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Chief of Public Libraries & State Networking

Recruitment #17-005058-0001



State Salary Grade 23

Annual Salary Range: $68,959 - $100,660


Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building

200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position serving as the Chief of Public Libraries and State Networking Branch (PLSNB), responsible for providing leadership for the planning, development and improvement of Public Library Services and the State Library Network while promoting statewide library partnerships throughout Maryland.


Provides leadership in the development and implementation of educational support, Pre-K-18 and lifelong learning, and activities supporting individuals with disabilities; directs and coordinates all activities of the Public Libraries and State Networking Branch (PLSNB) including: the development of programs and services; oversees the formulation and implementation of State plans for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA); provides guidance for improving library services and coordination of State Library Network and other collaborative inter-library activities; assists in developing annual budget and strategic plans; provides consultation, guidance, and direction to public library administrators; manages federal and State grant programs.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association.

EXPERIENCE: Six years of professional experience in library administration, management, and supervision to include experience in planning and program development. Public Library experience is preferred.


Knowledge of trends and practices for providing  library services, including the changing role of libraries in a technology-rich environment; knowledge of demographic and cultural trends; knowledge of the Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA);  knowledge of planning, policy development and financial concerns that impact the development of improved library services; knowledge of budget development and expenditure controls; skill in leading and managing staff to accomplish unified initiatives and goals; skill translating trends and needs in to strategic directions and subsequently into innovative, results-oriented programs; ability to work collaboratively within various groups; ability to develop standards, guidelines and other criteria for the implementation, evaluation and improvement of library services; ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and travel throughout the state are required.  Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


For immediate consideration please submit your application by May 19, 2017 – Open Until Filled


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If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for  - Education Program Manager I,  Public Libraries & State Network Branch Chief (#039647) - Jobaps# 17-005058-0001 Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.  

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Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request