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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.


Job Openings

LIBRARY MANAGER – LEVITTOWN BRANCH

If you like your library a little loud, if you prefer to manage by walking around rather than sitting behind a desk, and if you are energized by change and new challenges, this is the position for you. The ideal candidate will be a proactive, take-charge leader who responds to unexpected and difficult situations quickly, calmly, and professionally.

Levittown’s diverse patrons depend on the library for a variety of services, especially for access to computers. This position is a good fit for someone who loves helping people with technology. Join a dedicated staff who work hard to make the library welcoming to all.

Job Summary:  Works closely with direct supervisor and subordinates to ensure that daily and long-term priorities and deadlines are met within the framework of the library’s strategic plan goals, standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines. Supervises day-to-day work of all employees.  Delegates and coordinates assignments.  Resolves routine staff concerns and refers complex problems to the direct supervisor. Writes performance evaluations of selected staff.  Works with the direct supervisor or other manger on performance evaluations of selected staff. Conducts in-house orientation of new employees and directly provides or arranges with the direct supervisor for help with ongoing problems-solving assistance, instruction, or training as needed. Communicates, interprets, and explains the library’s goals, standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines to staff. This is an FLSA exempt position.

 Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a master’s degree in library science
  • At least three years of recent progressively responsible public library or customer service experience, including two years of direct supervision.
  • Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library sites.
  • Applicant must provide on date of hire at own expense the following three required clearances: PA State Police Criminal Record Check; PA Child Abuse History Clearance; and FBI fingerprint-based background check.

Schedule:   Full-time variable schedule, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends

Starting Salary:   Level 5b– $59,144 – $70,716 DOQ

 Application Deadline:  March 30, 2017; however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements:  Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter, résumé, and complete a supplemental questionnaire and 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).

Job Description         Job Application


FULL TIME COLLECTION MANAGEMENT LIBRARIAN 2 or 3
Collection Management Department / Doylestown, PA

 The Bucks County Free Library is looking for a Collection Management Librarian who is able to order materials in all formats. The primary focus is selection and management of adult materials, though the position will include selection of video and board games as well as some work with teen and children’s materials as assigned. The ideal candidate is at ease and comfortable learning and using online tools and resources for rapidly purchasing materials for seven busy branch libraries. Along with an understanding of current publishing trends and topics, you must be the kind of person that enjoys building the collection and making strategic decisions using data analysis tools. The position requires experience with OverDrive Marketplace, Axis 360, WordPress, or other comparable software.

Beyond materials selection, the position will include various assignments that support and promote use of the library’s collection, such as developing recommended reading lists or informational handouts for electronic or print distribution and training others in topics such as reader’s advisory or how to maintain weed and display collections. The Collection Management Librarian provides branch staff with training and hands-on assistance with weeding collections. This position will include leadership of teams of staff assigned to maintain, support, and continuously improve the library’s online reading badge systems, Let’s Play School and Year Round Reading. It also will include identification and development of innovative non-traditional items to circulate. This is a bargaining unit position.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a master’s degree in library and information studies
  • Librarian 2: At least three years progressively responsible related experience, including one year of public library collection development work
  • Librarian 3: At least five years progressively responsible related experience including two years of public library collection development work
  • Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library sites

Schedule:   Full-time weekdays 37.5 hours per week with occasional evenings or weekends

Compensation:          Librarian 2 –     Probationary rate:  $27.34 per hour or $53,313 annualized;  Regular rate:  $28.17 per hour or $54,931.50 annualized
                                          Librarian 3 –    Probationary rate:  $28.82 per hour or $56,199 annualized;  Regular rate:  $29.69 per hour or $57,895.50 annualized    

 Apply By:  March 30, 2017; however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter, résumé, and complete a supplemental questionnaire and 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).

Job Description         Job Application

 


YOUTH SERVICES LIBRARIAN 3 – DOYLESTOWN DISTRICT CENTER LIBRARY

We are looking for a creative and outgoing 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 is an expert with technology and 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:  March 30, 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.  

Job Description               Job Application


MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN – FACILITIES DEPARTMENT

Bucks County Free Library is looking for an addition to the Facilities Department to assist in all facets of building maintenance for their seven branches located throughout Bucks County. This is a bargaining unit position.

Position Summary:  Performs routine building maintenance, such as light bulb replacement, plumbing, and furniture repairs. Performs routine grounds maintenance and debris removal. Cleans outside of buildings and parking lots and outside walkways. Performs janitorial duties as needed, such as trash removal and vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing, or dusting surfaces, floors, furniture, and equipment. Maintains building supply inventory and ensures the use of standardized supplies and systems. Performs all duties of the Delivery Driver as needed when absences or vacancies occur. This is a bargaining unit position.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a high school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Two years related experience; experience in various areas of facility maintenance is a plus
  • Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library sites
  • Annual recertification of valid driver’s license

Schedule:  Part time – 20 hours per week. Some flexibility in schedule between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Compensation:  $21.29 per hour probationary; $21.93 per hour regular        

Apply By:  March 31, 2017; however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter, résumé (optional), and complete
pre-employment testing.  Pre-employment testing consists of two tests:  Wiesen Test of Mechanical Aptitude and Employee Personality Profile (about 45 minutes total).

