Library District Director, Southwest La Plata Library District

By IS Lab April 13, 2021

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Website Southwest La Plata Library District

The Library Director is a full-time, salaried position with a salary range of $55,000 to $75,000, DOE. Benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, a PERA retirement plan, paid sick leave, holidays, and personal days. Finalists will be notified of additional application requirements, including providing a portfolio or presentation describing their relevant accomplishments.

Job Responsibilities

Library Personnel

  • The Library Director will implement Board-approved employment policies and procedures and recommend any required changes. She/he will monitor and evaluate staff performance, recommending changes when necessary. In conjunction with the Branch Managers, the Library Director will hire library employees and substitute library workers, and will approve new volunteers.
  • She/he will maintain personnel files in a secure location. The Library Director will oversee the branch managers, assisting them as they work with library substitutes and volunteers.
  • The Library Director is responsible for staff development and will work to ensure that the library district attracts, retains, and develops people to maximize the collective skills of the organization. She/he will create an atmosphere of cooperation and positive communication among staff members and within the organization. She/he will perform staff training and professional development and will identify and recommend opportunities for continuing education. The Library Director will also maintain up-to-date library procedures and policies.
  • The Library Director will demonstrate professionalism and will be attentive to current library trends and professional library standards.
  • She/he will attend professional meetings to maintain contact with other professional and library-related agencies and make periodic reports to the Library Board.
  • She/he will promote staff development and professionalism.

Library Operations

  • With the assistance of the Branch Managers, the Library Director will oversee library services, including circulation, reference, children’s services, and adult services. She/he will provide systematic, objective evaluations of library programs and services, providing recommendations for improvement to employees and the Library Board when necessary.
  • The Library Director will assist the Branch Managers in maintaining a relevant collection of print and non-print materials. The Library Director will work with the Branch Managers to maintain a welcoming, pleasant, safe environment at each branch, as well as a cooperative, courteous, and effective working relationship between staff, patrons, volunteers, community groups, and the general public. The Library Director will also compile library statistics and prepare reports for the Board and State Library.
  • In conjunction with technology professionals, the Library Director will ensure the proper operation of library technology, software, and databases, maintain the public internet and library website, assist patrons with information research, facilitate the circulation of library materials, and ensure proper circulation of library materials and borrower’s records.
  • She/he will generate cataloging, system, and circulation reports according to the needs of the Library Board and staff. The Library Director will oversee the public internet and library website.

Long-range Planning and Community Outreach

  • The Library Director will establish the long-range plan for the Southwest La Plata Library District by defining goals and providing the leadership needed for the district to achieve those goals. She/he will develop a long-term capital budget that will help the district finance the goals established in the long-range plan. As part of long-range planning, the library director will oversee and plan for the library district’s facilities. She/he will ensure that the interior and exterior of physical facilities are properly maintained, up-to-date, and safe.
  • She/he will schedule and supervise contract services and maintenance personnel. She/he will recommend implementation of additional facilities, including, but not limited to, relocation of branches, additional branches, bookmobile(s), offsite storage, and pop-up libraries.
  • The Library Director will provide the leadership and direction for major development projects.
  • The Library Director will act as a liaison between the Library Board, library employees, Durango School District 9R, The Friends of the Southwest La Plata Library District, community groups, and the general public and will ensure the success of the library’s partnerships and other relationships. The Library Director, with the assistance of the Branch Managers, will promote and publicize the library’s collections, services, and programs.

Library Finances

  • The Library Director will research and prepare the annual library budget in consultation with the Board Treasurer. She/he will administer and monitor expenditure of library funds within budgetary guidelines, and will maintain the financial records, assisting the Board Treasurer in submitting timely reports to the Library Board, State of Colorado, Federal Government, and Auditors. The Library Director will oversee purchases for the branch libraries by the Branch Managers. The Library Director will also assess and select equipment and furniture for the library branches, with Board approval.
  • The Library Director will work with The Friends of the Southwest La Plata Library District to ensure smooth implementation of fundraising activities and grant writing, including pursuing, writing, and complying with grant requirements.

Board Responsibilities

  • The library director should be the primary information resource for board members, providing support and information to promote a clear understanding of the many facets of library operation, including library legislation and trends in public libraries. The Library Director will be involved with and collaborate with the board and board committees regarding meeting agendas, scheduling, and notices. She/he will provide professional expertise and guidance to the Board and will review policies and recommend revision as needed. The Library Director will act as a liaison between the Library Board, the Library Branches, and the Friends of the Library.

Job Qualifications

  • MLIS/MLS required.
  • Five years library experience, demonstrating an increasing level of responsibility, and experience in library management and administration required.
  • Experience in budgeting, public library finance, and applicable federal and state law preferred.
  • Documented experience with community outreach, program development, and the ability to work with other entities and maintain good board relations required.
  • Ability and strong desire to meet and serve the community needs
  • Ability to work independently, organize and prioritize work, respond to varied and changing work demands and to make decisions as required
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships
  • Ability to foster and maintain positive public image for the library
  • Ability to understand, develop, interpret and enact library policies, rules and procedures and to make policy recommendations to the library board
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form
  • Knowledge and skill in the use of computers, the internet, and library software systems
  • A comprehensive knowledge of library techniques, practices, services and procedures as they apply to public library administration

Physical Activities:

  • Ability to interact effectively with other individuals, (coworkers, public, children, etc.);
  • Use and normal maintenance of office machines, (copier, computer, printer, fax, etc.);
  • Handling of files weighing up to 10 pounds including floor to waist and overhead lifting;
  • Ability to bend, stoop, stretch, reach, carry, grasp and turn objects;
  • Ability to stand, sit and walk for up to 60 minutes at a time;
  • Frequent use of phone handset and repetitive use of hand and fingers to operate office equipment, use computer keyboard and computer mouse and to perform other office tasks;
  • Acceptable eyesight to read printed material and a computer monitor and to operate office equipment;
  • Acceptable hearing to communicate with others in person or through telephonic means;
  • Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to communicate effectively with others via the phone, at meetings and greeting and assisting visitors;
  • Ability to withstand extensive VDT exposure.

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