Head Librarian/Director – Highgate Library & Community Center (Highgate, VT)

HIGHGATE LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY CENTER is seeking HEAD LIBRARIAN/DIRECTOR who will plan, manage, and direct the operations, programs, services, and personnel of the Highgate Library and Community Center. This person will manage employees and volunteers, manage library collections, and maintain responsibility of administrative work. A successful candidate will have knowledge of grant funding opportunities and have a history of successful grant writing.
 
Duties would include, but not be limited to, directing operations of library programs, providing support to the Trustees, working with Trustees to set short and long-term goals for the library, and working towards their execution, oversee personnel administration, and advocating on behalf of the library and community center.
 
The candidate must be an effective manager, have strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and be knowledgeable of the workings of libraries. Should possess a Certificate of Public Librarianship or a degree in Library Sciences or be willing to work towards accreditation. Prefer 5 years of library experience, with at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity. Shall have excellent public speaking, written, and oral communication skills. Will recognize the tremendous opportunity underway in Highgate and work to build partnerships, market the operations of the library and community center, while being responsive to community needs.
 
Pay range is $42,000-$52,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.
 
Please submit resume, cover letter, and references. Cover letter should include interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and experience. Please submit by Friday, June 28, 2024 to: Highgate Town Offices, PO Box 189, Highgate VT 05459 c/o Rebecca Manning or via email to rmanning@highgatevt.org.
 
 – Posted 6/13/24

Director – Pawlet Public Library (Pawlet, VT)

The Pawlet Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking to fill our part-time librarian position.  The Pawlet Public Library is known as the heart of the Pawlet community.  Since its inception, the library has been a cultural and informational hub for Pawlet residents and members of the surrounding communities.
 
The Pawlet Public Library’s mission is to provide a leadership role in unifying the community through shared resources and meaningful experiences for all generations.  The successful candidate will be kind, enthusiastically welcoming and fastidious in ensuring our collection and all activities align with our mission.
 
The primary responsibilities of the director are to:
  • Develop creative programming that engages adults and children,
  • Build the library’s collections,
  • Create a library volunteer program with training,
  • Seek grants for programming and capital projects,
  • Collaborate with library staff and board of trustees in a meaningful way,
  • Assist the board in fundraising and policy creation, and
  • Manage the budget and oversee the day-to-day operations of library.
Our ideal candidate will be organized, creative, inclusive, and patient.  The person will be an excellent communicator, proficient writer, and be self-driven to create and implement programs and events.  Successful grant writing and fundraising experience are necessary. Candidates without a Library Science degree must be willing to complete the no-fee Certificate of Public Librarianship program directed by the Vermont Department of Libraries.
 
This part time position is 24 hours per week on-site, somewhat flexible, with two weeks paid vacation, some holidays, and the option of participating in a retirement plan after one year. The rate of pay for Fiscal Year 2024-2025 is $24.25 per hour.
 
Please send a letter of interest, resume, & contact information for 3 references to: Pawlet Public Library- Director Search, P.O. Box 98, Pawlet, VT, 05761, or by email to PawletPub@gmail.com. Applications received before 6/14/24 will be considered. Direct inquiries for position responsibilities & requirements to Harley Cudney, Chair, Board of Trustees at 802-356-9309 or by email to harley.cudney@comcast.net.
 
– Posted 6/7/24

Library Director – Arvin A. Brown Public Library (Richford, VT)

The Library Director is the administrator of the library, managing both a community service and the facility that houses it while cultivating a welcoming space for all library users (virtual and in-person). The Director is responsible for ensuring that library services meet the needs of the community as determined by its mission and that the library’s facility is maintained. The Director works with the Board of Trustees in establishing library policies. The Director is responsible for preparing a budget for approval by the Library Board of Trustees and the Richford Town Select Board. The Director works within the budget for the purpose of operating the library. Together with the Trustees, the Director is responsible for the staffing requirements of the library, including the appointment of positions, evaluations, assignment of duties, and staff development.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The Library Director supervises all library staff and volunteers

