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Seeking Library Director

Library Director – Grafton, Wisconsin: Due to retirement, the USS Liberty Memorial Public Library is seeking a dynamic new director. This position is responsible for leading and managing the library in all areas.

Library Profile: The USS Liberty Memorial Public Library is located in Grafton, Wisconsin, and is funded by both the Village and Town of Grafton. The library is part of the four-county Monarch Library System. The library employs nine full-time equivalent staff members and has an annual budget of approximately $800,000.

Qualifications: Graduation from a college or university with a Master’s degree in a library school program from an ALA accredited institution, and a Grade 1 Wisconsin Library Director Certification, or eligibility to meet requirements.

Compensation: Minimum starting salary is $73,271/year and includes an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Library Board President Charles Kramer at: graftonlibrarydirectorsearch@gmail.com.

Position Description

General Purpose

Performs administrative, supervisory and complex clerical work in planning, organizing, and implementing the programs and services of the library.

Supervision Received

Works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Joint Library Board.

Supervision Exercised

Exercises administrative direction over all Library staff and volunteers, either directly or through subordinate supervisors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Manage Library Operations

• Manages and supervises library operations to achieve goals within available resources; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.

• Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library goals; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

• Determines work procedures, prepares work schedules, and expedites workflow; studies and standardizes procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

• Oversees the selecting, purchasing, cataloging, and withdrawing of materials for the entire adult collection. This includes reviewing donated materials for possible inclusion in the collection.

• Develops and implements policies, procedures and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of library operations. Assures compliance with established policies and procedures.

Pedestrian/Telephone/Customer Service

• Develops and executes an array of service programs to address the various needs of users and to make the library accessible to all.

• Conducts ongoing evaluation of existing library program areas and recommends changes or new programs to meet library needs of the community. Maintain records showing all programs offered and number of attendees at each program.

• Provides friendly and efficient direct assistance to users checking out materials, requesting directional or community information or seeking materials or information on specific topics.

• Assists and guides local volunteer groups who wish to help with library promotion, fundraising and enhancement of services.

• Continually investigates the value, costs, and logistics of adding library services, new media and new technologies in order to keep the library current and proactive in its service provision to the public.

• Coordinates the library program with other programs, other Village departments, and outside organizations such as the school district and various community-based groups.

• Answers all letters of inquiry and talks with patrons; addresses public and civic organizations which will inform the public of policies, procedures and the availability of facilities for public use.

Staffing Supervision

• Recruits, selects, hires, supervises, evaluates, and terminates if necessary library staff in conformity with library policy and state and federal law.

• Maintains harmony among workers and resolves grievances.

• Assists subordinates with performing duties, adjusting procedures and resolving complaints.

Public Relations

• Attends all Library Board meetings. Attends Monarch Library System directors’ meetings. Attends Village staff meetings. May attend, as needed, other Village and Town Board Meetings.

• Provides professional advice on library issues to Joint Library Board; makes presentations to the Joint Library Board, the Village Board, and the Town Board.

• Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.

• Coordinates library development and fund raising; solicits and accepts gifts for the library.

• Promotes interest in library programs through publicity, program brochures, cooperation with various community groups, and public contacts; speaks before citizen groups, students, and other business and civic organizations.

• Maintains liaison with other Village departments as well as state, local, and other public officials.

Budget/ Revenue Accounts/Payroll

• Prepares annual budget for the Library Board and presents funding request to Village and Town Boards.

• Prepares and administers budget for all areas under library department; orders all new and replacement equipment.

• Assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities and time.

• Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control.

• Prepares cost estimates to plan and provide for improvements in the library system; oversees library improvements.

Meeting Notice/Agendas/Minutes/Meeting Packets

• Prepares library board meeting agendas and necessary reports in cooperation with the library board president, and notify members of scheduled meetings.

• Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes. Maintains and provides necessary operating records and a monthly report of current events to the Library Board.


• Develops, maintains, and implements a library technology plan.

• Coordinates with and participates in Monarch Library System; oversees interlibrary loans and in-house reference work.

Building/Fixed Asset Maintenance

• Assures that library facilities and equipment are maintained properly, and coordinates maintenance and repair functions.

• Participates in the control of, and the responsibility for, all materials and supplies used in the maintenance, construction and repair of the library facilities with the Director of Public works.

• Supervises and manages the planning of library additions and all of the amenities that would be necessary for the proper construction and maintenance of those facilities in cooperation with the Departments of Public Works and Inspections.

Peripheral Duties

• Performs a variety of miscellaneous duties such as answering the phone, running errands, picking up supplies needed for activities, making arrangements for use of library facilities, setting up tables and chairs for classes, etc.

• Serves as a member of various Village employee committees, as assigned.

• Assists staff in the performance of their duties as required.

Desired Minimum Qualifications

• Education and Experience:
A) Graduation from a college or university with a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution, and

B) Eligibility for Grade 1 Public Librarian Certificate issued by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and

C) Three years of progressively responsible experience in library operations.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs; Thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection techniques; Considerable knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system; Considerable knowledge of community library needs and resources; Working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision.

• Ability of communicate ideas and information effectively both verbally and in writing. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies and the public.

• Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records.

• Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment.

Special Requirements

• Valid state driver’s license or ability to obtain one.

Tools and Equipment Used

• Library computer system, personal computer, including word processing and data base management software, printer, audiovisual equipment, calculator, copy and fax machine, cash register, phone, building security system, HVAC systems, and automobile.

Physical Demands

• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds, and push or pull objects weighing 60-80 pounds on wheels. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

• The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet.

Selection Guidelines

• Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job related tests may be required.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.