Job Opportunities

Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services Dept (Posted February 15, 2017)

Description:

Under supervision of the Associate Director, the Supervising Librarian is responsible for the development and coordination of Children’s Services within Piscataway Public Library, including on-site library service at the Kennedy and Westergard Branches, virtual service via the Library’s web site and other online platforms, and outreach services at various community locations.

Responsibilities:

  • Supervising Children’s Department staff, including scheduling, training, mentoring, and assigning tasks to department personnel, maintaining staff morale, and reviewing workflow and procedures to ensure maximum quality and efficiency.
  • Providing timely and objective feedback to Children’s Department staff.
  • Coordinating collection development within the department for all formats in response to community needs, and participating in ordering specific print and non-print collections.
  • Planning, coordinating, and participating in the development and execution of a variety of programs for children both in-house and at outreach sites.
  • Developing long and short-term goals related to Children’s Services as a standing member of the strategic planning committee.
  • Submitting monthly and annual reports on the progress of objectives, reference and programming statistics, and trends in the department.
  • Preparing and justifying the annual budget request to be consistent with strategic planning objectives.
  • Setting budget priorities and monitoring expenditures within the Children’s Department.
  • Working with appropriate library staff to seek and implement grant funding for both new and continuing projects related to Children’s Services.
  • Liaising with elementary schools and relevant community organizations.

 

Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited program.
  • NJ Professional Librarian’s certificate issued by the NJ Department of Education
  • At least two years of post MLS experience in the specialized field of Children’s Services
  • Demonstrated experience in the following areas: flexibility, initiative, teamwork and customer service
  • Ability to communicate clearly, courteously and effectively with library patrons and staff
  • Continuing education to update professional skills via workshops and online webinars
  • Active participation in professional library associations

About Piscataway Public Library:

Piscataway Township is located in Middlesex County, across the river from the Rutgers University New Brunswick campus, and near the center of Einstein’s Alley - central New Jersey’s research and technology corridor. Boasting a richly diverse population of over 58,000, Piscataway is the home of several large corporate residents, including Johnson & Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, and IEEE. Piscataway was recently ranked among the top ten most diverse towns in New Jersey, with significant non-white populations including African-American (20%), Asian (36%), and Hispanic (12%).

Piscataway Public Library is a statewide leader in public library service, and was recently voted one of the 2016 “Best of the Best” libraries in Middlesex County. With a documented history of providing pioneering programs and services, Piscataway Public Library is an organization that nurtures leadership and innovation.

Schedule:

The schedule for this position is 35 hours per week, including a regular evening, and some Saturday and Sunday coverage on a rotating basis.

Compensation:

This is a full-time salaried exempt level position. Annual salary is $74,636. Piscataway Public Library offers an excellent benefits package including generous paid leave, health and dental, PERS, and a commitment to staff training and development.

Notices:

Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicant must comply with the "New Jersey First Act".

To Apply:

Email your cover letter and resume to jobapplications@piscatawaylibrary.org and include Supervising Librarian in the Subject Line. Applications will not be considered after March 10.


Page (Part-time), User Services Department, (posted 2/7/17; open until filled)

Under supervision, performs routine, repetitive tasks associated primarily with the sorting and shelving of books, media, and other library materials.

Hours: Approximately 7-14 hours per week, including some evening and weekend hours

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Shelving library materials and arranging in proper order; maintaining general orderliness of shelves and other public areas; emptying internal and external book drops; collection merchandising for some displays

Minimum Qualifications: Ability to sort alphabetically and numerically; ability to understand, remember, and carry out oral and written directions; ability to communicate courteously and clearly with customers and staff

Physical Requirements: Ability to stoop, crouch, reach and walk in the provision of library services; dexterity to handle books and other library materials; ability to read printed material; ability to carry light loads and/or push a book cart; ability to stand for extended lengths of time

Salary: $8.94 per hour

To Apply: You must come into Kennedy or Westergard Library to fill out and submit a print job application.

All Piscataway Township employees over 18 are required to have a criminal background check and drug screening, and hiring is contingent on a clean record. All Piscataway Township employees under 18 require working papers.

