Search Ongoing Pease Library Director – Pease Public Library (Plymouth, NH)

Search Ongoing: The Board of Trustees of the Pease Public Library in Plymouth, New Hampshire, is looking for an experienced, enthusiastic Director to work with and lead their top-notch staff. We would like a Director with strong communication skills to promote the Library and help to spur its continuing growth. Pease Public Library plays an important role in a growing community with a current population of approximately 6,680 people. The Library has an operating budget of $524,000. Pease Public Library is in the downtown area of Plymouth, which has a wonderful mix of businesses and entertainment and is home to Plymouth State University. This is a full-time position offering comprehensive medical and dental benefits. The Town of Plymouth participates in the NH Retirement System. Salary range is $68,000-$71,500. Applications should be sent to The Pease Public Library Board of Trustees at asp.77s@comcast.netPosition is open until filled.
Job Description:
Position Purpose:
Performs supervisory, administrative, and professional work in planning, organizing, managing, and directing all library services and activities, responsible for the daily operations of the library; responsible for the development and administration of financial resources for the development, management, and enhancement of the library; responsible for facility oversight, personnel, programs, and overall library services; and develops and implements policies in conformance with regulations.   Performs all other related work as required.
Essential Functions:
(The essential functions, or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)
  • Works with the Board of Trustees and library staff to provide efficient and effective library services for the community.
  • Plans, organizes, manages, and oversees the implementation of library services and operations for the Pease Public Library.
  • Develops and administers the annual budget; monitors expenditures, including payroll; prepares financial and statistical reports, and provides support information to assist the Board of Trustees in the budgeting process.
  • Establishes goals and measures accomplishments against recognized standards.
  • Enforces library rules and safety rules for the protection of patrons, library staff and library property.
  • Maintains a positive relationship with the library staff in order to foster an effective working environment.
  • Maintains a collection that satisfies the wants and needs of library patrons; orders new books and media for catalogue; catalogues new arrivals and donations.
  • Fosters and maintains positive community relations and a positive relationship with the Trustees.  Networks with community leaders and nonprofits to encourage library usage.
  • Assists the Trustees in formulating overall library procedures, policies, budgets, and goals, and maintaining appropriate and timely policies.
  • Prepares reports and documents as required by state, town and Board of Trustees.
  • Administers all aspects of library operation including personnel selection and supervision; budgeting and expenditure; book and materials selection; collection development and maintenance; building and grounds maintenance; programming and community relations.
  • Investigates and recommends upgrades to library automation and appropriate library technologies.
  • Responsible for the personnel management of the Library.  Recruits, selects, and trains new personnel.  Evaluates the performance of employees.
  • Maintains involvement in professional organizations and attends professional meetings and seminars to stay abreast of current trends in library services.
  • Promotes the ongoing professional development of all members of the staff.
  • Maintains current knowledge of New Hampshire laws and regulations governing or impacting the activities of libraries.
  • Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education, Training and Experience:
Master’s Degree in Library Science (M.L.S) or equivalent graduate degree from an institution accredited by the American Library Association; seven years progressively responsible experience in public library management including personnel supervision, budget management and policy development; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill:
Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and ethics of professional library work; knowledge of facilities management and operations including administration, finance and personnel.  Working knowledge of computerization and appropriate library applications and technology.
Ability:  Ability to supervise staff and volunteers in an effective and supportive manner.  Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with organizations, departments and officials. Ability of leadership, independent judgment, initiative and decision-making. Ability to work under pressure.  Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate effective library services, strategies, facilities and staff. Ability to communicate effectively.  Ability to keep current with the pace of technology and available resources that may be offered to the public.
Skill:   Excellent planning and organizational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Proficient computer skills and budgetary skills.  Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Skilled in utilizing library networks and state resources.
Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Regularly required to walk, climb on ladders and stools, stand, sit, talk, and hear; operate objects, tools, or controls; pick up paper, files, books and other common library and office objects.  Ability to view computer screens and work with details for extended periods of time.  Ability to reach and bend, to stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl and push/pull or lift objects up to 60 pounds. Must be able to communicate.
Supervision:
Supervision Scope: Performs highly responsible work of a complex nature which involves the exercise of independent judgment and initiative in planning and overseeing the administration of the municipal library and in the development and delivery of library services to meet individual and community needs.
Supervision Received:   Work is performed under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees.
Supervision Given: Provides supervision of all full and part-time library staff, developing job direction, assigning tasks, instructions and monitoring performance.
Job Environment:
  • Work is performed under typical office and library conditions; the noise level is moderate.
  • Operates computers and peripherals, barcode reader, dollies/hand trucks, electronic smart devices, tablets and readers, telephone, facsimile machine, copier, calculator, and other standard office equipment.
  • Employee has frequent contact with the public, other library agencies, Board of Trustees, town officials and employees, vendors, Friends Association, local business owners and varied organizations.  Contacts are in person, by telephone, and by email and involve an information exchange dialogue.
  • Has access to all department-related confidential information, including personnel files and patron records.
  • Errors could result in adverse public relations, reduction in the level of library service and have financial repercussions for the town.
This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.
– Updated 6/22/23

