POSITION TITLE: Associate Library Director
The Associate Director is responsible for the general administrative oversight of all services offered by the library’s public service departments, including scheduling, assigning duties, training, and monitoring and evaluating performance of public service personnel. The Associate Director is responsible for coordinating the development of all library collections. The Associate Director serves as the library’s chief administrator in the absence of the Library Director.
The Associate Director is engaged by the Board of Library Trustees under the terms of personal service contract, but in all other respects is considered an employee of the Town of Seekonk. The Associate Director is directed by, and reports to the Library Director. He or she may report indirectly to the Board of Library Trustees as required.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Supervises and coordinates the activities of the library’s Customer Service, Adult Services, and Youth Services departments.
• Serves as chief administrator and supervises all personnel in the absence of the Director.
• Explains goals, objectives, policies and procedures to the staff and public.
• Interprets provisions of the collective bargaining agreement and explains to members of the bargaining unit management’s interpretation as it applies to day-to-day management of library operations.
• Seeks to resolve conflicts among staff members and operational units, and to resolve employee grievances at an informal level.
• Recommends to the Director and Board of Library Trustees new public service policies and operating procedures or changes to existing policies and procedures.
• Participates in meetings of Board of Library Trustees, Library Trust and Friends of the Library.
• Coordinates library activities with those of the Friends of the Seekonk Library and the Seekonk Library Trust
• Reviews and modifies work schedules of public service staff.
• Makes confidential recommendations to the Library Director and Board of Library Trustees on hiring or removing of library staff members or positions.
• Evaluates the performance of the library’s public service staff.
• Oversees expenditures of public services departments, including the payroll, materials, and expense budgets.
• Manages the use of public areas in the library to insure user accessibility and the on-going delivery of high quality service.
• Assists with grant writing and administering grant funds.
• Assists the Library Director with developing and implementing a library marketing plan.
• Coordinates the public relations efforts of the library’s public service departments.
• Assists the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustees with developing and implementing a strategic plan and annual action plans.
• Assists the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustees with developing annual operating budgets and capital budgets.
• Reviews and approves media releases and other publicity items.
• Participates in professional programs and conferences to keep abreast of new methods and techniques for the improvement of library operations.
• Manages the library volunteer program.
• Coordinates library activities with those of its support groups, such as the Friends of the Library and the Library Trust.
This is a senior level position requiring a high degree of technical, administrative, and inter-personal skills and knowledge in order to effectively direct the operation of the library. This position requires a Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and three to five years of progressive professional library experience in management, personnel administration, planning, budgeting, programming, collection development, and deploying new library technologies. Requires a working knowledge of Massachusetts laws and regulations that pertain to the operation of public libraries, public procurement, open meetings, public records and conflict of interest. The ability to exercise initiative, leadership and independent judgment is mandatory. This position requires superior communication skills to deal effectively with other municipal departments, other library professionals, the general public, vendors, and representatives of state and federal agencies, library networks, legislators, and other community organizations to achieve stated library objectives.
SALARY: $ 70,000 per year
HOURS: Hours will not generally exceed 40 hours per week.
TO APPLY: Please submit a resume with a letter stating your qualifications to Peter Fuller, c/o Office of Town Administrator, Town Hall, 100 Peck Street, Seekonk, MA 02771 or send fax to (508) 336-3137. No email applications please.
DEADLINE: August 12, 2016