Charlottesville, VA; Library Director, Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL), located in beautiful, historic, central Virginia seeks a dynamic, people-oriented Library Director with proven administrative, fiscal, and multi-jurisdictional experience. Headquartered in Charlottesville, JMRL serves a diverse area population of 218,000, with a dedicated and enthusiastic staff of 125 (99 Full-Time Employees), a collection of 500,000 volumes housed in 5 jurisdictions and 10 facilities including a brand-new bookmobile. The annual budget is over $7.5 million.

This unique opportunity is available due to the current Library Director retiring at the end of 2017 after 20 years of service.

The starting hiring range is $95,000 to $118,000 annually.

The Library Director is responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain public library services in support of the regional library’s educational mission. The Director works closely with the Board of Trustees to develop short and long range plans, library policies, and budgets. The Director monitors library services, supervises staff and volunteers, coordinates public relations, provides orientation for new Trustees, oversees the maintenance and expansion of library facilities, and stays informed of developments and trends in library services. The Director serves as the regional library’s representative to five local governments, is a member of the Library Endowment Committee, meets regularly with Friends of the Library and, along with the Library Board President, is the library’s chief spokesperson. The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Trustees.

Benefits include generous vacation and sick leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, participation in the City of Charlottesville Defined Contribution 401a retirement plan, and parking subsidy.

More information about the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library can be found at: http://www.jmrl.org/ab-history.htm
Essential Responsibilities and Duties:
Providing technical advice to the Library Board; recommending policies for Board action and carrying out Board policies
Recommending and carrying out plans for extending library services
Working with the Board and local governments to develop annual budgets
Supervising all library staff and services; recruits, trains, evaluates staff and volunteers
Overseeing library collections, collection development, and technical services
Overseeing all aspects of the physical plant, grounds, and equipment
Providing leadership on major development projects including construction and renovation of facilities
Closely monitoring library revenues and expenditures
Preparing regular reports on the library’s progress and future needs
Working with the Library Board to meet annual goals and objectives
Maintaining an active program of internal and external communications (public relations)
Actively supporting legislation beneficial to the library; knowing local and state laws germane to libraries
Reporting regularly to the Library Board, local governments, and the public
Staying aware of new trends in library services and technologies, legal issues facing libraries, and new ideas for programs
Pursue and oversee application for appropriate grants
Assuring the library remains eligible for state and federal grants
Affiliating with state and national professional organizations
Performing other duties as requested by the Board or that are essential to ensuring the library provides the best possible library services

Education, Experience and Skills:
Minimum Qualifications:
– A Master’s degree in library science and eligibility for professional certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia are required.
– Ten years of public library work experience with a minimum of five years in administrative or management positions.
– Extensive experience in developing and managing budgets for entire libraries and/or substantial library projects.

Skills: Excellent financial management skills; A proven working knowledge of computer systems and the latest online library services; Highly developed communication skills, verbal and written; Effective interpersonal skills including diplomatic management abilities; Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, other government and community agencies, and the general public; Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in verbal and written form; A strong desire to support the library’s educational mission and to serve the public.
Physical Conditions & Work Contacts:
Standard office work environment. Evening and weekend responsibilities required; Regularly meets with library staff, local government officials, and the public; Regularly reports to the Library Board of Trustees, local governments, and the public.

To be considered, an application must be filled out online at http://www.charlottesville.org/jobs.

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