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Assistant Library Director, Leominster Public Library (Leominster)

The Leominster Public Library serves the 41,000 residents of Leominster, as well as many non-residents from the surrounding communities of North Central Massachusetts. Located in the downtown area of one of Massachusetts’ Gateway Cities, the library is housed in a 1910 Carnegie library building that was renovated and expanded to a 44,500 square foot facility in 2007. The Library is looking for an Assistant Library Director to help lead a team of 25 staff. 


Directly supervises the Outreach Coordinator and all Outreach services. Assists in the supervision of full-time and part-time staff. Supervises all staff in the Director’s absence.


•Assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Library Director in their absence.

•Prepares weekly schedules for library personnel. Tracks and approves staff vacation time.

•Manages the Gifts and Donations program by sending acknowledgement letters to donors.

•Acts as the liaison to the Friends of the Library by developing the annual programming budget, providing support for fundraising activities, and overseeing the bi-monthly publication of its newsletter.

•Supervises the part-time Outreach Coordinator. Directly responsible for the training of the Outreach Coordinator and oversees all aspects of outreach services; routinely monitors daily and regular work performance of all outreach services. Participates in and conducts outreach as needed.

•Contributes to, and assists in the development and supervision of, library programs and services that support diverse and/or underserved populations.

•Provides leadership in working relationships and communication, ensuring quality public service; encourages initiative and creativity. Contributes to creating an environment oriented to trust, open communication, creative thinking, and cohesive team effort.

•Assists in developing community awareness of library materials, outreach, and services.

•Interfaces with City representatives and officials to promote and coordinate public service campaigns and advocate for public library service. Makes connections, reaches out and represents the library in the community.

•Stays informed of professional and community developments affecting the library and librarianship. Promotes interest in library organizations. Attends meetings and participates in professional organizations.

•Pursues continuing education in the form of professional workshops or library conferences, personnel issues, collection development, management, grantsmanship and marketing.

•Assists in Collection Development and Collection Management as needed. Creates or supervises appropriate exhibits and displays.

•Assists in budget preparation, negotiation of expenditures, and grant writing.

•Assists with the management of the library facility.  

•Assists the Director in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of long and short term goals and objectives.

•Plans, organizes, and implements projects as needed or determined by the Director.

•Compiles periodic statistics and assists the Director in preparing the ARIS report.

•Attends monthly Board of Trustees meetings.

•Prepares statistical and narrative reports of some complexity for Director.

•Ensures safe conditions for staff, public, and building operation. Takes appropriate action in building emergencies.

•Delegates and assigns duties within the Library Department as required.

•Assists in the hiring of personnel. Recommends the employment, promotion and retention of employees within the library. Assists in conducting annual staff reviews.

•Assists in planning and supervising in-service training courses for staff as needed.

•Prepares brochures, new releases, bulletins, posters, and other public relations materials to promote library services as needed.

•Covers any one of the public service desks when required.

•Performs other similar or related duties, as required or as situation dictates.


Required Minimum Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Library Science or a related field preferred. Three (3) years of library, non-profit, public administration, or related experience required.

•Minimum three (3) years of progressively responsible administrative experience.

•Minimum three (3) years of supervisory experience.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

•Experience with State and City-mandated reports, policy creation, and grant writing.

•Ability to speak a second language.

•Excellent technology skills.

•Some collection development and collection management experience.

Core Competencies:

•Fosters and exhibits innovation and works to develop forward-thinking ideas, programs, and services for the library and the community.

•Ability to collaborate with community members and organizations, foster partnerships, and to “lean-in” to the community to better serve the City of Leominster.

•Strong personnel administration experience.

•Ability to interact appropriately and with sensitivity toward library patrons, staff, community members, and City officials.

•Excellent planning, organizational and management skills.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Starting salary is non-negotiable at $63,991. Salary Range is $63,991-$82,587. This is a non-union position.

Closing Date

January 6, 2020

How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a cover letter and resume to Wendy Hurley at Review of applications will begin January 6th, 2020. Position open until filled. 


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