 

Job Description        Job Application


CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE 2 – LEVITTOWN BRANCH

The ideal candidate is outgoing, expert with technology, and loves helping other people. You will greet, direct and provide information to library users and perform a variety of tasks related to managing user accounts and library materials.

This position involves a great deal of contact with the public. You’ll resolve problems and negotiate solutions with library users. You will be comfortable and capable promoting the library’s programs and services, using and demonstrating library resources and software in all formats, including computers, tablets, Smartphones and gadgets.

Job Summary: Answers informational and directional questions of library users in person and by phone. Monitors public areas and library user behavior and takes steps necessary to ensure safety and an appropriate environment are maintained. Develops ready reference and reader’s advisory tools for public and staff distribution and use. Develops plans, schedules, and provides group instruction in the use of library resources, Internet resources, and productivity software. Develops new training tools and orients, instructs, and trains selected employees. Recruits, trains, and oversees the work of volunteers. Prepares, promotes, presents, and evaluates in-library and outreach programs of all types using a variety of media. Maintains collection, including creating displays and marketing materials, weeding, and selection. Coordinates projects and activities with management and other staff. Performs all duties of the Customer Service Associate 1. This is a non-exempt bargaining unit position.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Requires a bachelor’s degree
  • Two years related experience
  • Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library sites

Schedule: Part time – 20 hours per week. Variable hours, including weekdays, evenings and weekends.

Compensation:  $21.00 per hour probationary rate; $21.63 per hour regular rate

Apply By:  April 14, 2017; however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter, résumé, and complete a supplemental questionnaire and 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 for all five). 

Job Description                     Job Application


YOUTH SERVICES ASSISTANT – DOYLESTOWN DISTRICT CENTER LIBRARY

We are looking for a creative, outgoing Youth Services Assistant who is expert in technology. Versatility and a background in providing outstanding customer service is a key factor to success. You’ll be part of planning and delivering programs and special events, including story times, to large, multi-age groups. This includes children, teens, parents, caregivers, and community organizations. You will be called upon to demonstrate and instruct library users and staff on how to use computers, tablets, gadgets and other digital media. You will greet, direct, and provide information to library users, performing a variety of tasks related to basic library functions. This is a bargaining unit position.

 Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • One year of related
  • Only candidates with a combination of education and experience working with children will be considered.
  • 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
  • Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel among many library and outreach sites

 Schedule:       Part time – 15 hours per week. Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 – 2:00 and alternating Fridays & Saturdays (Fridays 9:00 – 5:00 or 10:00 – 6:00; and Saturdays 9:00 – 5:00)

Compensation :  $21.00 per hour probationary rate; $21.63 per hour regular rate

Apply By:  April 14, 2017; however, applications are considered 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 and complete a supplemental questionnaire and 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 for all five).

Job Description                  Job Application


CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE 1 – PERKASIE BRANCH

The ideal candidate is outgoing, expert with technology, and loves helping other people. You will greet, direct and provide information to library users and perform a variety of tasks related to managing user accounts and library materials. 

This position involves a great deal of contact with the public. You’ll resolve problems and negotiate solutions with library users. You will be comfortable and capable promoting the library’s programs and services, using and demonstrating library resources and software in all formats, including computers, tablets, Smartphones and gadgets. This is a non-exempt bargaining unit position.

Minimum Requirements: High school diploma or GED and one year of customer service experience. Some college and familiarity with public libraries is a plus.

Schedule:  Part time – 15 hours per week. Weeknights and Saturdays (3 days per week)

Compensation: $16.65 per hour probationary rate; $17.16 per hour regular rate

Benefits:  Paid time off starting at 21 hours at the end of one year up to 60 hours after nine years. Life insurance. Employee assistance program.

Apply By:  March 21, 2017; however, applications are reviewed on a rolling basis

Application Requirements: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter and résumé, and complete a supplemental questionnaire and pre-employment testing. Pre-employment testing consists of four tests:  basic skills test, customer service, Word 2010, and computer and Internet knowledge test (about 60 minutes for all four).

Job Description   Job Application


SUMMER LIBRARY AIDE – PART TIME – 15 hours per week

The Facilities Department is seeking a Summer Library Aide to assist with gardening tasks at the branch libraries starting in June and ending during August. The libraries include locations at:  Bensalem, Doylestown, Langhorne, Perkasie, and Yardley.

General gardening duties include watering flowers in garden areas and in any container gardens, weeding, maintaining any water features, and cleaning up the area of any trash.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Some gardening experience is preferred
  • Must have current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation to travel to several different library sites

Schedule:  Part time – 15 hours per week. Flexible schedule.

 Compensation:  $8.65 per hour

 Application Deadline:  Open until filled

 To Apply:  Link to job application is below. Job application includes an opportunity to upload cover letter, resume (optional), and complete pre-employment testing. Pre-employment testing consists of one test:  Customer Service Aptitude Profile (about 20 minutes). 

Job Application


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). 

 Job Description           Job Application


Overview

Application

Once you begin the application, you won’t be able to save it.

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.

Pre-Employment Testing

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 libraryjobs@buckslib.org for instructions on how to proceed.

Interviews

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.

If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please e-mail libraryjobs@buckslib.org for instructions on how to proceed. 


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