General Duty Statement
Performs intermediate level technical work promoting library services to targeted communities of color including immigrant communities. Facilitates and delivers library services with a focus on programs that contribute to children’s literacy development and school readiness as well as programs for adults such as job searching, and digital literacy. Provides direct services in English and/or a language other than English such as leading English language learning, providing translation and interpretation services, and delivering cultural competency training to Saint Paul Public Library staff and the public. Improves the effectiveness of Library communication with communities of color by developing and maintaining key contacts within the Communities. Serves as an internal consultant regarding specific communities of color to Saint Paul Public Library staff. Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
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Information regarding this position:
Candidates for this full time vacancy should be able to communicate fluently in Karen and demonstrate cultural competency with the Karen community represented in St. Paul. The Community Services Specialist will host remote and future in person Karen story times, facilitate digital literacy classes, and provide library information and resources to our underserved community.
Ideal candidates should have general background in community engagement, understanding of the immigrant and refugee experience or paths to citizenship, and ability to work with culturally diverse communities. The flexible and mobile nature of this role may include working at and traveling to multiple library locations and community partner locations, such as local schools. This position also requires working a flexible schedule including evening and weekend hours.
Essential Functions are the functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation. The Essential Functions for this position are identified in the Supplemental Information section of the Cultural Liaison Job Description.
The City of Saint Paul’s mission is to integrate equity and inclusion into how we approach all our work. Our vision is to be committed to building an equitable and inclusive city that will shift culture in city processes and policies, eliminate structural inequities, and ensure timely and relevant access to services, resources, support, and opportunity to every person in Saint Paul.
Must meet one of the following, as designated in the job announcement:
- A bachelor’s degree.
- Two years of college (60 semester credits) and two years of reference and referral library services experience.
- A Certificate in Urban Library Services or equivalent certification and one year of library services experience.
- Four years of experience in a social service agency providing direct client service and one year of library services experience.
- Four years of experience in a social service agency providing direct client service plus 12 college semester credits.
If applying for a position delivering services in a language other than English, must read and write fluently in the respective language.
By Closing Date, you MUST
- Submit a City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental Questionnaire.
- Upload the following documents via the online application system. You will not be able to submit your application without these documents attached. (Zip files and web links will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 10MB.)
- A copy of your resume (required),
- A copy of your certificate in Urban Library Services (if applicable),
- A copy of your proof of education (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), if required to meet the minimum qualifications.
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Selection Process Information
Provisional Employment: This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements. Provisional employees are not certified employees, but are eligible to receive benefits on the 1st of the month following 30 days of employment.
Final Selection Process: A Hiring Manager will consider applicants placed on the list of eligible candidates. You will be notified if you are invited to participate in the final selection process which may include an interview, job simulation, work sample submission, or other evaluation method.
Condition of Employment: This position will require a background check which may include criminal history, and employment history as a condition of employment. Candidates will be required to submit proof of education to Human Resources upon conditional job offer. The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history.
Human Resources Contact Information:
Diane Turnbull at 651-266-6506
200 City Hall Annex
25 West Fourth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
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Veteran’s Preference: If you are a veteran and would like to receive Veteran’s preference in accordance with MN Statute 197.455, you must submit a photocopy of your DD214 preferably at time of application. Click here for more information.
The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Working Title: Community Services Specialist – Karen
Official Title: Cultural Liaison – Karen