Example of Work:
(Illustrative Only) Plans, organizes, coordinates, and supervises the operations of the Library District; applies independent judgment in determining and assigning work methods, techniques, and procedures; oversees the Library District development, repairs, renovation, and maintenance of the buildings; provides leadership, direction, and guidance in technical processes and procedures; trains professional and support staff; assigns and coordinates tasks and projects; establishes, administers, and implements a comprehensive Library services program designed to meet the educational, information, cultural, and recreational needs of the community; reviews and approves status reports prepared by staff, and coordinates schedule and plan modifications; sets long range goals and objectives, and coordinates multi-agency projects; develops strategic plans and tactical goals for the Library District; determines scope and priorities of projects; coordinates resources required to achieve goals; directs the selection, performance reviews, and discipline of library staff; coordinates and conducts meetings, facilitates trainings, and evaluates staff; coordinates the development of District policies and procedures; determines objectives and sets project priorities and completion timelines; assures the efficient operations and sound fiscal practices required to meet project and program objectives through effective planning, staff management, and resource allocation; directs the drafting of plans to develop all services of the library system to meet the present and future community needs; attends meetings, workshops, and conferences to keep current on library practices and resources; explains the library system objectives, policies, and services to officials, citizens, clubs, and other community organizations through such means as participating in community activities; evaluates and analyzes issues, and recommends and implements solutions; interprets laws and regulations; assures Department's activities are in compliance with all laws, policies, regulations, and the County's strategic directions; meets regularly and quarterly with the Library Board to offer support and guidance; analyzes and evaluates issues and proposals; researches and presents information to the Board of Supervisors and executive management of the County; prepares and approves budgets; approves purchases and timesheets; manages the collection, analysis, and reporting of projects, including operational and financial data; reviews work for conformance with legal requirements and District goals; regular and reliable attendance is required; performs other duties as assigned.
Experience and Education:
Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university, and five (5) years of public library experience, including five (5) years of supervisory experience; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience; must possess and maintain a valid driver's license; requires successful completion of a background check.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of: County policies and procedures; the principles, methods, and practices of library administration, project management and grant administration; methods, procedures, and techniques for evaluating technical compliance; principles and methods of budget preparation and expenditure control; community needs and interests in relation to library services; library automation and technology; reader interest levels; books and authors; management of a public library system and personnel.
Skill in: Effectively managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and training personnel; assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects, and demands; developing and implementing procedures for cost effective management of allocated resources; analyzing issues and preparing recommendations based on findings; analyzing library needs and evaluating library services; working with appointed boards and elected officials; speaking effectively to large groups and public bodies; utilizing current reference tools in information services; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public; conducting research using computerized databases, including the Internet.
Ability to: Research and write detailed reports; use modern office equipment and computers; react to the diversity of various county agencies; work well with people of varied socio-economic backgrounds; communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing; speak effectively to large groups and public bodies; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, and the public; perform the essential functions of the job specifications with or without a reasonable accommodation.
Working Environment: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity; generally, the job requires 60% sitting, 20% walking and 20% standing; working at a computer monitor for extended periods required; the job is performed under minimal temperature variations and in a generally hazard free environment.