Today’s Date: 07/05/2014
Job Closing Date: 08/31/2014
Job Title: Library Director
Anticipated hours per week: Full Time
Institution Bell Whittington Public Library
Library Location: Portland, Texas
Website (if applicable): www.portlandtx.com
Duties / Job description: City of Portland, Texas
The City of Portland (17,500) is seeking a responsible leader to provide direction over of a broad range of public library functions. The Bell-Whittington Public Library is a nationally recognized, mid-sized public library providing services to local and area patrons and various community organizations. The successful candidate selected to lead this organization will be well versed in library policy, departmental planning and direction and administration of library activities. The Library Director is part of the City’s management team working closely with other directors to fulfill the organization’s goals and objectives. The successful candidate must have thorough knowledge, skill and ability in every phase of the public library field.
Essential duties and responsibilities include:
Supervision of the library staff, directly or through appropriate delegation, to create a harmonious team environment
Administration of personnel policies and procedures for library employees, including training, development, scheduling, and evaluation, either directly or through appropriate delegation
Participation in the recruitment and selection of library personnel
Responsibility for developing print and non-print collections, including selection, organization, maintenance, preservation, withdrawal, and disposal of materials, either directly or through appropriate delegation
Preparing and presenting the library budget proposal for approval, and monitoring and approving expenditures from the official operating budget
Developing short-term and long-range goals and planning for collections, services, and programs in keeping with the library’s mission statement and operating policies; studying and planning development of library services to meet present and future community needs
Participating in the planning, organization, and management of technical and automation services for the library
Directing a public relations program to promote and publicize the library’s collections, services, and programs within the community
Maintaining knowledge of new developments in the library profession, including technological advances, through professional development opportunities, including but not limited to participation in activities of professional organizations and networks and of the Texas State Library
Interacting with the appropriate city employees for the maintenance of the library’s building, furnishings, and equipment
Responsibility for the collection and accounting of fines, fees, and other charges
Administering the volunteer program, including recruitment, training, scheduling, and evaluating
Preparing regular narrative and statistical reports for the City Manager, Friends Library Board and the public.
Establishing priorities determined by the needs of the community
Preparing and submitting an annual report to Texas State Library and Archives Commission to maintain accreditation
Presenting special programs, such as book reviews, lectures, and instructional activities to extend library services and facilities into the community.
A complete job description including required knowledge, skills and albilities is available for download at www.portlandtx.com.
Qualifications: Minimum Qualifications:
Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution required
Minimum 5 years of increasingly responsible experience as a librarian in a public library of comparable size and complexity
Experience as a library director or assistant library director preferred
Active participation with Texas Library Association, ALA, or similar library association preferred
Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes
Salary Range: $62,000-$73,000
How to apply? By mail: Randy Wright, City Manager
1900 Billy G. Webb
Portland, Texas 78374
On Line at www.portlandtx.com
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