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Associate Director - SEARCH REOPENED, Seekonk Public Library (Seekonk)

Are you ready to join an innovative public library team? Are you passionate about delivering high level customer service to the public? Are you energetic, dynamic, and ready to build the library of your dreams? The Seekonk Public Library is looking for its next Associate Director - a public service focused individual with excellent management skills and expertise in library technology. The successful candidate will be an innovator who values a positive team environment and thrives in a climate of change.

The Town of Seekonk is a small, vibrant community of approximately 14,000 located in southeastern Massachusetts. In FY19,  visits to the library numbered over 89,000, 231,457 items were circulated, and event attendance totaled 9789. The library has been awarded a construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and is currently in 7th place on the waiting list.

Position Title:  Associate Director

Terms:  This is a salaried full time position. The Associate Director will typically work 35-40 hours per week and may be expected to work occasional weekend hours.  Attendance at nightly or weekend meetings beyond the normal work schedule may also be required.

Job Summary

The Associate Director is responsible for the general administrative oversight of the library’s public service departments, including collection development, programming, and personnel issues. Duties include scheduling, training, and evaluating the performance of public service personnel. The Associate Director works to introduce new technologies to the staff and public, to provide technical support to staff and public, and to innovate the library’s digital brand.  The Associate Director serves as the library’s chief administrator in the absence of the Library Director.

The Associate Director is engaged by the Board of Library Trustees under the terms of personnel service contract, but in all other respects is considered an employee of the Town of Seekonk. The Associate Director is directed by, and reports to, the Library Director. He or she may report indirectly to the Board of Library Trustees as required.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities

Supervises and coordinates the activities of the library’s Customer Services, Adult Services, and Youth Services Departments.

Oversees expenditures of public service departments, including payroll, materials, and expenses.

Oversees work schedules of public service staff and reviews and modifies schedules as required.

Seeks to resolve conflicts among public service staff members with the goal of resolving employee grievances at an informal level.

Explains goals, objectives, policies, and procedures to the staff and public.

Recruits public service staff, evaluates staff performance,  and makes recommendations on the hiring or removal of staff.

Acts as the Library Director in the Library’s Director’s absence.

Recommends new public service policies  and operating procedures, or changes to existing policies and procedures, to the Director and Board of Library Trustees.

Participates in meetings of the Board of Library Trustees, Library Trust, and Friends of the Library as required.

Assists with grant writing and administration of grant funds.

Coordinates the public relations efforts of library public service departments.

Works closely with the Director on the development and implementation of a library marketing plan.

Works closely with the Director and Board of Library Trustees on the development and implementation of the library’s strategic plan and annual action plan.

Assists the Library Director and Board of Library Trustees with developing annual operating and capital budgets.

Manages the library volunteer program.

Is responsible for developing and implementing maintenance and replacement schedules for library hardware and software.

Is responsible for the development of an annual budget for IT expenditures.

Performs or assists outside vendors with equipment repairs.

Is responsible for configuring all library equipment for use on the library’s networks, including installation and updates of operating systems and all network and client software for antivirus and malware protection, client and user management, data backup and system restores, and public printer management.

Serves as the library technology coordinator. 

Participates in professional programs and conferences to keep abreast of new methods and techniques for the improvement of library operations.

Other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

Masters degree in Library and Information Science and five years of progressively responsible experience in library operations, including supervisory experience and technology support.

Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate tactfully and courteously with members of the staff, public, other town departments, and community organizations.

Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, while demonstrating initiative and leadership skills, to achieve library objectives.

Superior knowledge of library principles and procedures, library automated systems, emerging technologies, and customer service principles. Experience with SirsiDynix Symphony /Blue Cloud software preferred.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Anticipated salary is low $70,000s

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by October 16, 2020  to or Search Committee, Board of Library Trustees, Seekonk Public Library, 410 Newman Avenue, Seekonk, MA 02771.


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