Library Director (Deerfield, NH)

The Philbrick James Library in Deerfield, New Hampshire is seeking an outgoing, organized, and experienced person to fill the position of Library Director. Deerfield is a friendly, growing community of about 4,500 residents, and is convenient to Concord, Manchester, and Portsmouth. The library building is located at the center of the town’s historic district.

Description:

The Director is the front-line person in creating a welcoming environment for all ages. They are expected to be comfortable working closely with library patrons, town administrators, and the Board of Trustees. Excellent oral and written communication skills and a service-oriented attitude are required.

The Library Director exercises considerable judgment in making administrative decisions including personnel, public relations, collection development, budget management, program creation & implementation, and supervision. The director, who reports to the elected Board of Trustees, provides leadership to 2-3 staff and to volunteers.

The Library Director serves as the spokesperson for the library to the community and represents the library in interactions with town officials.

Educational/Professional Requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree in Library Science or a related field is preferred.
  • A minimum of three years of professional public library experience is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and proficiency with technology are required.

Skills Required:

·        Strong proficiency with computers, library technology, internet, and social media.

·        Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive working relationships with the Board of Trustees, library staff, town administration, and the general public.

  • Knowledge of management principles and public library administration including budgeting, organization, personnel, and public relations.
  • Ability to supervise the Library’s collection development, including the selection and withdrawal of books, periodicals, audio-visual and electronic materials.
  • The ability to multi-task and provide quality customer service is essential.

Salary:

$43,000 – $46,500 commensurate with experience. Full time salaried position with municipal benefits package.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three reference contacts (two of which must be professional), to PJLibrarySearch@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin immediately; the position will remain open until filled. Anticipated start date is mid-October. For more information, see http://townofdeerfieldnh.com/Pages/DeerfieldNH_News/0262C4C6-000F8513.

Deerfield is an equal opportunity employer.