Library Director – Jerome, Idaho

Today’s Date: 04/09/2013

Job Closing Date: 04/18/2013

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Jerome Public Library
Library Location: Jerome, Idaho

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Job Opening at Jerome Public Library
Application Deadline: April 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

General Statement of Duties
The City of Jerome is a dynamic organization which positively affects our citizens every day. Every position within the City is expected to be a leader within our organization, as well as in our community. This Position performs a variety of administrative and supervisory work; responsible for planning, organizing and implementing the programs and services of the library system.

Supervision Received
Works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Jerome Public Library Board.

Supervision Exercised
Exercises administrative direction over full-time and part-time support staff, contracted or seasonal personnel either directly or through subordinate supervisors.

Examples of Work (Illustrative Only)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Manage and supervise library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plan and organize workloads and staff assignments; train, motivate and evaluate assigned staff; review progress and direct changes as needed.
• Provide leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans; gather, interpret, and prepare data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinate department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
• Provide professional advice on library issues to the Library Board; make presentations to boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public.
• Create and communicate official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.
• Assure that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; perform cost control activities; monitor revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; working with the Library Board prepare annual budget request; assure effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
• Determine work procedures, prepare work schedules, and expedite workflow; study and standardize procedures to improve efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
• Issue written and oral instructions; assign duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.
• Maintain harmony among workers and resolve grievances; perform or assist subordinates in performing duties; adjust errors and complaints.
• Prepare a variety of studies, reports, and related information for decision-making purposes.
• Oversee the selection and general collection of books and other items contained in the library; review major selection tools; approve library purchase orders; review books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or not used, and coordinate removal and disposition.
• Coordinate library development with regard to applying for and winning grants to augment services.
• Oversee inter-library loans and in-house reference work.
• Assure that library facilities and equipment are maintained properly, and coordinate maintenance and repair functions.
• Coordinate the library program with other leisure programs, other city departments, and outside organizations such as the school district, historical society and various community-based groups.
• Review program areas, implement changes or new programs to meet library needs of the community; develop, maintain and implement a library master plan.
• Develop and implement policies, approved by the Library Board, procedures and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of library operations; assure compliance with established policies and procedures.
• Promote interest in library programs through publicity, program brochures, cooperation with various community groups, and public contacts; speak before citizens groups, students and other business and civic organizations.
• Prepare and administer budget for all areas under library department; order all new and replacement equipment.
• Prepare a variety of reports and maintain necessary operating records.
• Supervise the control of, and is responsible for, all materials and supplies used in maintenance, construction and repair of the library facilities.
• Prepare cost estimates to plan and provide the improvements in the library system; oversee library improvements.
• Maintain liaison with other departments as well as state, local, and other public officials.
• Answer letters of inquiry and talk with patrons; address public and civic organizations which will inform the public of policies, procedures and the availability of facilities for public use.
• Supervise and manage the planning of new libraries and all of the amenities that would be necessary for the proper construction and maintenance of those facilities.
• Schedule, assign and oversee various special library activities throughout the year, such as reading programs etc.
• Expected to be a leader within the organization as well as in our community
• All other duties as assigned.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
• Perform 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 meetings, etc.
• Serve as a member of various city employee committees, as assigned or desired.
• Assist staff in the performance of their duties as required.

Qualifications: 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.
• Skill in operation of general office equipment, computer etc.
• Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement a comprehensive library system; ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records; ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Library Board, Library Foundation, Library Friends group, employees, supervisors, other agencies, and the public.

Acceptable Education and Experience
• Graduation from a college or university with a bachelor’s degree in library science, liberal arts, public administration or a closely related field, and
• Five years of progressively responsible experience in library operations, including two years in a supervisory capacity, or
• Any equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Masters degree in Library Science preferred.

Special Qualifications
• Valid state driver’s license or ability to obtain one.
• Presently be an Officer on LIBRI Consortium or able to service within 2 months of hire as an officer.

Essential Physical Abilities
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear.
• Occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms.
• Occasionally required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
• The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Appointees will be subject to completion of a standard probationary period.

The essential Physical Abilities 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 above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and/or skill required of all personnel so classified. This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: Hiring Salary: $47,298-$57,684


City of Jerome
Human Resources Office
152 East Avenue A
Jerome, ID 83338

Application is available at the above link or you may also contact the Human Resource Office at (208) 324-8189 or email

The City of Jerome is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other applicable legally protected status. Qualified veterans who provide required documentation will be given preference in accordance with Idaho state law.

For more information about the library, you are welcome to contact:
Patty Metcalf, Director

To post job openings, please see Job Submissions.

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