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Position Available – Library Director

The Board of Trustees of the Kenilworth Public Library seeks a Library Director.  Applicants must have an ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science, with two (2) or more years in public library service in an administrative capacity preferred. The candidate should have a strong background in management, budgeting, planning and technology. The minimum salary is $68,000, and is negotiable depending upon experience.  Excellent benefits package offered. Applications should be received by January 5, 2018.  Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume and references (references will not be contacted without notice to candidates) to:

Kenilworth Public Library
Library Director Search
548 Kenilworth Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Or, via email, to kenilworthsearch@lmxac.org

LIBRARY DIRECTOR

The director of the Kenilworth Public Library serves as administrator of the library. He/she plans, organizes and administers the operation of the library according to the policies, rules and authority delegated by the Board of Trustees. He/she supervises all library personnel.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE JOB

  • Establishes, formulates and recommends policies to the Library Board. Implements and reviews library policies, procedures and practices. Recommends necessary changes and/or updates to the Board.
  • Interprets policies to the library staff and the general public.
  • Creates a culture that promotes positive change and a climate for excellence.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, supervises and evaluates professional and support library staff.
  • Assists the Library Board in developing a long-range plan that promotes and supports the organization’s mission and strategic direction. Prepares annual operating and capital budgets that reflect the library’s mission. Prepares annual reports as required by the New Jersey State Library
  • Prepares for and attends Library Board meetings. Plans and conducts regularly scheduled staff meetings.
  • Creates an environment that welcomes diversity and promotes literacy.
  • Promotes intellectual freedom and equal access to information.
  • Communicates the value of library and information services verbally and in writing to the general public and to decision-makers. Studies the community and directs the development of a balanced program of library services designed to meet the needs of all the people in the community.
  • Develops and organizes all adult programming, including evening events.
  • Studies the community and directs the development of a balanced program of library services designed to meet the needs of all the people in the community.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with the Board of Trustees, Township Officials, departmental personnel, Friends of the Library, community organizations, chamber of commerce, school groups, library associates and the general public.
  • Prepares content and updates for the library’s webpage.

ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

  • Investigates additional sources of funding, such as, grant applications and working with library support groups (Friends of the Library, other community organizations). Seeks out other libraries for the advantage of group discounts, shared grants and networking.
  • Establishes policies and funding for in-service training and continuing education for employees.
  • Monitors legislation related to libraries and keeps Library Board and appropriate Township Officials and library staff informed.
  • Prepares narrative and statistical reports.
  • Represents the library at professional meetings, conferences and seminars.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques of librarianship.
  • Thorough knowledge of library administration and management techniques, including New Jersey Library Laws.
  • Thorough knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of a Library Board of Trustees.
  • Ability to analyze, comprehend and use current approved public library standards, methods and techniques. The same ability would apply to library budget systems, performance appraisal, job classification and compensation.
  • Ability to oversee a basic collection development plan, which includes approved selection methods, classification and cataloging and related technical administration.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others.
  • Ability to prepare and present accurate and informative statistical and technical reports.
  • Ability to develop and manage convenient, accessible and cost-effective facilities and services that promote and support the organization’s mission and strategic direction.
  • Ability to relate to employees and associates and handle personnel issues in a positive and responsive manner.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • An ALA accredited Master’s degree or a Professional Librarian’s Certificate issued by the New Jersey Department of Education.
  • Continuing education in the areas of current library services and technology.
  • Active participation in professional library associations and community organizations. Current knowledge of library trends and innovations.
  • 2 years of supervisory and/or management experience highly desirable.

SALARY

The minimum salary is $68,000, and is negotiable depending upon experience.  Excellent benefits package offered.