POSITION: Learning Coordinator
DEPARTMENT: Human Resources
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is seeking a Learning Coordinator who is passionate
about learning and staff development to support an inclusive environment that attracts and develops innovative and motivated people from all backgrounds. The Learning Coordinator manages, develops, and implements training and continuing education programs to provide, support, and guide core skills, professional development, and leadership abilities for approximately 160 library staff system-wide, covering 11 locations across Whatcom County, with special emphasis on new employee training.
The Learning Coordinator is responsible for:
Program Planning and Instructional Design: In collaboration with supervisors and coordinators, determines current and anticipated skills required to achieve the Library’s strategic plan and service priorities. Proactively identifies and assesses training needs to develop course content. Creates required training materials and documentation.
Training Delivery: Plans, develops, organizes, and implements a wide range of continuing education activities for the library system and staff with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity within the organization and throughout service delivery. Facilitates and/or delivers training and workshops as appropriate. Implements adult learning theory and instructional design principles in the creation of curriculum for learning events. Contracts with vendors to deliver specialized training,
and develops and manages service contracts. Conducts training evaluations to assess against targeted learning goals.
Employee Onboarding: Coordinates the training of all new staff in WCLS policies and procedures. Trains new public services staff in reader’s advisory, reference, system services and policies, collection work, and in the use of electronic resources as appropriate to their position needs.
Staff Learning Day: Serves as the project lead to plan, coordinate, and develop WCLS annual Staff Learning Day.
Learning Organization: Supports and embodies the principles of a learning organization. Plans, coordinates, and implements Emerging Leader Program.
Materials selection: Exercises professional judgment to identify, evaluate, select, and maintain library materials in the professional collection of the Whatcom County Library System.
Budget and Grant Management: Documents and maintains budget tracking with respective departments for training expenditures. Oversees grant application, tracking, and claim submission process for training opportunities through the Washington State Library, Washington Library Association, or other sources.
QUALIFICATIONS: You are passionate about the value and importance of employee development and lifelong learning. You are culturally aware, and well versed in issues that under-represented populations face in the workplace. You communicate effectively and have the ability to lead difficult conversations and facilitate training related to sensitive topics such as diversity and building an inclusive workplace. You have knowledge of and experience in applying adult learning theory to program and curriculum development and delivery of course content. You understand the core principles and values of librarianship, with an ability to provide instruction in the delivery of public library service. Must have the ability to speak, understand, and write English clearly and concisely. Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and five or more years’ relevant library experience, with demonstrated success in learning and development, program delivery, and project management. Master of Library Science
preferred. New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.
THE LIBRARY SYSTEM: WCLS has been sharing stories in Whatcom County since 1944, currently through ten branches, a bookmobile and outreach services. With a reputation for exceptional customer service, innovation, and fiscal accountability, WCLS holds a collection of more than 438,000 items and has implemented services such as downloadable eBooks, e-magazines, e-music and e-audiobooks, music streaming,
chat reference service, text messaging, and a mobile app. WCLS strives to provide top-notch library services in an energetic and inclusive environment that fosters professional growth, creative problem solving, collaboration, and an appreciation for humor.
LOCATION: Primary work location at WCLS Administrative Service Center, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226. Perennially recognized by the national media as one of the best places to live in America, Whatcom County is a place that truly has something for everyone. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, and charming communities, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State. Located 90 minutes from Seattle and within an hour of
Vancouver, British Columbia, the County is the perfect mix of friendly rural communities with the amenities and attractions of large cities nearby.
UNION: This position is represented by AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 1581.
SCHEDULE: FLSA-exempt position with 40 regular scheduled weekly hours; some evening and weekend hours may be necessary on an occasional basis. Successful candidates may be required to adapt to future schedule changes depending on library needs.
COMPENSATION: $4,989 per month with excellent benefits including Social Security, retirement, long-term disability insurance, medical, dental, and optical insurance; paid vacation and sick leave, EAP, and a fun and innovative work environment that values the contributions of our employees.
POSTING DATES: Monday, 06/15/2020 through Friday, 07/10/2020
APPLICATION: Submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Friday, 07/10/2020 to:
Christina Read, Human Resources Manager
Whatcom County Library System
5205 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: (360) 305-3607
* APPLICATION PACKETS MUST INCLUDE:
• Completed WCLS Employment Application (available at the address above, any branch library, or online at https://www.wcls.org/work-with-us/.)
• Résumé and cover letter that illustrates your relevant professional library experience, and your experience in training and development of staff, and how it would help you meet the demands of
POSITION: Learning Coordinator