Director – Royalton Memorial Library (South Royalton, VT)

The Royalton Memorial Library is seeking an energetic, well-organized Director, to provide outstanding customer service to our growing and diverse community. Located in the beautiful village of South Royalton, home of Vermont Law School, and just a short drive from the Upper Valley- which offers affordable public transit to Boston and New York City, aside from other attractions. The natural landscape of South Royalton offers the best of small-town living while enjoying the vibrancy and diversity that is synonymous with a college town.  An ideal location for those that seek work-life balance.

This position is responsible for all operations of the library, including, clerical, outreach, fundraising, and supervisory duties. Must have excellent interpersonal and technology skills. A minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a candidate with a CPL through the state of VT or willingness to pursue one is preferred.

40 hours per week, including some evening and Saturday hours. Starting at $20/hour with paid sick leave and paid vacation and the possibility of health insurance. To apply, please send a cover letter and resumé, including the names and contact information for three references, to jobs@royaltonlibrary.org.

– Posted 5/17/23

Director – Winhall Memorial Library (Bondville, VT)

Winhall Memorial Library, tucked away near the base of Stratton Mountain, is seeking a Director. This is a vibrant and well stocked library, newly automated and part of the Catamount Library Network. You will be stepping into a turnkey library.

Winhall Memorial Library Job Description   May 2023

POSITION:  Library Director/Librarian: 20 hour per week position

SUMMARY:  The Librarian is responsible for the administration, supervision, and coordination of all activities and services of the library.  They act as the library spokesperson, promoting the use of the library by all members of the community.

SUPERVISION:  The Librarian is appointed by and responsible to the Board of Trustees.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

Service to the community

  • Develops and maintains services that reflect and respond to the interests and needs of the community
  • Represents the library in the community by promoting and publicizing the library’s services and resources utilizing: the website, social media (Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter), MailChimp Newsletter, Front Porch Forum, Google Listing, and regular press releases to local publications; as well as preparing an annual account of the library to be included in the Town Report
  • Selects, orders, and catalogs new materials; responsible for all aspects of collection development
  • Provides reference, readers’ advisory, referral, and interlibrary loan services to patrons of all ages, educational levels, and economic backgrounds; helps the public use library resources and technology; supports borrowing through the Catamount Library Network’s catalog (Aspen Discovery), and manages the courier system
  • Provides materials and a venue for a monthly book discussion group, directs the discussion
  • Participates in the daily routine of the library as needed—shelving, circulating and returning materials, etc.
  • Plans, publicizes, carries out, and evaluates programs for all ages which further the library’s mission and raise the library’s profile in the community
  • Organizes displays and exhibits to promote the collection and the library’s services and provide an interesting and welcoming environment
  • Takes advantage of grant opportunities as appropriate, writing proposals and carrying out grants as they are awarded

