State of Massachusetts Library Building Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

Specializes in providing public library building consulting and technical assistance throughout Massachusetts. Works closely with these public libraries during the initial planning and design phase. Assists library staff, trustees, building committee members and local officials to assess the need for new or renovated facilities. Serves as a liaison from the Board of Library Commissioners to these projects as they prepare grant applications, work with their architects, prepare bid documents, and proceed through the construction and occupancy phases.

Example of Duties:

· Works with MBLC management and Board liaisons to review and update regulations and program compliance and in developing strategies and information to further the goals of MPLCP

· Works in collaboration with librarians, library trustees and supporters, municipal officials, and others in their efforts to make major library facility improvements through the MPLCP and its resources and services

· Conducts site visits to evaluate and assess the viability of existing facility conditions and to recommend actions the library may take to remedy problems

· Develops and conducts workshops and training sessions on such topics as library design principles, preparing a library building program, launching capital campaigns and preparing MPLCP applications

· Interprets MPLCP grant regulations, guidelines and requirements for potential grantees and recipients of MPLCP funds

· Evaluates grant applications for compliance with MPLCP criteria, coordinates independent review of applications and provides reviewer feedback to applicants

· Provides grant recipients guidance for grant administration

· Works with design teams from schematic and design development through all phases of the construction process

· Monitors grant funded projects for fulfillment of grant requirements such as meeting building program goals and objectives, compliance with MPLCP regulations and procedures, and meeting grant contract terms

· Researches and compiles information for use in related background papers, reports and other communications

· Writes reports and correspondence and creates spreadsheets

· Maintains records and prepares reports and correspondence

· Develops working relationships with architects and owner project managers and consultants and others related to library building projects

· Participates in staff meetings and professional groups

· Performs related duties as assigned

Supervision Received:

Supervision is provided by the Education Special D: Library Building Specialist, DTECS Unit. Performance is evaluated on a regular basis utilizing the Employee Performance Review System.

Supervision Exercised:

Assigns work to support staff

Relationship with Others:

Works closely with professional staff outside the construction team to assure that technical assistance provided by those individuals in the areas of contract management, design, technology, presentation and general public library consulting are consistent with the construction program. Major work contacts are the agency staff and board, library administrators, library trustees, public officials, architects, consultants, other construction professionals and the general public.

Working Conditions:

Travel and the ability to operate a motor vehicle are required in the performance of assigned duties. Attendance at evening and weekend meetings on a regular basis is necessary in carrying out duties as described.

Qualifications at Hire:

· Knowledge, acquired through work experience, of administration, organization, and operation of public libraries

· Knowledge, gained through direct experience, with a library building project, library building programs and the physical design and layout of a library

· Knowledge, acquired through work experience, of library space planning trends and issues

· Knowledge, gained through work experience, of planning, setting goals and objectives and formulating corresponding activities and evaluative criteria

· Knowledge, acquired through work experience, of public library issues. Examples of issues include raising public and political awareness, managing under fiscal constraints, raising funds, adapting new and updated technology, and maintaining and operating facilities.

· Ability to organize and prioritize work load and projects

· Ability to analyze and interpret data and information

· Ability to communicate effectively through oral expression

· Ability to communicate effectively through written expression by developing ideas in logical sequence and writing concisely and clearly

· Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports and financial documentation using word processing and spreadsheet software

· Ability to plan, organize and lead workshops

· Ability to assimilate local requirements, federal and state laws, rules and regulations and relate them to public libraries and their local situations, conditions and governments

· Ability to work effectively with individuals and groups and to establish liaisons with other organizations

· Ability to work with project managers and architects

· Ability to deal tactfully with others

· Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information

· Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and harmonious working relationships

· Ability to self-motivate and motivate others

· Ability to exercise sound judgment

· Ability to adjust to changing situations

· Ability to operate a motor vehicle

Qualifications Acquired on the Job:

· Knowledge of federal and state laws, rules and regulations as they relate to public library construction

· Ability to understand, interpret and explain MPLCP regulations and procedures and other related laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidelines

· Familiarity with work of architects and project managers with MPLCP experience

· Knowledge of issues relating to Massachusetts libraries and their management

· Knowledge of past MPLCP projects, grant programs and project types

· Awareness of principles underlying Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity goals, programs and objectives

Qualifications:

· Minimum Entrance Requirements. Applicants must have at least

· A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited graduate program

· 4 years full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in libraries, or

· Any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below

· Substitutions

· A bachelor’s degree from an accredited program with at least three years’ experience working in library design/construction may be substituted for the Master’s degree in library science.

· Experience working in library design/construction may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of two years for one year of experience

· Preferred Requirements

· Management experience including direct experience with one or more public library building projects, physical design and layout of libraries, development of library building programs and general library planning

· Experience with grant administration

· Special Requirements

· Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator’s License

/“The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners ensures equal employment, educational opportunities, and affirmative action regardless of race, color, creed, age, handicaps, national origin, or sex in compliance with Title IX and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973./

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/In compliance with Executive Order Numbers 227, 246, and 253, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners takes affirmative action to employ and advance employment of qualified veterans of the Vietnam Era. In accordance with Section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners takes affirmative action to employee and advance in employment qualified handicapped individuals.”/

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

· Minimum Entrance Requirements. Applicants must have at least

· A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited graduate program

· 4 years full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in libraries, or

· Any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below

· Substitutions

· A bachelor’s degree from an accredited program with at least three years’ experience working in library design/construction may be substituted for the Master’s degree in library science.

· Experience working in library design/construction may be substituted for two years of the required experience on the basis of two years for one year of experience

· Preferred Requirements

· Management experience including direct experience with one or more public library building projects, physical design and layout of libraries, development of library building programs and general library planning

· Experience with grant administration

· Special Requirements

· Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class 3 Motor Vehicle Operator’s License

/“The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners ensures equal employment, educational opportunities, and affirmative action regardless of race, color, creed, age, handicaps, national origin, or sex in compliance with Title IX and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973./

/ /

/In compliance with Executive Order Numbers 227, 246, and 253, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners takes affirmative action to employ and advance employment of qualified veterans of the Vietnam Era. In accordance with Section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners takes affirmative action to employee and advance in employment qualified handicapped individuals.”/

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.



Job: *Education

Organization: *Board Of Library Commissioners

Title: Library Building Specialist

Location: Massachusetts-Boston-98 North Washington St

Requisition ID: 180003YM