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Library Director, Philbrick-James Library (Deerfield, NH)

Library Director, Philbrick-James Library 

Deerfield, NH 

The Philbrick-James Library in Deerfield, New Hampshire is seeking a kind, outgoing, organized, and experienced person to fill the position of Library Director. Deerfield is a growing community of about 4,800 residents and is convenient to Concord, Manchester, and Portsmouth. The library building is located at the center of the town’s historic district. 


The Director is the front-line person in creating a welcoming community environment for all ages. They are expected to be comfortable working closely with library patrons, Friends of the Library, town administrators, and the Board of Trustees. Excellent oral and written communication skills, a true belief in intellectual freedom and freedom of information, and a service-oriented attitude are required. 

The Library Director exercises considerable judgement in making administrative decisions including personnel, public relations, collection development, budget management, program creation and implementation, and supervision. The Director, who reports to the elected Board of Trustees, provides leadership to a full-time children’s librarian, two part-time staff members and volunteers. 

The Library Director serves as the spokesperson for the library to the community and represents the library in interactions with town officials. 


Educational/Professional Requirements: 

● A Bachelor’s degree is required

● A minimum of four years of professional public library experience is preferred. 

● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proficiency with technology are required. 

Skills Required: 

Strong leadership skills. 
Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of
Trustees, library staff, and the general public. 

Knowledge of management principles and public library administration including budgeting, organization, personnel, and public relations. 
A desire to welcome all patrons in a non-judgmental and respectful manner to uphold the library as a vibrant and welcoming community space.
Ability to supervise the Library’s collection development, including the selection and withdrawal of books, periodicals, audio-visual and electronic materials. 
Strong proficiency with computers, library technology and software, internet, and social media. 
The ability to multi-task and provide quality customer service is essential. 

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$43,000.00 - $50,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (two of which must be professional), to Library Search Committee, 4 Church Street, Deerfield, NH 03037 or email to: Electronic submission is fully acceptable. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021; the position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is December 15, 2021. 


2021-11-09 |  Quick link to this job