Monday, April 06, 2015

Library Director - Town of Harwinton

Seeking a Library Director to lead our public library.  This is an excellent opportunity for a librarian with public library administration experience.  The Library Director plans, organizes, directs and manages all aspects of library service including the supervision of our staff.  The library is several years into the planning of a significant expansion and renovation.  We are currently in the early stages of a capital campaign and preparing for public meetings.  This position represents an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and results-oriented individual to make an impact on a small close-knit community. 

Primary Responsibilities
Planning and Policy Making
Participates in an ongoing planning process with the Library Board
Administers broad policies established by the Library Board
Prepares monthly and annual reports for the Library Board
Attends all meetings of the Library Board and other relevant town meetings
Assures management responsibility for effective functioning of library
Plans and proposes changes in library information technology (IT) systems

Fiscal Management
Prepares annual budget in cooperation with the Library Board
Administers annual budget
Cooperates with other town departments to ensure effective use of resources
Researches and pursues grant proposals to fund new or supplementary programs and services

Personnel Management
Manages staff and coordinates staff functions
Coordinates and manages suppliers, including IT services, to ensure proper functioning of library
Provides leadership in establishing working relationships and encourages creativity among library staff

Program Management
Directs daily operations of library
Coordinates selection, ordering and processing of library materials including online databases and services
Evaluates existing collection and supervises the turnover of materials
Evaluates the effectiveness of library services in light of community needs and interests
Cooperates with local schools in obtaining materials for special assignments and projects
Keeps current with library trends and operations
Attends Friend’s meetings to request program funding and coordinate events with library schedule and staff.

Library Management
Manages the physical building and coordinates with town departments on the upkeep and maintenance of the library
Manages IT suppliers and ensures operation of computer network
Assumes responsibility for library space and furnishings
Assumes responsibility for planning, scheduling and organizing community room use
Responds to building emergencies

Public Relations
Represents library at community and group meetings
Promotes the use of the library and its services to the community

Minimum Requirements
Graduate degree in Library & Information Science (MLS or equivalent) from an ALA accredited program. Five (5) or more years of experience in public library administration. Demonstrates:
the ability to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences 
competence in using and implementing current technologies used in library operations
ability organize
ability to meet deadlines
creative approaches to the development of new services
Commitment to responsive and innovative service is essential.  

The position is a 35 hour work week and offers a hiring salary range of $48,000-54,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package. For information, contact Dave Christensen via email. To apply via email, include a cover letter, resume and three (3) references as Word or pdf attachments to Dave Christensen, This position closes April 20, 2015.  EOE