Director of Library, Branford, Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

Town of Branford Job Announcement

Director of Library, Branford, Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library
Position Details:

Department: Library Services
Location: 146 Thimble Island Rd
Union/Affiliation: AFSCME-Supervisors Union
Employment Type: 40 hours Full Time
Status: Mon-Friday, 8am to 5pm FT
Pay Scale: $82,392 to $96,932, salary increases July 1, 2024.
This is a special professional opportunity to manage and lead one of Connecticut’s most well regarded community libraries as the Director of Library for the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library. Your commitment to the delivery of outstanding community library services will allow your creative and professional skills to grow and continue its successful operation. Seen as a hub for community activities the WW Memorial Library is currently the community’s center offering progressive library activities to the town of Branford’s Stoney Creek residents. You will plan, direct, administer, implement, manage and supervise all the services and activities provided by the Library and oversee the maintenance of the Library building and equipment. This position also evaluates the needs of the various populations it serves and seeks out new ideas and methods to provide the appropriate services. The Library Director exercises considerable independent judgment in administering and managing the department and is responsible for maintaining and improving upon the efficiency and effectiveness of all areas under his/her direction and control.

Essential Job Functions:
• (The essential functions or duties listed below 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.)

• Plans, organizes, and directs the overall operation of the Library including programs, activities, financial operations, evaluation of services/collections and building maintenance; researches, recommends and administers policies and short and long-term goals and objectives for library operations, facilities, automation, staff, budgets and programs.
• Applies for grants and conducts fundraising in support of library goals; provides for the maintenance of records for revenues from fines, fees, passports, etc. Obtains direction from the Library Board for expenditure of endowment funds.
• Attends Library Board meetings to review and advice regarding library operations, policies and fees; receives policy direction from the Board. Prepares agenda items and coordinates records and materials of the Library Board.
• Administers library services through subordinates in the functional areas of information services, loans, acquisitions, events, passport processing, notary service, instruction, equipment repair, video and other communication projects. Coordinates Town IT support for the regional LION database and system applications.
• Oversees the management of library facilities; establishes priorities for maintenance and repair. Oversees any capital improvements.
• Directs and coordinates library staff in preparing and proposing library activities and services according to community needs, current trends in library practices and patron demands. Presents special programs, such as children’s story hours and crafts, cultural and informational programs for all ages, book discussions, juried art shows, lectures, and instructional activities to extend library services into the shoreline community.
• Plans and implements procedures to augment library goals and services through Friends of the Library, and in cooperation with community educational, cultural and civic organizations.
• Prepares monthly, annual and other information, statistical and financial reports as required for the Town, the Library Board and the State Library.
• Provides training and development opportunities for employees and volunteers.
• Manages all aspects of the library website.
• Develops departmental policies and procedures and assigns, trains, supervises, counsels and evaluates staff. Consults with, Human Resources on such personnel actions as hiring, termination, and discipline. Assures safe working conditions for employees.
• Prepare and administer operating budget for department; present budget to appropriate Boards, Library Board, First Selectman and RTM. Authorizes all invoices for departmental expenditures. Is responsible for oversight of expenditures and operating the Department within the approved budget limits. Develops databases and spreadsheets to track transactions.
• Directs and conducts library public relations, including publicity, press releases, promotion of library activities and services, and Friends of the Library activities
• Complies with OSHA and ADA.
• Participates in professional library associations and other professional organizations to remain current on developments and advancements in Library Science, public administration and management development.

Other Functions:

• Performs similar or related work as required, directed or as situation dictates.
• Performs routine library duties as needed.
• Assists other departments, offices or staff as needed to promote a team effort to serve the public


Supervision Scope: Performs responsible duties requiring independent judgment and initiative in planning, organizing and directing the work of the office. Also performs a wide variety of special professional and administrative responsibilities requiring an extensive knowledge of Library services and programming.

Supervision Received: Works under the general direction and management of the First Selectman following professional standards, procedures and policies. Receives advice and policy direction from the Library Board.

Supervision Given: Supervises the Library Services Coordinator, and Part Time Library Assistants, developing job direction, assigning tasks, providing instructions as needed and monitoring performance.

Minimum Required Qualifications
Education, Training and Experience:

The qualifications required would generally be acquired with a Master of Library Science degree and over five years of increasingly responsible professional library experience, including three years in a supervisory position of a public library major department or as a director of a smaller public library; or an equivalent combination of education, work experience and training.

Special Requirements:
A valid CT motor vehicle operator’s license is required.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill:

Knowledge: Comprehensive knowledge of contemporary library theory, principles, policies, practices utilized in public libraries; comprehensive knowledge of automated systems and various technology to provide library services; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of organization and library management including planning, program design, marketing and evaluation; knowledge of library budgeting.

Ability: Ability to plan, organize and direct the operations, activities, programs and services of the library; ability to develop and present short and long term goals; ability to develop policies and procedures; ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, financial reports and legal documents; ability to utilize data processing applications as they apply to library functions; ability to prepare grant applications; ability to represent the Library and Town before various groups, agencies, and organizations; ability to deal effectively with Town staff and officials, Library Board, and the public; ability to assign, train, and supervise professional and clerical staff; ability to prepare and administer an operating budget for the Library.

Skill: Strong critical and creative thinking skills, including defining problems, collecting data, establishing facts and drawing valid conclusions; skilled in working with theoretical and practical variables. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; skilled in working with automated library management systems and computers, establishing goals and managing staff; skilled in using the above mentioned office equipment; skilled in supervisory practices and training staff in library practices; aptitude for working with people and maintaining effective working relationships with various groups; skilled in effectively responding with sensitivity to inquiries and complaints from customers and regulatory agencies; aptitude for working with paperwork and details

Job Environment:

Administrative work is performed in a moderately quiet office. Library work is performed in a moderately noisy office. Occasionally drives to appropriate meetings.

Requires the operation of an automobile, telephones, computers, copiers, facsimile machines, and other standard office equipment.

Regular contact with other Town departments, periodic contact with library consortiums, state agencies, and frequent contact with the general public, Library Board members, vendors, contractors, community organizations, local schools, and library support groups; communication is frequently in person, by telephone, fax, e-mail, in meetings and in writing; contacts require a high level of diplomacy.

We are an equal opportunity employer, women and minorities encouraged to apply. All resumes are confidential. Candidates must successfully pass a substance abuse test given at the Town's expense. The Town of Branford conducts background investigations for all positions prior to hiring. Refusal to sign the release form will terminate the candidate from further consideration.


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