Employment Opportunities at the Library

Children’s Library Manager- Full Time

The Johnson City Public Library seeks an experienced and creative library professional to lead our Children’s Library. This position involves supervisory and professional library work in managing staff and directing collections and services for children in the library, which includes supervising the Youth Desk, Storytime Room, and providing informational and research services, managing children’s collections, and planning for children’s and family programs and events. The ideal candidate is well organized, a great communicator, creative, enthusiastic, and fun!

Distinguishing Features of the Classification: A staff member in this position organizes and manages the Children’s Library. The duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the observation, evaluation, and training of all employees assigned to their supervision and the smooth and procedurally correct operations of the department. This staff member is considered to be experienced enough to be involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all areas of departmental activities. Work is performed under general direction from the Director. All work is evaluated through conferences and observations for soundness of judgment, innovation, and initiative in managing the as­signed areas.

Duties and Responsibilities:

 Organizes, trains, and supervises the staff of the Children’s Library

  • Manages and oversees the Children’s Library desk
  • Manages and develops the Children’s Library collection
  • Provides direct service to patrons at the Children’s Library desk
  • Maintains departmental budget for programs and materials.
  • Oversees usage and management of the Storytime Room
  • Develops goals and objectives for the department and participates in long-range planning for the library
  • Plans and allocates resources for long- and short-range programs and events
  • Coordinates all programs and instruction for youth patrons
  • Plans, markets, and implements children’s programs
  • Works closely with the Marketing Coordinator to oversee marketing of Children’s Library programs and events
  • Partners with external agencies and organizations to provide programs and services to the public
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of library science. Ability to plan, organize, and manage a public library children’s department.

Ability to supervise the use of specialized library methods and principles in bibliography, cataloging, classification, circulation, and reference services. Ability to plan and direct the work of staff engaged in carrying out reference services, children’s programming, literacy and digital literacy instruction.  Ability to present ideas effectively orally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the director, other library department managers, library personnel, and the public.

Desirable Experience and Education:  A master’s degree in library science or equivalent is required with 3 years of professional library experience.

Other Requisites:  From time to time the incumbent may be assigned special duties by the director or, on a temporary basis, may be asked to assist other employees occupying a different position. This job description should not be construed as an all-inclusive statement of every task required of this position, but as a fair representation of the great majority of the work. Every effort will be made in advance to inform the incumbent of changes to assignments, which under no circumstances are intended to constitute a change in classification.

ADA REQUIREMENTS:

 PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Tasks involve some physical effort, i.e. some standing and walking, bending, reaching, or frequent light lifting (5-10 pounds) or other restricted physical activities.  Manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs or body in the operation of shop and office equipment; may involve extended periods of sitting at a keyboard. This position may require driving the library vehicle

ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENTS:  Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions (e.g., dirt, cold, rain, fumes).

SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:  Task requires sound perception and discrimination.  Task requires visual perception and discrimination.  Task requires oral communications ability.

Hours: Full-time, some evening and weekend work is required

Classification and compensation: This is a 40hr per week exempt position; Pay Grade 15 (starting salary: $46,633) Competitive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick, and holiday leave; medical, dental, vision, life insurance as well as retirement benefits.

Anyone interested in applying for this position should submit an online application for employment. Please include contact information for three recent professional references, resume, and cover letter addressed to Julia Turpin by 5:00pm on Friday, February 17, 2023.


Social Media Assistant – Part Time

The Johnson City Public Library’s Technology and Media Department has an opening for a Social Media Assistant. The Social Media Assistant responsibilities extend to producing and collecting media elements for distribution on the Library’s social media outlets. This person works collaboratively with other departments to develop fun, interesting, and engaging content. The Social Media Assistant works within the Library’s established brand, but may make recommendations for evolution of the brand. The Social Media Assistant examines trends and social media analytics to determine how to most effectively utilize these channels of communication. Work directly supports the efforts of the marketing team.

Duties are performed under the direct supervision of the Marketing Coordinator. Work is guided through the development of a work plan and work is evaluated through conferences and observations for soundness of judgment, innovation, and implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Create original content (video, photos, and graphics) for the Library’s social media platforms, which presently include Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
  • This individual should be comfortable both in front of and behind the camera
  • Schedule content submitted by other departments
  • Work collaboratively with other departments to create exciting and fun content
  • Keep abreast of trends and best practices in social media
  • Assess impact of social media to further develop social media strategy
  • Edit content using Adobe and Apple products
  • Schedules may include evenings and weekends (24/7 monitoring of social media is not a requirement of this position)
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Eagerness to learn about new innovations in social media and technology
  • Ability to organize work and follow established procedures and work plans to meet scheduled deadlines
  • Ability to create quality video and image content for social media using iPhone
  • Ability to create quality video and image content for social media using IOS operating system

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience in managing social media accounts while working within a brand
  • Basic understanding of design principles and tools while working within a brand

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Tasks involve some physical effort, i.e. some standing and walking, or occasional lifting (5-50 pounds) or other restricted physical activities.  Manual dexterity in the use of fingers, limbs or body in the operation of equipment; may involve extended periods of sitting at a keyboard.

This is an hourly position with no fringe benefits. Starting pay in this classification is $13.80 per hour. The typical schedule will be 20 hours per week. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.

Anyone interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for three professional references to Julia Turpin. Review of applications to begin February 3, 2023. 


Applications are accepted throughout the year and remain on file for twelve months. Click here to submit your application.

Johnson City Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Johnson City Public Library is committed to fostering a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming experience for everyone. We honor human dignity and embrace the ways in which people are both similar and different. We stand for equity of access to our services, spaces, and collections. Your library provides safe spaces for all people of our rich and diverse community. The library’s staff and Board of Directors ensure that our organization will reflect these ideals in all we do.

Title VI Disclosure

Johnson City Public Library does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status in the provision of Library services or employment opportunities and benefits.

The Library does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex or disability in its services, programs and activities pursuant to the requirements of the Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Inquiries and charges of violations concerning Title VI, Section 504, ADA, or Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) or any other of the above referenced policies should be directed to Johnson City Public Library’s Human Resources Department at 100 West Millard Street, Johnson City, TN 37604. Call (423) 434-4463 with questions.