Richland Library Edgewood Manager

Company Name: 
Richland Library
Columbia, SC
Job Description: 

Richland Library will be opening a new library in the Edgewood neighborhood in 2018, providing customers with: books and A/V materials, holds pickup, computer access, meeting rooms and space for community partners. Located at Oak Street and Elmwood Avenue, the renovated and reconfigured 7,000 square foot former retail space will transform into a vibrant library where Edgewood residents and others can learn, create and share. The manager of this location will start by working at other branches throughout the system, attending construction meetings, and making connections in the community up to opening day. The individual we are looking for is a very good communicator who understands the importance of keeping all staff on the same page, and of leading them in effectively modeling enthusiasm and commitment to the Library’s mission, values, and strategic plan. Strong technical, organizational, and problem solving skills are vital. Here are some of the things you would be doing if hired for this outstanding career opportunity: * Acting as the leader of the branch: providing the best possible example and model of excellence, both on the floor and behind-the-scenes. * Coaching, mentoring, guiding, and effectively supervising staff honestly, directly, and consistently to achieve new levels of excellence. * Engaging and managing staff, including initiating and implementing plans for employee development. * Demonstrating excellent communication skills with staff, customers, community partners, and Richland Library leadership. * Training and developing staff in areas such as exceptional customer experiences, product knowledge, collection management, and visual merchandising. * Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, and retaining a diverse and talented group of staff and volunteers. * Collaborating with other team members to develop and conduct programming that best serves the branch’s specific community. * Exploring and cultivating community partnerships; participating in local organizations, community events; acting as a Library liaison to the community. * Overseeing library operations to ensure customer experience standards; delivering an organized schedule and effective staffing. * Demonstrating ability to learn quickly and to apply new skills and knowledge easily, including technology and procedures. * Resolving complex circulation problems successfully; interpreting and communicating library policies and procedures to customers and staff. * Planning, developing, and conducting programs for and with community groups. * Representing the library at community and group meetings. * Answering directional and informational questions about the Library, including services, materials, programs, and initiatives. * Evaluating and analyzing the branch collection as part of an orderly collection development process; maintaining current collection based on customer needs. * Analyzing library statistics and budget preparation; identifying new strategies for maximizing results, and reporting this information to staff and upper management. * Providing reference, bibliographic and reader’s advisory assistance. * Developing, participating, and performing special activities and other duties as required or assigned. Please visit our website at for further details.


* A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a highly relevant field and a minimum of 2 years of documented relevant work experience, including work that would demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (for example, library, hospitality or customer service management). ALA accredited MLIS degree is preferred but not required (with MLIS degree the experience requirement may be reduced). Transcripts must be presented upon hire. * Valid driver’s license with safe driving record. * Ability to perform duties of job.

How to Apply: 

APPLY IMMEDIATELY at No deadline is presently established for this Vacancy. Applications are being accepted now. When a deadline is determined, the deadline will be announced 24 hours in advance on the Library’s website. Please do not send your resume/cover letter separately; only materials submitted through our online system are reviewed. All applicants must submit an online employment application using our online system. In addition to the online application, you may also attach your resume and/or cover letter; but the resume and/or cover letter will not be acceptable as an alternative to completing the online application fully. Keep in mind that if you are applying for multiple positions, you will need to submit an application for each position.