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Director of Libraries, Robbins Library (Arlington)

The town of Arlington, MA seeks a forward-thinking community leader to serve as Director of Libraries. This is an opportunity to play an integral role in advocating for and advancing public library services in a town where library use is strong, and getting stronger. Arlington’s Libraries are currently on track for a record-breaking year of circulation—adding to an established track record as one of the top ten most heavily-used libraries in the Commonwealth.

The mission of Arlington’s Libraries is to be a vital resource, creating opportunities for lifelong learning, meaningful connection, and discovery for all. Arlington is served by a library system consisting of the main Robbins Library in Arlington center and the Fox Branch Library in East Arlington. The Robbins Library and Fox Branch Library offer outstanding collections and services to meet the evolving interests and needs of Arlington, a diverse community of 44,000.

The Director administers an annual budget of approximately $3 million in public funds, grants from the library’s trust funds, Foundation, and Friends, plus annual state aid, and capital funds for large-scale projects.

The Director of Libraries is a Town Department Head reporting to the Town Manager, and works collaboratively with a seven-member appointed Board of Library Trustees to advance the library’s strategic long-range plan and manage policy, budget, and other governance matters. The most recent strategic plan was completed in 2022. The Director supervises a dedicated, service-oriented team of 24 full-time staff, 14 part-time staff, hourly pages, and volunteers. Additionally, they work closely with non-profit support organizations including the Arlington Libraries Foundation and the Friends of the library.

In 2017, library administration and trustees initiated a space study and design project, “Reimagining Our Libraries,” with the goal of creating a vision for the future. The result: a bold plan for the libraries that reconciles community-led vision and community-led values. The next Director will develop that vision and evolve it, examining and pursuing various avenues of funding. Since the library’s founding days in the 1890s, a mix of public and private funding has worked to make the library a pillar of support for families, students, and all who live and work in Arlington.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive at a range of $100,889-$145,788. Benefits include health and dental insurance options with Flexible Spending Account (FSA), paid vacation, holidays, an employer-sponsored, tax-favored 457(b) retirement savings account, professional development funds through the Library Board of Trustees, and more.

About Arlington

Arlington, founded over 350 years ago, remains proud of its history, even as it has grown into a thoroughly modern community. The birthplace of Uncle Sam, the location of the first public children's library, and the site of most of the fighting when the British marched through it returning from the Old North Bridge at the start of the Revolutionary War, Arlington has preserved many of its historical buildings and even recreated its town common. Once a thriving agriculture and mill town, Arlington's access to metropolitan Boston, thriving arts and culture scene, excellent schools and libraries, and responsive town planning have made it a very desirable place to live.

We acknowledge that the Town of Arlington is located on the ancestral lands of the Massachusett Tribe, the tribe of Indigenous peoples from whom the Colony, Province, and Commonwealth have taken their names. We pay our respects to the ancestral bloodline of the Massachusett Tribe and their descendants who still inhabit historic Massachusett territories today.


Education and Experience 
Master's Degree in library and information science; five to seven years of progressively responsible experience in library administration, including two years of experience in a public library; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  

Additional Requirement 
Certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners 

Knowledge, Ability and Skill 
High degree of computer literacy and knowledge of new technology and trends. Knowledge of automated library systems. Knowledge of management principles and public library administration, including organization, financing, personnel staffing and utilization.  Comprehensive knowledge of library science theories, principles and techniques.  Knowledge of building maintenance and facilities management.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, patrons, trustees, community organizations and town officials.  Ability to prepare and administer budgets and to prepare financial reports. Ability to pursue and administer grants. Experience in marketing and fundraising is highly desirable. 

Strong managerial, supervisory, planning and organizational skills. Administrative and budgetary skills. Excellent customer service and problem-solving skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$100,889.00 - $145,788.00  / year

Closing Date

Open until filled

How to Apply

The complete job description and application link is available at

Arlington values diversity. People of color, people who are differently-abled, and other individuals from groups underrepresented in municipal government are strongly encouraged to apply.

To learn more about Arlington’s Libraries, visit


2022-06-27 |  Quick link to this job