- PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER
- FRONT DESK STAFF
- COMMUNICATIONS SUPPORT
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.
PUBLIC PROGRAMS MANAGER
Full time; exempt salaried employee, 40 hours/week, including occasional evenings and weekends. An enthusiastic and energetic cultural leader to join the senior management team. This position reports to the Executive Director and manages the part-time School Programs Coordinator and Public Programs College/University Interns. The Programs Manager serves as a liaison to related volunteer committees.
In conjunction with the changing schedule of art exhibitions and installations of local archives and rare books and manuscripts, the Public Programs Manager develops and implements a wide variety of innovative and engaging public learning experiences for all ages, especially adults and families. Specifically the position manages an ambitious schedule of events involving artists, authors, musicians, performers and other vendors in the form of gallery talks, panel discussions, symposia, music concerts, theatrical performances, dance, book discussions/signings, and other related programming. This position works closely with the Library’s longstanding Meet the Author committee and major community partner, Music for Youth as well as other similar community groups.
- Develop and manage all speaker/performer contracts.
- Coordinate the schedule of public programs and work closely with Director of Communications on writing related press releases and program descriptions and the design of invitations and related collateral.
- Work closely with the Executive Director and the Consultant, Special Collections to develop an active line-up of unique and innovative interdisciplinary learning experiences for a diverse audience, including film series, day art and history trips, scholarly presentations, hands-on art-making and writing workshops, inter-generational learning opportunities, life-long learning opportunities for older adults, and other innovative experiential opportunities inspired by the collections and exhibitions.
- Working closely with the Childrens and Teen Librarians, this position develops and implements an active schedule of K-12 schools after-school, summer, and break programs throughout the year.
- Evaluate programs and build awareness and participation, being aware of community needs and interests.
- Post all public programs to the Library's website and on-line calendars as well as contribute to the Library’s overall social media presence.
- Working closely with the Children’s Librarian, support the Library’s major annual family and community events including the Fourth of July Parade, Caroling Party, Camp-Out on the Lawn, Pet Parade, and others.
- Manage the Library’s University/College student internship program.
- Other duties as needed.
• Bachelor’s degree in Education or a Humanities field with at least 3 years of professional experience working in a Library, nonprofit arts and/or culture organization or a museum/historical society.
• Proven track record of developing innovative public programs related to a wide variety of humanities fields and current events.
• Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills, ability to make Pequot Library come alive through top quality written material, stories, strategies, and talking points.
• Able to thrive in a faced-paced environment that supports teamwork and collaboration among library staff, volunteers, college/university interns and Board of Trustee members.
• Experience in libraries and/or art or history museums or a related degree a plus
• Prior supervision of professional staff and volunteer management.
Pequot Library is prepared to offer a competitive compensation package. Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Stephanie J. Coakley
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT 06890
COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING SUPPORT (unpaid volunteer)
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
• 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
• Self-starter with a sense of initiative and responsibility
• Friendly, outgoing & positive attitude
• 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
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.
PART-TIME FRONT DESK STAFF/WEEKEND AND EVENING
Job Overview: Weekend's free? Love books? This job's for you!
This is an exciting position, the right person is the face of Pequot Library. The Front Desk staff are those people with the primary contact with the public at Pequot Library. It is an essential part of their job that they project the warmth and helpfulness 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 staff on hand for special events and programs as needed.
• 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
• 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
• Responsible for displays as well as shelving materials
• 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 cover special events
Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• College Degree 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
Pequot Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.