Director, Caldwell Public Library, Caldwell

The Caldwell Public Library is the heart of a small community of just under 8,000 residents in western Essex County. Located in the center of town, the library is an active member of the community, enjoying the mutual support of local businesses and working closely with the local schools (public, parochial, and university). We provide our diverse community with a wide array of literary, cultural, historical, educational, and social resources through personal service and innovative programs. When you join our team, you will have the support of friendly and highly qualified staff and a welcoming Board, making for a very pleasant working atmosphere.

The entire lower level of the library was just completely renovated (opened June 2019), which includes the children’s room and all the private staff areas – conference room, director’s office, work room, kitchen, storage, etc. The June updates also included brand new computers throughout the building, new windows, and other improvements.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Manages the library within the framework of the library’s strategic plan, policies, and budget.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision, and evaluation of professional and support staff.
  • Prepares annual operating budget; executes and controls expenditures. 
  • Prepares annual state library report.
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with the Board of Trustees, Borough officials and staff, Caldwell Public Library Foundation, community organizations, local schools, and the general public. 
  • Prepares for and attends Board meetings.
  • Establishes, formulates, and recommends policies to the Library Board; implements and reviews library policies, procedures and practices. Interprets policies to the staff and the general public.
  • Studies needs of the community and directs the development of a balanced program of library services designed to meet the needs of all people in the community.
  • Oversees the selection of books, digital resources, and other materials.
  • Oversees the weeding of materials based standard data.
  • Oversees the Library’s social media presence.
  • Directs facility maintenance and safety in conjunction with appropriate Borough personnel.
  • Represents the library at consortia, professional and other meetings, conferences, and seminars.
  • Investigates additional sources of funding: grant applications and working with library support groups (Caldwell Public Library Foundation, other community groups and organizations) to secure additional funding to supplement the materials and program budget.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques of librarianship.
  • Ability to manage and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to coordinate library service programs in order to maximize efficient use of available funds and personnel.
  • Ability to analyze and comprehend the basic selection needs of the library; apply approved selection methods and give assistance in problems of selection, classification and cataloging, other technical administrative problems.
  • Familiarity with skills required to oversee maintenance of the physical plant, equipment and grounds; ability to provide leadership and direction for renovation and developmental projects. 
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of the position. 
Qualifications/Requirements: 

This position requires a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Studies Program and a New Jersey Professional Librarian Certificate. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in a professional, library position, at least three (3) of which should have been spent in an administrative and supervisory capacity.

Job Application Deadline: 
Friday, September 27, 2019
MLS or Library School Required: 
Yes
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Essex
Job Focus: 
Administration/Management
Compensation: 
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and includes benefits package.
How To Apply:: 

Send cover letter, resume, and references to caldwellplsearch@gmail.com.