SALARY:              $30.7121 – 38.2303, Hourly (DOE&Q) EXEMPT
OPENING DATE: 12/14/2021
CLOSING DATE: Continuous until filled

To assist the Library Director in the planning, organization and direction of activities, services and programs of the City Library; to act as Director when the Director is away, either on scheduled leave or in emergency situations.

Receives direction from the Library Director..

Exercises direct supervision over technical and clerical staff and general supervision over other professional librarians in the Director's absence.

EXAMPLES OF IMPORTANT RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES - Essential and other important duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Consult with the Director on the development, planning, implementation and administration of Department goals and objectives, as well as policies and procedures necessary to provide assigned Library services.

Consult with Director on preparation of Annual Budget.

Consult with Director on the appointment and training of staff members and conduct training as appropriate.

Act in the Director's absence to provide direction and discipline as necessary; to sign time cards and expense reports for the Director; act as a third party witness in disciplinary matters when requested.

Assist with coordinating Library participation in Houston Area Library System and Houston Area Library Automated Network; assist in training of staff usage.

Perform a variety of professional librarian duties; provide technical staff assistance as needed.

Train and coach employees to meet the goals of the library and the individual staff members.

Coordinate and direct the maintenance of Library facilities and equipment; review building space allocation and arrangement; make recommendations for facility improvements.

Coordinate and supervise staff activities such as reference, circulation, juvenile and technical services.

Represent the city at community and outside organization functions at the Director's request or during the Director's absence.

Perform related duties as assigned.

Maintain mental capacity, which allows the capabilities to:
  • exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under stressful circumstances
  • evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action
  • prepare complex policies and recommendations
  • effectively supervise personnel
  • operate effectively in an economically and culturally diverse environment

Maintain physical condition, which will allow the capability to perform the following:
  • running, walking or standing for extended periods of time
  • climbing stairs or ladders
  • moving loads of approximately 25-50lbs

Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception for:
  • making observations
  • reading and writing
  • operating necessary and assigned equipment
  • effective verbal and written communication with others


Knowledge of:
Principles of personnel selection, supervision, training and evaluation.

Techniques of budget development and administration.

Principles and practices of library organization and administration. Library automation and information retrieval systems.

City library materials selection standards and policies.

Record keeping and reporting principles.

Ability to:
Develop and implement library programs and services applicable to the needs of City patrons and the community.

Interpret and apply city and library policies and procedures.

Supervise the activities and operations of specialized library program activities.

Think analytically and to develop new or revised systems, procedures and work flow.

Perform highly technical and complex library tasks.

Establish and maintain cooperative-working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Supervise, train and evaluate subordinate staff.

EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING GUIDELINES - Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Five (5) years of professional library experience with a minimum of two years of experience at a level equivalent to Librarian II at the Port Arthur Library.

Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from an accredited college or university.

                                                                  Assistant Library Director - Posting #21-078R
Attn:  Hiring Manager
P.O. Box 1089
 Port Arthur, Texas 77641-1089
The City of Port Arthur is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Department: Library
This is a management position
This is a full time position
Requisition Number: #21-078R

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