Library Director (Ligonier Valley Library)

 

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 of 6 distinct communities; 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.

Position Reports To: Ligonier Valley Library Board of Trustees

 

Job Duties

Financial Operations, Grant Writing, and Fundraising 

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

  • Understands the financial management and processes of LVL’s accounts and endowment.
  • Prepares grant proposals and reports for state agencies, foundations, and other organizations to fund programs and operations.
  • Prepares the annual budget for the Finance Committee to review and Board approval in a timely manner.
  • Administers and monitors expenditure of library funds to stay within the approved budget.
  • Works with the Board 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.
  • Acts as a conduit between Board, staff, and volunteers to ensure smooth implementation of fundraising activities within the daily operations of the library.

 

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 library.
  • Develops, or supervises the development of, short term plans to address specific issues facing the library as they arise.
  • Participates in the development of policies and implements the procedures to them out.
  • Develops clear descriptions of staff positions including a non-discrimination statement, qualifications for employment, evaluation procedures, and causes for dismissal.

 

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 LVL and reflects the needs of the Ligonier community.
  • 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.

 

Personnel Management

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

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

 

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 meeting.
  • 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 possible.

 

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 emergencies.
  • Purchases equipment and furnishings as needed.
  • Provides leadership and direction for major development projects including construction and renovation of facilities.

 

Public Relations and Partnerships

The Library Director:

  • Manages internal and external communication of LVL including but not limited to brochures, newsletters, fliers, and newspaper articles.
  • Identifies and pursues public relations opportunities that engender goodwill toward and promotion of LV.
  • 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.

 

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 associations.

 

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 preferred.
  • A minimum of five years of progressive experience working in libraries with demonstrated supervisory experience is preferred.
  • 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 $58,000 and $68,000 per year plus benefits. This is commensurate with experience and subject to change.

 

Application Instructions

Library Valley Library has experienced significant, positive change throughout its 50-plus year history. Continuing this progress, the Board of Trustees seeks to hire a highly qualified, experienced, passionate, community-oriented, full-time Library Director to champion the achievement of the Library’s mission. Interested individuals should be: experts 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 of six (6) distinct communities; 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.

 

Interested individuals should:

  • Visit www.ligonierlibrary.org to learn more about Ligonier Valley Library.
  • Visit https://sites.google.com/view/lvldirectorsearch for more information on this process.
  • Review the Library Director Position Description, including required and preferred credentials, experience, and expertise provided below and on the informational website.
  • Submit application materials including cover letter, resume, certification and clearance documentation, references, and salary requirements to LVLDirectorSearch@gmail.com. Applications are due no later than 5:00 PM EST on Friday, January 21, 2022.

 

Questions about the position or this process should be directed to LVLDirectorSearch@gmail.com.