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Library Director: Rogers Public Library, Rogers, AR

1 May 2021 2:17 PM | Amanda Sexton (Administrator)

Library Director 

https://www.rogersar.gov/Jobs.aspx?UniqueId=98&From=All&CommunityJobs=False&JobID=LIBRARY-Director-242

Candidates need to apply to the City of Rogers.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF POSITION

In keeping with the mission of the Rogers Public Library, the Library Director under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees and the Mayor of Rogers, develops, administers, supervises and coordinates the work of the Library and staff, performs managerial or administrative duties related to personnel, budget, collection development, building maintenance, and library operations and services in conformity of the established policies and regulations of the Arkansas State Library and the City of Rogers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Attends Friends of the Library and Rogers Public Library Foundation meetings and makes funding requests for funding as needed and funds allow.

2. Establishes strategic priorities as determined by need.

3. Advises, consults and confers with other libraries, professionals, officials and community groups.

4. Reviews and evaluates library services and programs on an on-going basis.

5. Prepares grant requests to state and federal agencies and non-profit foundations, and administers grant funds upon award.

6. Attends conferences, workshops and meetings and reads professional literature to stay informed on issues related to library management and services.

7. Supervises the library staff, directly or through appropriate delegation.

8. Administers personnel policies and procedures for library employees, including training, development and scheduling either directly or through appropriate delegation.

9. Responsible for development print and non-print collections including selection, organization and maintenance, either directly or through appropriate delegation.

10. Prepares and presents library budget proposal for approval and monitors and approves expenditures from the official operating budget.

11. Confers with the Library Board of Trustees and City of Rogers to establish operating policies and to review the library's menu of services.

12. Develops short-term and long-range goals and plans for collections, services and programs in keeping with the library's mission statement and operating policies; studies and plans development of library services to meet present and future community needs.

13. Participates in the planning, organization and management of technical and automation services for the library.

14. Directs public relations to promote and publicize the library's collections, services and programs within the community.

15. Maintains knowledge of new developments in the library profession, including technological advances.

16. Prepares regular narrative and statistical reports for the Board of Trustees, the Arkansas State Library, Public Library Association and others as designated.

17. Prepares meeting agendas and materials and participates in the Library Board of Trustees meetings under the direction of the board.

18. Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Graduate degree (M.B.A., M.A., etc), plus 5 years related experience and/or training, and 3 years related management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Ability to read, analyze, and understand the most complex documents; Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints; Ability to write speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques or style; Ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Minimum Qualifications: Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution (required for the Library to receive Arkansas State Aid to Public Libraries), plus progressively responsible experience in the library profession, particularly in public library management.

PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

Not indicated.

SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED

Intermediate: Database

Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Contact Management, Presentation/PowerPoint, Spreadsheet, Word Processing/Typing

INITIATIVE AND INGENUITY

SUPERVISION RECEIVED

Under administrative direction, setting up own standard of performance. Virtually self-supervising. Reports to senior management of the organization.

PLANNING

Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work, in addition, the organization and delegation of work operations for a division of employees engaged in widely diversified activities.

DECISION MAKING

Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance, either of which would affect the work operations of large organizational component and the organization's clientele.

MENTAL DEMAND

Comprehensive and very intense mental demand. Comprehensive and continual involvement with multiple divisions, departments and/or organizations. Strategic and operational management functions which relate to both the short-term and long-term time periods.

ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING

General oversight. Activities covered by general organizational philosophy and objectives. Solving problems in novel, non-recurring or swiftly changing situations in which the approach is not fully defined. Guidance by top executive officer or business owner.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR WORK OF OTHERS

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities may include but not limited to interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Supervises an extra large group (25+) of employees who are engaged in similar activities in one or more departments.

Supervises the following departments: All Library functions

RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT

Regularly responsible for funds, building premises, inventory, or other property owned, controlled, or leased by the organization and, in addition, may have temporary custody and responsibility of patron property, which through carelessness, error, loss, theft, misappropriation, or similar action would result in very important monetary losses to the organization. The total value for the above would range from $1,000,000 to $10,000,000.

ACCURACY

Probable errors would normally not be detected in succeeding operations and could possibly affect organization-patron relationship, involve re-work, or additional expenditures in order to properly resolve the error. The possibility of such errors would occur quite frequently in performance of the job. May also cause inaccuracies or incomplete information that would be used in other segments of the organization as a basis for making subsequent decisions, plans, or actions.

ACCOUNTABILITY

FREEDOM TO ACT

Oversight. High level of freedom to complete the duties of the position and guided by broad policy with oversight by president, elected official, etc

ANNUAL MONETARY IMPACT

The amount of annual dollars generated based on the job's essential duties / responsibilities. Examples would include direct dollar generation, departmental budget, proper handling of organization funds, expense control, savings from new techniques or reduction in manpower.

Medium. Job creates a monetary impact for the organization from $1mm to $10mm.

IMPACT ON END RESULTS

Major impact. Job has a considerable impact on the organization's end results. A high level of accountability to generate, manage, and/or control funds within a department and/or total organization.

PUBLIC CONTACT

Extensive contacts with various diversified sectors of the public environment; wherein, the contacts are of major importance and failure to exercise proper judgment can lead to substantial losses to the organization.

EMPLOYEE CONTACT

Continuous contacts frequently involving difficult negotiations which require a well-developed sense of strategy and timing. Involves contacts with senior level internal officials.

USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS

Regular use of complex machines and equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software, road and production machines and equipment, driver's license/cdl, etc.)

WORKING CONDITIONS

Periodically exposed to such elements as noise, intermittent standing, walking, pushing, carrying, or lifting; but none are present to the extent of being disagreeable.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS

The following work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

Moderate diversity, low physical. Work activities which allow for a moderate amount of diversity in the performance of tasks which are not as varied as those positions with high-level diversity and decision-making.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear; frequently required to walk, sit; and occasionally required to stand, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; and color vision.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The job requires evening meetings and travel for professional development. On call/24/7 for emergencies. Reports to the Mayor and Library Board of Commissioners/Trustees and works with the Friends of the Library and the Rogers Public Library Foundation to enhance library services and build community relationships. Serves as an ex officio member of the Friends of the Library and Library Foundation. Responsible for assuring the Library follows state and federal library law in consultation with the Legal department.

Requisites

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, methods and practices of library administration and library science;
  • Committed to excellence in customer service;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, public officials, professional groups, and the general public;
  • Ability to understand and interpret and apply library policies and procedures;
  • Ability to initiate, organize and follow through on programs, services and projects;
  • Thorough knowledge of library resources: print and non-print
Physical Requirements
  • Ability to perform duties in an office environment;
  • Ability to work in an environment subject to continuous interruptions and background noises;
  • Ability to work under stress from deadlines, public contact and changing priorities, and conditions;
  • Ability to operate computers with proficiency using library software, word processing and the Internet;
  • Ability to move and lift materials up to 25 pounds;
  • Ability to work flexible hours to observe library during all hours of public operation and be available for library and community events;
  • Ability to travel to attend meetings both inside and outside Rogers

Contact: 

Judy Casey

jcasey@rogersar.gov

479-621-1153

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