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Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services, Lynnfield Public Library, Lynnfield, MA


The Lynnfield Public Library is seeking a creative and motivated person to join our collaborative team as the Assistant Director and Head of Adult Services. The Library is on the waitlist for a new building, and this is an excellent position for someone with leadership abilities and enthusiasm for bringing high caliber programming to a welcoming community with expectations for high quality services.

Duties / Responsibilities: Assistant Director
Assists the Director in planning, organizing, and administering the operations, programs, collections, and services of the Library.

In the absence of the Director, responsible for all operations of the Library, including staff supervision, responding to emergencies, and representing the Library to the media and community.

Assists the Director in the interviewing, selection, and training of Library personnel for all departments. Develops, in conjunction with the Director, orientation programs, in-service training, and continuing education programs for Library staff.

Oversees all public relations, promotional and publicity efforts for all media outlets for Library services through press releases, promotional materials, displays, speaking engagements, etc. to promote public interest, support and awareness. Responsible for the Library website, social media accounts, and other related platforms. Coordinates the publicity efforts of other staff members.

Participates in discussions of policy, procedures, and other matters affecting the Library with the Director and department heads. Contributes to policy statements for presentation to the Board of Trustees. Interprets policies and regulations for staff and patrons. With advanced notice, may attend Board of Trustees meetings at the request of the Director.

Researches, implements and administers grant opportunities and activities.

Prepares regular monthly and annual reports for the Director. Assists the Director in preparing for reports and presentations.

Participates in the annual evaluation of the Library’s Long Range Plan and assists the Director in updating the annual Library Action Plan.

Oversees building maintenance and custodial services to ensure that the facilities are clean, safe, and a pleasant environment for Library staff and patrons.

Plans, executes, and evaluates program planning and service delivery for adults of all ages that reflects a variety of diversified cultural and educational interests including but not limited to: lectures, author visits, arts and music programming, Adult Reading Programs, workshops on current topics, and instructional classes.

Develops, organizes, markets, and implements technology related programs and services, including but not limited to lending eReaders, using personal technology devices, and integrating emerging technology tools. Suggests associated policies and creates instructional opportunities for staff and patrons.

Provides community outreach and serves as liaison for but not limited to: community organizations, town departments, and local businesses who work with or provide services to adults of all ages. Partners with such organizations to promote the Library and its services.

Maintains budget for programming and outreach.

Evaluates and determines use of adult volunteers within the Library. As Volunteer Coordinator, recruits, selects, schedules, trains, and supervises adult Library volunteers.

Represents the Library and participates in job-related activities of professional and community organizations and attends job-related workshops, conferences, and other activities.

Works closely with other department heads in regard to the effective operation of the Library.

Maintains a working knowledge of contemporary issues, trends and technology in the Library profession. Stays current with Library policies and procedures. Updates staff accordingly.

Plans, organizes, and implements special projects as needed by the Director.

Other duties as assigned.

Master’s in Library Science from an ALA accredited program with a minimum of three years’ professional public library experience with emphasis on working directly with the public. Includes at least two years experience working in a supervisory role and at least two years in administration preferred. Significant experience in program planning and marketing; and experience working on the Reference Desk and with budgets.

A dynamic, energetic, and enthusiastic team player with a good sense of humor and dedication to working closely with staff, Friends of the Library, and volunteers to deliver outstanding customer service. This position requires tact, diplomacy, negotiating skills, resourcefulness, and political acumen and comprehensive knowledge of principles of Library Science, as well as exceptional written and oral communication skills and a variety of writing experience, including web content, press releases and newsletters.

The ability to supervise the work of subordinate professional, technical, clerical, and other staff members and occasional volunteers. Must have proficiency with and experience troubleshooting a variety of technology tools, and a reliable means of transportation and willingness to travel for outreach, to run errands for programs, and to attend meetings and workshops. Must be able to work one scheduled evening per week and one scheduled Saturday per four-week rotation.

Will include one scheduled evening per week and one scheduled Saturday per month on the Adult Reference Desk. The Assistant Director will be on call on Saturdays for Reference Services during the summer when Head of Reference Services is unavailable.

$29.39 to $33.62 per hour in five steps, 35 hours/week. Union position with full municipal benefits.

How to Apply:

To apply, submit cover letter and resume to:
Abigail Porter, Library Director

Lynnfield Public Library
18 Summer Street
Lynnfield, MA 01940
[email protected]