Library Director, Haworth Municipal Library, Haworth
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 11:19 AM

The Haworth Municipal Library is accepting applications for the position of Library Director.

Before getting into the nuts and bolts of the job, there are some things you should know about the Haworth Municipal Library: The building is beautiful, with large, sunny windows in the Children’s Room and plenty of room for story time, arts and crafts projects, and programs like “Read to a Dog”—even if the dog is a giant Newfoundland. The same 2015 addition and renovation that gave the library the Children’s Room also created a Community Room with a large screen monitor for all types of gatherings. We are one of the few libraries in Bergen County with a dedicated Local History Room, and there’s a lovely “Quiet Room” for a patron to sit in a comfy chair or groups to meet. Haworth is a small town, population just over 3,300, which means staff members usually have a patron’s account open before they reach the circulation desk. The staff know who is going to like Louise Penny and who might enjoy the latest historical novel by Erik Larson. The staff members work harmoniously as a cohesive team. The library’s role in 2022 is part traditional library and part community center, with regular meetings of the Haworth Woman’s Club, the Boy Scouts, and the Library book group, among others. Bottom line – the Haworth Library is a unique place, and we’re looking for a Director who’ll appreciate it for what it is and who has a vision for what it can become.

Description: The Haworth Municipal Library is looking for a professional and personable leader as its next Library Director. The Director will be responsible for day-to-day library operations and will have a clear vision for 21st century services and programs. The successful candidate will report directly to the nine-member Board of Trustees and will work in partnership with approximately seven part-time staff members, a well-funded Friends organization, and over 3,000 supportive residents. The Director will be the library’s official representative - developing community partnerships, promoting the Library at community events, and representing our library’s needs in the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.

Responsibilities of the Library Director:

  • Leads the organization by handling a wide range of matters from developing and implementing a strategic vision and plan to answering patron requests and comments.
  • Works with a high degree of independence while keeping the Board informed of what is happening within the walls of the library and in the local and national library community.
  • Manages all library services and administration. These include, but are not limited to: collection development, programming, cataloging, technology, purchasing, and preparing content for the library’s website and social media accounts.
  • Prepares the annual budget with the assistance of the Board Treasurer, presents Director’s Report at monthly evening Library Board meetings, and submits reports to the NJ State Library and BCCLS.
  • Maintains financial accounts, formulates library policies, and hires and supervises library staff.
  • Communicates with the Mayor and Council, and fosters a relationship with the administration of the Haworth Public School.
  • Ensures the maintenance, cleanliness, and neatness of the renovated library building.
  • Creates and promotes a culture that encourages the performance of employees and rewards their creativity, innovation and productivity.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will
  • hold a Master of Library Science degree and a NJ State Professional Librarian Certificate and must be a New Jersey resident or relocate within one year.
  • have an enthusiastic appreciation for and be knowledgeable about print, electronic, and audio books as well as other forms of media and will work to develop a collection targeted to the needs of the people of Haworth.
  • need to be technologically savvy and will implement new technology when appropriate, be comfortable with patrons of all ages, and be an energetic advocate for the library.
  • be able to communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally.
  • BCCLS, Polaris LEAP, Wix, and QuickBooks software experience preferred.
Compensation: Starting salary is $75,000 annually or commensurate with experience and includes a competitive compensation plan and benefits. Benefits include a paid time off plan, NJ State health, vision, and dental, and contribution to PERS.


To Apply: Please submit your resume with cover letter and three professional references with current contact information to: [email protected]

Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 15, 2022. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

 

MLS or Library School Required:
Yes

Salary Meets NJLA Minimum:

Job Focus:
Administration/Management