Appointed by an elected board of Library Trustees and under its general direction, our Library Director has overall administrative responsibility for the Meriden Library and the Philip Read Memorial Library. We are a community of approximately 2,400 located in the beautiful Upper Valley region of New Hampshire, close to Dartmouth College, a world-class medical center, many technology firms, as well as a multitude of recreational opportunities. This position requires independent judgment, initiative, and proven management skills.
Summary of Responsibilities: The Library Director administers, develops, and oversees all aspects of library operations, including personnel selection, supervision and evaluations of staff and volunteers; budgeting and expenditures; collection development and maintenance; library technology, facility maintenance; programming; marketing; policies and procedures; and vendor relations. The successful candidate will serve as an ambassador within the community, advocating and promoting the library’s mission by demonstrating enthusiasm and creativity along with an understanding and respect for the needs and interests of the community. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a thorough working knowledge of current library policies, practices, technologies, and trends; and strong people and task management skills are essential.
Educational Requirements: A Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university is strongly preferred. A Bachelor’s degree plus substantial work experience in a management position at a public library may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
Work Experience Requirements: At least three (3) years of progressively responsible library experience, including supervisory experience, preferably in a public library setting.
Hours, Salary, and Benefits: This non-exempt position is 36 hours per week and includes occasional evening and weekend hours. The pay rate range will be $24.70– $27.20, depending on qualifications and experience, along with a benefits package.
See the complete job description here.
Applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume to Jeanne Woodward-Poor, Chair, Plainfield Libraries Board of Trustees, jeanne.woodward-poor@
The position will remain open until filled.
– Updated 10/22/23