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Library Director, Winthrop Public Library (Winthrop)

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Winthrop Public Library & Museum
2 Metcalf Square
Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152-3159
Job Description: Library Director
Title: Library Director
Pay Range: $70,000 - $80,000
Date: December 2020
Reports to: Town Manager and the Library Board of Trustees
General: The Library Director serves as chief administrator of the Library under direction of the Town Manager and the Board of Trustees and is responsible for all aspects of the Library’s operations including maintenance of the facility and staff supervision. Primary responsibilities involve the overall direction of the Library, staff supervision, budget and report preparation, collection development and materials selection, program development, management, marketing and effective interfacing with community groups and boards. Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates day-to-day aspects of municipal library services to ensure their highest quality and to maximize cost-effectiveness. Performs a variety of complex professional administrative and supervisory duties requiring leadership, independent judgment, technical expertise in all areas of library/information science as well as general personnel and fiscal management, planning, policy and building development, marketing and public relations.
Specific:
Library Administration Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Provides assistance and direction to Library Trustees. Recommends methods for implementing plans and evaluation.
• Prepares written reports and other documents as required.
• Prepares an annual budget for recommendation to Library Trustees. Justifies and supports the (Trustee approved) budget request and occasional transfer requests to funding authorities.
• Administers budget to ensure cost efficiency and controls expenditures to within appropriated levels. Participates in appropriate state and local cooperative purchasing opportunities.
• Analyzes functions of individual departments in relation to overall library operations to ensure efficiency, quality and speed.
• Maintains working knowledge of contemporary issues, trends and technology in the library profession; evaluates developments in this and other fields as they relate to library functions and assesses their applicability to local needs.
• Recommends new, or changes to, existing library policy and procedures. Maintains policy handbook. Interprets policies to staff and the public.
• Oversees the selection and de-selection of all library materials.
• Seeks supplemental sources of funding.
• Administers grants according to specified guidelines and files required reports.
• Selects vendors and negotiates contracts for all equipment and facility based operations based on cost, service reputation and response time. May prepare bid documents for purchase, lease or maintenance of equipment.
Technology Management Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Maintains working knowledge of trends and developments in technology and information retrieval; evaluates same for local appropriateness and applicability.
• Ensures staff information literacy, both on operating system upgrades and general technological issues.
• Oversees purchase, maintenance and repair of all library technology, audiovisual and office equipment.
Staff Supervision Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Recruits, selects, transfers, promotes and terminates Library personnel.
• Administers personnel policies, wage and classification plans, and personnel evaluation and development programs in accordance with (two) unions and Town Personnel By-laws.
• Provides leadership in the field of public librarianship; encourages initiative, productivity and high productivity among staff.
• May develop in-house training or motivational workshops, or outsource same.
• Participates in contract negotiations with the Library’s collective bargaining units.
• Maintains personnel records.
Communications and Promotion Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Develops the library’s constituency through active promotion of its services, programs and needs.
• Liaisons with Friends of the Winthrop Public Library & Museum and other support groups.
• Uses tact and diplomacy in frequent contact with the public, library employees, community organizations, other town departments’ staffs, other professionals, vendors and state agencies.
• Represents the library at municipal governmental meetings; NOBLE meetings; and local, regional and national professional meetings.
• Employs brochures, posters, social media announcements, newsletters, press releases, displays and cable TV to inform and educate citizens about library services and events.
• Speaks to community groups about library services, issues, or materials of special interest.
• Coordinates fund raising activities and develops ideas/procedures to obtain donations.
• Develops, manages and markets regular and special library programs including National Library Week activities, holiday programming and other special library sponsored and co-sponsored events.
Collections Management Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Stays informed of current trends and issues in collections development and maintenance.
• Implements and interprets collection development and maintenance policies and procedures; updates policies and procedures, as needed.
• Coordinates collection development and maintenance activities, including but not limited to retrospective cataloging, collections organization and shelving, author review, subject appraisal, materials maintenance and weeding.
• Selects and purchases books, software, electronic, audio-visual and digital resources and materials that support the library’s mission.
Winthrop Local History Museum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Responsible for the protection, housing, conservation, growth and exhibition of the museum collections.
• Coordinates museum development and maintenance activities, including but not limited to the work of staff volunteers.
• Implements and interprets museum policies and procedures; updates policies and procedures, as needed.
• Purchases supplies and equipment, as needed.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science (MLS, MLIS) from an ALA accredited School of Library Science and 5 years of experience in professional library work including a minimum of three years public library supervisory experience. In addition they should have a knowledge of automated library services, knowledge of emergent library technologies and library services, plus a superior customer service attitude and demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Must strive to be an active member of the community. This person will be the face of the Library to our town of Winthrop.
Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions. The work requires standing, walking, sitting, talking and using hands for extended periods of time; at various times will require bending, stooping and lifting. Some equipment, books, and/or supplies may need to be lifted up to 30 lbs.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to Board of Trustees Chairman, Ron Bergman – ronbergman.winthrop@gmail.com

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science (MLS, MLIS) from an ALA accredited School of Library Science and 5 years of experience in professional library work including a minimum of three years public library supervisory experience. In addition they should have a knowledge of automated library services, knowledge of emergent library technologies and library services, plus a superior customer service attitude and demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Must strive to be an active member of the community. This person will be the face of the Library to our town of Winthrop.

Full/Part Time

Full Time

Education

MLS/Masters

Salary

Pay Range: $70,000 - $80,000

Closing Date

February 1, 2021

How to Apply

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and 3 professional references to Board of Trustees Chairman, Ron Bergman – ronbergman.winthrop@gmail.com

Posted

2021-01-11 |  Quick link to this job