The George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library in Hudson, NH is seeking candidates for the position of Library Director. The Library Director is responsible for the direction and coordination of the day-to-day operations of a dynamic community library in a Southern New Hampshire community of almost 25,000 residents with a growing patron base.
Supervisor: Hudson Library Board of Trustees
Nature of Work
The Library Director is responsible for the direction and coordination of the daily operation of the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Library including the effective creation and management of the Library’s program of services to the public. The Director functions as a department head in the Town of Hudson.
Supervision Exercised: The Director supervises all full time and part-time Library staff including recommendations for hiring, scheduling, evaluation, promotion and disciplinary measures and delegates daily supervision and training of employees to designated supervisors. Maintains all necessary documentation of staff management functions.
Characteristic Responsibilities, Duties and Tasks
- Perform regular duties independently. Consult with Library Trustees on policy matters or major operational changes
- Administer all aspects of Library operation including collection development, program planning, budgeting and expenditures, facility maintenance, technology development, representation to the local community, library cooperatives and state organizations
- Consult with Board of Trustees on planning and defining future needs of the Library and methods for meeting such needs
- Maintain current knowledge of and adherence to NH and Federal laws and regulations governing or impacting activities of libraries
- Prepare budgets for approval and provide supporting information to the Trustees during the budgeting process; ;monitor spending and financial management on an ongoing basis
- Represent the Library to Town governmental organizations, regional, state and national professional organizations and to the public at large; attend meetings
- Maintain communication with annual and monthly reports to the Town, the State and Trustees
- Interact with the Friends of the Library and other funders/donors regarding special activities and support
- Provide leadership to library staff and act as a liaison between the staff, Trustees and Town; maintain effective schedules for coverage
- Monitor needs for staff training on multiple levels – professional, paraprofessional, safety and security, customer service and other areas
- Identify areas for growth and improvement and present these to Trustees with suggestions for implementation.
- Promote and market library services, activities and programs to the public
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, public and school officials, other agencies and the general public
- Identify areas for improvement and initiate corrective action where necessary
- Interact with Information Technology staff and Town and SAU IT staff to maintain effective utilization of joint resources
- Develop and maintain relationships within local and state government bodies
- Recommend changes to policies and procedures, facilitate revisions and implement their integration into library operations
- Oversee library building and grounds and report necessary improvements/service issues
- Maintain a safe, comfortable, welcoming and secure environment for patrons
- Perform other related duties as required
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge, ability and experience in management principles and library administration
- Knowledge, ability and experience re: library organization, practices, procedures, functions and techniques; computer applications and technologies
- Knowledge, ability and experience with budgeting and financial management
- Ability and experience to develop and direct comprehensive program of library services
- Ability and experience in maintaining effective working relationships with staff, patron, Trustees, community organizations and other governmental departments
- Ability to recruit, train and manage library staff
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
- Maintain required professional credentials
Education, Training and/or Experience
Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA accredited school plus six years progressively responsible professional library experience, including three years in supervisory or administrative capacity or equivalent combination of education or experience which demonstrate possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Knowledge of New Hampshire Library RSAs is preferred.
The Library Director works most daytime business hours as well as being available for evening/weekend meetings and other activities as necessary.
Salary commensurate with experience. See attached for a detailed job description.
Submit resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Trustees, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH 03051, by March 30, 2018. No phone calls please.
Duties: Primarily performs desk duties and shelves library materials in the Children’s Services Department. Actively participates in programming activities including story times and craft activities. Assists with special events and library outreach. Cross-trained to occasionally assist patrons at our main Circulation desk, circulating and shelving materials along with performing other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: An Associate degree or higher is required. Creativity, enthusiasm and dedication to working with children is also required. Some artistic talent, an ability to lead story times, and some knowledge of children’s literature is preferred. Facility with computers and basic Microsoft Office skills required, along with good organizational and communication skills and attentiveness to detail. Must have excellent customer service skills, be willing to work a flexible schedule, have a good sense of humor, and enjoy working with people in a collaborative environment. Must be able to push or pull carts, do a moderate amount of bending, squatting, lifting (up to 40 lbs.), stretching and standing for extended periods of time. Previous library experience is preferred.
Closing date: March 2, 2018 or until filled
Salary: $11.50 per hour to start, 12-18 hours per week with some evening and Saturday hours.
To Apply: Send resume, letter of interest, and three references to:
Rodgers Memorial Library
194 Derry Road
Hudson, NH 03051
Attention: Library Director
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