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collection Development: Stay abreast of new publications and order new materials based on
    understanding of collection diversity and interests of the community, as well as any relevant library policies
  • Administrative Duties:
    • Supervise and provide information to staff. Plan and implement work schedules. Carry out yearly performance reviews with staff.
    • Implement library policies
    • Financial Supervision
    • Prepare annual budget for October Trustee meeting
    • Make deposits
    • Work with the bookkeeper to provide Trustees with monthly financial statement and associated information
    • Manage monthly expenditures (payroll and bills), including approving timesheets and submitting payroll to outside vendors
    • Prepare grants, as needed and comply with reporting requirements
    • Plan and execute fundraising activities with Trustees and staff, including annual fundraising letter
    • Community and Professional Connections
    • Work with the Board Chair to create agendas and materials for monthly Trustee meetings.
    • Attend and actively participate in all Trustee meetings.
    • Attend Town Meeting and Select Board meetings as required
    • Participate in professional development meetings and conferences as needed to stay connected to peers and apprised of current library developments
    • Build and maintain relationships with other community organizations
    • Field reference questions
    • Oversee planning, execution and evaluation of adult and children’s programs
    • Recruit and supervise library volunteers
    • Prepare forms and reports
    • Provide librarian reports prior to Trustee meetings
    • Complete librarian’s report with trustees for town report in January for the previous year.
    • Report statistics to the Vermont Department of Libraries in order to maintain minimum standards Annual Report
    • Manage publicity (articles to newspapers, upcoming events, calendars, flyers, etc.) and customer-facing information including website and social media accounts.
    • Maintain/oversee gathering of library statistics.
    • General Library Operations
    • Ensure that the library’s technology, for staff and library users, is up-to-date and in working order.
    • Ensure the daily tasks of the library are completed according to current policies and best practices
    • Oversee facility and equipment; troubleshoot problems
    • Other duties as assigned by the Trustees

Qualifications:

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • General Qualifications:
    • High school diploma and relevant experience,
    • Professional Certification from the Vermont Department of Libraries (or the willingness to attain Certification within a reasonable time period of hire date)
    • Ability to organize, plan, and manage library operations including working knowledge of library collection development and circulation procedures.
    • Ability to anticipate and solve problems, offer solutions and work toward continuous improvement in all areas of the Library’s work.
    • Enthusiasm to work with internal and external customers.
    • Administrative and organizational skills
    • Adept at learning new technology and teaching others to learn new platforms (e.g., teaching patrons how to access e-books)
    • Budgetary planning and fiscal management experience
    • Ability to work well with the public, build relationships with different stakeholders, and listen to the needs of the community when planning programs and ordering materials
    • Proficient in oral and written communication with diverse audiences
    • Ability to handle multiple demands, remain calm, think quickly and problem solve.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently within established guidelines

Confidentiality/Discretion: Privy to confidential patron information and business documents such as financials and organizational projections and strategies. High degree of confidentiality and discretion required.

Decision Making Authority: Make decisions that affect workflow and procedures within established guidelines. Involved in decision-making for Library planning as well as immediate and long-range planning, tactical and strategic thinking. Decisions of broad consequence may have little external input.

Physical Demands: Must be able to stand, walk, use hands to handle and feel, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk, hear, see at a distance of 20 inches or less, carry and lift 10-25 lbs. occasionally.

Language Skills: Ability to speak and write fluently and understand the English language comprehensively.

Communications Skills: Outstanding communication skills – excellent listening skills, effective and clear speaking and writing skills. This includes the ability to take complex issues and make them approachable and understandable for a diverse audience. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals and guides. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from patrons, employees, the general public, and other stakeholders.

Technical Skills:

  • Computer proficiency and detailed working knowledge of the following computer programs: Zoom, Gmail, Google Workspace, Word, Excel, and database software.
  • Experience with social media platforms preferred, but not required.
  • Knowledge of library online cataloging (especially Koha and CLOVER), preferred.
  • Mathematical Skills: Basic mathematical skills and familiarity with technical reports
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to collect data, establish facts, and solve practical problems. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Work Environment: Work is generally at the library, with some offsite work at meetings and events. Work is mainly sedentary, in front of a computer or in the library building. The second floor of the library is accessible only by stairs, with no elevator.

– Posted 5/17/24

Assistant Director – Newbury Public Library (Newbury, NH)

The Newbury Public Library in Newbury New Hampshire seeks a creative, community-minded librarian to join our team as our Assistant Director. As Assistant Director, you will be an essential part of our small but vibrant community library, staffing the circulation desk, supervising the building and staff in the Director’s absence, handling InterLibrary Loans, managing collections, and developing programs. We have just expanded our library, so there is a lot of opportunity for growth, both with the physical space and with the position.

We are looking for an Assistant Director who is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, and who is not afraid to innovate and think outside the box. A successful candidate will be resourceful, technologically savvy, possess strong communication skills, and be able to provide excellent customer service to all ages.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Starting salary range is $45,000-$50,000, commensurate with experience. An MLS/MLIS degree or equivalent library experience is preferred. Applications received by June 7th will be given first priority.

The full job description is available here: http://newburynhlibrary.net/employment

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Lea McBain, director@newburynhlibrary.net

– Posted 5/10/24

Head Librarian/Director – Highgate Library and Community Center (Highgate VT)

HIGHGATE LIBRARY AND COMMUNITY CENTER

is seeking

HEAD LIBRARIAN/DIRECTOR

who will plan, manage, and direct the operations, programs, services, and personnel of the Highgate Library and Community Center. This person will manage employees and volunteers, manage library collections, and maintain responsibility of administrative work. A successful candidate will have knowledge of grant funding opportunities and have a history of successful grant writing.

