NOTE: Washington Square Branch Library will be CLOSED June 21-24 for repair. Normal open hours at all other locations.

Jobs at the Library

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The library accepts online applications only. If you require assistance or an accommodation to complete the application process, please call Human Resources at 269-553-7931. The library does not accept unsolicited resumes. You may apply for a specific job posting or for a position for which there is a continuous recruitment process (such as Library Aide).

An Equal Opportunity Employer

Equal Employment Opportunity is a fundamental principle at the Kalamazoo Public Library, where employment opportunities, development and advancement are based on job qualifications without discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, height, weight, familial status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Kalamazoo Public Library’s commitment to equal opportunity is applied to all personnel policies and practices, including but not limited to, recruitment and hiring, training, promotion , transfer, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination as well as social and recreational activities. The library will make reasonable accommodations for employees and job applicants with disabilities.

The library respects the diversity that exists within our community and among our employees and strives to maintain a workplace culture based on inclusiveness where respect, equity and positive recognition of differences are cultivated.

Tips for Applicants

  1. You will need to have a valid email address. You will be asked to create a username and password when registering on the application website.
  2. Read the job posting carefully before you complete your application. Note the minimum qualifications, schedule requirements, physical demands and work environment.
  3. Provide details of your work history. Provide descriptions of duties and responsibilities.
  4. Fill out the application completely. Make sure you have everything you need to know with you: dates of previous employment, names and addresses of previous employers, supervisor’s name and contact information. Demonstrate in your application why you are qualified for this position.
  5. Read and follow instructions carefully. Ensure that you complete all application requirements listed on the job posting. Incomplete applications may not be accepted.
  6. Submit materials electronically. You will have the ability to add your resume and cover letter to your application.
  7. Read the attestation carefully before signing and submitting your application.



Current Job Listings

Marketing and Communications Library Assistant - 20 hours

Position Summary: Responsible for providing support for the Marketing and Communications department under the direct supervision of the Marketing and Communications Manager. Duties to include oversight and content population of all Kalamazoo Public Library social media platforms, as well as administrative duties which support the work of the department including maintenance and inventory of marketing supplies and publications, proofing and editing and other duties as assigned.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Provides oversight of and populates content for all KPL social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Snapchat.
2. Provides proofing and editing assistance on MAC materials (printed, electronic) as assigned.
3. Maintains communication with branch library leads and services requests for MAC materials and distribution of monthly publications via interoffice shipments.
4. Inventories and maintains MAC supplies; ensures proper organization of the MAC storage area.
5. Provides assistance with posting and monitoring digital postings of library events at all KPL locations.
6. Coordinates the placement and distribution of materials for the public information displays throughout the system; handles requests from the public for postings materials and ensures proper timing of all internal and external postings.
7. Populates KPL programs and events to Local Hop calendar quarterly.
8. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees, and training opportunities.
9. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Previous experience in social media coordination, communications, marketing support, customer service or related area.
• Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook programs with general knowledge of electronic file management.
• Demonstrated evidence of strong organizational ability.
• Demonstrated evidence of strong project management ability.
• Demonstrated evidence of strong writing, proofing, and editing ability.

Desirable Qualifications

• Previous experience as a social media coordinator.
• Previous experience as a marketing assistant.
• Previous experience utilizing a content management system.

Physical demands and work environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various office equipment. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop and crouch.

• The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 60 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus 

• Work environment: 95-100% of work is performed within an office environment.

Position:  Part-time, non-exempt.

Salary:  $17,683.50 annually; Pro-rated health insurance, fully paid dental, vision, and life insurance; fully paid retirement; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

A current application, cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Follow the Submit an Online Application for Employment link at the top of this page.

Deadline for applications: Friday, June 15, 2018



Professional Substitute Librarian

Please Note: Applications for this position are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Position Summary: Responsible for duties that support reference and reader’s advisory services at children’s, teen and adult public service desks.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assists patrons at adult public service desks: helps locate materials; answers reference and reader’s advisory questions; instructs patrons in use of all library resources.

Minimum Qualifications

1. Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library school with coursework pertaining to public libraries.
2. Basic knowledge of library operations

Physical demands and work environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to travel independently within the office and patron areas of the library and in the communities served. In the work environments described below, the position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 25 pounds, and use of hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The position occasionally requires standing, walking, sitting and speaking for extended periods of time. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision.

• Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, library spaces, and in the communities served. Some local travel outside the library is required. While performing the duties of this job outside of the library environment, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Schedule:  Days, evenings and weekends as needed.

Salary:  $18.25 per hour