Library Director, Job Description
The Library Director, working with the guidance of the Library Board, is responsible for managing and providing library services to the residents of the City of Nickerson and surrounding service area of Reno County.
The Library Director provides administrative, financial and public services for the effective management and delivery of library services to the community.
The position is non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and requires an hourly wage and 1 ½ the hourly rate of pay for hours worked beyond a 40 hour work week during a seven day work period beginning on Sunday at 12:00 a.m. and ending on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. or compensatory time off at a rate of 1 ½ hours for hours worked beyond 40 during the seven day work period. Job responsibilities include the following three primary areas:
- Prepares and submits all necessary reports for State Library of Kansas, South Central Kansas Library System and other agencies.
- Attends Board meetings and presents information and recommendations for Board action.
- Maintains awareness and compliance with applicable governmental and library laws and regulations.
- Hires, supervises, evaluates and terminates staff in accordance with Board policy.
- Identifies, participates in and recommends continuing education for self, staff and Board.
- Works with Board to develop and implement long- and short-range plans and projects for the library.
- Works with the Board using financial and library data to evaluate services, use, staffing, policies and procedures for the effective operation of the library.
- Develops and recommends library policy for the effective library operations and provision of user services to the Board.
- Interprets and explains library policies and procedures to staff and public.
- Serves as the executive officer for the library and administrative officer for the Board.
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- Gathers information from the city and other sources regarding annual tax and grant funding for the library.
- Completes and monitors all documentation and processes necessary to secure annual local, regional and state funding.
- Assists the Board in preparing the annual budget.
Accounting and Purchasing
- Processes invoices, billings and payroll information for timely payment.
- Monitors and reconciles financial statements.
- Selects and/or approves purchase of print and non-print media, library materials, technology hardware and software, supplies and services.
III. Public Services
- Provides service and assistance to library services to users of all ages
- Recommends and assist library users of all ages in identifying and using library resources to meet their reading and information needs
- Assists library users in the use of library technology and troubleshoots library technology as necessary
- Monitors and recommends appropriate library technology for the library
- Organizes and implements library programming.
- Ensures the organization and implementation of the annual Summer Reading Program.
Collection Development and Maintenance
- Purchases library materials to meet the reading and information needs of the community.
- Uses appropriate selection tools for developing the collection of library materials.
- Ensures that standard cataloging and classification procedures are followed to provide collection access.
- Weeds collection on a regular and planned basis.
- Serves as the contact and spokesperson for the library in communication with citizens and the media including submitting information to the local newspaper and maintaining the library website and Facebook?
- Promotes library services and programs to the community.
- Borrows and loans library materials and manages interlibrary loan records and shipping. Follows interlibrary loan policies and procedures in accordance with regional, state and national codes.
- Identifies and examines means and opportunities for increasing the library funding
- Represents the library’s interests in local, regional and state cooperative efforts and meetings.
- Acts or arranges for the library to be open and operable.
- Monitors the physical condition of the library facility and ensures it is in good and safe order.
- Performs other library-related duties as assigned by the Board.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities
- Demonstrated management and administrative abilities for the operation of a public library, non-profit organization or business.
- Knowledge of modern library services.
- Ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Knowledge of financial management.
- Knowledge of information technologies.
- Ability to supervise and evaluate staff and services.
Required Physical Requirement
- Sitting, standing, walking, climbing and stooping.
- Bending, twisting and reaching.
- Speaking and hearing; use of the telephone.
- Lifting and carrying; 50 pounds or less.
- Keyboarding, writing, filing, sorting.
- Pushing and pulling, objects weighing 60 – 80 pounds or less on a wheeled cart.
- Cognitive attention and accuracy.
- Mobility to travel to locations outside of Nickerson if needed.
- Able to safely operate an automobile.
Library work experience preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel software applications.
- Residency in Nickerson or residency within a reasonable driving distance of Nickerson.