Duties would include, but not be limited to, directing operations of library programs, providing support to the Trustees, working with Trustees to set short and long-term goals for the library, and working towards their execution, oversee personnel administration, and advocating on behalf of the library and community center.

The candidate must be an effective manager, have strong communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills, and be knowledgeable of the workings of libraries. Should possess a Certificate of Public Librarianship or a degree in Library Sciences or be willing to work towards accreditation. Prefer 5 years of library experience, with at least 2 years in a supervisory capacity. Shall have excellent public speaking, written, and oral communication skills. Will recognize the tremendous opportunity underway in Highgate and work to build partnerships, market the operations of the library and community center, while being responsive to community needs.

Pay range is $42,000-$52,000 and is commensurate with skills and experience.

Please submit resume, cover letter, and references. Cover letter should include interest in the position, relevant qualifications, and experience. Please submit by Thursday, May 16 to: Highgate Town Offices, PO Box 189, Highgate VT 05459 c/o Rebecca Manning or via email to slaroche@highgatevt.org.

– Posted 5/2/24

Library Director – Orange Public Libraries (Orange, MA)

The Orange Public Libraries seeks an innovative, dynamic full-time director to work effectively with staff, patrons, trustees, Friends, and public officials. Orange is a small town of approximately 7500 residents and has both a main downtown library and a part-time satellite in North Orange.

The ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for: creating welcoming libraries; offering dynamic programming; leading rehabilitation and construction projects. We seek a director who will lead and inspire our small, but dedicated staff to provide quality library service to our community.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited school
  • Public library experience and supervisory skills
  • Knowledge of practices of librarianship, budget development, administration, and library advocacy

Full job description available at https://orangelib.org/files/Library_Director_Job_Description.pdf

Salary range: $62,000 – $67,000, based on experience.

Projected start date: May 1, 2024

Resumes accepted until position is filled.

Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: directorsearch2024@gmail.com

– Posted 4/10/24

Director – Martha Canfield Library (Arlington, VT)

The Martha Canfield Library in Arlington, Vermont is seeking an energetic, efficient, organized, and self-motivated person to be Director of our small and dynamic library.  We strive to be an active hub in our amazing rural community.  Steeped in history, Arlington is a picturesque and vibrant small town.  As the local library, we have space, activities and events for all ages and serve a variety of functions.  We partner with many area entities including the schools, community center and health services.  Housed in a newer building neighboring both town’s schools, the Martha Canfield Library is a valuable community asset.
The Director manages all aspects of running a library, supervises other staff and volunteers, works closely with our Board of Trustees, and collaborates with various community endeavors. With excellent communication, promotion, planning and organizational skills, the Director will work to maintain and to continue to grow our library and its services.
Qualifications are nonprofit administration or library experience preferred.  A bachelor’s degree is required, with a willingness to earn Vermont Certificate of Public Librarianship within 3 years of employment if the degree is not directly related.  The ideal candidate will have supervisory experience and have successfully worked with volunteers.  This is a 32-hour per week position with a salary range of $45k-$50k.  Compensation package includes a retirement plan and generous leave time.  The anticipated start date is the end of May.
If you are interested in becoming the Library Director who will continue our success, send a letter of application and resume to MCLibraryDirectorSearch@gmail.com.  Application deadline is April 10, 2024.
– Posted 4/4/24

Part-Time Library Director – Butterfield Library / Westminster Institute (Westminster, VT)

The Butterfield Library has a part-time position for a skilled and energetic Library Director. We are looking for candidates excited to bring new and creative ideas to shape our library of the future. In addition to managing the library, the Director will develop new programs and activities, expand community outreach, and create a welcoming space for people of all ages to enjoy and learn.

The position is approximately 17-20 hours a week, at the rate of $21-$23 per hour, with limited benefits. Some evening and/or weekend hours are included. The schedule will be developed in coordination with the successful candidate after assessing the current schedule. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to sjharlow@myfairpoint.net or jgrout@high5adventure.org, Butterfield Library Trustees. The position is open until filled.

For a description of the position and more detail, go to: butterfieldlibrarywestminster.wordpress.com.

The Butterfield Library, part of the Westminster Institute located in Westminster village, has a 100-year history of serving the community.

– Posted 3/5/24

Library Director – Tracy Memorial Library (New London, NH)

The Tracy Memorial Library seeks a Director who has the skills and experience to provide leadership to all aspects of our thriving town library. The ideal candidate will not only possess the technical and managerial skills of a Director, but will be equally accomplished in building connections with staff, patrons, the community, and other stakeholders of New London, NH. The new Director will be ready to enhance the Library’s role in a world that continues to change.

