's degree in Library or Information Sciences in a library program and a New Jersey Professional Librarian’s Certificate. Candidates should have at least two years of library experience demonstrating a progression of increasing responsibility. Supervisory experience is preferred. Experience working with children, young adults and their families is an asset. The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication skills, a commitment to public service and customer satisfaction, and knowledge of reference sources and collection development practices and methods. 

This position requires New Jersey residency: N.J.S.A. 52:14-7 (L. 2011, Chapter 70). 

Job Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Equal Opportunity Employer
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Job Focus: 
SCHEDULE AND SALARY: This is a full time 35 hour per week position with 20 vacation days per year. The schedule includes one evening per week and every other Saturday. Minimum salary is $52,819.
How To Apply:: 

Leslie J. Colson
Assistant Director for Human Resources
Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
P.O. Box 630
Newark, NJ 07102