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Full-time Youth Services Associate – Bedford Central Library

The Bedford Public Library is seeking a friendly, patient, public service oriented individual to work in the youth department at Bedford Central Library. The ability to respectfully work with groups of children and young adults and lead children’s programs is required. This position may be required to travel to various BPLS branches, schools, or daycares to present reading/literacy programs to community partners. Other paraprofessional duties required for this position include staffing the public service desk, and assisting with department record keeping.

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

Plan, implement and lead a weekly story time program at the Bedford Central Library. Assist with other youth and young adult activities including preschool programming, afterschool programming, special holiday programming, and community outreach events. May travel to other BPLS branches to assist with youth activities, as needed. Provide readers advisory and other pertinent information to children, teens and adults. Some evening and Saturday hours will be required. (65%)

Participate in a full range of paraprofessional, circulation desk duties including issuing library cards, charging and discharging library materials, collecting fines, scheduling meeting rooms and other common library public service desk tasks. Interpret and communicate library policies to the public and make appropriate judgement calls as needed. The incumbent is expected to take at least one shift at the public service desk each week and to be knowledgeable about library events, policies, and processes. (25%)

Performs other duties as assigned such as various opening/closing procedures, setting up chairs, cleaning high touch surfaces regularly. (10%)

Minimum qualifications, anticipated starting salary and benefits:

The Youth Services Associate position is in the 108 salary scale and the anticipated starting salary will be $28,000 – $30,000 per year, depending on experience. This is a paraprofessional, entry level position and a valid state driver’s license is required.

Bachelor’s degree, and previous, relevant work experience in the public library field is required. This is a non-exempt position with full health care benefits, generous paid leave benefits, participation in VRS (VA state retirement plan) and covered life insurance. Other optional, employee paid benefits, include vision, dental, AFLAC and participation in the VA 457 cash deferred plan. Paid training and tuition reimbursement opportunities are available as well.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Skill in creating and presenting dramatic presentations/programs to children and teens that maintain their interest, deliver a message and promote reading and library use.

Ability to successfully work with groups of children and young adults, calmly, respectfully and professionally.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions, to work with minimal supervision and to use discretion in decision making.

Ability to establish and maintain cordial and effective working relationships with associates, community groups, and the general public.

Ability to work independently within the parameters of the position and the desire to improve upon learned skills.

Ability to prioritize tasks.

Basic knowledge of library materials and services.

Ability to learn and use library computer systems, various library apps, standard office software, and social media apps.

Knowledge of library materials, services, operating plans and general public library principles.

Ability to lift 25 lbs, move carts of books throughout the building.

This class specification should not be interpreted as all inclusive. It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job. The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification

Applications are available online and position is open until May 19, 2022. EOE. The BPLS maintains a safe, drug-free workplace for its employees. A successful criminal background check is required for all positions.

Send completed application and resume, along with two professional references to Katie Hoffman at khoffman@bpls.org

Custodian – Moneta/Smith Mountain Lake Library

The Bedford Public Library is seeking a self-motivated individual to work at the Moneta Library.  Duties include a full range of cleaning and other custodial work, Part-time, 15 hours per week. 

Specific requirements for this position include the ability to:

  • clean and care for assigned areas and equipment
  • use a variety of commercial custodial equipment, chemicals, and other materials in a safe manner
  • lift 50 pounds on a regular basis, may occasionally require up to 100lbs
  • bend, stoop, and reach
  • use a step ladder to reach surfaces that need cleaning
  • adhere to schedules for periodic cleaning of the library
  • possess a valid driver’s license
  • follow basic oral or written instructions
  • perform manual and repetitive tasks for prolonged periods
  • work independently in the absence of supervision

Custodial work is to be performed outside of normal operating hours.  Library operating hours are 10:00am – 6:00pm Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri; 10:00am – 8:00pm Thurs; and 10:00am – 6:00 pm on Saturday. On occasion, the custodian may be needed during operating hours to assist the facilities manager with special projects.

Custodian is in the 104 pay grade, which starts at $11.00/hr, depending on experience. Benefits include paid holidays and the ability to participate in dental and vision insurance plans, AFLAC, and the Commonwealth of VA 457 deferred compensation plan. Applications are available at any Bedford Public Library or online at www.bplsonline.org. Position open until filled.  EOE

Please email application, with references, to Ivan Kirby at ikirby@bpls.org

Part-Time Library Assistant 2 – Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library

The Bedford Public Library System is seeking a friendly, public service oriented individual to work in the Moneta/ Smith Mountain Lake Library. Major duties include a full range of automated circulation desk procedures, shelving materials, assisting patrons with materials selection, responding to library policy questions and assistance with department record keeping. Past library experience is preferred.

The successful candidate will be comfortable with technology in general, able to learn new software, able to use Microsoft Office applications and basic office machines. And s/he should be familiar with various digital devices and library-related apps, including but not limited to e-readers, iPads, and laptops.

Ability to spend five or more hours daily at a computer screen; stooping, bending, lifting, reaching, stair climbing, plus ability to lift 25 pound bags/boxes of books and materials. Part-time, 22 hours per week including one evening and most Saturdays. Library Assistant 2 is in the 107 pay grade, which starts at $11.00/hr. and requires an associate’s degree or higher. Additional benefits include earned leave, ability to participate in dental and vision insurance plans, AFLAC, and the Commonwealth of VA 457 deferred compensation plan.

Applications are available online at www.bplsonline.org. Position open until filled. EOE. The BPLS maintains a safe, drug-free workplace for its employees. A criminal background check, and previous employer references are required as conditions of pre-employment.

Email applications to Jenifer Golston, Branch Manager, at jgolston@bpls.org