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Assistant Library Director, Brockton Public Library (Brockton)

This Assistant Director Assists the Director in Managing the Senior Staff to evaluate and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Library. It involves exercising a high degree of judgment, initiative, and leadership as well as the ability to anticipate and implement effective responses to the library and administrative problems. The Assistant Director shall be directly responsible to the Library Director. The Assistant Director plans, manages, and executes special projects such as grant-funded projects, organizational improvement projects, construction projects and contributes to planning and community collaborations.

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various type of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Assists in the direction of all operations of the main and branch libraries
Responsible for the overall staff schedule and works directly with library department heads with the creation and implementation of the library schedule
Convening regular meetings to ensure that areas of common concerns are addressed
Responding to patron complaints, patron suggestions, and manages problems with patron behavior including implementation of the library's progressive disciplinary process
Interpreting library and city policies for library staff and patrons
Provides reference services as needed
Responsible for all computer equipment, peripherals, applications, networks, and training
Represents the library at computer network meetings and other cooperative meetings as assigned
Coordinates development and maintains library’s Web site
Assists in the preparation of the budget including developing financial and statistical and annual reporting and information presentations and packets for Trustees and other stakeholders
Participates and makes recommendations in the planning and developing library services and activities with the Library Director and the library supervisory staff
Participates in the recruitment, selection, training, and evaluation of supervisory staff
Helps to resolve interdepartmental conflicts
Assists Library Director in matters of negotiations, grievances, and arbitration proceedings involving the Brockton Public Library Employees’ Association including but not limited to Evaluating employee performance, recommending remedial assistance, disciplinary action, and merit or position upgrades
Assumes full charge in the absence of the Library Director
Other duties as assigned by the Library Director


A master's degree from an accredited graduate school of library and information science; a minimum of five years of successful professional work, at least three of which have been in a position of senior management responsibility; public library experience preferred. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part of the educational requirement.

A broad background in librarianship; comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and trends of library services; Understanding of the role of technology in supporting patron learning and library operations; Demonstrated organizational and managerial skills necessary to lead, manage, manage change and motivate staff; Ability to plan, organize and administer a department; Knowledge of human resources management principles and practices; Experience developing creative and innovative programs and services; Excellent problem-solving skills; Effective oral and written communication skills; Demonstrated commitment to community service; Desire and ability to serve the public with friendliness, tact, and diplomacy; Desire and ability to work in a large, urban public library that serves a wide diversity of people and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion; Proven leadership ability; Ability to set own priorities for work to be done, and to meet deadlines; Necessary attributes: maturity, tact, diplomacy, resourcefulness, creativity, initiative, adaptability, flexibility, dependability, ability to work well under pressure, ability to delegate work effectively.


Administers work typically sitting in an office and standing at a public service desk, with some walking, lifting, and stair climbing. Requires ability to climb on stools to retrieve materials, to stoop, to kneel. Frequent sustained operation of computer equipment is required. The ability to listen, understand, interpret, and respond clearly to patron and staff requests and questions is critical. Regular contact is made with staff members, vendors, technicians, government officials and staff, and the general public. The job occurs primarily in the library buildings, with some activities scheduled outdoors and in the community.


Work is performed primarily in an indoor shared-office setting at the library. Normal office exposure to noise, stress, and interruptions. May attend and participate offsite in continuing educational programs designed to keep abreast of changes.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$63,760.00 - $75,638.00  / year

Salary Notes

Full-time/benefited/union - Salary in 4 steps other incentives include education benefit and shift differential

Closing Date

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward a letter of application and resume to Paul Engle, Library Director, Brockton Public Library, 304 Main Street, Brockton, MA 02301, or by email: by open until filled. The City of Brockton requires residency within one year of appointment and must remain a resident for 7 years. Finalists will be subject to a Criminal Record Information (CORI) check, and the City of Brockton is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


2021-12-09 |  Quick link to this job