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Metro Nashville Public Library

Equal Access Manager-(AS Manager) Library

Metro Nashville Public Library


Job Summary

This position develops and oversees the administrative and financial activities of the Equal Access Division.  

The Equal Access Division of NPL has programs and services accessible to people with disabilities. Housed within the Division are two long-standing premiere programs – the Nashville Talking Library, a 24/7 audio information service for people who are blind or have other print disabilities, and the Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, which has been described as a special public library within the library – offering the largest lending collection of materials relating to hearing loss in a public library in the U.S.; special programming and reference services available in ASL; and a National Hearing Loss Resource website. The Division also offers accommodations to both the public and staff so they may participate in library offerings. From special equipment and computer accommodations to open captioned public and staff programming to ASL interpreters to audio description and braille accommodations, and much more, we strive to make the library experience as inclusive and equitable as possible.  Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing | Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (nashville.gov)

Job Responsibilities

  • Supervises employees working in the Equal Access Division which includes all NPL programs for people with disabilities.
  • Prepares and manages project schedules and budgets.
  • Assesses staffing and physical resource needs of the division.
  • Identifies, writes, and manages grant funds including contracts and budgets.
  • Oversees and coordinates the implementation of grant-funded programs.
  • Schedules work hours to ensure that the public areas are covered.
  • Receives and attempts to resolve complaints from the public.
  • Develops and maintains good working relationships with people with disabilities as well as organizations representing people with disabilities.
  • Works with the Director, administration, and staff to write a long-range ADA plan and ensure implementation of the plan’s goals.
  • Confers with public officials and members of the community.
  • Attends and speaks at community meetings.
  • Oversees plans for special events so that accessibility to events is barrier-free.
  • Arrange special requests for accommodations, alternate formats, etc. for public and staff members.
  • Provides sensitivity training to staff.
  • Provides Reference and Reader’s Advisory service to the public.
  • Oversees the implementation of public library services and recommends changes, as needed.
  • Oversees and participates in the management of the Library Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing website.


Bachelor’s Degree in education, special education, social sciences, or a related field and five (5) years of professional experience in developing, implementing, and overseeing programs to assist people with disabilities.

 *No Substitution

Sign Language Interpreter Certification required or Demonstrated fluency in American Sign Language

Candidates with accreditations earned in a foreign institute are encouraged to apply.

Note: Per Metro Ordinance No. SO94-1078. All employees of the Metropolitan Government shall be residents of the State of Tennessee or become residents of the state within six (6) months of employment as a prerequisite to employment with the Metropolitan Government.  

Preferred Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Master’s Degree in education, special education, social sciences or a related field 
  • 5 years of professional staff supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of provisions of Titles I, II, III, and IV of ADA and other federal and state disability-related laws, standards, and practices
  • Knowledge of practices and activities covered by employment nondiscrimination requirement of ADA
  • Experience reaching out to patrons with disabilities

We are an equal-opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

Metro Nashville Government respects the religious beliefs and practices of all employees and will make, on request, an accommodation for such observances when a reasonable accommodation is available that does not create an undue hardship on business operations.

Additional Information


See Nashville.gov website for benefit details

How to Apply

Applications accepted only through governmentjobs.com 

Equal Access Manager-(AS Manager) Library | Job Details tab | Career Pages (governmentjobs.com)

No applications or resumes will be accepted directly for this position


  • Date Posted: March 14, 2024
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 05/01/2024
  • Salary Range: $80,810.37 - $89,000.00 Annually
  • Working Hours: typically 40 hrs/wk; M-F, 8:00am - 4:30pm)