The Bucks County Free Library operates seven branches in Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Levittown, Lower Makefield, Perkasie, and Quakertown. Hiring for most positions is done through the system headquarters in Doylestown. The only exception is for Library Aides, who are interviewed and hired locally at each branch.
All current vacancies are posted on the library’s website. The library accepts only electronic applications and reviews submissions only for open, advertised positions.
To apply for a job, you’ll need to fill out a job application, upload a letter of interest, and take online tests. For some positions you’ll also be required to submit a completed questionnaire about your qualifications and experience, a portfolio of your work, or a resume.
YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN 3 – DOYLESTOWN DISTRICT CENTER LIBRARY
We are looking for a creative, outgoing and tech savvy Youth Services Librarian 3 to lead children’s services at the Doylestown Library. Duties will include working at a busy public services desk and maintaining a comprehensive calendar of children’s programs for the branch. Working independently or with the Children’s Services Coordinator, the Librarian 3 will:
- plan and lead monthly county wide children’s services meetings
- help plan and deliver county wide training in children’s services
- schedule and oversee all outreach
- oversee and mentor children’s services county wide
- assist with the development of new innovative county wide children’s programs with a strategic focus on outreach and offsite pop-up story times
The ideal candidate has experience developing and implementing original and creative staff training, has engaged in information sharing with colleagues, and personally attended and completed a high level of training and education in all aspects of children’s services. Reader’s advisory and children’s programming are strengths, and the candidate should have proven leadership roles as a committee chair or project team leader. At least three years of children’s services experience is required. The ideal candidate is adaptable to changing work hours and locations within Bucks County. This is a bargaining unit position.
Minimum Requirements: Master’s degree in Library/Information Studies required. Three years of related experience required. Only candidates with a combination of education and experience working with children will be considered. Experience working with large groups or familiarity with public libraries is a plus. Applicant must provide on date of hire the following three required clearances: PA State Police Criminal Record Check; PA Child Abuse History Clearance; and FBI fingerprint-based background check. Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library sites
Schedule: Full time – 37.5 hours per week. Variable hours, including weekdays, evenings and weekends.
Compensation: $28.82 per hour probationary rate; $29.69 per hour regular rate
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017; however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis
To Apply: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter and résumé, complete a supplemental questionnaire, and provides a link to pre-employment testing. Pre-employment testing consists of five tests: cognitive aptitude, customer service, Excel 2010, Word 2010, and computer and Internet knowledge test (about 65 minutes). If selected for an interview, you’ll need to submit the following work samples: speaker’s notes and handouts from a staff training session you delivered; a project plan for a project you led and delivered; and a program plan for a program or series you planned.
PASSPORT CLERK – BENSALEM BRANCH
Job Summary: Processes U.S. applications. Reviews applicant information, ensures applications are completed and submitted correctly and timely, answers questions about passport applications, and follows up on problem applications. Keeps records of passport applications and activities following all regulations and requirements established by the Bucks County Free Library and the federal government. Works directly with the public. Provides general directional assistance to library users on regular library services. Performs all duties of a Customer Service Associate 1 as needed. This is a non-exempt bargaining unit position.
- Requires a high school diploma or GED
- One year related experience
- Requires successful completion of Passport Application Acceptance training
- Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library sites
Schedule: Part time – 15 hours per week. Evenings starting at 4:45 p.m. and Saturdays
Compensation: $16.65 per hour probationary rate; $17.16 per hour regular rate
Application Deadline: February 17, 2017
To Apply: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter and résumé, complete a supplemental questionnaire, and provides a link to pre-employment testing. Pre-employment testing consists of five tests: attention skills, customer service, basic skills, typing, and ten key test (about 56 minutes for all five).
LIBRARY AIDE – PART TIME
This is an entry-level position. Library aides are employed at every branch of Bucks County Free Library. Applications are accepted continually and kept on file if no positions are currently available.
Job Summary: The library aide assists in maintaining the order of materials throughout the department. Duties will include shelving, inspecting, sorting, and searching for materials and assisting with the general upkeep of the department. Branch library aides have contact with the public, and the library aide may greet, direct, and provide basic information to library users. Department library aides do not have regular contact with the public. Regular packing and unpacking of materials is required. This is an FLSA non-exempt position.
Qualifications: Requires some high school education or training. No previous experience required.
Schedule: Part-Time – The number of hours varies (about 10 – 19 hours per week)
Compensation: $8.65 per hour
To Apply: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter (required) and résumé (optional) and complete pre-employment testing. Pre-employment testing consists of one test: Customer Service Aptitude Profile (about 20 minutes).
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Make sure you have complete information about your prior employment and education. This includes dates, names, addresses, and other contact information. You’ll be asked to verify that you can perform the essential duties of the job, so it’s important to review the job description before you start.
All positions require that you upload a letter of interest as part of the application. You can use any standard word processing software or file format, such as .doc, .docx, and .pdf. Your letter of interest should summarize why the job appeals to you and provide highlights of your qualifications and experience.
For many positions, a resume is optional. A resume may not substitute for the job application.
After you’ve successfully submitted the application, you’ll receive an e-mail confirming that the library has received it.
Depending on the job, you’ll be required to take between two and five tests, including customer service, computer and cognitive skills, and office software productivity tests.
Testing takes about forty minutes to just over an hour. No preparation is required.
A link to testing is included at the end of the job application. You can proceed to testing immediately after filling out the application. If you decide to wait, you can use a link to testing that’s included in the e-mail from the library verifying that your application was successfully submitted. You are not required to retake any tests that you have taken on a prior application. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to proceed.
The library interviews job candidates on a rolling basis as applications are received. You may be contacted up to six weeks after the application deadline. Because of high volume, the library contacts only the most qualified candidates.
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