Branch Manager (Divoll)


St. Louis Public Library is seeking a Neighborhood Branch Manager with leadership and supervisory experience to join our management team. This position will play a critical role in shaping the future of the library. Our ideal candidate is someone who is innovative and can engage with the Library’s service community. Our primary mission is to serve as a progressive and customer-centered public library providing vital services to the people of St. Louis. This position provides direct supervision of staff at a Neighborhood Branch as well as directing outreach activities for this service region. The role will require high-level decision-making in regards to customer service, staffing, and effective outreach. 

In this role you will: 

  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of a busy urban neighborhood library branch. 
  • Motivate and coach staff through effective communication and embracing change. 
  • Form strong relationships with community partners and implement effective outreach programs to meet the needs of the service community.
  • Work with librarians and managers system-wide to develop and execute strong public services. 
  • Assist in the development of system policies and strategic plans. 

You will need to be: 

  • Friendly, outgoing, and able to build relationships at all levels. 
  • Strategic about engaging staff to meet and exceed library goals. 
  • Ability to assign, supervise, and evaluate employee work to ensure effective branch operations.  
  • Ability to resolve conflict and implement change.
  • Able to see the big picture and promote system-wide consistency and excellence of service. 
  • Capable of effectively presenting information to executive management and public groups. 
  • Flexible, positive, and willing to work with customers and staff to successfully resolve problems. 

You will need to have: 

  • A Bachelor's Degree; or a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited university; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Two years of supervisory experience.
  • Ability to supervise, train, and motivate staff.  Must possess a high level of public service to Library customers.
  • Strong communication, writing, and speaking skills. 

You will earn: 

  • Competitive salary range starting at $54,100/year 
  • Medical, dental and life insurance 
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and sick days 
  • Pension plan through the Employees Retirement System of the City of St. Louis 
  • Professional development opportunities

About SLPL:
St. Louis Public Library is a true urban library, representing the historic center of the St. Louis region: the City of St. Louis. With its roots in the mid-1800s, St. Louis Public Library has a long history of innovation and service, a large and historic collection including rare books and extensive special collections, and a diverse and dedicated staff. Our technology is a major resource throughout the City and beyond, and the Library makes an enormous investment in technology annually to keep them state of the art. We operate 17 locations in a relatively small city of 61 square miles. These range from the magnificent Central Library – one of the world’s great public libraries – to regional and neighborhood libraries that vary in size and design but are centerpieces in their communities. St. Louis was an early, passionate supporter of library services to children, and that remains a core value and mission. Outreach into our varied communities, marketing the Library’s remarkable strengths, and working with civic and cultural partners to benefit St. Louisans are all closely held values and goals at the Library. 

About Divoll Branch: 

  • The Divoll Branch first opened at 1100 Farrar Street in 1910. The library later moved to its present location at 4234 North Grand Boulevard, opening in 1967 and remodeled in 1998.  
  • 8,000 square feet 
  • Collection size approximation is 18,055 (includes juvenile and adult)
  • 1 Public meeting room

About the neighborhood:
The Divoll Branch, located in the Fairground Neighborhood, was named in honor of Ira Divoll, the "Father of the St. Louis Public Library.” The Fairgrounds Neighborhood received its name as a result of the many fairs held at present day Fairgrounds Park; the last fair was held in 1902. The City eventually bought the grounds for $700,000 for use as a park, which was dedicated in 1909. The Divoll Branch is located near the Grand Avenue Water Tower, which was built in 1870 and recently received a fresh coat of paint during a neighborhood cleanup. Also called “The White Water Tower,” it is the tallest free-standing Corinthian column in the world. The Fairgrounds Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (FNRO) began meeting at the Divoll Branch in 2013, establishing nonprofit status and a community garden in 2014. The Divoll Branch of the St. Louis Public Library has been a community anchor for residents and a meeting place for community groups. 

To apply:
If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, please apply to https://www.slpl.org/slpl-employment-application/ and attach your resume and cover letter.

 

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