Employment opportunities

Clerical positions: JCL continually accepts applications for a pool of clerical positions. The starting wage for a Clerk I position is $10.00 per hour. Customer service or library experience preferred. Minimum qualifications for a Clerk are a high school diploma or equivalent. Apply in person at any Jefferson County Library Branch.

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Volunteering opportunities

JCL welcomes people of all ages to donate their time to give back to the community through volunteering at the library. Contact your local branch for more information. The volunteering policy is available here and the volunteer application is available here.


DIRECTOR Jefferson County Library District High Ridge MO

The Jefferson County Library District located in Jefferson County, Missouri, just south and part of the St. Louis metro area, is looking for a new Director upon the pending retirement of the Director.


The Library Director is the chief executive officer responsible for the overall operations and administration of the Library District. The Director works with the senior management team to plan, create and implement programs, policies and procedures, identify funding sources and co-ordinate fund-raising activities, and develop long range service strategies, goals and objectives for the library district.

The Director oversees the hiring, evaluation, discipline and termination, and direction of all other district employees in the performance of their duties. The Director works with the Assistant Directors to supervise the preparation and administration of the district budget, as approved by the Board of Trustees.

The Director must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Trustees, other library consortia partners, library-related organizations, the administrators of the Fox, Windsor and Northwest School Districts, and of Jefferson College, public officials, community organizations and groups, the media and the general public. This position requires excellent oral and written communication skills, extensive community outreach and legislative advocacy.

The Director reports to the Jefferson County Library Board of Trustees, and serves as an ex officio (nonvoting) member of the Jefferson County Library Foundation. The Director works with each Branch Manager to maintain good relations with the Arnold, Northwest and Windsor Branch Friends of the Library groups.

The Director keeps the Board apprised of current and future trends in library services, and recommends appropriate library policies for Board adoption. The Director represents the Library District and is expected to participate in consortia governance and state, regional and national library associations as time and budget allow.


  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association

  • At least five years of recent, progressively responsible experience in professional library work at an administrative or upper management level

  • Experience working with consortia and other resource-sharing partnerships

  • Consistently demonstrated rapport with library staff by prioritizing their questions and concerns, and involving staff in the decision-making process.

  • Commitment to patron privacy and to diverse, equitable and inclusive services and collections

  • Knowledge of and experience with basic accounting and business practices related to library budgets and operations

  • Experience with strategic planning, grant writing and fundraising

  • Ability to exercise discretion and good judgment when dealing with problems and challenges

  • Ability to communicate persuasively in interactions with the Board, the staff, and the public

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and meet deadlines

  • Must pass criminal records check

  • Must have a current driver’s license in good standing and reliable personal vehicle


  • Experience serving suburban, exurban and rural communities

  • Ability to motivate excellent performance in a team environment by modeling behavior, coaching skills, promoting cooperation and mentoring staff

  • Basic working knowledge of cataloging and MARC records

  • Intermediate working knowledge of office and library-related technology and social media platforms

  • Familiarity with Open Source ILS systems; Evergreen ILS is a plus

  • Strong conflict resolution skills and ability to defuse volatile situations when dealing with patrons and staff

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to carry 15 lb. loads over 100 feet

  • Ability to push a loaded book cart (approximately 50 lbs.) a distance of 25 feet without stopping

  • Ability to stand for up to three hours at a time without a break

  • Ability to use a step stool and to lift 2 lbs. overhead to a height of 7.5 feet; and to bend, stoop and kneel on the floor

  • Ability to hear persons speaking in a conversational voice at a distance of 4 feet and on the telephone

  • Ability to speak clearly and audibly and be heard by persons standing at a distance of four feet and on the telephone

  • Ability to read 10 pt. type on a page or screen

  • Physical dexterity and ability to operate a computer keyboard, a telephone handset, and other office equipment

  • In compliance with ADA requirements, ability to meet these requirements with appropriate assistive technology.


The Library Director is a full time position (executive exempt FLSA), Weekend and evening hours are required as needed to fulfill the duties of the position. The Director may also need to work from home, and the necessary equipment and technical support will be provided by the Library District.

Salary and Benefits:

Annual salary is negotiable based on experience, starting at $65,000. The Jefferson County Library District provides a generous benefit package including: health, dental and vision insurance; life and accidental death insurance; a defined benefit pension through the Missouri LAGERS pension system; an optional deferred compensation plan through AIG VALIC, generous accrued sick leave and annual leave; 13 paid holidays and one personal day per year; Bereavement, Civic and Military Leave; Flex Time Option; and an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) for employees and their immediate families.

Jefferson County Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information about Jefferson County Library visit our website at www.jeffcolib.org

Jefferson County is one of the oldest and most scenic counties in Missouri, with beautiful rolling hills and creeks, and offers a variety of affordable housing and lifestyles, from suburban to rural, located within easy driving distance of the many sports and cultural amenities of the St. Louis metro area.


Please send a single page cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position; a resume listing your contact information, education and relevant previous employment; a copy of your diploma or other verification of your Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science including the name of the institution and the date the degree was bestowed; and three letters of professional reference to:

DIRECTOR SEARCH, Jefferson County Library District, Central Services Office, 5678 State Road PP, High Ridge MO 63049 or e-mail documents to dbyron@jeffcolib.org

Search closes October 1, 2020


Reference Senior Clerk I at the Northwest Branch

Part time, 25-28 hours per week, including evenings and weekends

As a Reference Senior Clerk some of your responsibilities will be to assist patrons with reference questions, collection development, assist patrons with digital resources one-on-one and in a classroom setting, and plan and present programs for adults as well as intergenerational events for both teens and adults. You will assist with building opening and closing procedures, become a passport acceptance agent, and attend various continuing education events.


· 60 hours of college credit OR 4 years related library experience

· Ability to interact pleasantly with customers and library employees

· Ability to create and deploy engaging programs & classes for adults

· Strong written and verbal communication skills

· Ability to multi-task and stay organized in a rapidly changing environment

Schedule: Our hours of operation are currently Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 am until 5:00 p.m. with Sunday hours pending. These hours will change post Covid. You can expect to work two to three evening shift per week and at least one Saturday (8:30-5) per month.

Salary: $12.50/hour

Position start date October 2020