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Library Director, Springfield Town Library, Springfield, VT

Join a vibrant Library, working to revitalize downtown Springfield, VT.  The Library enjoys a prominent Main Street location with strong customer orientation, while the Library Director works closely with many partner organizations such as: the Chamber and public access TV.  We are searching for a dynamic, community-oriented individual with experience in public library administration.  Unique opportunity for a passionate visionary who builds on current strengths to shape the future.  

The Library Director reports to the Town Manager, working in close cooperation with the advisory Board of Library Trustees and the Friends.


Overview of the Position

The Library Director serves as the chief administrator of the Springfield Town Library. The Director is responsible for all operations of the Library, and for developing, managing, and implementing its program of services.  The Library Director reports to the Town Manager while exercising independent judgment based on professional and technical knowledge.  The Director works in close cooperation with the Library Board of Trustees, serving as its advisor and as an active participant in policy development, goal setting, planning and evaluation, and may refer matters concerning library policy to the Library Board of Trustees for advice.

 

General Statement of Duties Performed (Not All-Inclusive) 

Strategic Vision and Planning

  • Evaluates the effectiveness of library services, assesses the need for improvement, and plans corrective actions
  • Assesses current and future community needs and interests, and develops programs and resources to meet those needs
  • Collaborates with library staff and the Board of Trustees to prepare a long-range plan, including goals and objectives and a program of services
  • Formulates and recommends policies, for approval by the Board of Trustees, to support and implement the library mission and program of services

 

Community Relations Management

  • Creates a friendly and welcoming environment for everyone, upholding the highest standards of service 
  • Participates with the Friends of the Springfield Town Library, providing advice and support as an ex officio member of the FOSTL Board of Directors
  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with community organizations, the general public, news media and municipal bodies
  • Promotes, publicizes and advocates for the library through news releases, social media, blogs and other traditional and non-traditional means available
  • Develops outreach services to extend library services beyond the library building
  • Participates as a member in civic and service organizations
  • Serves as the representative of the library, speaking before community, civic and other organizations to promote and publicize library services
  • Monitors public perceptions of the library and addresses patron complaints and public criticism of the library

  

Human Resources Management

  • Supervises and schedules staff and volunteers, assigning tasks to make effective use of individual talents
  • Recruits and hires qualified library employees
  • Oversees training and professional development of library staff
  • Evaluates the performance of all library staff on a regular basis, using those evaluations to provide guidance and assistance as needed
  • Recommends merit step increases under the Town's Personnel Regulations and the collective bargaining agreement, and terminates employees following established procedures
  • Motivates and encourages staff in improving job performance and abilities
  • Creates a positive workplace environment fostering cooperation, collaboration, civility, inclusion and safety 
  • Maintains personnel records


Financial Management

  • Prepares the annual budget request, in consultation with the Board of Trustees and library staff, for presentation to the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen
  • Manages the approved library budget, including authorizing expenditures by the Town Finance Department
  • Maintains financial records and prepares financial reports to the Town and Vermont Department of Libraries
  • Works with the FOSTL Board to develop a budget to support the library mission
  • Develops grant and other funding sources, including the "E-Rate discount."

 

Collection Management

  • Supervises the selection, acquisition preparation, and withdrawal of library materials, to meet community needs and in compliance with the library's Collection Development Policy
  • Ensures that cataloging and classification of library materials adheres to accepted standards
  • Maintains accurate records of public use of the collections

 

Information Technology Management

  • Oversees maintenance of computers, network equipment, software and other information technology required
  • Utilizes knowledge of library systems, best practices and marketplace issues to maximize efficient operation of library technologies
  • Keeps abreast of new and emerging technologies in library and information services
  • Maintains statistical reporting tools, using data analysis to drive decision-making
  • Participates in the management of the Catamount Library Network

 

Facilities Management

  • Supervises the care and maintenance of the library building and grounds, including HVAC, communications, and security systems
  • Reviews current and future facility needs
  • Recommends improvements and future developments to meet changing community needs
  • Coordinates use of space for programs, meetings, and other events

This job description is intended to illustrate the range of duties, responsibilities and qualifications, and is not all-inclusive. The Library Director performs other duties as needed, including unforeseen responsibilities which may develop in the future.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Library Science (or Library & Information Science) from a university accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Professional public library experience, including progressively responsible supervisory and administrative experience.
  • Proficiency with computers, networks, electronic resources, social media and emerging technologies.
  • Experience with integrated library systems, preferably Koha.

 

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment to exceptional public service
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with library staff, municipal departments, community organizations, individuals, and library stakeholders
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and analytical thinking
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Thorough knowledge of library principles and practices, issues and trends
  • Ability to train and supervise staff and volunteers, including assigning tasks, delegating responsibility, coordinating activities and evaluating job performance.
  • Ability to instruct staff and the public in using library technology
  • Ability to work effectively with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement policies and strategic plans
  • Experience in seeking and obtaining philanthropic and public funding
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of library patrons and patron transaction records.

 

Special Circumstances or Conditions of Employment

As with all Library positions, the Library Director must be aware of and work in accordance with the American Library Association's Code of Ethics, the Library Bill of Rights, the Springfield Town Library Policy Manual, the Town's Personnel Regulations and the Library collective bargaining agreement.  The Library Director must understand the importance and statutory requirement of confidentiality, and respect and maintain the confidentiality of Library patrons and patron records.  The Library Director is expected to be available to work evenings and weekends as needed.


Salary:  $56,085 - $71,885 depending on experience.  Position is full-time with benefits including healthcare and retirement. 


Deadline:  Send application, cover letter and resume no later than March 22, 2019 for a late starting date in May.  Mail to Human Resources Manager, 96 Main Street, Springfield, VT  05156 or email to toshr@vermontel.net    A completed and signed Town of Springfield application form is required.  The form is located on the Town website on job openings.  In addition, a job description is posted under Job Openings on the Town of Springfield website at http://www.springfieldvt.govoffice2.com


Springfield, VT (pop. 9,300) is in southeastern Vermont, a former center for precision manufacturing.  New developments include the Black River Innovation Campus, a new school computer curriculum, and planning for the Springfield Riverwalk.  The Library annual operating budget is $540,000; staff are active participants in the Catamount Library Network, a Koha consortium.

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