Law Librarian Northern Essex Comm College

Full Job Description


About Northern Essex Community College:

THE COLLEGE: NECC serves about 5,000 credit students each semester on two campuses located in the beautiful, historic Merrimack Valley region of northeast Massachusetts. Our suburban Haverhill campus sits on 106 acres near Kenoza Lake, and features a Technology Center and an award-winning Student One-Stop Center. Our urban campus in Lawrence occupies a number of buildings in the heart of downtown. Most recently, we have constructed a new 44,000 square foot health technologies facility, the Dr. Ibrahim El-Hefni Allied Health & Technology Center. Both campuses are a short drive to Boston and to the beaches and state parks along the coast.

The college has been building an organizational culture that values initiative and innovation, and seeks to identify and develop the strengths in students, faculty, staff, and programs in order to grow and improve. NECC is also committed to using evidence to guide planning and decision-making. These values are reflected in the use of Appreciative Inquiry for strategic planning and accreditation; in our investment in strengths-based, institution-wide professional development; and in our ten-year involvement as a Leader College in Achieving the Dream, a national network of community colleges dedicated to using data to close student achievement gaps.

We are also committed to the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. With over 40% Hispanic students, NECC was the first federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in New England.

We seek leaders who are committed to the community college mission, actively engaged in promoting diversity, and prepared to use their unique strengths and innovation with the goal of student success.


Job Description:

POSITION: Full-Time Law Librarian; Librarian; Essex County Sheriff’s Department; Middleton House of Corrections (20 Manning Ave, Middleton, MA); 37.5 hours/week, Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm; occasional travel to all ECSD facilities and NECC campuses and community partners required; MCCC/MTA Unit Professional Position; Pay Grade 5; Grant Funded Position

SUMMARY: This administrative position serves under the direct supervision of the Education Director, Corrections and assists in the administration and operation of the Law Library at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Middleton. The Inmate Law Librarian shall: (1) Ensure compliance with state standards and constitutional requirements that guarantee the rights of the inmates to legal services; (2) Maintain the library by updating its contents, seeking review by counsel and/or judges as to its adequacy, and make the information it contains available to all inmates, regardless of classification; (3) Coordinate all administrative and clerical activities of the Law Library; and (4) Assist administratively by maintaining internal and external communications for the Library as well as serve as an advisor to program management personnel.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific duties for this position include:

  • Creates and revises systems and procedures by analyzing operating practices, recordkeeping systems, forms control, and implementing necessary changes.
  • Provide information by answering questions and requests.
  • Resolves administrative problems by coordinating preparation of reports, analyzing data and identifying solutions.
  • Maintains necessary records, reports, and documentation to support American Correctional Association (ACA) and Massachusetts Department of Corrections audits and standards and compliance.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and participating in professional societies.
  • Maintains and secures inmates confidential discovery documentation and electronic records of the same materials.
  • Provides general library services to the facility. This includes both program/educational and reference services as well as recreational reading.
  • Manages, organizes, and updates a constitutionally proper law library.
  • Prepares annual needs assessments for legal materials and participate in the procurement process.
  • Formulates procedures in conjunction with security staff to assure that all inmates have access to the information in the law library regardless of classification.
  • Manages the operation of a general use library at the Essex County Correctional Facility, providing recreational and culturally responsive reading for all inmates.
  • Maintains a reference unit serving the educational needs of the inmate population.
  • Interfaces with program’s staff, counselors, vocational instructors and teachers to assure that the library adequately provides support for existing and planned inmate education programs.
  • Interfaces with library and programs staff at other county facilities and Department of Corrections. Perform other job-related duties as assigned or required by ASOP or other senior administrators.
  • The Classification Specification is available at: – HB 1114.doc







  • Master’s degree in Library Science or closely related field; with three (3) years’ experience and/or training that includes library operations, reference service, bibliographic instruction, circulation service, copy cataloging, and library information systems; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Must be competent in digital literacy.
  • Must be, or agrees to become, a Notary Public of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ability to communicate with both employees, inmates and general public.
  • Ability to function calmly under pressure.


  • Experience working in a correctional facility.
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)
  • Experience working with and supporting a culturally diverse population

BACKGROUND CHECK: Candidates will be required to pass a CORI and SORI check as a condition of employment.


Additional Information:

GRADE AND SALARY: Anticipated salary range is $82,767.00 to $86,985.00 (MCCC Pay Grade 5 with a Master’s degree) annually with complete fringe benefit package. Complete fringe benefit package including competitive health insurance, free dental insurance, basic life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid sick, vacation and personal leave, educational benefits for employee/spouse/dependents, and excellent retirement benefits. Actual salary calculated in compliance with MCCC/MTA classification system. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.


Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position click on the “Apply Now” button, you will be prompted to setup a new account or login to an existing account. You will be able to upload the following required documents for consideration:

  • Cover Letter, describing your qualifications and experience
  • Resume/CV

Review of applications will begin 5 business days from the posting date and will continue until the position is filled.

**Please note that finalist candidates will be asked to provide contact information for three (3) professional references.

Northern Essex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran or military status, genetic information, gender identity, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or sexual violence shall be referred to the College’s Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Elizabete Trelegan (Assistant Director of Human Resources, B-219,978-556-3928/ [email protected]), the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. Northern Essex Community College will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the College’s Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found on the disclosure page of the College’s website at:

Official Title: Librarian
Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts-Middleton-20 Manning Ave
Job: Education
Agency: Northern Essex Comm College
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day
Job Posting: Jul 1, 2024, 2:05:12 PM
Number of Openings: 1
Salary: 84,422.00 – 89,833.00 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Elizabete Trelegan – 9785563928