Programming & Outreach Librarian

Date Posted: 11/02/2021

Department: Library

Compensation: $43,716

Hours: Full-time

Deadline: Open until filled

Position Objectives


Under the direction of Library Director, the Programming & Outreach Librarian supports the McDowell County Public Library’s mission of ensuring the community's access to free ideas, information, and enrichment by coordinating the library’s programming and outreach services. The position requires considerable judgment and initiative in overseeing these services both within the library and the community.


The successful candidate will they will be able to demonstrate strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills needed to lead a team of creative and engaged staff members and successfully work together with other library departments.  They will also demonstrate the skills needed to manage the logistics of our Program and Outreach Department; including scheduling outreach and in-house programming, as well as coordinating marketing and publicity. Finally, they will have some familiarity with the process of conducting and managing a community needs-assessment and facilitating community conversations on a cyclical basis.

Hours vary, some evenings and Saturdays may be required


Duties and Responsibilities

Illustrative Examples of Work

Programming and Outreach


Customer Service

Collection Development



Minimum Requirements

Knowledge, skills and abilities: Ability to plan, coordinate and direct work.  Ability to relate tactfully and courteously with the public and to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.  Strong written, verbal, and technology skills.  Demonstrate emotional intelligence and ability to work through difficult situations. Experience using PLA’s Project Outcome to evaluate services.


Qualifications: Master of Library Science from ALA accredited school, required.  At least three years of public library experience, experience leading and providing library programs, and some supervisory experience.  Demonstrated ability to provide virtual programming is preferred.


Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee may frequently perform these actions:  Stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers to handle books, paper, technology, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Desirable Training and Experience


Hours vary, some evenings and Saturdays may be required


Benefits after 90 days: 

Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance 

Membership in the Local Government Retirement System- lifetime pension if an employee retires from a Local Government position

Supplemental retirement 401k/457 - 2% of the employee's salary contributed by McDowell County each pay period. 

Sick and vacation


Holiday pay begins immediately  

How to Apply

Pre-employment drug screening and background check is required. 


Applications will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement. No additional information will be solicited by McDowell County; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training and experience. 


McDowell County is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the County to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, political affiliation or nationalorigin. The County will interactively work with disabled applicants and employees to identify reasonable accommodations that will allow the individual to perform essential job functions. 


McDowell County participates in E-Verify. 


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