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6125 - Librarian part-time (Ajo, Arizona)

Salary: $22.07 hourly
Job Type: Part-time
Job Number: 2023-00046
Salary Grade: 46

Closing: 02/10/2023 11:59 pm AZ

Are you looking for the opportunity to work on exciting projects and contribute to a mission-driven agency? The Pima County Public Library is pleased to welcome applicants for the part-time 6125 - Librarian position with the Salazar-Ajo Library, located in Ajo, Arizona.
This part-time, non-exempt position assists the managing Librarian in developing and implementing programs and services. In addition, this position assists in maintaining the collection, circulation services, supervision, and acting as in-charge supervisor in the absence of the managing Librarian.

Ajo, Arizona is an unincorporated community in the southwest corner of Pima County. Beginning as a mining community, Ajo is redefining itself as a retirement and tourism locale with a growing population of artists and craftspeople. Nestled in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Ajo is in close proximity to the Tohono O'odham Nation and, just 15 miles south, along the Sonora, Mexico border is Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, honored by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve for its biodiversity. Residents and travelers enjoy hiking, mountain biking, scenic drives, camping, and abundant desert wildlife. With clear night skies, stargazing is always appreciated.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be evaluated further based on their supplemental questionnaire responses. Applications will also be evaluated against some (or all) of the preferred qualifications listed above. Forty (40) hours per week is the standard calculation measurement for full-time experience; for less than forty (40) hours, the calculation of time is prorated accordingly.

Equal Opportunity Employer / Americans with Disabilities Act Compliant / Drug-Free Workplace 


(Work assignments may vary depending on the department's needs and will be communicated to the applicant or incumbent by the supervisor.)

Develops, facilitates, and/or presents evidence-based educational programs and services, including early literacy programs, community outreach activities for schools, community groups, neighborhood associations, youth advisory boards, and computer and technology instruction in person or virtually;

Participates in system-wide committee meetings and mentor support staff on assigned services and attends relevant continuing education trainings and workshops in order to incorporate current best practices in a particular service level;

Provides direct public library services to customers, including computer instruction for children, teens, and adults;

Interacts at the information desk, in library programs, or participates in community outreach activities;

Coordinates and participates in the provision of internal and external services, such as accounting, payroll, information technology, scheduling, personnel issues, management information services, purchasing, customer service, outreach, and library programing;

Manages, coordinates, and determines priorities of workload, including monitoring levels of resources, establishing timelines, assigning work, monitoring progress, recommending changes and suggestions, writing, reviewing, and editing reports prepared by staff, and approving completed projects and reports;

Plans and coordinates staff-presented or contracted library programs while monitoring annual division budget in accordance with service level needs determined by library management;

Promotes and educates customers on the use of library collections, including the library’s electronic resources, to other county departments and public, school, private, legal, medical, engineering, educational, and business libraries;

Performs or coordinates collection maintenance by recommending the acquisition of new materials, and applying professional standards in collection maintenance activities;

Creates, maintains, and analyzes databases using automated information systems to monitor and track information, such as customer feedback and/or community demographics and compile, edit, and summarize data to prepare reports, recommendations, memoranda, letters, and various documents;

Manages social media accounts for the library and communicates updates to the public using these accounts in accordance with county policies;

Maintains appropriate security and confidentiality of information encountered or created;

Provides assistance to members of the public by finding and relaying community resource information, particularly for vulnerable individuals experiencing stressful life circumstances, such as unemployment, housing insecurity, incarceration, food insecurity, mental health or drug-induced emergencies, domestic violence situations for individuals or families, or families involved in with DCS-sponsored supervised visits;

Participates in the review of the collection and recommends acquisition of new materials, and the culling and disposal of outdated or extraneous materials.


Knowledge of:

  • principles and practices for providing customer service;
  • coordination and implementation of project management and public administration;
  • current technologies, software platforms, programs, digital devices and equipment used in the library;
  • business English, punctuation, grammar and spelling;
  • local, county, state, federal, and accreditation body rules, regulations, and standards appropriate to area of responsibility;
  • public service best practices, including culturally competent community-driven programming, public relations, and conflict management complaint resolution;
  • research and analysis methods;
  • the different needs of the diverse communities and cultures served by the library;
  • County protocols, policies and procedures relative to area of assignment.

Skill in:

  • communicating effectively verbally and in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience;
  • mentoring support staff, interns, and volunteers using a strength-based approach;
  • problem solving, decision making and conflict resolution;
  • establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, colleagues, community agencies, organizations, and other library partners;
  • interpreting and utilizing data, reports, policies, procedures, correspondence, and manuals;
  • documentation of assigned division(s)’ activities to include creation and maintenance of mandated records, reports and presentations;
  • developing and maintaining a multi-media library collection;
  • evaluating and culling the collection to maintain its integrity and usefulness;
  • coordinating and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and program activities.

Minimum Qualifications


(1) A Master’s degree in library science (M.L.S.) from an accredited college or university.


(2) A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in library science, education, business, public administration or a closely related field as defined by the appointing authority at the time of recruitment and two years of professional experience working in a public library.

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly documented in the "Education" and "Work Experience" sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or write "see resume" on your application.

Preferred Qualifications: (Be specific in describing your experience in your application. Ensure the descriptions provided illustrate your competencies, specifically addressing the required and preferred qualifications.):

  1. Experience working in a public library.
  2. Excellent conflict resolution skills.
  3. Working experience in customer service.
  4. Bilingual (English/Spanish - speak, read, write).
  5. Experience communicating effectively in a language(s) other than English or Spanish.
  6. Working experience with children's services.
  7. Working experience with young adult services.
  8. Working experience with adult services.
  9. Working experience with diverse populations.
  10. Experience with/knowledge of Microsoft Office, digital downloads, and PC troubleshooting.
  11. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and decision-making skills.

Selection Procedure: Pima County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates that meet the minimum/desired qualifications. All applications will be assessed based on an evaluation of the listed education and experience. Candidates meeting the minimum/desired qualifications may be further evaluated/scored against any advertised Preferred Qualifications. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a referral list provided by Human Resources. Additional assessments/testing may be required as part of the selection process.    

Supplemental Information

Licenses and Certificates: Some positions may require specialized certification or licensure relative to assignment at the time of appointment or prior to completion of an initial or promotional probation period. Valid driver license is required at time of application. Valid AZ driver license is required at time of appointment. The successful applicant will be subject to a 39-month DOT Motor Vehicle Record review to determine applicant’s suitability to operate county vehicles in accordance with Pima County administrative procedures. Failure to obtain and maintain the required licenses and certifications shall be grounds for termination. Any offer of employment resulting from this recruitment is contingent upon Fleet Services’ review and approval of the candidate’s driving record.

Special Notice Item: The County requires pre-employment background checks. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening to include verification of work history, education and criminal conviction history. A prior criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify a candidate from employment with the County. Incumbent may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights and weekends. 

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.

EEO InformationPima County Government is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce and will not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, kinship, political interest, or any other characteristic protected by law.