Assistant Director of the Rawlings Libary

Pueblo City-County Library
Job LocationUS
Job TagEarly Career


Location: Pueblo, CO

Pueblo City-County Library District is seeking an enthusiastic, team-oriented library professional for the newly created position of Assistant Director of the Rawlings Library! The Assistant Director of the Rawlings Library oversees the daily operations of the adult and youth services functions of the Rawlings Library.

The Assistant Director of the Rawlings Library supports PCCLD’s mission and values through exceptional leadership and dedicated patron focus, ensures that operations are executed effectively and efficiently, encourages staff contributions and development, and promotes a supportive work atmosphere. This position leads a team of library staff who are committed to creating a thriving library, build a strong partnership with PCCLD library patrons, ensure the library is a welcoming space for all and contribute to the overall success of the Pueblo City-County Library District.

This position reports to the Director of Rawlings Library and Customer Experience and serves as second in charge to manage the daily operations of the Rawlings Library. The Assistant Director of the Rawlings Library routinely serves as the Person in Charge (PIC) and may serve as acting Rawlings Director in the absence of the Director of Rawlings Library and Customer Experience.


  • Directs daily operations for the second floor of the Rawlings library; provides direct public service; provides supervision and staff development.
  • Assists the Director of Rawlings Library and Customer Experience as needed with daily operations of the Rawlings Library to include safety and security.
  • Directs library services ranging from story time and youth services to reference and readers’ advisory for adults to the nonprofit resource center. Works closely with community partners to improve access, services and resources to the Pueblo community.
  • Works with the Director of the Rawlings Library and Customer Experience as well as Librarians to coordinate programming at the Rawlings library that is responsive to community needs.
  • Promotes and supports district-wide library services through programming, outreach and partnerships within the community.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and training to library staff. Provides coaching and corrective action as necessary for employees at all levels.
  • Interviews, selects, trains and develops new employees.
  • Oversees and provides excellent customer service and acts as a role model for library staff; presents a courteous, positive image of the library.
  • Maintains confidentiality in customer and staff interactions.
  • Explains library regulations and procedures, and resolves patron issues.
  • Supports high volume circulation operations, including maintaining the largest physical collection in the library district.
  • Conducts quarterly check-in conversations or “walks around the block” with staff as well as a year-end performance conversation. Spends time with employees to ensure an appropriate level of performance and offers the ongoing opportunity for professional development.
  • Conducts ongoing analysis of community demographics and information needs; provides input to the Director of Rawlings Library and Customer Experience for the implementation of strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Explains library regulations and procedures, and resolves patron issues.
  • Responds to customer suggestions, comments and complaints in a timely, professional, and constructive manner.
  • Ensures timely reconciliation of self-check machines and coin-enabled copier receptacles on the second floor.
  • Prepares monthly activity reports.
  • Evaluates and manages the library collection on the second floor in coordination with the Director of User Services.
  • Stays up-to-date on all Rawlings Library activities
  • Participates in special projects as assigned, including new service initiatives, grants or programs.
  • Serves on district-wide teams. May serve on local, state and national committees; takes an active role in library professional organizations.
  • Attends regular department meetings and scheduled all-staff meetings.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Requires a minimum of three years of library experience; public library experience strongly preferred.
  • Requires a minimum of two years of supervisory experience.
  • One year of professional librarian experience is preferred.
  • Bilingual ability in Spanish is a plus.
  • Ability to exhibit leadership, sound judgment and professional demeanor in all situations; thinks and acts appropriately under pressure.
  • Ability to supervise, plan, and coordinate the work of employees serving at a variety of levels within the organization in order to accomplish library goals and objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to influence, negotiate, motivate and lead others.
  • Strong ability to analyze processes necessary to get things done; knows how to organize people and activities.
  • Ability to separate and combine tasks to create efficient work flows.
  • Proficiency in serving both adult and youth patron populations.
  • Ability to act as an ambassador of PCCLD by promoting its mission and vision to the public.
  • Demonstrates thorough knowledge of library services, innovative trends and best practices.
  • Maintains expert knowledge and use of computers, Microsoft Office products, Google Suite, information databases, and integrated library systems software. Learns new technology that is introduced in the industry and the organization, as needed.
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills; maintains effective relationships within the department, with staff at all levels, community partners and the public at large.
  • Demonstrates excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member, organize daily work and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, detail-rich environment.
  • Physical Requirements: Must be able to lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds and push /pull a fully loaded book cart weighing up to 200 pounds.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including days, evenings and weekends. Must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background investigation.


  • PCCLD offers health insurance including a tele-health service, dental and vision insurance, HSA and FSA plans, employer paid life insurance, and 401(k) and PERA retirement plans. Full-time employees also receive paid vacation, sick, and personal leave.