Library Management

  • Fundraises with the Board of Trustees and writes grants as directed in the annual budget
  • Spends and monitors budgeted funds in a responsible manner
  • Attends all board meetings, reporting on library activity
  • Develops and evaluates procedures for the smooth running of the library
  • Supervises maintenance of the building, reporting problems to the Town
  • Collects and analyzes library statistics
  • Communicates and cooperates with the local and state library community, including preparing the annual statistical report and standards application for the Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Supervises the automation system (KOHA) and the public access computers
  • Attends 12 meetings per year as required by the Catamount Library Network Membership Agreement: Cataloguing (6x) and Loans (6x) groups
  • Monitors developments and trends in the field of librarianship, paying particular attention to Vermont, by reading professional literature and taking advantage of continuing education opportunities as available and appropriate

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • General knowledge of the principles and methods of modern library services including automated systems and electronic digital resources.
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong communications skills
    • Good written and verbal expression
    • Ability to be a good listener
  • Commitment to customer service
    • Ability to identify patron needs and requirements
    • Ability to initiate development of policies, procedures, programs, and activities to meet those needs

Strong technological ability

  • Ability to stay up to date with new social media trends
  • WordPress knowledge, social media, google docs, MailChimp, etc.

Please note, the above job description describes the general nature, tasks, responsibilities, and level of work to be performed; it is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of every responsibility, duty, and skill required for the position. Depending on organizational needs, other duties may be assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree preferred, plus library-related experience and willingness to earn Vermont Public Library Certification within 3 years.

Benefits: Paid holidays, one week paid vacation annually
Hiring range: $20-$23 per hour

To apply, please send a letter of letter of interest and resume to winhallmemoriallibrary@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

– Posted 5/17/23

Library Director – Abbott Library (Sunapee NH)

Duties/Description: The Abbott Library located in Sunapee NH, a small New England town that enjoys proximity to Lake Sunapee and Mount Sunapee, is seeking an innovative, energetic, experienced and future-ready library professional to provide leadership to its vibrant community library.

The Director will oversee a staff of seven employees (4.5 FTE.) This staff includes a full-time Assistant Director, Technology and Outreach Librarian, and Youth Services Librarian. In addition, the library enjoys the support of more than 1300 hours of volunteer service each year. The Director is also responsible for administration, management, (including fiscal oversight) and advocacy for the library.

The ideal candidate is a strategic problem solver who is flexible, positive, creative, patient, decisive, and technologically adroit. Additionally, the ideal candidate has demonstrated success aligning people, process and technology; excellent leadership, communication, interpersonal and customer relationship skills; and is committed to outstanding patron service. A finely tuned sense of humor is not required but highly desirable.

The library serves a community of 3,342 year-round residents and a large seasonal community. It operates with an annual budget of $530,000. The construction of the library building was completed in 2014, and it offers meeting rooms for library and community use, a fireplace, comfortable seating, and a beautiful view of Mount Sunapee.

The Director will work closely with the Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library and the Abbott Library Foundation to raise funds and advocate for the library. In past years, these organizations have contributed $25,000-$50,000 per year of additional funding for the library.

A full job description is available by request.

Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school is strongly preferred. Two to five years of progressively responsible experience in professional library work, including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility  in a library setting is desired. Candidates who can begin before July 24, 2023 will be given preference.

Starting Salary Range: $73,424 – $79,081 with an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurance, short-term and long-term disability and participation in the New Hampshire Retirement System.

Closing Date: Applications received before May 2, 2023 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

EOE

Application: if interested, please send a letter of application, resume, and three references by email to: directorsearch@abbottlibrary.org

– Posted 4/12/23

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

The public library in Richford VT is a cornerstone of the community, and we’re looking for our next director! This is an exciting opportunity to build relationships, create programs for a diverse group of patrons, work with the Trustees to create the strategic plan, and purchase materials that are of interest to Richford’s community. The pay rate is $18/hour, at an estimated 28 hours per week. If you are a civic-minded, public-library-loving individual with appropriate experience, please review the full job description on our website at https://aabrown.org/job-opening/. Email your cover letter and resume to us at richfordlibrarydirector@gmail.com by April 14th!

