Under the general direction of the City Manager, the Library Director oversees and directs the activities and services of the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library and provides management oversight for the staff of Midland Community Television (MCTV). The Library Director is responsible for staffing, staff development, Library Board development, the provision of exceptional public service delivery, marketing, advocacy, government & community relations, budgeting, and planning. The Library Director attends all meetings of the Library Board and when required, those of the City Council in order to further the goals of the Library and MCTV.
Essential Functions: The following is intended as a brief description of the duties, responsibilities, and requirements of the position listed above and are not intended to be all encompassing or all-inclusive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
• Operates as a member of the City’s senior management team within defined City policies, procedures and budgets.
• Completes reporting requirements mandated by the City Manager relating to Library & MCTV operations and keeps the City Manager informed of activities, issues, and future goals.
• Oversees and directs the operations of the Library & MCTV including public services, programs, technology, administration, and facilities management.
• Ensures the delivery of high quality programs and services to the community.
• Employs management techniques effectively in directing, planning, organizing, promoting, staffing, coordinating, budgeting, and evaluating the operations of the Library & MCTV. • Serves as a staff representative to the Library Board and prepares agendas and discussion items for Library Board meetings; prepares and presents staff reports and other correspondence.
• In collaboration with the Library Board, manages the development and implementation of Library goals, objectives, priorities, policies, and procedures; ensures Library Board objectives are integrated into Library policies and goals.
• Serves as staff representative to the Friends of the Library and provides assistance with programs and activities to support the Library.
• Directs and participates in the development and administration of the annual capital, operating, and other assigned budgets; monitors and authorizes expenditures. Evaluates, determines, and requests funds necessary for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; develops and schedules equipment purchases and replacements.
• Establishes appropriate service levels and allocates resources including staffing accordingly.
• Hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, coaches, develops and disciplines Library & MCTV personnel. Provides direct supervision and evaluation of Manager of MCTV and Library Communications, Supervisors, secretary, and maintenance staff.
• Monitors and evaluates service delivery methods and procedures; identifies and implements changes necessary to improve operational efficiency.
• Oversees efforts to promote and market Library & MCTV programs and services.
• Oversees the maintenance of the Library’s collection; develops policies in relation to the selection and purchase of all library materials.
• Serves as a representative of the Library and coordinates departmental activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies, community organizations, and the media.
• Establishes and maintains strong collaborative partnerships with community organizations
• Interprets and explains Library policies, procedures, and programs to employees and the public.
• Responds to inquiries involving library related matters; negotiates and resolves complex, sensitive, and/or controversial issues and complaints.
• Directs, attends, and participates in a variety of meetings, workshops, seminars, and conferences; serves on committees as assigned.
• Stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of public library management.
• Performs other duties as assigned or required.
• May represent the City and/or make presentations at meetings with community groups, governmental agencies and private organizations.
• May administer and coordinate safety programs
• Writes grant applications and proposals
• May serve on various committees as assigned.
• Attends workshops, seminars, and training as applicable.
• Other related duties as assigned
• Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program. Possession of Librarian’s Permanent Professional Certificate issued by the Library issues by the Library of Michigan or ability to obtain certification. Certificate requires 4 years of full-time employment or an equivalent time period of paid professional library work following the completion of the MLS degree. Five years professional library experience at a management level.
• Must possess strong oral and written communication skills.
• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of library management including best practices and trends in libraries.
• Working knowledge of principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
• Experience developing and implementing goals, objectives, policies and procedures
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Library Board, Friends of the Library, community & philanthropic organizations, City officials, and the public.
• Ability to resolve complex issues and complaints.
• Strong leadership skills with experience supervising and developing employees and delegating tasks and authority.
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