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Director Opportunities, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, NY

Director:

Reports To: Library Board of Trustees Civil Service

Position & Classification: Library Director I

Hours: Full Time; 40hrs/week- Salaried with Benefits

General Statement of Duties: Under the leadership, guidance, and administration of the Library Director, the Hamilton Public Library provides service to the community of Hamilton and surrounding area as a vital and vibrant community center; through which individuals and groups gain equitable access to information and enrichment opportunities for their own fulfillment and for the betterment of the community at large. As the Library administrator the Library Director has overall charge of the Library services, resources, staff, financial and business administrative functions, and facility development. The Library Director works under the general supervision of the Library Board of Trustees and works together with them to provide executive direction and oversight for the Library.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Administration of Library Vision, Mission, and Position in the Greater Community:
  1. Safeguards sustainability, growth, and continuation of the Hamilton Public Library
  2. Working to procure adequate funding
  3. Evaluates the effectiveness of and relationships between Library services, resources, and staff with particular regard toward the changing needs of the community
  4. Develops long range plans for development and sustainability of Library services, resources, and staffing
  5. Supervises the maintenance of the Library building and grounds, and recommends repairs, alterations, new construction, and new furnishings as needed
  6. Keeps informed of Library professional development through participation in professional organizations, Library System meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading professional materials
  7. Keeps informed of community development while working to ensure Library visibility and connectivity throughout the community through leadership of and participation in community organizations, meetings, events and activities
  8. Recommends new services, policies, and personnel actions to the Board of Trustees for approval
  9. Prepares statistical reports and associated narrative to demonstrate Library growth and functionality
  10. Works with Library System staff in developing, providing, and promoting Library services
  • Oversight of collection development including: acquisitions, weeding, displays, and public communications
  1. Responsible for development and approval of all public relations messages and materials including Library advertising and Library instruction materials
  2. Public representative of the Library in local, county, state, and national arenas
  • Administration of Library Finance & Governance
  1. Works to develop and maintain effective working relationships with the Village of Hamilton
  2. Continued awareness of, education in, and adherence to applicable local, state, federal, and education laws that affect the governance and business practices of the Hamilton Public Library
  3. Development & oversight of the Library Budget - Administers the expenditures of Library funds and the collection of Library revenues
  4. Fundraising through continued advocacy and building partnerships with diverse revenue sources
  5. Grant writing and administration when applicable 
  • Administration of Human Resources & Personnel
  1. Develops and administers personnel policies and procedures in compliance with applicable laws
  2. Hires and supervises support staff
  3. Coordinates, reviews, and evaluates performance evaluations of support staff
  4. Promotes positive and productive staff development through orientation, training, regular communications, on-going feedback, staff meetings, and attendance at external workshops, classes, and conferences when applicable.

Required Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science
  • 3-5 years relevant Library experience including work in a Public Library setting
  • Sound knowledge of public library trends, issues, and emerging technologies
  • Sound knowledge of Library administration, procedures, policies, aims, and services
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated strong leadership or managerial skills with ability to inspire and guide others
  • Enthusiasm for working with the public and dedication to the delivery of outstanding service
  • Responsiveness to customer and community needs, while adhering to policies and procedures
  • Ability to work well independently, and as a member of a team
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships that are cooperative and courteous
  • Ability to plan and organize multiple priorities effectively and efficiently
  • Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others
  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills
  • Excellent analytical & organizational skills, that lend to effective decision making
  • Strong computer and technology skills with competence in information technologies
  • Flexibility to embrace and adapt to changes, and to develop and implement new approaches Desirable Knowledge and Abilities:
  • Good knowledge of training methods, particularly with adults
  • Good knowledge of the technology applications for Library operations and services
  • Sound knowledge of Library collection development practices, tools, and issues

Minimum Qualifications as Specified by Civil Service--- MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited college or university with Master's degree in Library Science.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a New York State Public Librarians professional certificate at time of appointment.

Library Director:

Job Title: Library Director Civil Service

Position & Classification: Library Director I - Competitive

Reports To: Library Board of Trustees

Application Deadline: November 5, 2017

Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2018

The Hamilton Public Library is currently seeking a dynamic Library Director to carry on our rich tradition of service and excellence. As Library administrator, the Library Director has overall charge of the Library services, resources, staff, financial and business administrative functions, and facility development. The Library Director works under the general supervision of the Library Board of Trustees, and with them provides executive direction and oversight for the Library.

Nestled among the rolling hills and scenic landscape of Central New York, Hamilton is home to Colgate University, Community Memorial Hospital and a high-quality preK-12th grade school system. This quaint village supports a vibrant downtown filled with boutiques, ethnic restaurants, and a movie theater. Cultural events and sporting activities are abundant. The Hamilton Public Library is centrally located on the village green. Under the leadership, guidance, and administration of the Library Director, the Library provides service to the community of Hamilton and surrounding area as a vital and vibrant community center. It is often one of the first points of contact for new residents and visitors alike. The Director serves as the public face of the Library out in the community, representing the Library in community groups and area events.

The Hamilton Public Library boasts an exceptional staff, a dedicated and hard-working Board of Trustees, and a very supportive Friends of the Library organization. Cooperation among all three groups have made possible many recent renovations and upgrades including a new teen space.

This is a 40hr/week salaried position with benefits for a professional Librarian. The starting salary range is $45,000-48,000 based on experience. Applicants with a Master's Degree in Library Science in process may be considered.

This position is subject to Civil Service regulation, and applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for Library Director I. For further details about the position and requirements, please refer to the job description available through the employment link on our website http://midyorklib.org/hamilton.

All interested applicants should send a cover letter, current resume, and contact information for three references (at least two must be from a direct supervisor) as PDF attachments to hpljobs@gmail.com. Please put your full name and "Library Director" in the subject line. 

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