Director of Library Services -- Henry County Library -- Clinton, MO
Job Posting: The Henry County Library has an opening for a director of library services. The Library is located in Henry County, Missouri with facilities in Clinton and Windsor Missouri. Serving approximately 22,000 residents, the library is "just the right size;" small enough that staff build personal relationships with appreciative library patrons, but large enough to provide quality, professional library service. The Library District also has the good fortune of operating with a permanent tax base with annual revenues of approximately $700,000.
The Board is looking for an innovative leader who has a passion for librarianship and is committed to providing quality library services to the community.
The Salary range is $40,000-$50,000 based on qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, sick leave, and a retirement pension plan through Missouri LAGERS.
- Skills: Excellent communication skills are needed to establish and maintain positive relationships with library users, staff, and the community. Effective management skills are needed for administrative and supervisory responsibilities and long and short-range planning. Requires special knowledge, training, and skills relating to library services, budgeting, district management, public advocacy, and grant writing.
- Education: 4 year college degree. MLS preferred.
- Experience: At least 3-5 years of library experience with managerial experience in a library preferred.
- Prefer experience working in rural communities with diverse populations.
- Candidates who live in Henry County or are willing to relocate to Henry County will be preferred.
- Working with the Library Board and community agencies
- Analyzing and developing services
- Managing and supervising volunteers and staff
- Creating and interpreting policies, procedures, and administrative rules and regulations
Plan, direct, and oversee the delivery of library services within the District. Supervise a staff of 11 library personnel in two separate locations in the performance of their duties. Attend related meetings and training. Communicate with the Board, the Friends of the Library, committees, and the public in matters pertaining to library functions. Ensure adequate maintenance of all library facilities and budget. Planning of facility and services development. The director reports to a board of 5 members.
Essential Job Functions
- Provide leadership in developing district vision, goals, and objectives in conjunction with the Library Board. Establish operational targets in compliance with overall goals and objectives. Plan and develop collections, programs, services, and activities based on analysis of District growth, usage patterns, workload, staffing levels, patron requests, and related legislative issues to provide appropriate library services to the community.
- Represent the District at public forums. Attend various community group, professional, and civic organization meetings. Direct public relations program and maintain good visibility to promote and publicize the Library in the community. Prepare, present, and/or arrange for internal and external staff development and training programs.
- Perform professional librarian duties, e.g. evaluate, select, and order new materials; classify and catalog materials; provide reference services; determine withdrawals from circulation; etc.
- Evaluate, develop, and implement goals, programs, policies, and procedures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of department responsibilities. Develop long and short-range plans for library services to the District. Maintain awareness of developing technologies and trends in the field of librarianship.
- Prepare and present the annual budget. Monitor and approve expenditures for compliance to approved budget. Exercise budgetary authority within established guidelines. Prepare grant applications and seek funding for operational and improvement programs. Actively seek grants, gifts, and other new sources of non-tax funding for the library.
- Work with the Library Board to develop short and long-range goals. Attend Board and various other meetings, providing input and receiving direction or other information.
- Assign, supervise, and evaluate work of subordinates. Hear grievances and administer disciplinary action. Lead hiring and termination actions. Ensure adherence to personnel policies and the provision of adequate training within departments.
- Follow all safety rules and procedures for work areas.
- Mandatory Requirements: Broad knowledge of the principles, practices, and philosophy of public library administration, current methods and principles governing the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing, maintenance, and circulation of print and non-print materials, reference, and outreach practices.
- Knowledge of statutes and ordinances governing public library service.
- Completion of a 4 year college degree with a preferred ALA accredited Master of Library Science degree.
- At least 3-5 years professional experience and library management experience preferred or any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the above duties.
Physical Demands of Position
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach, and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility. Duties involve moving materials weighing up to 20 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc., and may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 30 pounds. Manual dexterity and coordination are required less than 50% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.
Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work area is typical of most library and/or office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises. 40 hour work week is expected. Work schedule will include occasional evening hours and weekends.
Supervisory Responsibilities: Responsible for 11 staff members.
Supervision Received: Works under the general direction of a 5 person Library Board of Directors.
Benefits: The Salary range is $40,000-$50,000 based on qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, vacation, sick leave, and a retirement pension plan through Missouri LAGERS.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested parties must submit a completed job application along with a cover letter, three written references and college transcripts to Kristin.email@example.com. Candidates may also submit personal resumes and other supporting documents. The job application can be found at http://henrycolib.org/?q=node/518. This job is open until filled. Any questions should be sent to Kristin Evans at Kristin.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Henry County Library adheres to all federal, state, and local laws regarding equal employment opportunity.