Library Director
Posted on Oct 13, 2021

The Sweetwater County (Wyoming) Library System is seeking a full-time library director who will be responsible for the administration and management of the library system. 


This person will work collaboratively with the Library Board and a dedicated team of about 48 regular staff members to provide library services to the 43,000 residents of Sweetwater County through six rural branch libraries; 2 libraries in Rock Springs; 1 library (headquarters) in Green River; and a Community Fine Arts Center. The successful candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the library, including representing the Library within the community, supervising the staff, and managing the library. 


The ideal candidate will have a MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program and five years of professional library experience with progressive administrative responsibilities. Other relevant advanced degrees may be considered if coupled with appropriate extensive experience in administration of a library or library system. Excellent leadership and communication skills, a visionary perspective, innovative approaches to organizing and problem-solving, knowledge of library trends and technology, and the ability to foster a cohesive library team are a must.  

 

This FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) exempt position has a starting salary of $89k per year. Benefits include health insurance, dental & vision insurance, Wyoming retirement, paid vacation/ sick leave and holidays.

 

See the job description below for more information about the position. 

 

Apply by submitting a library application, resume and cover letter to lkraft@sweetwaterlibraries.com. 

 

Click here to access a library job application. 

 

First review of applications will be November 1, 2021. Position will remain open until filled.  

 

Current statistical data regarding all Wyoming State Public Libraries, including Sweetwater County, is available at: https://library.wyo.gov/services/ldo/stats/

 

JOB DESCRIPTION
Title: Library Director                                                                                      Department: Administration
FLSA Status: Exempt                                                                                        Pay Grade: 30 ($89,856/yr) 
Revision Date: October 2021 

   

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The Library Director of the Sweetwater County Library System oversees and directs the activities and services of the library system. The Director is responsible for staffing and staff development, Board development and communication, provision of exceptional public service delivery, marketing, fund development, advocacy, public and government relations, budgeting and planning. The Director attends all library board meetings as well as those of other community groups and agencies as needed in order to further the goals of the library system.  

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

 

  • Oversee and direct all Library operations including staff, public services, technology, administration, and facilities management.
  • Serve as the library’s human resource manager ensuring legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable HR federal and state requirements, conducting investigations, and maintaining records.
  • Ensure the delivery of high quality library programs and services to the community. Evaluate long and short-term projects, as well as daily operations, to keep the services of the Library current and meeting public/community needs.
  • Direct and participate in long-range planning for the Library to improve internal functions and delivery of services to the community.
  • Oversee preparation of the annual Library operating budget, including both revenue and expenditure history, analysis and future projections.
  • Establish appropriate service levels and allocate resources including staffing accordingly.
  • Perform staffing and supervisory duties; evaluate subordinates; review overall staffing patterns, work schedules, and evaluations; oversee the training and orientation of new library staff members.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the Library’s collection; develop policies in relation to the selection and purchase of all library materials.
  • Respond to inquiries involving library related matters; negotiate and resolves complex, sensitive, and/or controversial issues and complaints.
  • Direct, attend, and participate in a variety of meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences; serve on committees as assigned.
  • Responsible for creating an environment that welcomes all users and staff.
  • Actively promote and participate in collaborative work and fosters an environment that allows for creativity and a positive workplace.
  • Ensure the library system complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
  • Implement and administer the policies and decisions of the board recommending policies or policy amendments as needed.
  • Keep the board informed of library system activities, needs and accomplishments as well as statewide and national library issues and trends and their relationships to, or impact upon, the library system.
  • Perform other duties as necessary, or assigned, or self-determined to benefit the system.


OTHER DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Interpret and explain Library policies, procedures, and programs to the public.
  • Participate in, and lead when appropriate, statewide library initiatives which benefit Sweetwater County, the statewide library community and Wyoming residents.
  • Stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public libraries.
  • Attend all Library Foundation meetings providing assistance and support as needed.
  • Maintain communications with county commissioners and local officials on library goals and developments.
  • Serve as a library representative for community functions and media presentations.


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of public library administrationGood customer service practices.
  • Collaborative management concepts.
  • Managing change, including board and staff development.
  • Public library policies, procedures, and standards of service.
  • Federal, State and local regulations governing library operations.
  • Current trends in library services, programming and technology.
  • Processes for developing and administering budgets.
  • English vocabulary, spelling and grammar.
  • General office procedures.


Ability to:

  • Develop and manage programs of major importance and budgetary significance.
  • Apply supervisory and management techniques.
  • Organize and maintain accurate files and records.
  • Work independently and exercise mature judgment.
  • Establish and maintain rapport with staff, vendors, community leaders, patrons and others.
  • Make effective presentations before groups.
  • Use independent and innovative judgements in making difficult decisions.
  • Be bonded.

 

Skilled in:

  • Directing public library operations, programs and services,
  • Ensuring the delivery of quality library programs and services to the community.
  • Advocating for the Library and promoting good community relations.
  • Supervising, leading and delegating tasks and authority.
  • Solving problems, managing and budgeting.
  • Human relations and communications.
  • Taking an organized approach to assignments.
  • Forward-looking time and project management skills.


SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

  • Supervised by the Library Board.
  • Directly supervises the Business Manager, Technology Coordinator, Maintenance Manager, Community Fine Arts Center Director, Assistant Directors; Indirectly supervises all other staff.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and Experience: Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program is preferred. Other relevant advanced degrees may be considered if coupled with appropriate extensive experience in administration of a library or library system. Five years of professional library experience with progressive administrative responsibilities.

Schedule Requirements: Typical work hours are 40 hours per work week; however, it is sometimes necessary for the Director to work additional hours to meet the responsibilities of this position.  This position primarily requires working daytime hours with some evenings to attend meetings, workshops and library events.  

Travel: This job is based at the library requiring occasional travel throughout the library system to attend meetings using a library vehicle and/or a personal vehicle. Must have or be able to obtain a current driver’s license valid in the State of Wyoming, have the ability to operate a motor vehicle and be able to be insured by the library system’s auto insurance policy.   

Work Environment and Physical Demands: The essential functions of this job require the employee to work in an office environment requiring frequent standing, walking, talking, listening, stooping, bending, walking over uneven spaces and lifting or carrying moderately heavy (20-40 lbs.) items.  Adjusting focus to include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

Please Note: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.  Duties, responsibilities or qualifications may change at any time with or without notice. Nothing in this job description should be construed as an employee contract.