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Assistant to the College Librarian


The Assistant to the College Librarian coordinates office functions for all library units and locations.  They provide organizational and technical support for library budgets, purchasing and spending, make arrangements for professional travel and meetings, and provide events and facilities management for the college librarian and library staff. The person in this role possesses excellent organizational and administrative skills, knowledge of accounting and business practices, and the ability to communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, and external vendors.

*This position reports to the College Librarian under the division of the Dean of the Faculty, and primarily works on campus interfacing with faculty, staff, and students.*

Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive and cost-free medical and dental insurance for you, and a 60% discount on medical and dental insurance for your dependents, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half day Fridays in the summer, and many other campus amenities

This is a full-time, non-exempt role with work hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a one hour unpaid lunch. The hiring wage for this position is $24.00 - $26.00. This is not a remote position.

Who You Are

  • You are committed to creating and supporting a workplace where equity, diversity, and inclusion are valued. 
  • You are highly motivated to organize tasks and workflows, solve problems, and make things work as efficiently as possible.
  • You are knowledgeable about administrative support practices, office systems and procedures. 
  • You pride yourself on meeting deadlines while maintaining high levels of quality and accuracy in your work.
  • You would enjoy working in an academic environment and interacting with students, faculty, and other staff.
  • You are trustworthy and are comfortable working with confidential information.
  • You are an early adopter of new technology. You enjoy collaborating with others using technologies such as Google Workspace. 
  • You maintain professionalism under pressure. You don’t mind when the plan changes, especially if the plan changes for the better.
  • You anticipate the needs of those around you and find ways to best support them.
  • You sweat the details. You enjoy being the person who manages the particulars.
  • You are a calendar wizard and can make magic happen with your manager’s and supporting team member’s schedule.

What You’ll Do

  • Support the college librarian and other library staff in a broad range of administrative duties.
  • Ensure effective operation and maintenance of library offices, equipment, furnishings, and facilities.
  • Assist in the preparation of and monitor departmental budgets managed by the college librarian.  Ensure that payments are made in a timely and accurate fashion.  Monitor and manage purchasing and payments, including credit card transactions, expense reimbursement statements, travel requests, and other related requisitions assuring proper approvals, coding, and record-keeping.  
  • Support planning and preparation for facilities requests and projects.  Serve as liaison to Reed staff and external vendors for the management of building and facilities projects. Ensure ongoing cleaning, repair and maintenance of library offices and common areas.  
  • Coordinate creation of signage, directories, and other communications regarding use of library services and facilities.
  • Manage travel, catering, and other events arrangements for library functions.
  • Participate in library staff meetings and working groups.  

Desired Qualifications

  •  Thorough knowledge of a full range of administrative support practices, office systems and procedures.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines while maintaining accuracy.
  • Ability to develop systems and procedures to increase efficiency in day-to-day operations of library offices.
  • Knowledge of business and accounting practices
  • Background or experience in working with diverse populations of individuals
  • Knowledge of or interest in working in an academic environment.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years of college, an associate degree, or relevant work experience.
  • 2 years of office and administrative support experience.

Application Instructions

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but pdf works best. In your cover letter, please provide an answer to the following question:  

Why are you interested in Reed College and how will your experience benefit the College with you in this role?

Applications will be considered as they are submitted so you are encouraged to apply early. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.