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Employment Opportunity: Librarian at P’oe Tsawa Community Library at Ohkay Owingeh

POSITION TITLE:           Librarian

CLASSIFICATION:          Exempt

DEPARTMENT:                Department of Education

SUPERVISOR:                Director of Education

GRADE:                          E3


Position Summary:

Under direct supervision of the Executive Director, promotes knowledge and education to Ohkay Owingeh by accomplishing the Library’s strategic objectives through planning, organizing, and supervising all functions required to operate and maintain departmental activities and services.

This list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only of the tasks performed by this position and is not all-inclusive.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develops a strategic plan for expanding, promoting, and administering the services of the Library.
  • Establishes, implements and communicates goals, objectives, policies, and procedures in accordance with strategic plan.
  • Oversees all program activities and services ensuring compliance with contracts and regulations; prepares long rang plan and determines scope of work to be rendered within legislative regulations and applicable policies and procedures.
  • Achieves financial objectives by preparing budget proposals, presenting and justifying budget recommendations for negotiations and approvals, and monitoring budget expenditures.
  • Conducts research and secures additional funding and grant monies for continuation and expansion of program services.
  • Maintains regular Library hours as required by State regulations and authorized by the Tribal Council or Governor.
  • Manages outreach services to promote reading and library usage; coordinates tutoring programs, adult lectures, and other programs as needed by the community.
  • Plans hands-on activities for children in OOCS and Head Start.
  • Provides training classes for seniors.
  • Promotes literacy through storytelling sessions and general tutoring sessions.
  • Schedules and conducts community activities.
  • Furnishes information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services.
  • Explains and assists in use of reference sources, such as periodical indexes, to locate information.
  • Assists staff and patrons in use of public access catalog and electronic equipment.
  • Searches files, reference shelves, and computerized information systems to locate requested information.
  • Selects and orders all materials for library collection; issues and receives materials for circulation or for use in library.
  • Performs original, contributed, and copy cataloging (physical or electronic) for library materials in all formats.
  • Develops library user guides, both printed and electronic.
  • Schedules community use of the Library for activities not sponsored by the Library programs.
  • Creates, presents, and submits reports on all Library activities.
  • Improves staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.
  • Hosts regular staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding program-related activities.
  • Coordinates the technology needs of the Library; purchases hardware and software; ensures staff is fully trained on systems, policies and procedures.
  • Represents the department and the Pueblo to other organizations and individuals.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.
  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.
  • Performs other duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications:

In New Mexico the licensure requirements for a librarian or media specialist requires a teaching license including common core standards with an endorsement in Media Science. Current valid New Mexico Driver’s License.  Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.


Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications:

  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and pueblo customs and traditions.
  • Knowledge of the functions and structure of Ohkay Owingeh.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.
  • Knowledge of records management procedures.
  • Knowledge of Library automation systems.
  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation, and basic arithmetic.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact and maintain good working relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with co-workers at all levels.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to work independently and meet strict time lines.
  • Ability to make solid decisions and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything, and continually seek improvement in results.
  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).
  • Skill in bibliographic, technological, and cataloging techniques as used in a Library setting.
  • Skill and ability in preparing reports and correspondence.
  • Skill in budget preparation and administration.
  • Skill in preparing, reviewing, and analyzing operational and financial reports.
  • Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.
  • Skill in analyzing problems, projecting consequences, identifying solutions, and implementing recommendations.


Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to walk; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


Work Environment:

Work is generally performed in an office setting with a low noise level.  Evening and/or weekend work may be required.  There is frequent interaction with the public and employees.  Tight time constraints and multiple demands are common.  Travel will be required for training, meetings, conferences, presentations, and other events.

Please call Ohkay Owingeh Human Resources to apply (505) 852-4400.

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