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Assistant Library Director, City of Leominster


Professional, administrative and managerial work assisting the Library Director with the administration of the programs and operations of the public library. Acts as Director in the Director’s absence


Assumes the duties and responsibilities of the Library Director, in his/her absence.
Develops and maintains attendance records and weekly schedules for library personnel.
Manages the Gifts and Donations program.
Assists in budget preparation, negotiation of expenditures, and grant writing.
Assists with the management of the library facility. 
Acts as the liaison to the Friends of the Library, by developing annual programming budget, providing support for fundraising activities, and overseeing the bi-monthly publication of its newsletter.
Assists the Director in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of long and short term goals and objectives.
Plans, organizes, and implements special projects as needed or determined by the Director.
Compiles periodic statistics and assists the Director in preparing the ARIS report.
Assists with development of policies for presentation to the Board of Library Trustees.
Attends monthly Board of Trustees meetings as needed.
Prepares statistical and narrative reports of some complexity for Director.
Provides leadership in working relationships and communication, ensuring high productivity and quality public service; encourages initiative and creativity.
Ensures safe conditions for staff, public, and building operation. Takes appropriate action in building emergencies.
Delegates and assigns duties within the Library Department as required.
Assists in developing community awareness of library materials and services.
Keeps abreast of developments in the field of library science.
Promotes interest in library organizations. Attends meetings and participates in professional library organizations.
Represents the library at professional workshops or conferences pertinent to public library service, personnel issues, collection development, management, grantsmanship and publicity.
Interfaces with town representatives and officials to promote and coordinate public service campaigns and advocate for public library service.
Assists in the hiring of personnel.
Recommends the employment, promotion and retention of employees within the library.
Assists in planning and supervising in-service training courses for staff; directly supervises and schedules training for all personnel.
Assists in Collection Development and Collection Management as needed.
Creates or supervises appropriate exhibits and displays.
Develops reading, reference, and research materials through selection and purchase of books, materials and equipment as needed.
Prepares brochures, new releases, bulletins, posters, and other public relations materials to promote library services as needed.
Monitors technology and service developments in the library field, as well as changes in community needs and expectations. 
Recommends technologies, programs and services to meet changing needs.
Covers any one of the public service desks when required.
Performs other similar or related duties, as required or as situation dictates.

Contacts (boards & committees, vendors, general public, etc.):

Extensive contact with library division heads, staff members, City departments, and Library patrons requiring patience, courtesy, and diplomacy. Extensive interaction with the public, City Departments, Boards and Committees, as well as City Departmental personnel and outside agencies. Extensive interaction with vendors, contractors, and paid performers. Represents Library organization at consortium meetings and on network, regional and state committees. Represents Library organization via professional affiliations and association memberships. Represents Library organization at the network, regional, state and national level.



Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience

•           Master's Degree in Library Science and three (3) years of public library experience is preferred.

•           Minimum three (3) years of progressively responsible library administrative experience.

•           Minimum three (3) years of supervisory experience.

A combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the responsibilities of this position may be considered in lieu of stated education and experience requirements.

This position requires excellent verbal/written communication skills and excellent managerial skills to manage full and part-time employees. Working knowledge of budget management, experience with State and City-mandated reports, policy creation, and grant writing is preferred.

Bilingual abilities a plus.

Core Competencies

•           Creates and communicates clear expectations of employees

•           Fosters community and staff collaboration

•           Fosters and exhibits innovation and works to develop forward-thinking ideas, programs, and services for the library and the community

•           Training opportunities are more closely aligned with library and employee needs

•           Creates a learning organization

•           Improves customer service

•           Assists in developing effective hiring practices and succession planning

•           Creates organizational unity through shared vision and values

•           Strong personnel administration, fund accounting, and payroll experience.

•           Collection Development and management experience

•           Public relations and marketing experience

•           Ability to direct the work of professional and non professional staff.

•           Ability to interact tactfully and appropriately with library patrons, staff and community members and City officials.

•           Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with superiors, subordinates, peers and the general public.

•           Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

•           Ability to work independently and manage numerous, diverse tasks. Ability to develop and implement policies and programs.

•           Excellent planning, organizational and management skills. Excellent customer service and communication skills. Excellent technology skills.

Requires a criminal records (CORI) check.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$63,991 - $82,587

Closing Date

April 27, 2018

How to Apply

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:

Wendy Hurley, HR Director

City Hall - room #13

25 West Street,

Leominster, MA  01453



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