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Library Director, Town of Bridgewater (Bridgewater)

The Town of Bridgewater is seeking an energetic and forward-thinking professional to fill a critical leadership and management position with customer service, outreach, policy development, and public space responsibilities.

The successful candidate must be a proven and collaborative administrator. The position requires an expertise in introducing innovative and effective programming in library services that keeps pace with the continually evolving technologies and trends for use of this vital community resource. A record of empowering staff members through a commitment to open communication and consultative leadership is foundational to this role. A record of professional contributions including as a respected library profession leader is expected. The Library Director will also be responsible for the development of initiatives that align with and support the Town’s strategic and economic development initiatives.

Work is performed under the direction of the Town Manager, and the Director acts as a liaison to the advisory Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director will manage all aspects of library service, collection development, strategic planning, budget administration (including endowments and grants), personnel management, policy formulation, and facilities. The Library Director is responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her direction and control.

Supervision Scope: Performs complex and highly responsible duties requiring a high level of creative and independent judgment in the planning, administration and execution of the library’s programs and services, and in the direction of personnel. Works collaboratively in formulating decisions regarding department policies, procedures, operations and plans.

Supervision Received: Work is performed under the direction of the Town Manager (or designee) and receives an annual 360° like performance evaluation. Assumes responsibility for developing and achieving the department goals and objectives. Works in accordance with applicable Massachusetts General Laws, Town policies, Town ordinances, and relevant state, federal, and local regulations and standards.

* Coordinates and communicates with the Town Manager’s Office and its financial team on all aspects of the library’s function.
* In compliance with the Town’s regulations and procedures regarding personnel operations, participate in the process for hire of librarians and other employees necessary for the care and operation of the Library. Approves bills for payment from appropriated funds, participates in award of contracts process for any library purpose, and reports and coordinate with the Facilities and Fleet Manager any need for repairs or alterations of library buildings.
* Prepares annual budgets with the town’s Finance Team; monitors the expenditure of funds. Leads the Library’s capital planning and prepares and submits plans and action plan updates to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) to assure the library’s eligibility for grants administered by the MBLC.

* Publicizes the services available at the library and encourages their use through appropriate outlets. Serves as an advocate for the library among the public, the Trustees, and other Town officials and organizations.
* Leads a small but actively engaged team which includes the library’s Assistant Director, librarians, professional and administrative staff. Listens to and responds to public comments, concerns and suggestions about library operations.
* Provides annual reports to the Trustees and to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, which details library activity, income, expenditures and compliance with standards for state aid.
* Serves as the Town’s representative to the Sails Library Network. Represents the library at other cooperative library organizations that the library may work with. Maintains contacts outside of the library to keep abreast of developments within the field.
* May provide support to the Board of Library Trustees administratively and shares purposeful information about library operations that informs its discussions.
* Maintains current knowledge of the field through attendance at conferences, seminars, etc. and by keeping current with literature in the field.
* Follows and adheres to department, Town and other governmental rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
* Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.

* Strong customer service philosophy that encompasses support and leadership to accomplish
* Data savvy and committed to expanding and evolving the role of library to serve the community better
* Creativity for devising community-engagement strategies within and outside of town networks
* Identifying gaps in service and resources and creating solutions to fill them
* Knowledge of current and emerging digital technologies and services in support of furthering customer education and experience in the library.
* Ability to provide hands-on participation, leadership and direction in a free public library.
* Problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
* Ensure synergy with library resources and community priorities.
* Experience working collaboratively and independently with various groups within an evolving organization and progressively changing team environment.


The ideal candidate will have the following:

Master of Science in Library and Information Science from an A.L.A. accredited institution, a certificate of professional librarianship issued by the Board of Library Commissioners, and eight (8) years of relevant library experience, including four (4) years of administrative and supervisory experience at a progressively responsible level.

* Broad knowledge of advanced professional library science, personnel administration and technology management and the operation of advanced library equipment, personal computers and computer software, or any equivalent combination of experience and education. Any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position will also be considered.
* Considerable knowledge of professional library principles, practices, and services. Knowledge of library administration and management as applied to automation, personnel, collection development, planning, and budgeting.
* Knowledge of state, regional and local resources and services vital to library operations.
* Extensive knowledge of current library technology, its application within a public library.
* Knowledge of standard office procedures, practices, forms, and equipment.
* Extensive ability to manage a complex, technologically innovative library organization. Ability to analyze administrative problems and library needs, to evaluate library services, and to make recommendations for revisions.
* Ability to communicate effectively with all the members of the public, including children, in a courteous and tactful manner.
* Ability to write and administer grants.
* Ability to direct the work of professionals and non-professionals.
* Ability to fairly and tactfully enforce library policies.
* Ability to understand, operate, and troubleshoot computer systems and associated related software.
* Ability to interpret community interests and needs.
* Ability to work collaboratively with leadership, town department team leaders and key players.
* Ability to work with project manager(s) assigned to building maintenance and renovation work and upkeep.
* Superior oral and written communication skills.
* Excellent public relations skills to deal with people effectively and appropriately.
* Strong budgetary and financial management skills.
* A strong commitment to public service required.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Salary Range: $74,740.61 - $95,674.29. Salary expectations should be included with the submission.

Closing Date

How to Apply

Please send a completed application, resume, cover letter and three (3) professional references preferably via e-mail at or by mail to: Human Resources, REF: Library Director, Academy Building, 66 Central Square – 2nd floor, Bridgewater, MA 02324. The application is available at the website .  

Resumes will be reviewed as submitted. Only candidates that will be offered an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.



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