The Library is Hiring

The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library in Sewell, NJ seeks applicants for a Youth Services Librarian. The Youth Services Librarian is responsible for managing all youth services operations, including staff supervision, programming, collection development, readers’ advisory, reference services, and outreach. As a part of the library director’s management team, the Youth Services Librarian is responsible for collaborating with other library supervisors and departments, assisting with the revision of library policies and procedures relevant to youth services, and performing other duties as assigned.
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Applicant must have proven managerial and organizational skills, the ability to work independently, and a strong knowledge of children’s library services. Applicant must also have the capability to supervise others and have a thorough knowledge of personnel management. Knowledge of modern technology functions is necessary.
The ideal candidate will have five years of experience as a professional librarian working with children, preferably in a public library. The ideal candidate will also have at least two years of prior supervisory experience. It is essential that the Youth Services Librarian is able to tactfully lead and motivate others and is a strong role model who can prioritize duties in a changing environment. The person in this position must love working with people, especially children, and must be energetic with a passion for providing excellent customer service in a public library setting. The ideal candidate will have a thorough knowledge of children’s literature and the developmental stages of youth.

This position requires a graduate degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited program or a NJ State Professional Librarian’s Certificate. This is a full-time position of 35 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends. The salary range for this position is $53,000 — $68,000 and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The library provides excellent benefits. Full time employees must enroll in the NJ pension system.

The selected candidate, if not a New Jersey resident, will be required to establish New Jersey residency within a year of appointment in accordance with the New Jersey First Act. Priority will be given to applications received by January 20th, 2019. To apply, send a resumé, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Sheila Mikkelson, Library Director, at

The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library is the municipal library for residents of Washington Township in Gloucester County. The library celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2016. The library is located in a 20,000 square foot building that was renovated in 2010. The children’s library department includes an ample collection of youth materials, seven public access computers, an enclosed story time room, and a public service desk that is staffed during all library hours. The library’s 2019 operating budget is approximately $1.6 million. The library has a strong history of excellent services to youth and strives to continue this tradition.

Only candidates of interest will be contacted.

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