Library Director – Griffin Free Public Library (Auburn, NH)

The Griffin Free Public Library seeks a director who has a strong background in both management and working with the public. The director must be a strong leader, able to nurture positive internal and external relationships. The director will motivate, encourage teamwork and promote positive morale within the staff. The part-time nature of the five staff members requires good teamwork at all levels.
The director must also maintain a positive dialogue with the Board of Trustees and communicate effectively with the community. The library is fortunate to have a strong and supportive relationship with the Town. The needs and interests of the community are expected to influence the updating of the collection, services, and future development of the library. We desire that our library director be progressive and innovative in meeting the needs of the community, providing strong, credible leadership and creative problem solving.
The ideal candidate will have:
  • MLS or equivalent
  • 1-3 years administrative, managerial experience
  • Strong written, verbal, presentation, and organizational skills
  • Superb people skills and passionate about working with the public
  • Ability to motivate, mentor, encourage teamwork, support staff development, and promote positive
  • The ability to organize tasks and coordinate others to accomplish goals
  • Dynamic, friendly, energetic, with a sense of humor
  • Willingness to “wear all the hats”
  • Knowledge of current library services and information technology
  • Proficient in new/emerging computer and communication technology as well as social media
The following challenges await the new director:
  • Market library to broaden use and increase circulation of lending materials
  • Provide robust programing and encourage the staff to develop their own programs
  • Work with Friends to increase interest and membership
  • Inspire growth within the Library while still preserving the small town feel that is important to our patrons
  • Work to create mutually beneficial partnerships within the community
  • Embrace the challenge of facilitating the expansion of the library.
Information on Library Director position:
  • The library is open 34 hours per week, Tuesday through Saturday, year round, including one evening
  • The Director’s position is salaried, based on a 40 hour work week (qualifies for State Retirement System)
  • The Director reports to a three-member, elected Board of Trustees
  • Salary range: starting at $60,528
  • Excellent benefits, including PTO, medical insurance, state retirement and short term disability coverage
Information about Griffin Free Public Library and the Town of Auburn:
The Griffin Free Public Library has a current collection of about 17,000 items, and is a paying member of the State Downloadable eBooks program (Overdrive). The current circulation software is Koha through Bywater and the library subscribes to Wowbrary and other streaming services. It also houses a small museum with local historical artifacts.
Auburn (population 5,600) is a semi-rural community located in southeastern NH, near Manchester. A focal point of the Town is Lake Massabesic (about 2,500 acres), located mostly in Auburn. The watershed area provides a number of boating possibilities, fishing, and miles of trails for hiking and cross-country skiing and adds to the relaxed rural feel of the Town. Auburn is home to an active Audubon location, with many programs throughout the year, active Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops and the Auburn Historical Association.
We are located close to Rte. 101 and Interstate 93, minutes from Manchester and Concord, close to the seacoast area and the many Portsmouth opportunities, and only one hour north of Boston. The Manchester-Boston Regional Airport provides travel on many major airlines.
The library has started work on an expansion by doing a site survey and is working with a library consultant. The Town has allocated money in the CIP to engage with an architect to work on a preliminary sketch later in 2022.
Auburn enjoys a good school system, with grades kindergarten through eighth located in the Village area. High School students attend Pinkerton Academy in nearby Derry, NH.
Email resume to: n.mayland@commcast.
Or mail to:
Griffin Free Public Library
Attn: Board of Trustees
PO Box 308
Auburn, NH 03032
Thank you for your interest in the director position at Griffin Free Public Library.
– Posted 4/11/22