– Posted 3/16/23

Library Director – Stowe Free Library (Stowe, VT)

The Town of Stowe is seeking to hire a full-time Library Director. The Stowe Free Library is dedicated to providing a welcoming public space that inspires learning, advances knowledge, enriches lives and encourages lifelong learning. Our mission is To Welcome…To Inspire…To Enrich the Mind 

The Library Director is responsible for managing library operations including programming, goal setting, library planning, collection development, supervision and managing the operating budget. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated administrative skills managing library functions and leading a team of employees in carrying out the Library Trustee’s vision, goals, and strategic plan.  The Librarian should have excellent customer service skills and be proficient with library technology.  The Library Director will promote a safe, respectful, and collaborative team culture through positive role modeling and strong communications skills.

A Master’s Degree in Library Science or related field, with three years of experience in library operations, budgeting and employee supervision is preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Pay range is $70,177-$78,937, dependent upon experience.  The Town of Stowe currently offers an excellent benefit package including health and dental insurance, paid leave, a generously matched retirement plan, life insurance and more.

Job descriptions and employment application can be obtained at: www.townofstowevt.org.   Submit application, letter of interest, resume, references, and salary requirements to: Town of Stowe, c/o HR Director, PO Box 730, Stowe, VT 05672 or by email recruit@stowevt.gov.   Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  The Town of Stowe is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Library is located in an historic mid-19th century building in the heart of the community next to Stowe Elementary School. Stowe is a premier four season destination particularly renowned for its alpine and Nordic recreation, mountain biking, hiking and world class spas.  The community comes alive with festivals, shopping and dining opportunities with activities for everyone in all seasons.   Stowe has made the most out of its natural setting– the mountains, the forests and fields, clear mountain streams and fine air to carve out an appealing, enduring, distinctively New England style of life.   What makes it truly special is that Stowe is also a place people call home.

– Posted 2/16/23

Library Director – Rochester Public Library (Rochester, VT)

The library is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, enthusiastic, and tenacious Library Director. Together with the Children’s Programming Coordinator will plan, promote, and execute all aspects of library service for the community.

Minimum Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Recent employment in a library setting.
  • A bachelor’s degree or a combination of relevant work experience and education.
  • A candidate without a master’s degree in library science will be required to hold a Vermont Certificate of Librarianship within 2 years of employment.

Sample Skill Range Required:

  • Knowledge of library management software systems and cataloging
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to offer multi-genre readers advisory and anticipating and purchasing per community interests
  • Proven fundraising and grant writing experience
  • Creates budgets and tracks financial reports
  • Plans inexpensive and innovative library programming
  • Holds library, nonprofit, business, and/or volunteer management skills
  • Skilled at spreadsheets, word processing, Word Press, and social media
  • Familiar with the use of library databases and e-content

Position To Begin July 1, 2023

  • This is a 22 hour per week position with the library open Tuesday & Thursday 11-6 and Saturday 9-12.
  • Starting pay $20.00/hr. including paid vacation and holidays.

To Apply:

  • Send a cover letter and resume to Search Committee, PO Box 256, Rochester, VT  05767
  • Review of applications begins April 11 and continues biweekly until the position is filled.
  • Should you be selected for an interview, 3 letters of professional reference will be required to be submitted at the interview.
  • For a full job description or other information email rochesterpubliclibraryVT@gmail.com

– Posted 1/25/23

Library Director – Wolfeboro Public Library (Wolfeboro, NH)

Description: The Wolfeboro Public Library invites you to become a member of its energetic and dedicated team as the next Library Director. Working in a beautiful new library with a town population of 6,500 vibrant, diverse residents and 30,000 seasonal visitors, an eight-member governing Board of Trustees, a stellar staff, and strong Friends of the Library and Library Foundation organizations, the new Director will have a track record of success and continue to provide exciting, essential library services and programs for the community.

