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Employment Opportunity: Assistant Library Director, Hobbs Public Library

The City of Hobbs invites application for the position of Assistant Library Director.


Directs and evaluates the activities of circulation technicians and library pages; plans and organizes schedules, workloads and assignments.  


  • Handles all customer circulation related issues, including damaged and lost materials, and questions concerning new library cards.  
  • Responsible for performance appraisals, discipline, vacancies, scheduling, training, on-boarding new employees, policies and procedures, etc.  
  • Provides customer service at front desk as needed to provide back-up and support.  
  • Assists library customers in the use of services, facilities and equipment. 
  • Balances daily cash and coin-op; prepares re-cap sheet and forwards to City Clerk’s office.   
  • Oversees return of books and materials to shelves and other storage areas.  
  • Submits customer Interlibrary Loan requests from the national database (OCLC) and other ELIN libraries.  
  • Arranges job-specific training and recommends professional workshops to staff.  
  • Participates in Outreach such as offering tours to groups, school presentations and education to various community groups.  
  • Supervises closing and securing the facility and equipment at the posted closing time. 
  • Maintains responsibility for the management and operations of the Hobbs Public Library in the absence of the Library Director. 
  • Assists Library Director in budget planning process. 
  • Attends Commission meetings, staff meetings and other meetings as needed in the absence of the Library Director. 


May serve on various employee committees, as required and assigned.  

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.   

This position is subject to the City of Hobbs’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy which includes one or more of the following; pre-employment testing, post-accident testing, random testing, reasonable suspicion testing, return to duty testing and follow-up testing.  


Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited University in a closely related field required. Currently enrolled in an accredited University actively pursuing an ALA-accredited (American Library Association) Master’s degree in Library Science to be successfully completed within two years upon hire is required.  

Two (2) years of compensated supervisory work experience required, preferably in a public library setting. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Principles and practices of library administration, supervision, management and personnel administration. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Dewey Decimal System.  
  • Knowledge of bibliographic sources of information, and departmental policies pertaining to library services.  
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and use good judgement, initiative and resourcefulness when dealing with employees, professional contacts, and the public.  
  • Ability to gain knowledge of the library’s automated ILS (Integrated Library System) and its uses; and remain current as technology changes. 
  • Ability to adapt to changing work priorities and frequent interruptions. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, especially during staff shortages that may include an evening, and/or Saturdays. 
  • Ability to understand, follow and communicate written and oral instructions. 
  • Proficiency with a variety of software programs related to library operations, integrated library systems, email and calendaring applications, and Microsoft Word.  

Valid state-issued driver’s license. Ability to obtain professional permanent certification with the New Mexico State Library within 24 months of hire.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear, and reach with hands and arms from a standing position. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, kneel and use hands and fingers to handle or feel objects. The employee is occasionally required to stoop or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.  


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. 

The City of Hobbs Is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a drug and smoke free workplace. Apply Online at:

About Carmelita Aragon

Carmelita is the State Data Coordinator for the New Mexico State Library

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