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    Technical Assistant - Acquisitions Print Email
    The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is accepting applications for a Technical Assistant -Acquisitions position. The Technical Assistant locates, sources, orders, receives and invoices library materials. Requires a High School Diploma and three or more years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Full-time position with beginning compensation of $2,444 per month, plus excellent benefits. Apply by Wednesday, April 30th.  Click on the "read more" link for full posting and application instructions.

    POSITION:  Technical Assistant III - Acquisitions

    DEPARTMENT:  Collection Support

    POSTING DATES:  Tuesday, 04/08/14 to Wednesday, 04/30/14

    COMPENSATION:  $2,444 per month with excellent benefits including Social Security, retirement, 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.

    UNION:  Membership in AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 1581 required commencing not more than 30 days after employment, according to the terms and conditions described in the current bargaining agreement.

    SCHEDULE:  40 regular scheduled weekly hours during regular business hours.  Successful candidates may be required to adapt to future schedule changes depending on library needs.

    LOCATION:  Whatcom County Library System, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:  Locates, sources, orders, receives and invoices library materials.  Essential functions include:

    • Order materials:  Order library materials including books, continuations, compact discs, DVD’s and other media; add copies to meet demand for materials; create purchase orders, with order records, in Library database.
    • Sourcing: Locate sources and/or select the most appropriate vendors.
    • Receive materials: Verify accuracy, update Library database from invoices; make claims for damaged or undelivered items; return items as necessary; and ensure materials are properly marked for processing.
    • Invoicing:  Process invoices electronically; create original invoices; balance all invoices before submitting for payment.
    • Records:  Maintain Library’s acquisitions database; record transactions for returns, credits, cancellations; ensure database is updated and accurate.

    QUALIFICATIONS:  You are extremely attentive to detail and have excellent keyboarding skills and computer experience, including thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, the Internet, e-mailing systems and other relevant software packages.  You value providing exceptional customer service, to both internal and external patrons.  High School Diploma and three years or more related experience required; or equivalent technical training, education and/or experience.   Ability to gain working knowledge of Whatcom County Library System’s policies and procedures.  Requires the ability to speak, understand, and write English clearly and concisely.  New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

    APPLICATION:  Submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Wednesday 04/30/14 to:

    Mary Kinser, Technical Services Supervisor
    Whatcom County Library System
    5205 Northwest Drive
    Bellingham, WA  98226
    Phone: (360) 305-3600, ext. 213
    Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    * Application packets must include:

    • Completed WCLS Employment Application (also available at the address above, or any branch library)
    • Supplemental Questionnaire
    • Résumé and cover letter that illustrates your past experience and/or training and how it would help you meet the demands of this position

    JOB BEGINS:  As soon after hiring as possible.

    SELECTION:  Selection criteria may include the contents of the application, an oral interview, and a skills test.  Selection of applicants for further consideration and/or possible testing will be determined by the information supplied by the applicants on their applications and accompanying documents. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on the application to permit WCLS to properly determine the applicant’s qualifications, abilities and attributes as they relate to the listed position.  Interviews will be scheduled ONLY with best qualified applicants, based upon applications, résumés and other documents received, and test results.  Applicants who need accommodation during the application, testing or interview process should contact Human Resources.


    We are an Equal Opportunity Employer!

    The Whatcom County Library System is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, political affiliation or belief, marital status, veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person.

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