The Director reports to a seven-member elected governing Board and works collaboratively with the library staff, the Friends of the Library, community partners, and the Town of New London to provide essential library programs to its 4,600 residents. Supported by a $600,000 municipal appropriation, the Library is proud of its many services, including homebound delivery, digital offerings, a public meeting room, museum passes, and the Tracy Little Free Library at Bucklin Beach. The community also enjoys the Olmstead designed Garden at Tracy Library. The garden was completed in 1926 and restored in 2002 with community and financial support. Jane Tracy’s vision of a garden enjoyed by all, lives on through the help of generous donors and hardworking volunteers.

Key opportunities for a new Director are enhancing library services, strengthening the development of staff, implementing the recommendations of the newly executed Strategic Plan conducted with the support of ReThinking Libraries , and continuing to update, renovate, and maintain the Library facility.

Our Community. The Town of New London is located in the beautiful Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire. It offers four seasons of unique retail, fine dining, and entertainment. Springtime is best for trail exploring; summer brings band concerts, festivals, fairs and parades; fall brings autumn foliage; and winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Attractions include the Town Common—a lovely place to sit and relax, Main Street—small shops, casual eateries, and historic buildings, the Bob Andrews Memorial Ice Rink, and Pleasant Lake with its beautiful beach and lake for kayakers, boaters, and canoeists. New London students attend the Kearsarge Regional School District serving seven communities.

Responsibilities. The Library Director formulates and oversees implementation of library goals, policy recommendations, procedures, programs, and projects in accordance with policies established by the Library Board of Trustees in accordance with the NH Library Association. Providing vision, direction, and leadership, the Director is responsible for, but not limited to, the delivery of library services; oversight of human resources; development and presentation of the annual budget; coordination of collaborative, strong relationships with the Library Board and the Friends of the Library; and a continued knowledge and interest of current trends in public libraries.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of supervisory and managerial library experience. Essential attributes include personal integrity, demonstrated skill and experience with budgeting, excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills, a focus on creating a culture of trust and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and a demonstrated ability to provide leadership throughout the library. The Director should possess demonstrable communication skills collaborating with the library, its staff and stakeholders and the community. A sense of curiosity, creativity, and innovation; a thorough knowledge of current trends, technologies and “best practices” for libraries; the ability to blend tradition with change; and prior successful experience reporting to a governing Board are desirable attributes and qualifications for the next Tracy Memorial Library Director.

Other Considerations/Requirements. We are looking for someone who is ready to be “the face of Tracy Memorial Library” in our community. Someone who is a great communicator and multi-tasker, who will find innovative ways to connect our services and patrons. Someone who knows the library workday can be variable and include everything from handing a beaming child their first library card to triaging facility issues with grace and patience. Someone who understands and appreciates a much beloved small-town library.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $70,000-85,000 (dependent on experience and qualifications), and an attractive fringe benefits package.

For further information, contact the Board of Trustees at Tracy Memorial Library at DirectorSearch@tracylibrary.org Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to DirectorSearch@tracylibrary.org. This position posting closes March 8, 2024.

– Posted 1/28/24

Library Director – South Londonderry Free Library (Londonderry, VT)

South Londonderry Free Library
Library Director/Librarian Job Description

Qualifications: MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited college, or a VT Certificate of Public Librarianship, or working towards certification/degree.

Reports to: The South Londonderry Library Association Board of Trustees

Position summary: The Library Director shall be responsible for the overall day-to-day operation of the Library, including supervision of volunteers and employees. The Director is responsible for carrying out the Library’s policies and for staffing the Library during posted hours. The Director shall be responsible for informing the public/patrons of programs and activities and shall provide a monthly report for the Board.

Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Overall management of the day-today operation of the library;
  • Knowledge of current and evolving library regulations and trends;
  • Operational management of staff, volunteers, initiatives and budget as created by the Board of Trustees.
  • Recommendations and implementation of policies and procedures adopted by the Board.
  • Identification, design, and management of programs;
  • Promotion of library and programs through physical and digital channels;
  • Understanding of computers and software such as Library World, Weebly and Mailchimp;
  • Ability to assist patrons with computer and reference questions;
  • Collection and maintenance of statistical data and library records in accordance with local, state, and federal laws;
  • Oversees the selection and ordering of books and other materials;
  • Supervision of circulation- physical and digital;
  • Management of facilities to provide safe, inclusive, and inviting space;
  • Work to secure adequate grant and external funds;
  • Participate in professional development opportunities;
  • Presentation of monthly reports to the Board
  • Responsible for other tasks and duties as assigned by the Board

Compensation: The starting hourly range for this position is $24-$26 per hour for 24 hours per week.We also offer benefits in discussion with candidates. Pay will be based on experience.

How to apply: For further information, email us at southlondonderryfreelibrary@yahoo.com. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to that same address. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.

– Posted 1/28/24