Piscataway Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Lead Maker Coach , Kennedy and Westergard Libraries (posted 2/9/17; open until filled)

This position is a temporary part-time grant funded 2017 summer position, which will last six weeks from Wednesday, June 28th through Friday, August 4th. The position is scheduled for 14 hours per week. Programming days will be Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:30am-4:30pm (11 hours), with project a preparation day (3 hours) TBD. Projects will take place at both of our branches. You will work directly with the Junior Maker Coach (JMC) and Summer of MAKE project team. Information about each of the projects will be provided to candidates asked to interview.

Salary : $25 per hour

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Provide design process/based instruction for craft, technical or building projects.
  • Create an environment for learners to arrive at their own conclusions.
  • Model, scaffold and coach hands-on projects.
  • Manage facilities to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
  • Secure and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Incorporate 21st century skills of problem solving, collaboration, and teamwork to encourage innovation and creativity.
  • Design, develop or refine project plans for the appropriate grade level class including learner-centered activities, resources/materials and opportunities for reflection.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills :

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred, but consideration will be given to individuals with at least 24 credit hours completed towards a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Demonstrated experience with technical, craft and/or building projects.
  • Basic knowledge of engineering/design process.
  • Experience working with youth in instructional setting i.e. classroom, club, camp.
  • Experience with facilitating a learning environment for minimum group of 10 students.
  • Working knowledge of a variety of “making” platforms i.e. electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, sewing, physical computing, and craft mediums such as wood, metal and textiles OR curiosity and commitment to developing such skills is desirable.
  • Working knowledge of tools and equipment specific to program projects.
  • Well-developed communication skills both written and oral. Strong planning, project and time management skills to effectively run program and oversee hands-on student projects. Well-developed interpersonal skills to work effectively with diverse student, staff and volunteer participants.

All Piscataway Township employees over 18 are required to have a criminal background check and drug screening, and hiring is contingent on a clean record.  Must have ability to travel to both branches of the Piscataway Public Library

To Apply : Submit a brief cover letter and resume to Doug Baldwin at dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org. Use the subject “Lead Maker Coach” in the subject line. Please also refer any questions or inquiries to this email. No phone calls please.


Junior Maker Coach , Kennedy and Westergard Libraries (posted 2/9/17; open until filled)

This position is a temporary part-time grant funded 2017 summer position, which will last six weeks from Wednesday, June 28th through Friday, August 4th. The position is scheduled for 10 hours per week. Programming days will be Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am-4:30pm. Projects will take place at both of our branches. You will work directly with the Lead Maker Coach (LMC) and Summer of MAKE project team. Information about each of the projects will be provided to candidates asked to interview.

Salary : $15 per hour

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Support LMC in design process/based instruction for craft, technical or building projects.
  • Create an environment for learners to arrive at their own conclusions.
  • Model, scaffold and coach hands-on projects.
  • Assist LMC to design, develop or refine project plans for the appropriate grade level class including learner-centered activities, resources/materials and opportunities for reflection.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills

  • High School diploma preferred, but consideration will be given to individuals who have completed at least their sophomore year of high school.
  • Demonstrated experience with technical, craft and/or building projects.
  • Basic knowledge of engineering/design process.
  • Experience working with youth in instructional setting i.e. classroom, club, camp.
  • Experience with facilitating or assisting in a learning environment for minimum group of 10 students.
  • Some working knowledge of a variety of “making” platforms i.e. electronics, robotics, 3-D printing, sewing, physical computing, and craft mediums such as wood, metal and textiles OR curiosity and commitment to developing such skills is desirable.
  • Some knowledge of tools and equipment specific to program projects.
  • Well-developed communication skills both written and oral.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills to work effectively with diverse student, staff and volunteer participants.

All Piscataway Township employees over 18 are required to have a criminal background check and drug screening, and hiring is contingent on a clean record.  Must have ability to travel to both branches of the Piscataway Public Library

To Apply : Submit a brief cover letter and resume to Doug Baldwin at dbaldwin@piscatawaylibrary.org. Use the subject “Junior Maker Coach” in the subject line. Please also refer any questions or inquiries to this email. No phone calls please.