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We're Hiring!

This is a great time to join our team at the Plaistow Public Library. 

Help us re-invent the Plaistow Public Library as THE place to connect, discover and learn. Details below.

Programming and Publicity Coordinator

Job Description: Download here
Schedule: 26-30 hrs/ week, flexible, including some evenings and weekends
Compensation: $16.00 - $19.00 per hour, including Paid Time Off
Accountability: Reports to the Library Director
Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Deadline: Open until filled

Are you a passionate community-builder who can create a full slate of library events to create amazing experiences for our adult patrons?

Are you a great communicator with outreach, marketing or public relations experience?

Are you excited about working collaboratively with local partners to deepen and broaden community connections in our town and region?

If so, our new Programming and Publicity Coordinator position is for you.

Brainstorming, planning, marketing, event-day execution, follow-up evaluation and reporting – these are certainly part of the job description, but they only scratch the surface of the vision we hope you’ll have a role in drafting and bringing to life.

We want to maintain the best traditions of library programming (book groups, author visits, open houses, lectures, displays, exhibits). But to meet the evolving needs of our town, the Library also has to continually re-invent itself and change the ways people think about libraries.

If the concepts of embedded librarianship, collaborative consumption, or the sharing economy inspire or intrigue you, then you have a sense of the paths we want to explore together.

No doubt, you have the indispensable qualities of a great colleague – professionalism, a positive attitude, great work ethic, good sense of humor, eagerness to learn and challenge yourself. So what else are we looking for?

You have some, and hopefully most, of the following ABILITIES & TRAITS

· You’re curious about what makes a community "work” and love meeting new people

· You’re passionate about engaging groups through unique public events and serving as a fuse to ignite latent social energies

· You can roll up your sleeves to just Get Things Done while not losing sight of the big picture or your creative spirit

· You love helping others share their stories, ideas and experiences

· You’re an energetic self-starter

· You can mobilize and inspire others to work together while exhibiting humility and exemplary listening skills

· You can focus on not just the who, what, when and how of programs, but also the WHY

· You love looking outside of normal library channels for inspiration and great ideas

· You can prioritize and handle multiple projects at the same time, handling bumps in the road with composure and grace

· You’re an explorer who can proactively seek out new partnerships

· You can represent the library with confidence "out there”, in spaces where our patrons actually live, work and play

· You don’t mind taking risks or trailblazing a new path, even if it means there may be times when 5 people show up to an event

· You want more than just a job – "If I can’t dance, it’s not my revolution!”

And here are some BONUS SKILLS & ABILITIES. Great if you got one or more of ‘em!

· Technological chops – experience with web editing (HTML/ CSS), Microsoft Excel, writing code in any language

· A design sensibility – proficiency with Adobe products, Microsoft Publisher, or infographics or data visualization software

· Traditional and/or social media wrangling

· Fundraising and/ or grant seeking/ writing skills

· Proficiency with audiovisual technologies (photography, film, sound equipment)

· Success as a coach, actor, teacher or community organizer

If this sounds like you, or someone you know, please review the JOB DESCRIPTION to learn more about the responsibilities and benefits that come with the position.


Submit a resume and cover letter via our JobScore recruiting page.

We would also welcome relevant work samples – a press release or flyer, a design-inspired or video resume, a Prezi – anything illustrating what you're capable of and where your dreams might take us. Show us your A game!

Samples of non-Microsoft Word files should be shared electronically by whatever method's most convenient, or mailed to the Library to the attention of Cab Vinton, Director.