Library Director – New Haven Community Library (New Haven, VT)

The New Haven Community Library is seeking a Library Director to begin around May 1, 2021. The position is 30 hours per week, including Saturdays. Currently the library is not open to the public, but serving patrons with curbside pick-up.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is welcoming, service-oriented, has a passion for literature and learning, and has the ability to work with patrons of all ages and interests. The successful candidate must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable with public speaking.

Our ideal Library Director candidate will be informed about emerging library trends beyond traditional library services. He/she will be proficient in technology and willing to keep abreast of the latest developments that can be useful in a library setting. Evidence of administrative and organizational skill is required. The Library Director will recognize the importance of the library as a community resource, and as a community gathering place.

General Description 

The Library Director, as the only employee, is responsible for day-to-day operation of the library and future planning, including:

  • cultivation of an environment that is respectful and welcoming
  • development and implementation of services and programs
  • collection development and maintenance, cataloging and circulation
  • promotion and organization of inter-library loan services
  • patron support and community outreach, including maintaining a presence of the library on social media
  • care and maintenance of library space
  • effective working relationships with Trustees and Town officials and staff of regional libraries
  • preparation and presentation of monthly and annual reports to the Trustees and Town officials
  • recruitment, support and supervision of volunteers and substitutes
  • collaboration with “Friends of the Library” in fund-raising and community programming.

The director works closely with the Board of Trustees with respect to policy, budget, short and long-term planning. Our library is a 503(c) non-profit organization and the librarian is hired by and reports to the Board of Trustees.

Please note: the above description of tasks and duties is general and is not inclusive of every skill and responsibility required of our librarian.

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree is the minimum requirement.
  • A Master’s in Library Science from an accredited American Library Association program OR 
  • a commitment to and progress in actively working toward Vermont Department of Libraries certification.
  • Experience in library work, education, business with a customer service focus, research, or grant-writing preferred.

Physical requirements: This position requires bending, lifting, pushing, carrying books, sitting and standing for extended periods. The ability to work while wearing a facemask is a current necessity.

Salary will be based on experience as well as qualifications.

Interview Process:

  • Screening of applicants will begin on March 15, 2021 and interviews with candidates will begin on April 5.
  • Discussion about and interviews for the position will be conducted by telephone or virtual meetings with members of the Board of Trustees.
  • Inquiries and questions can be directed to Michaela, at nhclsearch21@gmail.com
  • Please send a cover letter, resume and three professional references to: nhclsearch21@gmail.com

– Posted February 15, 2021