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Library Director Position Open

The Dover Public Library is looking for a new Library Director.  Please read the job description below and apply online.

JOB SUMMARY: Directs, plans, and organizes all aspects of the daily operations of the Public Library. Assumes responsibility for personnel, technology, collection development, programming, property management, public relations, and communication strategies.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Performs regular duties independently, consulting with the library board only on major policy matters or major operational changes. Receives administrative direction concerning city policy and budget from the City Manager.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Supervises a staff of full and part-time professional, paraprofessional and clerical support employees. Delegates daily supervision and training of employees to supervisors. Hires and fires staff with approval of the City Manager.

TYPICAL EQUIPMENT USED: Computer; telephone; calculator; typewriter; copy and facsimile machines; audio/visual equipment; microfilm/fiche readers.

TYPICAL WORK ENVIRONMENT: Inside: 100% Outside: 0%

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (Except as specifically noted, the following functions are considered essential to this position. The listed examples may not include all duties found in this class):

  • Propose, implement, and interpret library policies for staff and assign duties to staff; reassign as necessary to assure most effective use of staff; evaluate performance of staff and provide guidance and assistance.
  • Prepare, present, and administer, after adoption, the Public Library budget.
  • Collaborate with community members and officials to develop programs that are responsive to local needs.
  • Recommend policies to the Library Board of Trustees and ensures proper adherence to procedures policies and regulations enacted by the City of Dover; consult with Library Board of Trustees on planning and defining future needs of the library.
  • Serve as an active participant on local civic committees and in state and regional library organizations.
  • Work as an effective member of the senior administrative staff of the City.
  • Prepare periodic and special activities reports, as required.
  • Plan, implement, and maintain an effective customer relations program.
  • Oversee the selection and general collection of books and other items and resources contained in the library; review major selection tools; approve library purchase orders; review books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or not used, and coordinate removal and disposition.
  • Maintain currency in concepts and techniques of community library programs; analyze problems, issues, or information; develop and recommend courses of action to the library trustees and the City Manager; and implement solutions.
  • Plan, initiate, and supervise improvements in operations, procedures, and staff organization.
  • Administer, attend, and assist Friends of the Library in presenting programs for adults.
  • In conjunction with Community Services Department, oversee library building repairs, maintenance and services. Identify, plan and initiate major changes and improvements to the physical plant and grounds.
  • Provide general guidance to supervisors and staff in planning and developing new programs in response to community needs.
  • Direct the operation and improvement of library automation system. Review and authorize purchases and payments; coordinate and assign system responsibilities to staff members and ensure coordination of activities with schools and other City departments.
  • Determine problem areas or areas where improved services may be introduced and takes corrective actions. Direct implementation of new programs and services.
    Maintain a safe, comfortable and secure environment for patrons.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and agencies, and the general public.
  • Maintain familiarity with and executes safe work procedures associated with assigned work.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS: Comprehensive knowledge of library principles, practices, procedures and tools; considerable knowledge of management principles and library administration; considerable knowledge of library's collection; considerable knowledge of community needs and interests; general knowledge of budgeting. Ability to plan, organize, develop and direct a comprehensive program of library services; ability to supervise a moderately large staff; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, patrons, library board, community organizations and other city departments; ability to prepare reports; strong public speaking skills required.

EDUCATION/LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school, plus ten (10) years progressively responsible professional library experience, including five (5) years in a supervisory or administrative capacity; OR any equivalent combination of education and experience which demonstrates possession of the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Valid motor vehicle license is required.