Library Director – Ligonier Valley Library

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Job Title: Library Director
Position Reports To: Ligonier Valley Library Board of Trustees

The Library Director of the Ligonier Valley Library should be a highly qualified, experienced, passionate, community-oriented, full-time Library Director who champions the achievement of the Library’s mission.  The Library Director should be an expert in the traditional roles, programs, and services of public libraries; aware of and prepared to address the evolving and expanding role of public libraries; willing and able to respond to the dynamic needs and wants of individuals in the service area; comfortable managing a diverse team of staff members and volunteers; and capable of raising and stewarding the social and financial capital needed to continually propel the Library forward. The Library Director is responsible for performing or supervising the following functions.

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Job Duties

Library Services
The regular assessment and development of library services is important to fulfilling the LVL mission. To support these efforts, the Library Director performs or supervises the following:

  • Planning, organization, and evaluation of a program of service that supports the mission of the LVL and reflects the needs of the Ligonier
  • Selection and maintenance of library materials including books, media, computer programs and other materials and ensures that these materials meet the needs of the community.
  • Purchasing, utilization, and maintenance of technology to deliver, monitor and enhance library services.
  • Compilation and recording of library statistics for meetings of the Board of Trustees and other stakeholders as needed

Planning and Policy-Making
Working with the Board, the Library Director:

  • Participates in and may supervise the development of long range plans to support and promote the mission of the
  • Develops, or supervises the development of, short term plans to address specific issues facing the library as they
  • Participates in the development of policies and implements the procedures to them
  • Develops clear descriptions of staff positions including a non-discrimination statement, qualifications for employment, evaluation procedures, and causes for

Financial Operations and Fundraising
The coordination of all aspects of finance and fundraising is vital to ensuring the stability of the LVL. In order to ensure efficient and responsible management of the library budget, the Library Director:

  • Prepares the annual budget for Board review and approval in a timely
  • Administers and monitors expenditure of library funds to stay within approved
  • Works with Treasurer to review monthly reports and keep abreast of various funds and accounts.
  • Identifies, pursues, and supports all fundraising efforts including annual, major, and planned giving solicitations in accordance with legal requirements and best practices
  • Prepares grant proposals for state agencies, foundations, and other organizations to fund
  • Acts as a conduit between Board, staff, and volunteers to ensure smooth implementation of fundraising activities within the daily operations of the

Public Relations and Partnerships The Library Director:

  • Manages internal and external communication of the LVL including but not limited to brochures, newsletters, fliers, and newspaper
  • Identifies and pursues public relations opportunities that engender goodwill toward and promotion of the LVL
  • Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with the municipal governments in its service area, the Westmoreland Federated Library System and its peer libraries, non- library agencies throughout the service area, and other local organizations and constituents.

Board of Trustees Representative
The Library Director informs the Board of Trustees of all relevant library business. The Library Director:

  • Participates in meetings of the Board of Trustees and provides a detailed report of library operations and developments at each
  • Provides professional expertise and guidance to the board including but not limited to presenting information on pertinent legislation from local, state, and federal agencies, discussing trends in library technology, funding, and management wherever

Personnel Management
As the immediate supervisor of all library personnel, the Library Director:

  • Recruits, trains, evaluates and, when necessary, terminates all staff and
  • Assigns duties, defines staff responsibilities, and administers
  • Promotes staff development by providing opportunities for staff to attend workshops and conferences.

Physical Plant Management
The Library Director oversees all aspects of the physical plant, grounds, and equipment. The Library Director:

  • Schedules and supervises contract services, maintenance personnel, and takes appropriate action in
  • Purchases equipment and furnishings as
  • Provides leadership and direction for major development projects including construction and renovation of

Professional Development
To stay aware of new trends in library management and technology, legal issues facing libraries, and new ideas for programming, the Library Director:

  • Attends meetings, workshops and conferences to remain up-to-date with evolving library trends, issues, technologies, programs, and services
  • Maintains membership and participates in professional library

The Library Director’s job also includes any other duties that are requested by the Board of Trustees or that are essential to ensuring that the LVL provides the best possible library service to the community. The Library Director will be evaluated by the Board annually.

Qualifications

  • A Master of Library Science from an accredited American Library Association (ALA) institution is
  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience working in libraries with demonstrated supervisory experience is
  • Demonstrated experience related to the job duties listed above is preferred
  • Clearances for employees having contact with children are required per PA Act 47 of 2019

Location

Ligonier Valley Library, 120 W. Main St., Ligonier PA 15658

Hours

This is a salaried, exempt, full-time position (40 or more hours per week). Some evening and weekend hours will be required.

Salary and Benefits

The likely salary range for this position is between $60,000 and $70,000 per year plus benefits. This is commensurate with experience and subject to change.

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