Outreach and Programming Manager – Bixby Memorial Free Library (Vergennes, VT)

The Bixby is excited to announce an opening for an innovative, resourceful, and effective team player to lead our Outreach and Programming efforts. We hope to find someone who loves the role and potential of libraries, who is inspired to use their creativity, enthusiasm, and strong background in branding and experiential marketing (events and programming) to bring to life all that we have to offer for our five-town Champlain Valley Vermont community.

Position Summary: The Bixby Outreach and Programming Manager is responsible for managing the marketing and public relations for The Bixby as well as creating and supporting high-quality programming and events to expand the reach, usage, appreciation, and support of the resources and offerings of The Bixby for the people of our five-town rural Vermont community.

The position is part-time at 30 hours per week at a rate of $20 to $22 per hour, commensurate with experience. Do take a look at the sections below for all ways that the Bixby and our community could be a great fit for you.

Find out more about The Bixby here. Please send a cover letter and resume to Catharine Hays, Library Director, at catharine.hays@bixbylibrary.org.

Essential Job Functions:

Develops and implements effective programming, events, outreach, and exhibits to increase and expand the relevance and utilization of Bixby offerings with primary responsibility for adults and families, additionally supporting children and teens. 30%

Develops, implements, and evaluates marketing and communications strategies, content, and public relations to grow The Bixby’s reach, appreciation, and support. 25%

Plans, manages, and evaluates innovative and effective community-building, recognition, and fundraising events. 15%

Provides staff support for volunteers, patrons, and visitors at the Circulation Desk – 15%

Fosters and nurtures collaborative relationships with individuals and organizations to expand reach and support. 5%

Attracts, supports, and celebrates talented volunteers to help achieve Bixby goals and address needs. 5%

Performs similar or related work as required. 5%


  • BA or BS required
  • Advanced degree and/or Master’s of Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent experience/certification desired
  • Certificate in Public Librarianship from the Vermont Department of Libraries (or intent to pursue.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Familiarity, passion for, and/or professional experience in a public library setting and the role and importance of public libraries preferred
  • Demonstrated results in creating engaging, successful programming and event management
  • Current hands-on marketing and creative expertise, including web, social, experiential, word-of-mouth, visual, email
  • Attention to detail; excellent written and verbal skills; effective public speaking
  • Care, compassion, and ability to relate to others
  • Positive, can-do team player and collaborator
  • Strong sense of humor, resourcefulness, and resiliency

Physical Requirements: Work is performed under typical library and office conditions. Duties require intermittent light to moderate physical effort in carrying, lifting, or moving lightweight materials or equipment.

About the Bixby

The Bixby Memorial Free Library is an incorporated non-profit that serves and is supported by a rural five-town community in the historic and scenic Champlain Valley of Vermont. The Bixby staff, board, and volunteers are honored to steward a wide range of resources for our community:

  • The Bixby’s building is beloved among the top historical buildings in the state of Vermont, with three stories of meeting, gathering, and exhibit spaces surrounding a mosaic-floored, columned rotunda soaring to a stained glass dome.
  • With our library of physical and digital collections at our core, the Bixby also boasts renowned local art, archive, archeological, and museum collections.
  • The silver lining of the pandemic has been the fostering of positive, productive relationships among organizations throughout our region.
  • The Bixby is currently developing its strategic plan for the next 3 -5 years as a vital and vibrant community center for people of all ages and stages of life.

About our Community

Located in the beautiful little city of Vergennes, Vermont, three of our towns border Lake Champlain, an easy drive to the college towns of Burlington and Middlebury, and close to winter sports in the Green and Adirondack Mountains. Steeped in history, Addison County offers many outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, kayaking, and skiing. The restaurant scene in Vergennes is lively, and our opera house regularly schedules cultural events and concerts. Learn more about Vergennes in this clip: https://youtu.be/FEzQkTCiwng

– Posted 3/11/23