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Senior Collection Management Librarian - Collection Mgmt

Collection Management

Tacoma, WA
ID: 815-485

Senior Collection Management Librarian

Pierce County Library System


Pierce County Library System offers a compensation program which recognizes qualifications and experience relevant to each position. The starting pay is established typically within the hiring range below based upon the experience of the individual hired into the role. Our compensation package also includes annual increases for each additional year of experience and tenure in the role, up to the maximum (current year maximum outlined in pay grade range below). Eligibility for overtime is exclusive to positions which are FLSA status non-exempt below.

Hiring Range: $68,622 - $79,551 annually

Pay Grade Range: $68,622 - $94,989 annually

FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Status: Regular

Hours Per Week: 40

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Schedule is subject to change.

Union Status: Represented

Closing Date: 5:00 p.m. on October 22, 2021

Requirements to be considered for this position: Please submit your resume and up to 4 additional attachments to display your knowledge, skills and abilities for consideration for this position no later than 5:00 p.m. on closing date (above). Submissions after the deadline will not be considered. 


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Collection Management Manager, plans, coordinates and supervises the daily operations of an assigned work group for the Pierce County Library System. Performs a variety of professional librarian functions related to selection, cataloging and management of library collections; leads and directs staff activities and workflow in assigned area, works collaboratively to carry out department and System plans and projects, and performs other specialized duties relative to area of assignment.


Supervisory Relationships:

Reports to Collection Management Manager; supervises assigned personnel.


Essential Functions:

Class specifications are intended to provide a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


  • Delivers high-quality, customer-focused services to both internal and external customers
  • Analyzes and evaluates service requirements and customer needs; recommends and implements changes to improve operational efficiency and/or better serve customers; develops goals and objectives for assigned area.
  • Develops documentation, training tools and provides technical guidance for staff.
  • Develops and maintains vendor relationships; negotiates contracts and agreements.
  • Uses data to analyze and understand effectiveness of tools and processes; applies evidence in decision making and evaluation.
  • Works with the Collection Management Manager to hire, train, supervise, discipline, and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Prepares and maintains employee schedules; contacts and schedules substitute personnel to ensure appropriate levels of staff coverage; reviews and signs employee timecards.
  • Assists management in identifying appropriate training to develop the learning organization environment of the department.
  • Acts on behalf of the Collection Management Manager in his/her absence as required.
  • Responds to and resolves staff and customer inquiries and complaints; represents the Library to the community.
  • Leads special projects and/or serves on Library committees as assigned.
  • Ensures staff has accurate knowledge of library policies, procedures and service standards, both internal and external, and has the ability to communicate them effectively to the public.
  • Demonstrates punctuality and regular and consistent attendance.
  • Brings matters of public concern regarding waste, inefficiency, corruption, discrimination, and safety to the attention of Library Management.
  • Accurately communicates the Library’s policies to members of the public in all job-related contacts.
  • Positively reflects Pierce County Library System’s mission, vision, and values to members of the public and to staff.
  • Performs other specialized duties relative to area of assignment as assigned or required.


Required Knowledge of:


  • Current trends and developments in the field of public library services, collection management, cataloging and discoverability.
  • Cataloging and classification standards, principles, practices and techniques
  • Specialized operations relative to area of assignment.
  • Collection maintenance and development principles.
  • Automated library systems, library technology and electronic resource systems.
  • Customer service standards and protocols.
  • Supervisory principles, practices, and methods.
  • Computers and Windows-based software.


Required Skill in:


  • Coordinating and performing a variety of professional librarian functions.
  • Facilitating the delivery of high-quality, customer-focused library services to customers.
  • Learning and applying new knowledge, technology and processes to assigned area.
  • Building collaborative relationships across departments and functions to achieve customer focused outcomes and desired system results.
  • Overseeing and coordinating the daily operations of assigned area
  • Responding to inquiries and providing customer service to the public and staff.
  • Conducting specialized duties relative to area of assignment.
  • Supervising, leading, coaching, and delegating tasks and authority.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS/MLIS) required, and
  • At least three years of progressively responsible public library work with cataloging, electronic resource management, Interlibrary Loan or collection management preferred, and
  • One year supervisory experience in a public library preferred; OR
  • Any combination of education (MLS/MLIS) and experience which would provide the required knowledge and skills and allows successful performance of the job.


Licenses, Certifications, and Special Requirements:


  • State of Washington Librarian Certification is required.
  • Depending on area of assignment, a valid Washington State Driver’s License may be required.
  • Must pass local police and Washington State Adult/Child Abuse records check prior to hire.
  • The ability to work evenings and weekends on a rotating schedule and to adapt to schedule changes on short notice is required.


Working Environment and Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in a standard office environment
  • Subject to sitting for extended periods of time, standing, walking, bending, reaching, climbing ladders/stepstools, and lifting of objects weighing up to 30-35 pounds
  • Must be able to lift and carry library materials and push/pull loaded carts.



  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation
  • Medical, Dental, and Basic Life Insurance
  • State Retirement System
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees have an opportunity to participate in the Tax Sheltered Annuity Program and the Deferred Compensation Program
  • Additional life insurance for the employee and family is available through payroll deduction.



This position is located at 3005 112th Street East, Tacoma, WA. View the Google Map in full screen.