Job Opportunities

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FULLTIME

The Piscataway Public Library (NJ) Board of Trustees is seeking an Executive Director to lead an award winning public library, with an award winning staff to continue to serve our diverse community of over 56,000. Under the control of the Library Board of Trustees, the Executive Director manages and directs the operations of the Library according to the policies established by the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for providing professional expertise appropriate to the needs and desires of residents in the Township.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

  • Organizes and administers the library system by:
    • Knowing local, state, and national laws affecting libraries
    • Preparing for and attending Library Board meetings
    • Formulating and recommending policy to the trustees
    • Interpreting and implementing policies as adopted by the trustees
    • Reviewing library policies, procedures and practices
    • Preparing narrative and statistical reports
    • Coordinating and developing the strategic planning process designed to meet the needs of the community
    • Maintaining all records and reports required by law
    • Structuring the library effectively and efficiently
    • Conducting regularly scheduled staff meetings that foster open communication and staff input in the decision-making process
    • Delegating authority and responsibility to appropriate staff
  • Manages all financial aspects of library operations by: 
    • Preparing the annual operating, salary & wage, and capital budget requests that reflect the library's mission, goals, and objectives
    • Monitoring library income and expenses during the year
    • Keeping the Board informed of the progress of the budget during the year
    • Participating in cooperative library organizations, networking, shared grants, group discounts, etc. to provide enhanced services Investigating additional sources of funding and/or income
  • Manages library facilities by:
    • Utilizing the library facilities effectively and efficiently
    • Providing for adequate safety and security of all library property
    • Communicating information regarding library facilities and personnel to the proper sources
    • Maintaining open communication and a good working relationship with appropriate township personnel
    • Maintaining proper custodial care of library facilities
    • Planning and budgeting for maintenance and repairs
  • Fosters a positive public image of the library by:
    • Planning for programs, with input from the public, to foster good community relations
    • Establishing and maintaining effective work relationships with Township officials, Friends of the Library, school groups, and community organizations
    • Representing the library in local, state, and national professional organizations and other community based organizations
    • Creating an environment that welcomes diversity and promotes literacy, community engagement and opportunity.
    • Promoting intellectual freedom, equal access to information, and upholding confidentiality laws
  • Manages personnel effectively and appropriately
    • Screening and interviewing candidates for all positions, participating in the selection of library personnel, following equal opportunity guidelines
    • Participates in the orientation and mentoring of new library personnel
    • Administering staff personnel policies in a positive, consistent, and responsive manner
    • Providing staff with support and leadership, encouraging professional growth and development and recognizing accomplishments
    • Creating a culture that promotes positive change and a climate for excellence Maintaining a systematic program of employee supervision and performance evaluation
    • Maintaining a safe and inclusive workplace for staff
  • Ability to analyze, comprehend and use current approved public library standards, methods and techniques.
  • Demonstrates leadership, initiative, and creativity
  • Maintains high standards of ethics and integrity in all professional matters

REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION

  • Masters Degree in Library Service from an ALA accredited program
  • Professional Librarian's certificate issued by the NJ Department of Education
  • Seven years of post MLS experience, at least three of which shall have been in the on an administrative level
  • Thorough knowledge of theories, principles and techniques of librarianship
  • Current knowledge of library administration, management techniques, library trends and innovations
  • Continuing education to update professional and personal skills via courses and seminars, professional journals and professional library associations
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and informative statistical and technical reports
  • Ability to communicate clearly, courteously, and effectively with the Library Board, employees, customers, township employees, and groups outside the Library both verbally and in written format.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: light work

  • The ability to stand, sit, walk, and stoop
  • The ability to handle, reach for and carry materials up to 20 lbs.
  • Dexterity to operate keyboards and other office equipment
  • Visual acuity to read print and computer screens
  • Vocal ability to communicate clearly and courteously
  • Hearing to perceive information at normal spoken word levels
  • The ability to travel between libraries, municipal buildings, and to attend meetings in other locations

SCHEDULE

The Executive Director position is a full time exempt management level position, including 35 scheduled hours including the ability to work evening, weekend, and rotating hours as needed.

COMPENSATION

The annual salary is: $108,749.00. Piscataway Public Library offers a competitive benefits package including generous paid leave, medical insurance, PERS, and a commitment to training and staff development.

NOTICES

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

TO APPLY

Applications may be submitted until the close of the application process on March 31, 2018. Apply by submitting a resume, cover letter and three references to PiscSearch@lmxac.org


Lead Maker Coach

The Piscataway Public Library (500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ) is looking for an individual who is part artist, part instructor and part collaborator. Someone who is passionate about tinkering and understands the concept of “learning by doing”. This is a unique opportunity to work with youth of a variety of ages from 11-18, while also facilitating fun, interesting and challenging projects with them in our MiY : Make it Yourself Makerspace. This position is a temporary part-time grant funded 2018 summer position, which will last six weeks from Wednesday, June 27th through Friday, August 10th. The position is scheduled for 21 hours per week. Programming days will be Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am-5pm (14 hours), with a project preparation day (7 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.

Pay rate for this position is $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.

Additional Considerations

  • Township employees over 18 are required to complete a background check and drug screening.
  • Ability to travel to both branches of the Piscataway Public Library

​Interested candidates should send 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

The Piscataway Public Library (500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ) is looking for an individual who is part artist, part instructor and part collaborator. Someone who is passionate about tinkering and understands the concept of “learning by doing”. This is a unique opportunity to work with youth of a variety of ages from 11-18, while also facilitating fun, interesting and challenging projects with them in our MiY : Make it Yourself Makerspace. This position is a temporary part-time grant funded 2018 summer position, which will last six weeks from Wednesday, June 27th through Friday, August 10th. The position is scheduled for 19 hours per week. Programming days will be Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-4:30pm (12 hours) with a project preparation day (7 hours) TBD. 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.

Pay rate for this position is $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.

Additional Considerations

  • Township employees over 18 are required to complete a background check and drug screening.
  • Ability to travel to both branches of the Piscataway Public Library ​ ​

Interested candidates should send 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