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Library Director, Town of Natick (Natick)

The Bacon Free Library (BFL), a small independent library located in South Natick, MA, seeks a Library Director.  The Bacon Free Library was established in 1880 and located in the heart of historic South Natick Center in a park-like setting, the library overlooks the Charles River and is surrounded by lovely grounds and gardens. The library is a focal point of the community and serves patrons of all ages. The BFL also benefits from an active Friends organization and the Board of Trustees which combine to support the library with their time, energies and other resources. To learn more about the Bacon Free Library visit our website 

The Director is charged with using social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, etc to promote the library and its programs and will be able to keep the website updated with events and library announcements. They are also responsible for coordinating with Natick town officials and Natick's Morse Institute Library. The library is a member of the Minuteman Library System network.  With the support of the Assistant Director/Children’s Librarian, part-time staff and volunteers, the Director will be responsible for the daily operations of the library, including collection management, coordinating adult programs, management of library staff and maintaining of budget and financial records.  

Oversees, implements, maintains, and enhances a range of technologies and systems.  Supports library staff and patrons in the use of existing technologies and adoption of new and emerging technologies.

The preferred candidate will have direct library operations experience and possess an MLS from an accredited ALA program.  The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to successfully manage the overall operation and relationships of this small library.

The right candidate should be energetic, enthusiastic, be able to act independently and creatively to develop and promote the library's programs and services; as well as relate well to patrons. Knowledge of Sierra ILS is preferred. Excellent customer service orientation is needed, and a "turned outward" approach to community engagement is ideal.

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The Town of Natick offers a complete benefits package to include a competitive pay, pension plan, 12 paid holidays, employee assistance program and educational assistance program along with medical and dental insurances.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Education and Experience: or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. 

-An employee should come to this position after having library work experience of five (5) to seven (7) years, at least four (4) years of which shall have been in a top supervisory position in which the incumbent would have had supervision over most library activities, such as cataloging, acquisitions,                procurement and personnel management responsibilities.

-Acquisition of a Master’s Degree in Library Science is a requirement for the position and time spent in acquiring the degree is separate and distinct from actual work experience desired.

-Must have a Certificate of Professional Librarianship from the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners.

-Candidate should have completed courses in business management and personnel management.

-Must be in general good health and be able to demonstrate possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work.

-Fundraising or development experience is preferred. Networking and collaboration skills are essential to this position.  The Library Trustees have embark on a Capital Campaign to raise funds to support the longevity of the BFL historic building. The Library Director will be an integral part of this process.

-Moderate physical effort is required to perform duties under typical library conditions.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill
-Extensive knowledge of library science and of library management principles, practices and procedures.
-Considerable knowledge of general management, including financial management, personnel management and of automation pertinent to local library            and inter-local programming.
-Considerable knowledge of library programs and current developments in library programs and current developments in library operations.

-Ability to plan, organize and direct a sustained program of library services.
-Ability to develop and maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with others, such as trustees, library patrons, representatives of                    community organizations, volunteers and town officials.
-Ability to supervise others, training them, evaluating their performance and administering discipline, as needed.
-Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
-Ability to analyze and identify community needs as those needs relate to library programs and services.

Physical and Mental 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 position’s essential functions

Physical Skills:
-There is little or no physical demand needed. The ability is required to lift up to 30 pounds.

Motor Skills:
-Duties may involve close hand-eye coordination and physical dexterity.

Visual Skills:
-Ability to read, see, and differentiate between colors.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$60K to $85K

Closing Date


How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a cover letter, resume with three professional references to



2019-09-25 |  Quick link to this job