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.
NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR – FULL TIME
If you love public libraries and are a jack-of-all trades, this Network Administrator position in our small IT department will be a good fit for you. The ideal candidate will bring strong network management skills and experience working with related systems. In addition, we are looking for someone who is willing to pitch in as needed to help lead and participate with the team in various projects or assignments, such as help desk work and taking charge in the manager’s absence. If you are excited by the idea of applying your technology skills to help us improve the services we provide to the Bucks County community, this may be the job for you!
The ideal candidate has experience installing, configuring, and performing routine maintenance to library network components. The Network Administrator will be our go-to person for network management software managing network domain and active directory servers. The candidate will also troubleshoot network and connectivity problems, set up and maintain network security, along with configuring security settings and access permissions for groups and individuals. This is an FLSA exempt position.
- Bachelor’s degree in technology or related field preferred
- Requires an associate’s degree in technology or related field or equivalent certification, such as MCSA/MCSE, CCNA, CCDA, and CCNA Security
- At least three years of related experience
- 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.
- Current driver’s license, insurance, and own transportation or ability to travel throughout Bucks County
Schedule: Full time weekdays, but may include some evenings and weekends
Compensation: Starting salary $60,418 – $62,722 DOQ
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
To Apply: Complete the BCFL job application (link below), which provides an opportunity to upload your letter of interest and résumé. The job application will provide a link to complete pre-employment testing consisting of five tests: cognitive aptitude, personality profile, Excel 2016, Word 2016, and computer and Internet knowledge (about 55 minutes for all five).
CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE – PART TIME – YARDLEY-MAKEFIELD BRANCH
We are continuously accepting applications for part-time Customer Service Associates. Interviews are scheduled when openings are anticipated.
Currently, we have an opening for a Customer Service Associate for 16 hours per week at the Yardley-Makefield 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. With the library system’s RFID combined with self-check, staff are empowered to move out from behind a check-out desk and deliver higher levels of customer service. If you are energized by change and new challenges, this position will be a good fit for you.
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. Only candidates who are able to stream and download library ebooks onto iPads and other devices will be considered.
This is a physically demanding position that requires continuous standing, walking, bending, and crouching as well as lifting heavy items on a daily basis. This is a non-exempt bargaining unit position.
- High school diploma or GED. Bachelor’s degree preferred.
- One year of customer service experience
- Some college and familiarity with public libraries is a plus.
- Must provide or obtain at own expense the PA Child Abuse History Clearance, the PA State Police Criminal Record Check, and the FBI fingerprint background check.
Schedule: Work schedules are variable, meaning you can be scheduled and must be available to work during any hours the library is open, including days and evenings. Managers cannot schedule around any work, school, or other commitments you may have. However, schedules for the upcoming month are provided two weeks prior to the start of the month.
Compensation: $18.03 per hour probationary rate; $18.58 per hour regular rate
Apply By: Applications are continuously accepted for all libraries and schedules and interviews scheduled depending on anticipated openings. For current openings, position is open until filled.
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, customer service, Word 2016, and computer and Internet knowledge test (about 60 minutes for all four).
SENIOR LIBRARY MANAGERS – LEVITTOWN BRANCH & QUAKERTOWN BRANCH
The Bucks County Free Library is looking for two seasoned professionals who thrive on public service work and equally enjoy a county wide leadership role. We have openings available at both the Levittown branch and Quakertown 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 person who responds to unexpected and difficult situations quickly, calmly, and with compassion.
Both Levittown’s and Quakertown’s diverse patrons depend on the library for a variety of services, especially access to computers. This position is a good fit for someone who loves helping people with technology.
Senior Library Manager is a leadership position. The job includes oversight of scheduling and collaboration on programs or other activities with the Library Manager at a second branch, located in nearby Langhorne (Levittown) or Perkasie (Quakertown). The Senior Library Manager takes the lead with other managers in planning for and conducting staff meetings and also works on administrative projects that will have county wide impact. This includes items such as production of orientation and training checklists, review and revision of volunteer recruitment materials, and developing and delivering staff training materials or information sessions.
If this sounds like you, we hope you will consider joining a dedicated staff who work hard to make the library welcoming to all!
Job Summary: Manages the daily operations of a branch library. Makes sure that daily and long-term priorities and deadlines are met. Makes decisions based on established library system standards, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
Serves as the branch librarian. Staffs the public floor. Supervises day-to-day work of employees. Oversees and directs the flow of incoming and outgoing library materials. Evaluates the branch collection and analyzes circulation trends using standard evaluation tools. Removes outdated or unused materials based on expertise and results from standard weeding tools. Works collaboratively with senior management and support staff to ensure that volunteer program, children’s services, information technology, facilities, and collection management activities are successfully implemented.
Minimum two evenings per week, every other Saturday, occasional Sundays, and schedule changes as needed. Required to be on call or cover additional hours as needed or as scheduled. This is an FLSA exempt position.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Requires a Master’s in Library Science degree
- Ten years of progressively responsible public library and customer service experience, including five 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 variable schedule, including weekdays, evenings, and weekends
Compensation: Starting salary range – $54,739 – $68,424 DOQ
Benefits: Medical and dental for self with premium copay. Vacation, sick, and personal leave and eleven paid holidays. 403b plan with a 5% match after one year. Life insurance equal to annual pay. Health advocate and employee assistance program. (Benefits subject to change at any time.)
Apply By: Open until filled with applications reviewed on a rolling basis
To Apply: Links to job description, job application, and supplemental questions are below.
- Complete the job application, which provides the opportunity to upload a cover letter and résumé, and directs you to pre-employment testing.
- Take pre-employment test battery (link at end of job application), which consists of five tests: cognitive aptitude, customer service, Word 2016, Excel 2016, and computer and Internet knowledge test (about 55 minutes for all five).
- Complete the Supplemental Questionnaire form, save your document, and then upload it here or use “Upload Completed Supplemental” link below.
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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