Part-time temporary, approximately 8-12 hours/ week for approximately 24 weeks.

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS) will launch its inaugural strategic planning process in November 2011. The Planning Assistant will report to the Business Manager and work with other MLS staff in various capacities during the planning process, including but not limited to:

  • Analyze the results of a member library survey and present the results
  • Observe and record planning meetings
  • Organize and present the outcomes of a large group planning session, including transcribing notes
  • Assist at and record up to 10 focus groups and report the results
  • Other tasks as requested

The successful candidate must be available on Wednesday, November 9, 1-4 pm (at MLS-Marlborough) for the Planning Committee’s initial meeting and Monday,  November 14 (full day at College of the Holy Cross, Worcester) for the MLS annual meeting of members.  Subsequent dates will be planned in conjunction with the Assistant.

Qualifications: Strong customer services orientation. Ability to interact favorably and to communicate effectively, in speech and in writing, with library personnel and MLS staff. Ability to compile an analyze survey and focus group results.   Strong experience with MS Word, Excel, and Zoomerang or other survey tools is preferred.

Education:  B.A. or B.S. A candidate for an MLIS degree is strongly preferred.

Location: Works from the MLS-Marlborough office, 225 Cedar Hill Street, Marlborough, MA, with frequent travel throughout Massachusetts.

MLS is a statewide service provider to 1,700 multitype libraries across Massachusetts.  MLS was formed by the merger of six regional library systems in 2010 and has locations in Marlborough and Whatley.  MLS provides continuing education, advisory services, an integrated library system (MassCat), physical delivery of library materials and a statewide buying cooperative for library supplies and materials.

This is a non-benefitted, part time temporary position.  Salary: $15.00 / hour

 Abilities required include light to moderate physical effort demanded when performing functions under typical office and computer use conditions.  Light to moderate physical effort and stamina required for frequent travel and transport of work related materials and equipment to meeting and training sites.

Must be able to commute throughout the Commonwealth.  Travel expenses are reimbursed.

Must possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s License valid for use in Massachusetts and provide the means of transportation to fulfill job duties throughout Massachusetts and attend relevant meetings.

Must be legally eligible for permanent employment in the U.S.

Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received through November 4, 2011. Send cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:  All applications will be acknowledged by return email.