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Director, Durham Public Library (Durham, NH)

Durham Public Library Director Job Posting

Opportunity for Transformative Leader in Durham NH

Are you a passionate, creative and innovative manager, committed to the principles of a community-driven public library?

The Library Trustees of Durham NH seek a dynamic Director with a strong vision for the future of community libraries, dedication to providing exceptional service, passion for technology and innovation and proven experience in motivating and supporting teams.

Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees, the Director will lead a committed team in a beautiful, newly built facility that has become the heart of our vibrant and engaged community. The Director will inspire our committed staff and ensure they have the resources and training to meet the high expectations of our active residents and university community.

Overarching Responsibilities:

MANAGEMENT: Build a culture of trust, support, supervision and professional development for the DPL staff.
OPERATIONS: Working cooperatively with town management, provide oversight of the Library’s day-to-day operations, finances, personnel, policy and facilities management.
FISCAL: Prepare, present and track all funding and resources; serve as a conscientious fiscal steward of taxpayer funds.
LEADERSHIP: Collaborate with the Board of Trustees, the Friends of DPL and the greater community to develop, enhance, advance and evaluate the library’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
STRATEGIC PLANNING: Develop and present annual and long-range plans in coordination with staff for educational, cultural and recreational programming, and services that enrich, enlighten, delight, educate, challenge and inform the community.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: Foster strong relationships with library users and non-users to build community and ensure the needs of the community are solicited, understood, and met, to the extent possible.
COLLABORATION: Cooperate and leverage resources with local government, organizations, schools, University of New Hampshire and members of the community to provide rich programming opportunities and support for the library.


Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an institution accredited by the ALA.
A minimum of 5 years leading and managing teams.
Exceptional communication skills and the ability to publicly promote the vision and needs of the library.
Skilled at building budgets, tracking funds, identifying funding needs; resourceful and efficient use of limited resources.
Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans.
Dedication to a professional development.
Ability to create and support a culture of inclusion.
Proficient with current and emerging digital technologies.
Understands current and emerging library trends, as well as best practices for libraries.

Full/Part Time

Full Time





Closing Date

September 15th 2019

How to Apply

Applications that are received by September 1st will be given priority.

Final deadline is September 15th.

Email cover letter and resume to:


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