Library Director – Carnegie of Homestead

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Position Overview

The Carnegie of Homestead (CoH) is a community service organization comprised of a public library, athletic club and concert hall, which serves 18,000 residents of Munhall, Homestead, West Homestead and surrounding neighborhoods by providing educational, health/wellness and cultural programs year round.  The CoH seeks a well-organized, energetic leader to direct its library operations.  The Library Director will supervise and lead a staff comprised of approximately 2 full-time and 3 part-time employees, and a core of outreach and program volunteers.  The Library Director will partner with the Athletic Club and Music Hall Director to expand programming opportunities which uniquely identify our organization’s mission and vision to the communities we serve. The Library Director reports to the Executive Director, who oversees the entire operation of the Carnegie of Homestead.

The position of Library Director is the face of our library, and promotes our brand by providing exceptional service and programs to individuals, families, organizations and businesses which make up the Steel Valley.  Specifically, the Library Director focuses on an extensive curriculum of community-based informational, educational, and socially engaging services. He/she will maintain healthy, interactive relationships with staff throughout the organization, patrons, and the community at large; and represent CoH’s interests by actively participating in events at the local and regional levels.

This is a full-time position inclusive of a varied combination of daytime, evening and weekend hours.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plans and coordinates the daily operation and administration of the library.
  • Determines staffing needs, recruits and hires library personnel, administers responsibilities, evaluates performance, and promotes development. Ensures continuing education requirements for libraries are met.
  • Leads staff and volunteers to provide patron assistance, plan programs and activities, oversees the maintenance of collection development, and provide outreach to the community.
  • Works closely with other departments, administration, and Friends of the Library group to achieve high quality customer service throughout the entire organization.
  • Plans and measures services, programs and staffing to achieve library goals and objectives.
  • Assists in preparing and adheres to the library’s annual operating budget.
  • Reviews and records library statistics to meet reporting requirements of the Board of Directors, Allegheny County Library Association, and Commonwealth Libraries, as well as providing statistical information for grant proposals. Submits reports according to deadlines established, (including but not limited to) grant reporting, monthly board reports, state report, audit, and planned usage of state aid.
  • Recommends policies to be adopted by the Board of Directors. Implements policies and decisions of the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and the Allegheny County Library Association.
  • Be actively engaged by attending LAC meetings, regional meetings, ACLA General Membership meetings. Serve on committees as requested by ACLA.
  • Participates in professional library associations, and other professional organizations to remain current on developments and advancements in library science.
  • Working knowledge of public library administration, management, current information technologies; library marketing practices; principles of collection development and maintenance; library programming, special events.
  • Represent CoH to community organizations. Foster and maintain relationships with community groups, educational institutions, and the overall community at large.
  • Perform other related duties as necessary to meet the needs of the Carnegie of Homestead.

Education and Experience:

  • A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution preferred. A minimum of 3 years’ involvement in a public library atmosphere with supervisory experience preferred. Significant experience with a current provisional librarian certification can be considered in lieu of a Pennsylvania State Librarian Public Library Certification.
  • Must have a thorough understanding of public library operations.
    Preferred knowledge of public library operations within Allegheny County.
  • Preferred experience working with diverse populations.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Communication Skills: Ability to read and interpret professional journals, financial reports, legal documents, business correspondence; communicate effectively in both typewritten and oral form. Able to present in a public setting.

Reasoning Ability: Ability to think analytically and to develop new or revised procedures, and programs.  Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.  Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, peers, administration, volunteers, other community agencies, and the public at large.

Physical Demands: While performing duties, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear, and to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

How to Apply:

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume, and programming proposal example to The programming proposal example should be no longer than a 2-page document presenting program opportunities at the Carnegie of Homestead.

Benefits include a competitive annual salary, employer-paid healthcare plan, pro-rated sick leave/vacation and paid holidays, and free gym membership.  We also offer continuous learning programs.  Director’s schedule is typically Monday-Friday, 9-5 with evenings and weekends as needed. Employee is subject to a criminal background check, FBI and youth clearance-check prior to employment.

Organization Background

The mission of the Carnegie of Homestead is to provide programs and facilities that enhance learning, wellness and quality of life within and outside the Steel Valley. Unique from other libraries, the Carnegie of Homestead includes a library, athletic club and music hall. The Music Hall has a seat capacity of 1,000 and attracts audiences from across our region and across our country. Many nationally recognized artists and bands perform at the Music Hall, and over 50-60 concerts are booked annually. The Library offers programming from toddlers through seniors. The Athletic Club includes several fitness-related amenities, including a pool, gymnasium, indoor baseball facility and full-service exercise facility. Currently, there are approximately 1,100 dues paying members.

The library serves a combination of 3 communities and is located 5 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  It operates on an annual budget of $334,000, with an overall organizational budget of $1,200,000.