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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.

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Current Job Listings

 

ONEplace@kpl Director

Position Summary: Responsible for the management of operations and service delivery of ONEplace under the direction of the Head of Adult Services. Responsible for leading the development and implementation of a wide range of services in support of local nonprofit organizations to include workshops and training seminars, networking opportunities, and advisory services. This position is responsible for monitoring agency budgets and planning for fund development and sustainability.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversees service delivery and operations of ONEplace: establishes service objectives; develops procedures; monitors budgets; organizes space for efficiency and client convenience
  2. Leads development of a wide range of services for NPOs: maps local resources available to NPOs, including training opportunities; establishes standards and develops roster of qualified consultants; gathers field data and best-practice information.
  3. Plans and conducts workshops and training seminars to address areas of greatest need and fill gaps in existing resources: recruits presenters; participates in content development; oversees on-site arrangements; presents trainings in areas of expertise.
  4. Leads staff team assigned to ONEplace: hires, trains, supervises, evaluates ONEplace staff; establishes staffing patterns, duties and workflow; fosters a supportive team environment.
  5. Conducts one-on-one and small-group sessions for NPO constituents to analyze needs, introduce resources and determine best course of action.
  6. Provides referral services to connect NPOs to local resources for specific and/or ongoing guidance/mentoring, consulting, or training opportunities.
  7. Collaborates with library staff to develop a robust web presence for the ONEplace: participates in site design process; identifies, evaluates and categorizes relevant web-links; helps develop web content; blogs regularly.
  8. Works with ONEplace staff to produce communication tools, such as informational brochures, electronic newsletters and grant-alerts for distribution to local NPOs.
  9. Establishes ongoing dialogue with local NPOs to assess capacity-building needs, identify service gaps, seek input and encourage feedback regarding ONEplace’s services, insure relevance and gauge client satisfaction.
  10. Convenes and leads targeted advisory teams to help guide ONEplace; recruits stakeholders from organizations that serve NPOs, local foundations, allied educational programs and representative NPOs.
  11. Develops evaluation strategies, assessment tools and tracking systems to measure use, visibility, quality and effectiveness of all services offered by ONEplace; compiles evaluation data and prepares reports as needed; employs evaluation results to refine services, as appropriate.
  12. Works with library administration and funders to develop strategies to ensure long-term sustainability. Develops grant proposals, administers grants, provides periodic reports to funders.
  13. Consults with librarians to develop collection of nonprofit resources that address capacity-building needs, e.g. books, journals, databases, directories, indexes, manuals.
  14. Represents KPL in relevant community initiatives, coalitions and collaborations; builds and/or maintains affiliations with a variety of local organizations; promotes services through external presentations and other outreach activities.
  15. Participates in departmental meetings, library-wide committees and other staff activities and performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master’s degree in Public Administration, Counseling, Education, Organizational Development, Management, or a related field.
  2. A minimum of five years experience working in the nonprofit sector in progressive leadership roles.
  3. Experience in program development, evaluation and adult education.
  4. Grant proposal writing and grant administration experience.
  5. Board and nonprofit volunteer experience.
  6. Familiarity with organizations, institutions and community networks in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Salary: $54,215 - $72,215 annually. Comprehensive benefits package includes health insurance with employee contribution; fully paid dental, vision, LTD and life insurance; fully paid retirement; vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

Position Type: Full-time/Regular

Application procedure:
Interested applicants must submit a complete a KPL job application, resume, cover letter and two current writing samples that may include published professional article, successful grant proposal, training materials, and/or blog series on nonprofit subjects. 

Submit your application via the Online Application for Employment link at the top of this page.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, October 11, 2017


 

Videography/Photography Intern

Position Summary: Do you love making movies? Are you passionate about telling stories through video and still imagery? Kalamazoo Public Library has an available internship position responsible for providing video and photographic support for Marketing & Communications initiatives under the direct supervision of the Marketing & Communications Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Shoots, edits, and produces multi-camera event videos: Instructional, informational and promotional
videos incorporating screen captures, original camera work, still photos and other media.
2. Edit, stylize and archive original photographic still imagery for multiple project use.
3. Upload event videos for public viewing on KPL website, social media and/or YouTube channel.

Minimum Qualifications

• Currently enrolled in a college degree program in film, videography, marketing, or related field.
• Demonstrated working knowledge of Mac OS and various multi-platform, video-editing software.
• Ability to work with various media file types (E.g., SD/HD; MOV; JPEG; PSD; etc.).
• Evidence of excellent attendance, punctuality and dependability.
• Ability to work independently while maintaining deadlines.
• Excellent communication skills and showcase an ability to conduct on-camera interviews.
• Willingness and ability to transport self to specified locations in Kalamazoo County.

Desirable Qualifications

• Basic HTML knowledge.
• Educated in multiple time-based media environments.
• Strong photo-editing skills.

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 required to travel independently within the office and patron areas of the library and in the communities served. This position requires verbal and written conversation with others, sitting, standing, walking, reaching, lifting/moving objects up to 30 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 select community locations. Some local travel outside the library is required. While performing the duties of this position 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.

 

Salary: $12.00 per hour

Schedule:  20-25 hours weekly. Flexible schedule Monday – Friday with required availability on Fridays.

A current application, cover letter and resume is required for consideration. Follow the “Submit an Online Application” link at the top of this page to apply.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 


 

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

 


Library Aide

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

Position Summary: Library aides are instrumental to our library as they work to ensure that materials, media and music are available for our patrons, assist patrons at our public service desks and support the smooth operation of many service areas within our facilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist patrons at the public desks.
• Monitor public areas.
• Instruct patrons on library policy and use of equipment.
• Enter information into databases.
• Perform clerical tasks.
• Discharge and shelve materials.
• Assist with programming as requested.
• Support other branch locations as needed.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Ability to communicate clearly with patrons, co-workers and supervisors.
• Ability to follow library policies and procedures, as they relate to issuing library cards, checking out items, and collecting fines and fees.
• Demonstration of excellent customer service skills.
• Ability to work well with diverse populations.
• Evidence of excellent attendance, punctuality and dependability.
• Demonstrated basic proficiency in Microsoft Word and Outlook.

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 required to travel independently within all areas of the library facilities. In the work environment, described below the position requires verbal and written communication with others, sitting, standing, walking; use hands to finger, handle or feel tools, objects or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 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: Work will be performed in an office environment and within library spaces. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Schedule:  12-16 hours weekly including evenings and rotating weekends.

Salary:  $9.25 - $11.30 per hour