The successful candidate will provide inspirational leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, display expertise in technology and finance, have the experience and skill to plan and implement new services and effectively provide the face and voice of the library to its many constituents.

Required qualifications: Master of Library Science, 3-5 years of library admin and supervisory experience or equivalent combination of education and work experience.

Community: Wolfeboro, aka “America’s Oldest Summer Resort”, is a beautiful, traditional New England town, located on the shores of magnificent Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Wentworth. Amenities include a regional hospital, high-quality public school system, a Children’s Center, Brewster Academy, four museums, a downtown shopping center that is a magnet for tourists, year-round recreational facilities, abundant woodland and water facilities, historic buildings, all of which add up to a high-quality family life and working environment.

Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is fulltime, salaried, and includes a generous benefits package – health, dental, life, and disability insurance and retirement. (Range: $60,000 to $80,000)

Applications: Email a PDF that includes resume and cover letter to directorsearch@wolfeboropubliclibrary.org by January 30, 2023 at 5:00 pm EST.

The Wolfeboro Public Library is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or age.

– Posted 12/18/22

Director – Jones Memorial Library (Orleans, VT)

The Jones Memorial Library is seeking to hire a library director to plan, direct, and manage library operations and staff.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Identifying goals and implementing a plan to meet community needs;
  • Maintaining, advancing, and promoting the library’s policies, technology, collections, services, and programs;
  • Providing leadership to attract, recruit, and develop support staff and volunteers, including support staff performance reviews and scheduling;
  • Representing the library in the community and fostering partnerships with local civic organizations, schools, day cares and other interested parties;
  • Communicating and engaging with the media, community groups, Friends of the Library, and the public to inform and gather support of the library’s goals, programs and fundraising;
  • Developing and implementing, in conjunction with Library Trustees, a sound financial plan, to include cultivating grants, private funding sources, and endowments;
  • Overseeing and directing the library budget in a fiscally sound manner;
  • Efficiently communicating relevant library information to Library Trustees or Village officials, as needed;
  • Staying abreast of new trends and innovations in the fields of library administration and management;
  • Creating and maintaining a welcoming environment and a community profile that shows the library as a valued community asset and resource.

Desired Knowledge and Skills:

  • Work experience in the public library sector including a working knowledge of library systems;
  • Grant writing experience;
  • Strong organizational and time management skills;
  • Initiative, independent judgment, and political insight to ensure library services complement the needs and desires of community residents;
  • Experience and proficiency with computer technology, video conferencing platforms, and the ability to learn industry specific software.

Education:

  • Minimum: High School Diploma
  • Preferred: Degree or 2-years related experience

This is a part-time position of 24-hours a week. Based on the experience of applicants the position may be split to hire both a library director and children’s librarian.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to jmltrustees@gmail.com

Screening of all applicants will start immediately and close on December 2, 2022.

– Posted 11/21/22

Library Director – Jackson Public Library (Jackson, NH)

Description:

The Jackson NH Public Library is seeking a full-time Library Director with proven management skills and excellent library knowledge for its vibrant community library. Jackson is a year round resort town of over 1000 residents in northern New Hampshire.

The Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and is responsible for management of the daily operations of the library. Duties include assisting the Board in the preparation of the annual budget, preparing recommendations of requests for capital purchase, implementing acquisitions and expenditures, and compiling monthly statistics on circulation.  The ideal candidate is community oriented, savvy about technology, and possesses excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.

This Library Director is a salaried 35 hours per week position, with a full benefit package.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  MLS strongly recommended.
  • At least 4 years experience in the field, comprehensive knowledge of library services, principles, practices and procedures.  Demonstrated skills in effective oral and written communications, staff supervision, and organizational management and administration.
  • Operational knowledge of computers and office machines/equipment.
  • Full job description available here.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter, a resume and three references to directorsearch@jacksonlibrary.org no later than December 15, 2022.

– Posted 11/16/22