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The Salvation Army SFOT Library

Bilingual Library Assistant

The Salvation Army SFOT Library
Suffern, New York, United States

Date Posted: 11/30/2012
Categories: Administrative - Christian Teacher - Customer Service - Education - Other
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Library Assistant

The Salvation Army

School for Officer Training (Suffern, N.Y.)


General purpose

In furtherance of the mission of the School for Officer Training, the Library Assistant supports the training and development of men and women for Salvation Army ministry through provision of excellence in library services.


Reports to and working relationships

The Library Assistant reports to the Library Director, and works closely with the Assistant Librarian. The library staff work as a team to cover the full range of library support services.


Key responsibilities

The duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping patrons find materials and use databases; helping patrons learn how to use a library to complete their learning objectives.  This includes finding material on Salvation Army and biblical subjects, and helping patrons who speak Spanish
  • Acquiring and processing library materials, including downloading cataloging records and maintaining them accurately
  • Maintaining periodical subscriptions
  • Processing library invoices
  • Preserving materials by repairing, binding, or scanning into digital documents
  • Shelving materials and maintaining shelf order; assisting with inventory and weeding
  • Registering patrons, and checking items in and out
  • Providing library coverage, including 1 Saturday a month during the school year, and coordinating student assistant coverage
  • Producing statistical reports


Minimum education and experience

  • Two years of college required.  Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Two years of work experience required.  Work related to library, research, or education preferred


Special skills, certificates, etc.

This job requires

  • Knowledge of the Bible and Christianity
  • Good computer skills
  • Fluency in both English and Spanish


The ideal candidate has a strong Christian character and devotion to Christian service and higher education, acting as a model for the cadets in training.  S/he is

  • Mission focused, keeping in view both the purpose of the library and the purpose of the task in hand
  • A strong team player and excellent communicator
  • Mature and professional
  • Courteous, with a positive attitude toward all people
  • Detail oriented, and careful in following instructions
  • Eager to learn and to work hard


This is a full-time, non-exempt position. Extensive on the job training is provided.  There is opportunity for further education, and advancement, based on performance.


If you are interested, send your resume, references, and a statement of why you think this would be the job for you, by the close of business on Friday 14 December, 2012, to


Sandra Heintz

Human Resources

201 Lafayette Avenue

Suffern, NY 10901

(845) 368-7209 / telephone

(845) 357-6644 / fax