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Branch Chief, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Recruitment #12-005058-002



Main Purpose of Job

This is a professional position serving as the Chief of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH), responsible for providing leadership and support for the planning, development and improvement of statewide library services for all blind, visually impaired, physically disabled and reading disabled citizens of Maryland while facilitating statewide library partnerships.


Administers and coordinates statewide library services for the blind and physically handicapped citizens of Maryland; provides leadership in the development and implementation of educational support, Pre-K-18 and lifelong learning activities that support individuals with disabilities; directs and coordinates the LBPH operations; manages the operations of a 55,000 square foot building including facility maintenance and repair, and procurement of contracted services;  oversees the Maryland Accessible Textbook program (MAT); provides guidance and coordination for institutions serving blind or physically disabled individuals; establishes library policies, standards, goals and procedures; provides oversight of state and federal budgets and grants; serves as liaison to Enoch Pratt Free Library for security, planning and other activities involving both libraries; plans, coordinates, supervises and evaluates the work of LBPH managers and supervisors.


EDUCATION: A Master’s Degree in Education, Library Science, School Library Media, or related area. 

EXPERIENCE: Six years of professional experience in library administration, management, and supervision to include experience serving individuals with disabilities.


Knowledge of library operations and the provision of library services to individuals with disabilities; knowledge of disability legislation; knowledge of publishing industry and processes for obtaining instructional materials in alternative formats; knowledge of online integrated library systems and software used in library environment; skill in planning, organizing, and completing effective and creative presentations; ability to research information; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse clientele and staff; ability to work effectively as a part of a team; ability to exercise good judgment and tact when dealing with various populations; ability to communicate effectively.


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In addition, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: · First and Last Name  · Recruitment Number (located at the top of the bulletin)  · The last 4 digits of your SS# Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment efforts only.

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As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.