Jobs

Library Director (posted 7/22/2016)

The Board of Trustees is seeking a creative, energetic leader committed to public service, with a respect for the past combined with a vision and understanding of the role of the public library in the 21 st century. This opportunity is open due to the planned retirement of the current Director, and is anticipated to begin January 3, 2017.

Northampton is one of the top small arts cities in the United States and lies in the heart of the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. The city of just under 30,000 offers a vibrant downtown unique for its number of independent businesses and a lifestyle rich in cultural, artistic, and academic resources. The library has a collection of 360,000, a dedicated staff of 24 FTE, including full and part-time employees. The budget for FY 2017 is $1.49 million. The Richardsonian Romanesque building opened in 1894 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes an inviting children’s area, exemplary arts and music collections, a strong reference department, an art gallery, extensive local history and genealogy materials for Hampshire County, and the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum. There is an active and supportive Friends group.

Responsibilities

The Library Director is responsible for the management, direction and administration of the library on a daily basis; directs library personnel; oversees business operations, library finances and creates budgets for each fiscal year. The Director offers vision for the future; oversees preservation and maintenance of the library’s collections, building and physical assets; and represents and advocates for the library.

Library Director Job Description

Qualifications

MLS from an ALA accredited institution; 3 to 5 years of increasingly responsible management/supervisory experience in a public library; leadership ability and a high degree of motivation, initiative, and resourcefulness; ability to create budgets and manage finances; and ability to speak and write effectively and clearly.

Salary

$80,000 – $90,000.

To apply

Please submit cover letter, resume and names of three references to Marjorie Hess, Chair, Library Director Search Committee via email at directorsearch@forbeslibrary.org — Deadline to apply is September 1, 2016.

 


Head of Children’s and Young Adults’ Department (posted 8/11/2016)

Forbes Library, Northampton’s public library, is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, energetic librarian to run the Children’s and Young Adults’ Department with the vision to help the library transform youth services.

Northampton is one of the top small arts cities in the United States and lies in the heart of the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. The city of just under 30,000 offers a vibrant downtown unique for its number of independent businesses and a lifestyle rich in cultural, artistic, and academic resources.

Responsibilities

The Head of the Children’s and Young Adults’ Department is responsible for the management, direction, and operation of the department on a daily basis. This includes, but is not limited to hiring, training, scheduling, and leading staff; overseeing collection development; providing high quality reference and reader’s advisory services; developing innovative programming and services; engaging the community; budgeting and all other managerial aspects of the department. This position also serves on committees and teams including the library’s collaborative leadership and planning team.

Forbes Library is open six days a week and the children’s department has a staff of 3 FTE and a collections and supplies budget of $27,000.

Head of Children’s and Young Adults’ Department Job Description

Qualifications

MLS from an ALA accredited institution, at least 3 years of experience working with children or young adults, management experience, knowledge of child development trends and issues as they relate to public library service, ability to manage budgets, ability to speak and write clearly and effectively, willingness and ability to develop strong community relationships and engage with diverse community constituents, ability to use technology and social media to promote library services.

Full time, benefited position

Salary

$44,000-$55,000/Grade 11

To apply

Please submit cover letter, resume and names of three references to Director, Forbes Library, via email at jobs@forbeslibrary.org — Deadline to apply is September 7, 2016.