Library Director, Bernards Township Library

The Bernards Township Library is a vibrant and active cultural center in an increasingly diverse community of almost 27,000 and is much valued by Township residents for its wide range of materials and services, and extensive programming. The collection comprises almost 150,000 owned volumes with additional downloadable materials available on a pay-per-use basis in hoopla and kanopy. Other online resources delivered through a well-used website support a wide range of information needs. In 2018, attendance at over 1,000 Library sponsored programs exceeded 32,000. The Library’s Leisure Learning continuing education series for adults in the Fall and Spring, is well-known and averages around 400 registered participants. The annual library budget is in excess of $2.4M and is supplemented by a small amount of NJ State Aid and generous funds from The Friends of the Library. Bernards Township Library is a member of MAIN, Inc. a consortium of 38 libraries and branches using a shared Polaris/LEAP system. The Library also collaborates with other local libraries through reciprocal borrowing agreements with the Morris Union Federation (MUF), and the Raritan Valley Federation of Libraries (RVFL).

Library services and collections are provided by a staff team of 11 Librarians and 10 FTE’s. A well-established Teen Service with dedicated space and staffing and the recently created Technology Center, supported by an Emerging Technologies Librarian are recent accomplishments. A multi-phase space reorganization plan has progressed to Phase 3, with conceptual plans from an architect already in hand.

Visit the Library's website at www.BernardsLibrary.org for information on the Library.

SUMMARY: The Director serves as administrator of the Library: plans, organizes and administers the operation of the Library according to the policies, rules and authority delegated by the Board of Trustees. A dotted line relationship with the Township Administrator ensures that the Library serves the community in concert with other elements of municipal government.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Manages the library within the framework of the library’s plan, policies and budget.
  • Supervises the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of professional and support staff, in coordination with Township HR department; identifies and recommends supervisory level candidates to the Board for hiring approval.
  • Prepares annual operating and capital reserve budgets; executes and controls expenditures. Coordinates with Township finance and purchasing staff to manage Library financial procedures and records. 
  • Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with the Board of Trustees, Township officials and departmental personnel, Friends of the Library, community organizations, school groups, library associates and the general public. Maintains a dotted line relationship with the Township Administrator to ensure the Library serves the community in concert with other elements of municipal government. 
  • Prepares narrative, statistical and other reports.
  • Directs the establishment and maintenance of records and files.
  • Prepares for and attends Board meetings; plans and conducts regularly scheduled staff 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.
  • Assists the Board in developing a long-range plan.
  • Oversees the selection of books, digital resources and other materials.
  • Oversees the weeding of materials based on ‘dusty book reports’ and other standard data.
  • Oversees the Library’s virtual presence and technology programming. 
  • Directs facility maintenance and safety in conjunction with appropriate Township personnel.
  • Represents the library at consortia, professional and other meetings, conferences and seminars.
  • Acts as a consultant on professional library issues and services.
  • Investigates additional sources of funding: grant applications and working with library support groups (Friends of the Library, other community groups and organizations) and other libraries to secure additional funding to augment the materials and program budget.
  • Monitors legislation related to libraries and information dissemination, initiates response as appropriate.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques of librarianship.
  • Considerable knowledge in the principles and practice of general and fiscal library administration and management techniques. 
  • Thorough knowledge of the role of library director and the functions, controls and responsibilities of a NJ library Board of Trustees, according to NJ Library Laws.
  • Ability to manage and administer a total library program and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to coordinate library service programs in order to maximize efficient and proper use of available funds, personnel, equipment, materials and supplies.
  • Demonstrated skill in directing and managing personnel; ability to relate to employees and associates and settle differences of opinion.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with professional and non-professional groups interested in or concerned with public library issues.
  • Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative statistical, technical and other reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • 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 and with 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: 

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: 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 is expected, at least three (3) of which should have been spent in an administrative and supervisory capacity. Previous NJ Library director experience is desirable. Experience with Polaris/LEAP is desirable. Fluency in a language/languages other than English is a plus.

MLS or Library School Required: 
Yes
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Somerset
Job Focus: 
Administration/Management
Compensation: 
COMPENSATION: The starting salary is competitive (minimum $110,000k commensurate with experience) and a generous benefits package.
How To Apply:: 
Review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
 
For consideration, please send/email cover letter, resume and references to: 
adzikowski@prolibra.com, Angela Dzikowski, PRO LiBRA Associates 800-262-0070.