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Director, Leverett Library

Town of Leverett

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The Town of Leverett, Massachusetts is hiring a salaried, benefitted Library Director.  Hours are 32 hours a week in the summer and 38 hours a week in the fall, winter, and spring.  Duties include:  work in close cooperation with the Board of Trustees in directing library activities, operations, and services and in developing policies, plans, budgets, goals, and reports for the library; select, train, and supervise library staff and volunteers; work during library public hours including greeting patrons, responding to requests for assistance, processing interlibrary loans, and checking out and shelving books; maintain the library’s collection and equipment; oversee use of the community room; create and support a mutually supportive teamwork environment.  Reports directly to the Library Board of Trustees.

Qualifications include:  Minimum Baccalaureate degree with special training either received or to be received within a five-year period in library techniques; experience with library circulation systems (such as C/W MARS) and database, word processing, and spreadsheet programs.  Must be well organized, motivated, resourceful, positive, tactful, community oriented; able to manage time, establish priorities, exercise independent judgment in making decisions, prepare and manage a budget, and speak and write clearly.   

More information about the library is available at

Leverett is an AA/EEO

Basic Function
The Library Director is responsible for the management and operation of the Leverett Library and its program of services in accordance with policies established by the Board of Library Trustees.  The Director works in close cooperation with the Board serving as its advisor and as an active participant in policy development, planning, and evaluation.  The Board delegates to the Director authority in such areas as collection development, budget management, and personnel administration.  The position is directly accountable to the Board of Library Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The essential duties and responsibilities listed include the minimum requirements for the position.  The position also includes other duties as discussed in the Additional Duties section below.

Directs library activities, operations and services

Works during the library’s public hours and performs activities required for the operation of the library, including checking out and shelving books

Greets the public in person and by telephone and responds to requests for assistance

Participates, with the Board of Trustees, in a continuing formal planning process which provides direction for future library development and serves as a base for evaluation of library effectiveness in relation to changing community needs

Advises the Board in library matters and keeps the Board informed of issues and developments impacting on the library

Makes policy recommendations to the Board; implements and interprets policies adopted by the Board

Prepares the library budget for Board approval and participates in its presentation to municipal officials; oversees the expenditures of funds and maintenance of financial records

Selects (in consultation with the Board of Trustees), trains and supervises library staff and volunteers

Selects materials for the library collection in accordance with the Library materials selection policy; maintains the collection through regular weeding, replacing, and updating

Exercise responsibility for adding materials to the C/W MARS database, updating the database as appropriate and coordinating requests for patrons and other libraries

Recommends use, maintenance, and repairs of equipment, building, and grounds.  

Oversees scheduling and use of the library’s Community Room

Serves as the Library’s liaison with municipal government and the community in general; speaks before groups and boards as required

Submits computer generated Annual Report

Performs performance evaluations on department staff and oversees disciplinary actions

Responsible for creating and contributing to a mutually supportive teamwork environment within the department, with residents and vendors, and in interactions with all town departments

Use of all equipment, knowledge and ability to complete all tasks required to professionally perform the municipal Library Director position

Additional Duties

The position includes additional duties that are a natural progression from that position’s essential duties.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the responsibility of the employee in the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Works under the direction of the Board of Library Trustees.  The employee functions independently, referring specific problems to the Board when clarification or interpretation of library policy or procedures is required.

Supervises up to two part-time employees; oversees the work of volunteers.

Performs responsible duties requiring a thorough knowledge of library operations and the exercise of independent judgment to make decisions concerning daily operations and the administration of the policies, goals, regulations, and statutory requirements related to the administration and operation of the library.  

Work Environment
Work is performed under typical office and library conditions; work environment is moderately quiet; regular schedule requires evening and weekend work.

The employee operates standard office and library equipment.

Performance of duties requires ongoing contact with the public, and other town departments and employees; contacts are in person, by telephone, fax, e-mail, and in writing.

Errors could result in delay or loss of service or monetary loss.


Essential Qualifications
Baccalaureate degree with special training either received or to be received within a five-year period by course in the basic library techniques of administration, book selection, cataloging and classification, and reference offered through a university extension program, state library extension agency, or by professionally qualified personnel instructing in institutions of higher education or in a regional library system approved by the Board of Library Commissioners; qualify for a certificate of subprofessional librarianship issued by the Board of Library Commissioners

Experience with library circulation systems, such as C/W MARS, and database word processing and spreadsheet programs

Well organized and able to manage time and establish priorities

Ability to exercise independent judgment in decision-making

Ability to prepare and manage the department budget

Ability to speak and write effectively and clearly

High degree of motivation, initiative, and resourcefulness

Ability to interact in a positive and effective manner and to establish and maintain positive work relationships with supervisors, coworkers, other departments, boards and commissions, the general public and personnel at all levels of authority using principles of good customer service.  Must perform all aspects of job responsibilities with honesty and integrity

Skill in dealing effectively and tactfully with public agencies, town officials, employees and citizens

Physical Requirements
Physical Requirements are listed for informational purposes.  Applicants may be requested to demonstrate the ability to perform the essential duties of the position during the application process.
Minimal physical effort is required to perform most library and administrative duties. The employee is required to stand and walk, speak and hear, use hands and arms to operate equipment, and lift boxes of books weighing up to 30 pounds. Vision requirements include the ability to read routine and complex documents and use a computer.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Closing Date

February 12, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a completed application form, resume, and cover letter to with “Director Application” in the subject line. Or materials can be mailed to Library Director Hiring Committee, Leverett Library, PO Box 250 Leverett, MA  01054.  Materials should be received by 5:00 pm on February 12, 2018.  If you have questions or need more information, contact the Library Director at 413-548-9220.

An application form is available at


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