Manager State Library Grants
(Female, Age 51) from Austin, TX
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At a Glance
Basic data on your current job
|Job Title||Manager State Library Grants|
|Other Compensation||None Set|
|Company Size||(not answered)|
|Years Experience||14 years|
Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)
|Years in Career||0|
|Income Rating||0 / 10|
|Interest Rating||0 / 10|
|Work-Life Rating||0 / 10|
|Fulfilment Rating||0 / 10|
Current job Q&A
Describe the type of organization you work for.
State agency; just over 400 employees; providesis to preserve the record of government for public scrutiny, to secure and make accessible historically significant records and other valuable resources, to meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities, to build and sustain statewide partnerships to improve library programs and services, and to enhance the capacity for achievement of individuals and institutions with whom we work.
Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Manages the Loan Star Libraries program, a program of direct grants-in-aid to over 500 public libraries, and the Texas Reads grant program, a small grant program to promote reading and literacy projects in public libraries. Includes coordinating with Accounting staff, monitoring budget and performance, and maintaining a statewide presence for the program. Develops, prepares, and disseminates program materials. Assists in preparation of administrative rule changes, budget recommendations and changes to the program as necessary. Consults with staff at public libraries, library systems, governing boards, local government officials, and interested citizens in all program areas including application process, performance measures, compliance with Uniform Grant Management Standards, and evaluation methods. Analyzes and evaluates programs; prepares reports on program use and impact.
Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
earn sick and annual leave monthly at the rates of 8 hours vacation; 8 hours sick
Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?
Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes; I have over 500 librarians I deal with–normally, it is 10-20 a day. Some days are great; others not so. That all depends on the number of folks calling, what else I am trying to get done, and what kind of mood the caller is in that day.
Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?
Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?
Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.
office–cubicle environment. It is too open which makes it difficult for someone like me who is on the phone a lot.
Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 4
A day in the life of…
Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:
|5am to 6am|
|6am to 7am|
|7am to 8am||commute to work|
|8am to 9am||log into computer, check email in box. complete general paperwork (time shhet etc.) catc up with Colleages and Supervisor|
|9am to 10am||webinar run through
Practice web-based presentation on completing grant reports
|10am to 11am||conduct web-based prsetation to libraries wit over 100 ‘listening in’ to the actual presentation. Presentation was done using a web-based softare with audio from me and a colleague,. We used powerpoint to present the training.|
|11am to 12pm||email/ call libraries–some had questions after listening to the presentation; others are asking general questions related to their grant|
|12pm to 1pm||lunch|
|1pm to 2pm||Grant managenent systenmeeting; meeting required attendee|
|2pm to 3pm||editing statistics in grant managent system; foud seveal issues with the formulas that will have to be corrected|
|3pm to 4pm||email/ call libraries–some had questions after listening to the presentation; others are asking general questions related to their grant|
|4pm to 5pm||email/ call libraries–some had questions after listening to the presentation; others are asking general questions related to their grant|
|5pm to 6pm||leabe work for day|
|6pm to 7pm|
|7pm to 8pm|
|8pm to 9pm|
|9pm to 10pm|
|10pm to 11pm|
|11pm to 12am|
Table of Contents
How you got your job
How did you get your current job?
internal applicant; already worked here
What was the application process?
Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
yes; 1 interview; group setting along with a presentation
If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Have you ever applied for a grant? What happened?
Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
not really; didn’t explain perimeters well, nor her expectations
Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
a little; reading a manual; meetings with supervisor and colleagues
Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
yes; without a master’s desgree in library science I’d be lost. It helps me to stay organized and to know how to ask the right questions.
If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?
If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
do an internship or volunteer project at a library or nonprofit; learn a lot about grant management
What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
social skills, good listening skills, a sense of humor, empathy, well organized, ability to manage large scale projects
Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
find a mentor you respect
Long-term career plans
Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
yes; I wanted to help libraries
What are your current career goals?
To move into colsulting with libraries to improve services and long-range planning
Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Prior work history
Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:
|Prior Job 1||System Administrator||2 years||40000|
|Prior Job 2||Consultant||2.5 years||37000|
Please list your educational background:
High School GPA:2.7
|2.7||West Va. U||Journalism|
|Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)
|3||U of South Carolina||Library Science|