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
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.
SPECIAL SERVICES CLERK – PART TIME – ACCESS SERVICES / DOYLESTOWN
The Special Services Clerk searches for items and enters data into databases pertaining to incoming or outgoing reserve items and new library material. Materials and requests received are processed using SIRSI and an external Inter-Library Loan database (OCLC). Additionally, the Special Services Clerk physically retrieves or receives and processes materials for internal or external loan or library distribution, including updating internal and external library user and bibliographic database records. The Special Services Clerk maintains reserve and shipping shelves, handles inbound and outbound packages, including unpacking and fully packing mailing bags, calculating postage and metering packages, and delivering materials to an outside shipper as needed. This is a very physical position, requiring frequent standing, sitting, walking, repetitive hand motion, and lifting up to 25 lbs. This is a non-exempt bargaining unit position.
- Requires a high school diploma or G.E.D. Some college and familiarity with public libraries is a plus
- Six months related experience
Schedule: Part time – 20 hours per week. Mondays – Fridays 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Compensation: $12.38 per hour probationary rate; $12.74 per hour regular rate
Apply By: Saturday, October 31, 2020; 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 indicate which BCFL libraries you are interested in working as well as which schedule(s) you prefer. You will also upload a cover letter and résumé, and complete a supplemental questionnaire and pre-employment testing. Pre-employment testing consists of four tests: basic skills test, Employee Personality Profile, attention skills test, and computer and Internet knowledge test (about 55 minutes for all four).
DISTRICT CONSULTANT – FULL TIME
Headquartered in Doylestown, the Bucks County District is made up of 12 member libraries, including the seven-branch Bucks County Free Library system.
The District Consultant provides advisory services and assistance to member library leaders and boards in a wide variety of areas. This includes but is not limited to board and director responsibilities, library management, policy development, strategic planning, managing Friends groups, children’s services, fundraising, marketing, and advocacy.
The ideal candidate will be a generalist who brings expertise across all aspects of library operations. In addition to one-on-one consultations, the District Consultant regularly leads meetings, develops and delivers training sessions, and produces documents, from reports to grant applications to press releases. This job requires a candidate with a track record for communication excellence in all formats and strong social skills.
The best fit for this job will be a resilient person who thrives on change, shifts gears comfortably, and is able to power through uncertainty by applying analytical thinking, creativity, and research skills to solve problems as they arise. This is an FLSA exempt position.
- Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science.
- Seven years of progressively responsible public library experience, including two years direct staff 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 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 40 hours per week. Occasional evenings and weekends as needed.
Compensation: $66,360 – $72,393 DOQ
Benefits: Medical and dental for self with 10% premium payment. Vacation, sick, and personal leave and eleven paid holidays. 403b plan, with a 5% match after one year. Life insurance equal to annual pay. Employee assistance program. BCFL reserves the right to cancel or change benefits at any time.
Apply By: October 30, 2020; however, applications are reviewed and candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis
To Apply: Links to job description and job application are below. Job application provides opportunity to upload a 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 2016, and computer and Internet knowledge test (about 60 minutes for all four).
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.
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.
If you require special accommodations or have any questions, please e-mail email@example.com for instructions on how to proceed.
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