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Director, Newton Public Library

Newton, KS
Company: Newton Public Library
Position: Director
Classification: Exempt
Location: Must live within a 50 mile radius of Newton Public Library.

This position will remain open until: October 9, 2020

Position Summary:  The Director carries out the mission of the library under the general direction of the Board of Trustees of the Newton Public Library.  The Director manages all aspects of library services with vision, responsibility and authority.  The Director plans, organizes, directs, manages the library operations and facility, and coordinates the program of services subject to the policies established by the Board of Trustees   The Director reports to the Library Board.

Essential Functions:  The following duties are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Planning and Policy Making
  • Establishes all policies and procedures for the library including emergency procedures.
  • Prepares regular, monthly, and annual library reports, and oversees compilation of various statistics, surveys and reports.
  • Takes an active role in library-safety compliance, adheres to safety procedures and maintains current safety data for the library.
  • Oversees the maintenance of the Library’s collection; develops policies in relation to the selection and purchase of all library materials.
  • Monitors and evaluates service delivery methods and procedures; identifies and implements changes necessary to improve operational efficiency.
  • Manages the development and implementation of library goals, objectives, priorities, policies and procedures; ensures Board objectives are integrated into Library policies and goals.
Fiscal Management
  • Acts as executive, financial and chief vision officer of the library and is administrative officer and secretary of the Library Board.  Manages and advises the Board on financial short-and long-range planning matters.
  • Develops and maintains a relationship with the City of Newton to ensure library funding.
  • Works with Newton Public Library Foundation Board to raise funding for the library.
  • Writes and evaluates bid requests for presentation to the Library Board.
  • Prepares and manages the library budget, including administration of funds for the Florence Bessmer Foundation, Newton Public Library Foundation, state funds, or other special grant fund allocations.
  • Oversees monthly pay plan, computes and prorates pay increase, deductions and benefits.
Personnel/Supervisory Management
  • Hires, terminates, trains, supervises, and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel.
  • Directs staff meetings and manages personnel policies and files.
  • Advises employees as to payroll procedures and fringe benefits.
Library Program Management
  • Ensures the delivery of a variety of quality library programs and services to the community.
  • Establishes and evaluates the effectiveness of library services, facilities, and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community.
  • Monitors collection maintenance such as inventory, shelving, and shelf reading by approved library filing techniques.
  • Performs the implementation and ongoing management of an integrated library system and a multi-user network with local area network components.
  • Substitutes in service areas as needed.
Property Management, Building Projects, and Technology
  • Manages the development of capital improvement projects.
  • Directs the maintenance of the library building, performing regular inspection and planning preventative maintenance on the library building in coordination with the City of Newton, and oversees contractor work. 
  • Manages insurance coverage on all facilities, fixed assets, and inventory in coordination with the City of Newton.
  • Oversees management of servers, all systems, and equipment.
Community Outreach and Public Relations
  • Acts as spokesperson and library representative for the library.
  •  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with local government officials and agencies, including funding bodies, and other community leaders to meet the needs of the library service area residents, staff and facility.
  • Provides information and attends the meetings of the Florence Bessmer Foundation Board, Newton Library Foundation Board.
  • Responds to inquiries involving library-related matters; negotiates and resolves complex, sensitive, and/or controversial issues and complaints.
Continuing Education
  • Participates in professional meetings and conferences and keeps informed of professional development opportunities.
  • Encourages staff and NL Board to take part in continued learning opportunities through meetings, workshops, seminars/webinars, and conferences. 
  1.       Strategic Thinking
Recognize evolving trends and technology and appropriately revise or create services and programs.
  1.       Community Focus
Work with a positive, service-oriented attitude, focused on current and future community needs.
  1. Leadership
Support staff in developing innovative ways to assist the library in creating and maintaining relevant services and programs. Take a leadership role in state-wide activities for the benefit of member libraries and general library services. Show knowledge and demonstrated understanding of library administrative theory and practices.
  1. Problem Solving
Recognize patterns, consider risks, and use sound judgement to identify, solve, and prevent problems.  Have the ability to take charge and deal effectively with crises.
  1. Decision Making
            Gather, utilize, and interpret relevant information to make informed decisions.
  1. Financial Organization
Successfully organize all income and expenditures, develop annual budget, manage payroll and benefits, prepares materials for annual audit, and oversee grant-funded projects.
  1. Presentation Skills 
Inform and educate small and large groups through a variety of presentation methods including online and in-person venues.
  1. Communication
Convey and receive information effectively in writing and when speaking, keeping staff, community, and stakeholders apprised of library services and programs.
  1. Dependability
Take appropriate action to meet goals, schedules, and demands while accepting responsibility for actions, results, and risks.
Education and Experience
  • Minimum education: Masters of Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution.
  • At least three years of library management and supervisory experience.
Mental and Physical Abilities:  The mental and physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, walk, use hands and fingers, reach with arms and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee may on rare occasion lift and/or move by pushing or pulling up to 50 pounds.  The employee must be able to have physical stamina to provide active service to patrons during workdays of up to eight hours.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.  Stressful situations may occur when dealing with the public.  The employee must be able to work flexible hours.
Required Licenses or Certification:  Must possess or have ability to obtain a valid Kansas Driver’s License. Successful completion of pre-employment screening tests including Drug and Alcohol, Physical Examination and Criminal Background Check.
Required Residency: Must live within a 50 mile radius of Newton Public Library.
Newton Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individual assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position.

​This position will remain open until: October 9, 2020
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