A.              Job Description: Library Director

  1. General Job Description:

Under general direction of the Library Board, administers the library with responsibility and authority for organizing and managing the library operation and for planning, directing, and coordinating its program of service subject to the Library Board policies.

  • Specific Acts:
    • Acts as executive of the library and an administrative officer to the Library Board; reports to the Board; advises the Board on policy matters, and makes recommendations to the Board for improvements.
    • Develops and revises the library’s long-range goals and plans in cooperation with the library board.
    • Develops, revises, and interprets policies accepted by the Board.  Maintains Policy Manuals.
    • Prepares and submits, in cooperation with the Treasurer, the library budget to the Board.  Verifies that the budget is in compliance with regulations.  Presents and defends budget requests before the Board.
    • Prepares the following reports: Library Director’s report to update the Board; reconciliation of petty cash funds, provides receipts for reconciliation of expenditures, financial statements and related reconciliations and reports for the prior month’s activities; providing support documents for expenditures and any statistical or other reports, as required.
    • Establishes and promotes overall services of the library in light of changing community needs.  Submits annual questionnaires to patrons to identify any needs or weaknesses and suggested improvements.  Reports results and actions to be considered to the Library Board.
    • Directs the Children’s programs.  Responsible for completing or assigning tasks required for the Summer Reading program, Preschool and Kindergarten monthly programs and other programs developed.
    • Reviews shelved materials for replacement, repair and discard.  Obtains supplies and selects books and materials to be purchased within the constraints of the approved budgets.
    • Recruits, selects, hires, supervises, evaluates, and terminates library staff.  Prepares monthly time & work schedules.  Reviews time sheets.  In association with Board Treasurer, prepares quarterly and annual payroll reports.  Recruits, trains and supervises volunteers.
    • Researches, negotiates, and oversees the implementation of contracts after Board approves.
    • Acts as a spokesperson/advocate for the library, relates library objectives to community needs and is active in community organizations.
    • Works with government officials and other community leaders to meet the needs of the library.
    • Participates in appropriate continuing education activities.  Prepares annual plan subject to approval by the Broad.
    • Actively pursues grant opportunities especially for the development and maintenance of library information services.
    • Oversees inter-library loans and web-site maintenance.
    • Advertises any upcoming events with the McLouth school newsletter and the Oskaloosa Independent newspaper.
    • Performs other duties as required.
  • Knowledge and Abilities
    • Demonstrates understanding of modern administrative theory and practices.
    • Ability to apply appropriate techniques to determine service needs and to see that they are met.
    • Ability to write and administer a budget effectively.
    • Demonstrates administrative ability.
    • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively with people from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of local government and library law.
    • Ability to guide and direct the growth and development of the library.
    • Ability to foster and maintain positive public relations for the library within the community.
    • Ability to write and speak effectively.
    • Ability to maintain accurate records and produce timely and accurate reports, including basic financial reporting.
  • Physical Demands of Position:
    • Sitting, standing, walking, climbing, and stooping.
    • Bending, twisting, and reaching.
    • Talking and hearing, use of telephone.
    • Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less.
    • Lifting and carrying 50 pounds or less.
    • Handling, processing, picking up, and shelving books.
    • Typing, writing, filing, sorting, shelving, and processing.
    • Pushing and pulling objects weighing 60-80 pounds.
    • Mobility, travel to meetings outside the library.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Qualifications:
    • Minimum of a high school diploma or a G.E.D.
    • A general knowledge of all phases of public library service, including computer literacy.
    • Knowledge of computers and familiarity with word processing, operation of copy, fax and related machines.