Pequot Library

Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science &
the Humanities to our Community

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Front Desk & Reference 
(203) 259-0346 ext. 115

Children
(203) 259-0346 ext. 116

Development & Membership 
(203) 259-0346 ext. 113

 

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Employment

Pequot Library active community event exteriorCURRENT OPENINGS:

  • PART-TIME CIRCULATION CLERK/
    NON-EXEMPT
  • CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN ASSISTANT/
    PART-TIME HOURLY/NON-EXEMPT
  • CALL FOR WEB DESIGNERS
  • COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT
  • DOCENT
  • PEQUOT INTERN

ABOUT PEQUOT LIBRARY

Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community. Our mission extends far beyond most traditional lending libraries. Pequot Library is housed in a historic building, framed by a Great Lawn, and located on over three acres in the charming village of Southport in Fairfield, CT. A small gem to be discovered, Pequot Library is a vibrant programming library where patrons arrive for high-impact cultural events and leave enriched and inspired.

For over seven generations, Pequot Library has been a cultural beacon of Fairfield County, providing professional, encouraging library services and diverse programming to our local and regional community.  Pequot Library:

•    Helps children develop a life-long interest in reading and learning through engaging programs and special activities.
•    Presents concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and a wide range of cultural, educational and community events in both its Auditorium/Concert Hall and The Perkin Gallery.
•    Engages the pressing issues of the day with its collections and adult programs.
•    Integrates its internationally important Special Collections of are books and materials into its day-to-day service to the community through exhibitions, programs, and hands-on events.

Preserves its original 1889 building, one of Connecticut’s historic treasures, as an ideal setting for all these activities.

Experience award-winning, professional musical performances in the prized acoustic of the Auditorium/Concert Hall (which is perhaps the finest performance venue of its size in the region) and discover distinctive exhibitions in The Perkin Gallery. We integrate Pequot’s nationally significant Special Collections of rare books and materials, local artists’ work, and renowned traveling displays from partnering institutions, on display free and open to everyone. Enjoy stimulating public programs: Meet best-selling Authors, explore important Issues of the Day with recognized experts, and view thought-provoking films and documentaries. More than 100,000 individuals of all ages are educated and entertained by more than 750 programs each year.

PART-TIME CIRCULATION CLERK/NON-EXEMPT
JOB SUMMARY
The circulation staff are those people with primary contact with visitors of all ages at Pequot Library. It is an essential part of their job that they project the warmth, helpfulness, and enthusiasm that is such an essential part of what makes Pequot Library such a unique and valued institution. They create an orderly and workable front desk environment that promotes overall materials circulation, program attendance, and membership growth. They will be requested to be available for some special events and programs as needed. The circulation staff reports to the Chief Librarian.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Handle operations at the Front Desk to achieve efficiency and warmth associated with Pequot Library.
• Prepare circulation desk for opening and closing
• Check books in and out, process holds, over dues, etc. and notify patrons when books arrive
• Perform ready reference and readers’ advisory services by helping patrons find the right book or item
• Responds to telephone inquiries promoting attendance at programs and use of services
• Monitors public use of library facilities and assists patrons in location of library materials and use of technology (public computers, copying machine, printer)
• Responsible for displays as well as shelving material
• Assist Children’s Librarian with youth services & youth programming
• Perform other library and program tasks as assigned
• Act as docent with rare book exhibitions and in The Perkin Gallery
• Saturdays, Sundays, and occasional evenings required to manage special events/rentals
• Other duties as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Bachelor’s degree required and some library experience, preferred
• High overall level of computer proficiency
• Ability to communicate effectively, courteously, and promote membership growth
• Ability and desire to serve the public of all ages
• Knowledge of current/popular books for Readers’ Advisory
• Ability to work as a team member
• Flexibility, sense of humor

Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to Chief Librarian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by September 15, 2017.

 CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN ASSISTANT/PART-TIME HOURLY, NON-EXEMPT
JOB SUMMARY
Reporting to the Children’s Librarian, the Children’s Librarian Assistant will support the Children’s Librarian and the Chief Librarian to ensure that children’s programs are running smoothly and efficiently. The right candidate will be passionate about children’s library services and enthusiastic about Pequot Library and its vibrant community programs. They will be a flexible team-player who enjoys working in a dynamic environment. Occasional evening and weekend hours as needed. Work schedule: Wednesday to Sunday.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Work closely with and support Children’s Librarian to provide stellar programs and library services to community children.
• Assist with set-up and support for family and children’s events
• Attendance at most major family events to provide adequate support
• Staff public or private events as needed
• Create flyers for upcoming children’s programs
• Help with children’s and circulation projects as needed, including weeding
• Occasional paging
• Act as substitute when needed
• Facilitate monthly Catch a Classic and a Slice program
• other duties as needed

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
Bachelor’s Degree and at least 3 years library experience required
• High overall level of computer proficiency
• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
• Ability and desire to serve the public of all ages
• Knowledge of current/popular books for children’s Readers’ Advisory
• Ability to work as a team member
• Flexibility and enthusiasm
Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
To apply, please submit a letter of interest and résumé to the Children’s Librarian (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by September 15, 2017.

CALL FOR WEB DESIGNERS
Pequot Library is designing a new website and we want to hire a Fairfield or New Haven County, CT web designer. Hire local, send us your proposal.

RFQ New Pequot Library Website:
Create a website that provides a clean, updated, modern, professional and engaging visual experience that is mobile responsive and effectively promotes services, events, registration, donations.
• New design entire site
• Robust Calendar (no private calendar needed) only public calendar
--One input goes to multiple pages
• Highlight new library books
• Events and programs
• Special Collections, robust portfolio (ArchivesSpace)or photo gallery in content pages
• Exhibitions with multiple events, migration to different web pages plus past exhibition pages
• Showcase unique aspects of Pequot Library
• New, more streamlined page content
• Imagery and content instantly connects visitors and converts them into patrons
• Clear navigation
• Integrate if needed Razor’s Edge (i.e. Charity Web, iContact) or keep separate
• Library Services, some forms, ILL etc.
• Ease of donation
• Homepage alert, weather alert
• Web hosting and maintenance
• Embedded meta data tagging
• Sirsi Dynix Library Catalog Integration, with Fairfield Public Library

Send proposals and sample portfolio to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING SUPPORT (unpaid volunteer)

POSITION SUMMARY
Pequot Library is a vibrant and unique library located in Fairfield, CT and housed in a historic Southport building. It is seeking a Communications and Marketing Support person. This is a part- time opportunity (approx. 15 hours per week). This energetic team member will support collateral materials both in print and online. He/she will work closely with the Director of Communications. The Communications and Marketing Support individual will be responsible for providing a consistent and professional representation of Pequot Library in all its communication vehicles.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Write press releases
•    Compile press book (copies of published articles in print and online)
•    Submit program information plus images to online calendars
•    Create flyers from template using Microsoft Word and images
•    Schedule, produce, and publish social media event updates
•    Provide marketing support of planned events and special communications
•    Create and update social media content on various sites
•    The intern will help support the entire Communications department, including print publications, public relations, web, and digital communications

BASIC REQUIREMENTS
•    Be passionate about libraries, art, music, and culture
•    Excellent written communications skills
•    Experience managing multiple social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter)
•    Proficient with Microsoft Office programs, plus Flickr, Facebook, Twitter
•    Excellent written communication and proof-reading expertise
•    Attention to detail
•    High organizational ability
•    Deadline oriented
•    Copyediting
•    Self-starter with a sense of initiative and responsibility
•    Friendly, outgoing & positive attitude

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS
•    Graphic design expertise a plus
•    Ideal candidate is organized, with strong attention to detail; possesses excellent computer skills and be able to work independently and complete projects quickly without sacrificing quality and accuracy.
•    Strong interpersonal, team-building & professional skills
•    Passion for the work, mission and values of Pequot Library
•    Superior time management and oral & written communication skills
•    Excellent multitasking and direct/open communication skills

TO APPLY
Applicants should send resume, cover letter, and a sample press release via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

DOCENT
Docents are volunteers who are trained to lead students in grades K-12 through tours of Pequot Library's history and architecture and/or materials on display from our Special Collections. Docents engage students through lively, interactive discussion, and a hands-on approach to learning while conveying the warmth that Pequot Library is known for. Click link here for more information about position and application.

PEQUOT INTERN
Become a part of our staff and learn the inner workings of a public library by becoming a Pequot Intern! We offer a number of internships in a variety of exciting fields, from development, to library services, to communications. To apply, download, fill out and return this application.

 

Development Associate
Job Description

The Development Associate will, with the Executive Director and the Advancement Committee, help lead the fundraising and development efforts at Pequot Library.  These efforts are aimed at implementing the Library’s plans to provide annual operating funds for the Library through grants, the annual fund, and an impending capital campaign. Essential to these goals is the establishment of careful, effective procedures and operations throughout the development office; and reaching out to expand the Library’s constituency.

