Library Director – New Ulm Public Library

Salary: $67,412.80 – $82,014.40 Annually
Location: New Ulm, MN
Job Type: Regular Full-Time
Department: Administration
Job Number: 59
Closing: 8/1/2018 4:00 PM Central

General Description
Under the general direction of the City Manager, to supervise, administer and direct the staff, coordinate activities with regional library services and under the direction of the Library Board, where its authority is provided for by state statute or City Charter, to implement, direct and supervise board authorized policies and activities associated with the operation of the New Ulm Public Library.

Essential Functions of the Job / Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Administers all activities of the library.
• Ensures compliance with all established federal and state rules and standards and local policies regarding the operation of a public library.
• Ensures compliance with federal and state requirements and local policies regarding personnel practices.
• Prepares reports and analyses of library programs and services.
• Develops, prepares and oversees standards, policies and procedures for the acquisition of the library’s collection.
• Monitors the purchase of materials for the library’s collection.
• Develops recommendations, implements and oversees the collection of fees and fines established by the board.
• Develops and submits department’s annual budget plan and monitors expenditures to comply with budget limits.
• Advises the City Manager on the financial and operational condition of the library.
• With the authorization of the Library Board, where and when that authorization is required, initiates, develops and evaluates all aspects of library sponsored programming.
• Directs and oversees the display and retention of all print and non-print materials in the library collection.
• Monitors library technological needs and implements changes as needed.
• Recommends staffing needs and plans staff development.
• Participates in library staff recruitment and discipline, supervises, trains, schedules and communicates effectively with staff.
• Prepares the agenda and attends monthly meetings of the Library Board.
• Provides reports, evaluations and recommendations of library programs and services to the Library Board.
• Monitors general facility maintenance and recommends and reports non-routine facility maintenance and equipment repair issues to the Building Official.
• Participates in regional and professional library associations.
• Actively participates in the provision of library services to the public.

• Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in written form.
• Ability to effectively supervise staff.
• Ability to interact with the public.
• Comprehensive knowledge of library standards, operations and procedures.
• Extensive knowledge of various literature forms and authors.
• Ability to interpret reader interest trends.
• Knowledge of the budgetary process and ability to prepare a budget.
• Knowledge and ability to effectively use a personal computer, library related software and the Internet.
• Knowledge of building maintenance issues and office management procedures.
• Knowledge of personnel management techniques.
• Ability to analyze and implement library related technological advances.
• Ability to work in a team oriented environment.

Education and Experience
Position requires a Master’s Degree in Librarianship from an American Library Association accredited institution, five years of progressively responsible experience in librarian positions, with at least one year in an administrative and supervisory capacity. Prefer a background with public library experience and a thorough background in library technologies. Position requires a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements
This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 25 pounds of force; work regularly requires sitting, speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel, frequently requires repetitive motions and occasionally requires standing, walking, climbing or balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling, reaching with hands and arms, pushing or pulling and lifting; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word and conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly or quickly; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, using of measuring devices and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a quiet location.

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