Library Director, McPherson Public Library

By IS Lab June 29, 2021

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The McPherson Public Library serves patrons in this city of 13,000, as well as those in outlying towns and rural areas in McPherson County with a diverse array of collections and services.  The library is very book oriented and this is reflected in an enthusiastic patron base ranging from the very young to very old.  We maintain an extensive local history and genealogy collection and provide programs and research assistance to support it.

The library completed a $4,200,000 renovation and expansion project in 2009 which doubled the size of the facility.  The eight 6’ x 10’ stained glass windows donated by members of the community have attracted national attention.  We have access to the financial resources needed to provide exceptional collections and services for our public including our current $1,147,000 budget, a capital improvement fund and an endowment fund.  Visit for more information.


Founded in 1872, McPherson has a history of innovation and bold thinking which has allowed it to consistently weather economic hardships experienced by other areas of the state and nation.  McPherson is known throughout the state for its robust industrial sector, ranging from pharmaceuticals to an oil refinery.  Its public electrical utility benefits residents by providing one of the lowest electric rates in the United States.  With an expanding hospital and medical community, two four-year colleges, a vibrant downtown and a park system, McPherson residents enjoy an enviable standard of living.  Visit and



The Director plans, organizes, directs, and manages the library operations and facility by enhancing, developing and marketing services and collections for the community.  The Director administers all functions of the library, builds and maintains the human organization and reports to the Library Board.

Candidate Expectations

The candidate will hold a master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited library program; have three years of public library management and supervisory experience; a working knowledge of library automation and technology; and excellent written and oral communication skills.  View the full job description at:

Essential Functions  

The following responsibilities serve as a general list of essential duties performed by the director.  Responsibilities include:

  • Advises the board of trustees.  Recommends and administers initiatives and policies for board action.
  • Advocates to ensure financial support, compliance with applicable library laws and the promotion of core values of public library service.
  • Employs all personnel and supervises and evaluates their work.
  • Prepares an annual budget for the library board’s approval and reports on the financial status of the institution at each board meeting.
  • Maintains communications with city government leaders.
  • Carries out budget expenditure and oversight.
  • Prepares regular reports embodying the current progress of the library and its future needs.
  • Develops and evaluates library collections and selects new materials for acquisition.
  • Develops local history and genealogy collections and programs.
  • Proposes and carries out plans for enhancing or extending the services of the library.
  • Provides necessary opportunities for the continuing education of the library staff.
  • Develops and maintains successful programs of marketing and public relations.
  • Monitors the condition of the building, equipment and technology and recommends improvements.
  • Tracks developments in state, local and federal legislation and regulations which impact public libraries.
  • Performs other job-related duties as requested by the library board through the library board chairperson.

Minimum Educational Requirement

Library Master’s Degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Three years of public library management and supervisory experience.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of library automation and technology.
  • Must possess or have ability to obtain a valid Kansas Driver’s License.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment drug/alcohol test and criminal background check.
  • McPherson residency within six months after hiring.

Physical and Mental Ability Requirements

The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Essential functions include moving or maintaining self in mobile and stationary positions to accomplish tasks in a library environment; repeating motions that may include the using of one’s wrists, hands and fingers; communicating clearly and effectively with others; and accuracy, orderliness and thoroughness in work performed.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, use hands and fingers, reach with arms, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee may on rare occasion lift and/or move by pushing or pulling up to 25 pounds. The employee must be able to have physical stamina to provide active service to patrons during workdays of up to eight hours. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Stressful situations may sometimes occur when working with the public. The employee must be able to work flexible hours and be available in case of emergency.

Salary and Benefits

This is a regular full-time salaried, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt position. Salary range is $64,000-$85,700 with a benefit package that includes paid single Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) health insurance; Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS); Vacation, Personal and Sick Leave; Paid Holidays; and optional employee-paid BCBS family health insurance.  Starting salary will be determined by education and experience.

Application Information

Application for the position of McPherson Public Library Director closes Friday, August 13, 2021. The McPherson Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO).  Qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information or disability.

To apply, please submit by email a cover letter, resume and three references to Janette Hess, Board Chair, Board McPherson KS Public Library,

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