The Development Associate will work closely with the Executive Director in planning and achieving these goals.  Working with the Board of Trustees and the Strategic Planning Committee, the Development Associate will help prepare a strategic plan for the Library, making sure that development goals are clearly spelled out.  They will help to establish and meet the target goals set forth in the Library’s budget for the Annual Fund.   Working together with the Development Committee, the Development Associate and the Executive Director will also help revise the plan for the capital campaign and begin to implement those plans.

The Development Associate coordinates all aspects of the design, production and mailing of development material in collaboration with Communications. The Development Associate will have primary responsibility in corresponding with existing and potential donors. In addition, the Development Associate oversees the training of clerical staff to handle data base management; helps compile Annual Report data; and provides some staff support with Special Events.

Specific Responsibilities
•    Assists development team in all fundraising and community engagement events and activities.
•    Plays an important role in the overall Development planning process
•    Documents and acknowledges all gifts and pledges; compiles development reports
•    Implements and manages stewardship program and other fundraising efforts.
•    Designs, documents and implements best practice for the timely and accurate recording of donations, donor preferences, research, and enters gifts in Raiser’s Edge
•    Processes accurate and timely gift acknowledgement letters for all fundraising efforts. Responds to inquiries from donors.
•    Produces routine and customized reports in support of fundraising efforts, including grants and annual solicitations; creates and maintains development calendar
•    Creates and exports data files for fundraising and marketing efforts in a timely and accurate manner.
•    Serves as a primary point of contact for database systems to ensure accurate and up-to-date reports
•    Conducts prospect research for donor cultivation and stewardship, as well as foundation and corporations
•    Assists in the production and mailing of appeals and newsletters, as well as assists with campaigns, special events and special projects.
•    Assists in the development of a major donor program
•    Maintains solicitation documentation i.e., prospect lists, solicitor lists, donor files, etc.
•    Writes grants and reports
•    Acts as liaison to individual solicitors, providing necessary materials and record of their activity
•    Acts as liaison with Board of Trustees and send regular board correspondence
•    Records minutes at Board meetings
•    Plans and implements cultivation events
•    Assists the Executive Director in the creation of agendas for Advancement Committee meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of experience in nonprofit
•    Experience cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major donors, foundations, and corporations
•    Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, ability to make Pequot Library come alive through top quality written material, stories, strategies, and talking points.
•    Fosters teamwork and collaboration among library staff, volunteers, and Board members
•    History of integrity and care for donor relations and stewardship with major gifts
•    Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends and evenings
•    Experience in libraries and/or art museums or a related degree a plus
•    Experience with Microsoft Office (including Excel and PowerPoint) and Raiser’s Edge

Salary Range:  $30,000-$40,000
About this Company
Bringing Literature, Music, Art, Science & the Humanities to our Community
Our mission extends far beyond most traditional lending libraries. Pequot Library is housed in a historic building, framed by a Great Lawn, and located on over three acres in the charming village of Southport in Fairfield, CT. A small gem to be discovered, Pequot Library is a vibrant programming library where patrons arrive for high-impact cultural events and leave enriched and inspired.

For over seven generations, Pequot Library has been a cultural beacon of Fairfield County, providing professional, encouraging library services and diverse programming to our local and regional community.  Pequot Library:

•    Helps children develop a life-long interest in reading and learning through engaging programs and special activities.
•    Presents concerts, exhibitions, lectures, and a wide range of cultural, educational and community events in both its Auditorium/Concert Hall and The Perkin Gallery.
•    Engages the pressing issues of the day with its collections and adult programs.
•    Integrates its internationally important Special Collections of are books and materials into its day-to-day service to the community through exhibitions, programs, and hands-on events.

Preserves its original 1889 building, one of Connecticut’s historic treasures, as an ideal setting for all these activities.

Experience award-winning, professional musical performances in the prized acoustic of the Auditorium/Concert Hall (which is perhaps the finest performance venue of its size in the region) and discover distinctive exhibitions in The Perkin Gallery. We integrate Pequot’s nationally significant Special Collections of rare books and materials, local artists’ work, and renowned traveling displays from partnering institutions, on display free and open to everyone. Enjoy stimulating public programs: Meet best-selling Authors, explore important Issues of the Day with recognized experts, and view thought-provoking films and documentaries. More than 30,000 individuals of all ages are educated and entertained by more than 500 programs each year.

Pequot Library Brings Culture to Life!
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