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Library Director

Company: City of Oak Park
Location: Oak Park
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Job Description:

This position is responsible for the administration of the Oak Park Library. Accountable for the management of a municipal library collection and for the provision of library services to the public. Duties include policy recommendation, departmental planning and direction and administration of library activities. In addition day-to-day operations of the City's library, this position performs other duties as assigned. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Evaluates and administers library programs such as circulation, reference, reader's advisory services, children's services, adult services, community services, and public information.
  • Acts as staff liaison to the Library Board by assisting with meetings, preparing reports, and implementing suggested approved policy changes/improvements.
  • Prepares the annual departmental budget. Directs and controls the expenditure of departmental fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets.
  • Confers with State agencies, other public libraries, corporations, and community groups in the development of library programs and assists in coordinating interlibrary program efforts.
  • Confers with the Library patrons to provide information and to resolve problems and complaints.
  • Directs the training of library staff in technical and administrative library skills. Participates in personnel actions such as hiring, termination, assignment, evaluation, and labor relations.
  • Represents the library on regional and state committees and serves as the authority on library issues.
  • Oversees the collection and accounting of fees and charges.
  • Attends City Council meetings as required.
  • Supervises the library staff, directly or through appropriate delegation, to create a harmonious team environment.
  • Participates in the planning, organization, and management of technical and automation services for the library.
  • Directs a public relations program to promote and publicize the library's collections, services, and programs within the community.
  • Prepares grant requests to state and federal agencies and non-profit foundations, and administers grant funds upon award.
  • Prepares and maintains annual state library reports and records.
  • Attends conferences, workshops, and meetings and reads professional literature to stay informed on issues related to library management and services.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates long and short term departmental goals and objectives.
  • Ensures the maintenance of library building equipment, and furnishings.
  • Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
    • Considerable knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of professional library administration.
    • Use critical thinking to effectively make decisions in an environment of limited resources.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to establish and maintain satisfactory relations with other employees through a high level of contact.
    • Exceptional time management skills.
    • Ability to lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.
    • Ability to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, sit, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls, see and hear.
    • Ability to develop data and recommendations influencing policy.
    • Ability to operate computers with proficiency using library software, word processing, and the Internet. QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED:
      • Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.
      • A minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience in professional library work.
      • The ability to obtain a State of Michigan Professional Librarian Certification. PREFERRED:
        • Possession of a State of Michigan Professional Librarian Certification. SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS: The Library Director must be available for all dates of assignment, including, but not limited to, days, evenings, and weekends, as needed. Must also have a valid driver's license and ability to travel to various locations within the City. SALARY RANGE: This is a full-time position with salary range of $65,000.00 to $90,000.00 annually, with benefits. WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS: While per forming the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employees must view and create maps, plans and assorted computer files. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move light-weight items. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in a business office setting but is also required to work in the field occasionally and attend meetings after standard business hours. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS/DISCLAIMERS: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties of an employee so classified. Candidate must be physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of Oak Park does not discriminate in its employment or any other programs or activities on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, economic status, age, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with a disability, if requested. Apply Now with our quick 3 minute Application! * Fields Are Required What is your full name? First Name How can we contact you? Email Phone Number Number Type What is your preferred method of communication?

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