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Library Director – Full Time, Non-Union – Salary Exempt, The Brookfield Library, (Brookfield, CT)

Recruiter/Contact: Fern Smenyak, Director of Human Resources
Email: [email protected] Fax: 203-775-4068

Supervisor – Library Board of Trustees/First Selectman*

Salary: $95,000 – $100,000

Closing Date: Open Until Position is Filled

General Statement of Duties: The Library Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Library including its programs, services and personnel in line with Library Board and Town policies and procedures. The Director also provides leadership for improving library services to the community.

Library Board of Trustees Requirements
• Assists the chair in the development of meeting agendas and provides informational material and reports including monthly and annual director’s reports and financial reports.
• Alerts the Board to potential problems and offers recommendations to address them.
• Recommends and assists with policy and procedure development.
• Works effectively with Board committees, Town offices and community organizations.
• Attends regular monthly night meetings of the Board and other meetings as scheduled.

Library Services, Material and Programs
• Monitors the selection of library materials, events and programs to ensure they meet the changing
• needs and interests of a diverse community.
• Sets standards for customer service and ensures their successful implementations.

Personnel Management
• Provides clear descriptions of staff positions, responsibilities and assignments.
• Supervises and coordinates the work of the library staff and approves vacation and time off requests.
• Conducts regularly scheduled staff meetings and also informs through written means.
• Provides opportunities for staff development.
• Establishes staff performance standards and evaluates staff on a regular basis and as needed.
*The Director will report to the First Selectman and/or HR Director on a day-to-day basis, as needed, with respect to personnel matters, time/payroll concerns and Library facilities.

Financial Operations
• Prepares the annual operating and capital budget for Board approval and presents the budget to the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance.
• Directs and monitors the expenditure of all funds to ensure compliance with budget and policies.
• Approves all payroll records and invoices for payment, in accordance with town protocols.
• Develops financial reports for Board, Town and State.
• Alerts the Board to potential grant opportunities.

Physical Plant and Grounds Maintenance
• Monitors facility and grounds and alerts the Board and Town of concerns.
• Public Relations
• Advocates for and promotes the library’s services and needs to the community through various ways.
• Manages internal and external communication of the library including correspondence, newsletters, interviews and presentations.
• Provides leadership, direction and advice for major library development projects, including construction of or renovations to facilities.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Demonstrates a commitment to the mission, vision, values and goals and objectives of the Library.
• Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Works effectively with the Board of Trustees, staff, town officials, community groups, state agencies and the general public.
• Maintains composure and effectiveness in stressful situations.
• Is able to multitask and delegate assignments effectively.
• Is computer literate and able to use various programs, including Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software.

Required Experience
• Holds an MLS from an ALA accredited college or university.
• Is knowledgeable of the principles and practices of public library administration.
• Has a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in library administration, including at least three (3) years in a supervisory capacity.
• Holds a current driver’s license, insurance and access to a vehicle to attend off-site meetings.

The above duties and attributes are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the responsibilities of the job, but to highlight the critical duties to be performed and skills to demonstrate.

Physical Demands: The following are representative of the demands that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essentials of the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Sit for extended periods of time to view and operate computer equipment.
• Stand for extended periods of time and frequently stand, walk, sit, bend, stoop or kneel.
• Reach with hands and arms and occasionally life and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
• Demonstrate specific vision abilities including vision, distance vision, and ability to focus.
• Demonstrate hearing at correctable our normal ranges.

How to Apply

Apply to the recruiter listed above.