Institutional Libraries Senior Consultant

Job title: Institutional Libraries Senior Consultant

$62928 – 65076 per year

Company: Colorado’s Department of Personnel & Administration

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Job description: Department Information

About the Colorado Department of Education

Through setting a clear vision for increasing student performance, CDE continually supports the advancement and improvement of the state’s education system to prepare all learners for success in a rapidly changing global workplace.


All students in Colorado will become educated and productive citizens capable of succeeding in society, the workforce, and life.


The mission of the Colorado Department of Education is to ensure that all students are prepared for success in society, work, and life by providing excellent leadership, service, and support to schools, districts, and communities across the state.

Why work for Colorado Department of Education?

We offer great location and great benefits which include:

  • Medical and dental plans
  • Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
  • Employee wellness programs
  • Paid life insurance
  • Short and long-term disability coverage
  • No Cost ECO Pass
  • 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
  • Flexible work schedule options, training opportunities, and more

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Creates and sustains a positive workplace culture that conveys the value of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization.
  • Encourages additional learning and reflection related to these topics and models these actions.
  • Takes swift and appropriate action(s) to stop any discrimination, harassment, and/or microaggressions when discovered, consulting Human Resources as appropriate.
  • Completes required training regarding EDI

“ADAAA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact by phone or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.”

Description of Job

Position Summary:

The Institutional Libraries Senior Consultant provides library leadership and technical advice for the Institutional Library Development Office as described in Colorado Revised Statute 24-90-105. This senior consultant works with multiple state agencies responsible for adult prisoners and patients and youth in detention and educational facilities to ensure institutional libraries that support their agency missions to educate, treat, and transition residents to Colorado communities. The position reports to the Institutional Library Development Supervisor.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with and advise facility managers and staff of Colorado Department of Education, Colorado State Library, Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado community libraries, and other state and national library and correctional organizations to provide library staff and services that meet statutory requirements and institutional library standards.
  • Develop, promote, and apply policy, standards, best practices, and assessment measures for institutional libraries.
  • Assess institutional libraries; report on effectiveness of programs, collections, and services; and provide resources that support and encourage continuous improvement.
  • Coordinate, design, and conduct professional development to address stakeholder staff training needs. Collaborate with stakeholder agency staff to establish a library staff allocation that meets institutional library standard. Advise stakeholder agencies on recruitment and retention of qualified library staff.
  • Plan library design and services for new and expanding institutions and to address library deficiencies.
  • Develop and continuously monitor library collections in multiple institutions. Establish system and/or branch collection development plans; acquire and recommend acquisition and deacquisition of materials to comply with the plan.
  • Prepare budget requests for Institutional Library Development and stakeholder agency funding based on assessed need and availability of multiple state and federal grant funds, general or other state funds, education and school district funds, and resident welfare funds.
  • Seek and engage in continuing education and professional development applicable to institutional libraries and librarianship.
  • Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Education Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent from an NCATE or ALA accredited institution in Library Science, Educational Technology/Media, or Information Science.

Competency and Qualification Requirements:

A minimum of 3 years’ professional library experience, including at least 2 years’ experience managing or consulting with institutional libraries. Experience in the following is preferred in the order listed: in an adult or youth correctional facility library; consulting or supervisory experience with multiple libraries; in a public library; in a school library.

Evidence of broad knowledge of library principles and practice that impact policy relevant to libraries applying a public, school, or institutional library model: collection development and management, including selection, acquisition, and intellectual freedom; processing materials, including classification and cataloging; program development; accessibility; reference service; reader’s advisory service; planning, evaluating, and reporting on library services; use and management of an ILS; user privacy; and searching online databases.

Proven experience developing and conducting effective training for library staff.

Demonstrated ability to collaborate as a member of a team and frequently to serve as project leader without supervisory authority over team members.

Evidence of organization, flexibility, a high tolerance for ambiguity and change, and ability to juggle multiple demands.

Highly persuasive written and oral communication skills to successfully promote libraries in non-library agencies.

Ability to justify and manage multiple budgets, keeping detailed, accurate records.

Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (primarily Word, Excel, and Outlook), the Chrome environment (primarily Drive, Gmail, Sheets, and Docs), and the administrative functions of at least one professionally recognized integrated library system.

Able to identify and implement technology and software to meet changing needs of stakeholders.

Able and willing to travel extensively in Colorado.

Able and willing to successfully complete background investigation, drug screening, and any training required by stakeholder agencies to ensure ongoing access to secure facilities.

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:
Applicants MUST submit a resume and letter of interest detailing how their experience and background address the stated minimum and preferred qualifications/competencies of the job and attach to the online application. Applications left blank or marked “See Resume” will not be accepted.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online application.
  • Provide a cover letter that includes how your knowledge, skills, and abilities will enable you to successfully serve institutional libraries and their staff and residents.
  • A resume (attach to your online application).

Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration.

***Please DO NOT attach transcripts, certificates, or reference letters***

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Colorado Department of Education is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Jessica Martella, at or call 303-957-6895.

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Location: Denver, CO

Job date: Wed, 01 Sep 2021 22:45:09 GMT

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