Community Liaison – Hennepin County Library

Salary: $42,113.76 – $66,505.92 Annually
Location: Downtown Minneapolis
Job Type: Limited Duration: Regular Sched (FT with benefits)
Department: Library
Job Number: 18LIB608JRF030
Closing: 4/17/2018 11:59 PM Central

Hennepin County Library (HCL) is seeking a collaborative and innovative individual to support our goal of better connecting with and delivering relevant library services as part of our community embedded library services initiative. This position will play the lead role in coordinating and leading library programs and services in the Ventura Village and Phillips neighborhood and the American Indian Cultural Corridor. The person hired will be part of the Franklin Library staff and will work directly in the community with a focus on building and facilitating relationships within the library and with the community.

Library liaisons co-lead library focused community engagement initiatives. They work in partnership with a local librarian to extend library services directly into communities. Projects seek to identify and develop key partnerships, including partnerships with other Hennepin County initiatives and local, community organizations. Liaisons use skills in community engagement and outreach to build relationships with members of local community and cultural organizations and businesses to shape program elements and to inform the work of Hennepin County Library workgroups, helping ensure initiatives reflect community needs and interests.

This is a limited duration, full-time, benefit earning position expected to last up to 18 months. The work schedule will require working evening and weekend hours. This position will require traveling between Minneapolis Central and Franklin libraries and the American Indian Cultural Corridor.

HCL serves more than one million residents of the city of Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. The 41 library system offers more than 5 million books, CDs, and DVDs, materials in more than 40 languages, 1600 public computers, and an extensive website. Our mission is to nourish minds, transform lives, and build community together. The HCL staff, board, and community envision a future where library services ensure every person has the opportunity and resources to read, graduate, engage, work, and learn.

The primary duties and responsibilities of this position include:
• Work collaboratively with library staff to reach out to targeted communities and develop strategic, effective partnerships that connect underserved residents with library service.
• Collaborate with partner organizations to build responsive library services in the community.
• Serve as a representative of HCL at community meetings and events to stay connected with the community and promote HCL services in the area.
• Work in partnership with library staff in coordinating library programs and services occurring at the Franklin Library that meet the needs of the community and fulfill the mission of HCL.
• Strategically implement library services and programs occurring directly in the American Indian Cultural Corridor community through Pop-up Library events.
• Develop, manage, and measure service outcomes to ensure work meets identified goals.

Best Qualified Candidates will have:
• One of the following:
– Bachelor’s degree or higher in public administration, business administration, or another field appropriate to this position.
– Four or more years of experience related to this position, such as community engagement/outreach or volunteer experience, or experience working with the American Indian population, a school, library, or non-profit organization (experience can be substituted for education on a year for year basis).
• Deep knowledge of the Native American community and the American Indian Cultural Corridor.
• Demonstrated ability to deliver inclusive and responsive services to diverse communities.
• Experience building community connections with a wide variety of organizations, including schools, to collaborate, develop, and deliver programs or services.
• Experience working collaboratively with teams and groups.
• Access to reliable transportation to travel between Minneapolis Central and Franklin libraries and the neighborhoods surrounding the Franklin Library.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and communicate effectively with personnel at all levels.
• Ability to work evening and weekend hours.

Invitations to interview will be based on an assessment of education and experience. Bilingual candidates must pass a language assessment to qualify for bilingual duties and pay.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.

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