Closing Date
Contact Officer
Renee Poppi
Contact Number
M: 0439 435 071 or E:
Hinchinbrook Shire Council, QLD



Closes at 5.00pm on Wednesday 15 November 2023

Corporate and Community Services Directorate 
Community and Culture Department 
Ongoing Full-time Position (72.5hrs per fortnight)
Salary Band: Level 5 LGIA $80,429 - 83,939 per annum

Purpose of Role

The Librarian is a new position that has been established in the Community and Cultural Services team.  This role is responsible for providing high-quality library service to the Hinchinbrook region, with a focus on managing the daily operations of the library service delivered through the region’s two libraries which satisfies the community’s informational, recreational and educational needs, in accordance with Council’s Corporate and Operational Plan and State Government Public Library guidelines and standards.

Key Accountabilities

  • Ensure the provision of excellent customer service at the library by overseeing and leading day-to-day activities involved in the operations of a library service across all locations.
  • Deliver the First 5 Forever program to ensure an ongoing commitment to early literacy development.
  • Develop a range of literacy programs suitable for all ages in the library and collaborate with other Community and Culture team members and key stakeholders in the development of service-wide programming.
  • Promote library resources and activities by working with the Community and Culture team and Council’s media staff to produce and deliver promotional communications, and by organising displays and activities for events such as First 5 Forever program, Children’s Book Week, Library and Information Week, Senior’s Week, and Meet the Author Days.
  • Effectively engage with volunteer network and reinvigorate the network of volunteers and community organisations and groups to promote library usage, raise the profile of the library and be involved in activities that support the achievement of shared goals.
  • Encourage the use of the library as a venue to promote local work, including events such as book launches, display of promotional materials by local authors and items with local content, and other activities of local groups and individuals.
  • Oversee Hinchinbrook Shire Library Special collections to include a wide range of materials and formats, both historical and contemporary, relating to the local area and are reflective of the various communities within it.
  • Contribute to the planning, development and implementation of library policy and strategic direction across the region.
  • Management of library collections which meet the information, education, recreation and cultural needs of the community, and support the development of lifelong learning.
  • Ensure all employees and volunteers work as a cohesive, supportive and high functioning team. This includes providing ongoing supervision, support, staff development and training, and working through regular performance development reviews and behaviour, performance or conduct concerns.
  • Assist the Community and Cultural Services Coordinator with grant applications and other funding activities designed to promote and support the library service.
  • Ensure that assigned budgets are financially managed so that allocated projects are delivered within budget and any exceptions are reported to the Coordinator.
  • Maintain accountability and appropriate use of information systems and maintain vigilance to comply with record keeping requirements.

Basis for selection

We are seeking applicants who, within the context of the role responsibilities detailed above, possess the following key attributes:

  • Demonstrated current or previous experience in library operations, preferably from a regional perspective in public libraries or similar customer experience environment.
  • Knowledge and ability to implement and maintain Library Management Systems, online platforms, equipment, and technology relevant to delivery of innovative public library services.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience and understanding of developing, coaching and positively influencing the knowledge and skills of a small team.
  • Demonstrated experience and proven ability to manage budgets and monitor income and expenditure.
  • Highly developed communication, consultative, interpersonal and negotiation skills, with the ability to liaise with staff, government agencies and the public with tact and understanding.
  • Highly developed and effective organisational and time management skills
  • High level proficiency, skills, experience and aptitude in word processing, document review and formatting of correspondence, policies and procedures, use of databases, electronic document management systems, intermediate spreadsheet skills and presentation design.

Other requirements

The following other requirements are applicable to this role:

  • Mandatory requirement to have a Working with Children Check (Blue Card) or the ability to obtain prior to commencement.
  • The possession of vocational, tertiary or postgraduate qualifications in a Library and Information Sciences related discipline will be highly regarded.
  • Eligibility for associate membership of the Australian Library and Information Association or willingness to attain will be desirable.
  • The incumbent may be required to travel on official business and the possession of a C class driver’s license may be required.
  • The successful applicant will be required to undertake a pre-employment functional capacity examination due to the physical lifting requirements of the position.

How to Apply

To submit your application, click 'Apply for Job' and follow the required steps: 

  1. Your current resume including a comprehensive employment history with functions or roles performed, dates of employment, major achievements or awards, and tertiary or other qualifications. All attachments for online or email applications must be in PDF or Microsoft Word format.
  2. A statement outlining your suitability for this position, which should include examples to demonstrate your suitability for the role in response to what you will need to succeed section. 

Please provide the name and contact details of at least two referees (at least one referee must have thorough knowledge of your conduct and performance within the previous two years). 

Important Information 

Pre-employment screening checks are undertaken as part of selection, which are inclusive of social media collateral checks, Criminal History Checks, Pre-Employment Medicals, Functional Capacity Examinations, and Drug and Alcohol testing for specific roles.
To find out more about this vacancy contact Renee Poppi on 0439 435 071 or

Hinchinbrook Shire Council is an equal opportunity employer. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and disadvantaged job seekers are encouraged to apply. Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. 

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