P-T Director, Lambertville Free Public Library, Lambertville

The Lambertville Free Public Library is an independent public library serving a vibrant community of almost 4,000 residents. Settled on the banks of the Delaware River, Lambertville is a picturesque town with a rich history, a thriving arts and antique scene, and a diverse and engaged community. Located in the heart of the city, the library is located in the historic Lilly Mansion, which was built between 1812 and 1830 as a private residence. Purchased by the city in 1980, the building underwent major restoration work in 1993 in order to better meet the community’s needs as a library. The Library’s mission is to provide accessible space and resources that inspire and assist the community to learn, explore, create and connect. In support of this mission, the Board of Trustees for the library seeks a visionary leader to serve in the role of Director of the Library.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: The Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions within the goals, guidelines, and policies established by the Board of Trustees. The director is also responsible for the facilities, financial management, and personnel of the library, under the governance and oversight of the Board. The Covid-19 crisis and the resulting state shutdown orders have created new challenges for the library, and the Board is looking for a Director who can lead the library through the pandemic and beyond.

The Director’s primary responsibilities are to: Provide strong leadership of library staff to create a harmonious and empowered team Plan, organize, coordinate, and direct a balanced program of library services to meet the immediate and long-range goals of the library and the community in alignment with the library’s 5-year plan Create and oversee a 21st-century digital strategy for the library, including decisions and policies about hardware, software, digital subscriptions, social media presence, etc. Serve as the library’s community representative, working with patrons, city officials, business leaders, local educators, and others to engage the community and improve the library’s service to its constituents,

In addition, the Director will:

  • Oversee development of print and non-print collections, including selection, organization, maintenance, preservation, withdrawal, and disposal of materials, either directly or through appropriate delegation 
  • In collaboration with the Treasurer of the Library Board of Trustees, create and oversee the library’s budget and approve expenditures of appropriations for library purposes Identify, pursue, and support fundraising efforts through grant writing, planned giving, and other sources
  • Prepare reports for the Board of Trustees and attend Board meetings
  • Work with the Board of Trustees and the City of Lambertville to coordinate the development, repair, and maintenance of the city-owned library building and grounds, and provide advice to the Board about future space needs
  • Draft and recommend policy to the Board and plan for the implementation of library goals and objectives Confer with city officials, the Board, and the public to provide information and resolve problems
  • Attend monthly city department head meetings with the mayor Oversee personnel actions such as hiring, termination, assignment, and evaluation

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):The Director will be a decisive leader with a vision for the library and the energy to make that vision a reality. The Director also will be an empathetic listener and enthusiastic learner. The Director will have or develop a deep understanding of Lambertville’s unique needs and how the library can best meet them.

In addition, the following KSAs are required:

  • Thorough knowledge of the principles of library administration and trends and developments in the library profession
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A commitment to excellent customer service
  • KSAs that are desirable but not required include: Fluency in Spanish Grant writing and/or other fundraising expertise

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This position's duties are normally performed in a typical interior/residence work environment, based on the activity scheduled. Some physical effort required; the employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. No or very limited exposure to physical risk. Some travel required. 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Experience and Training: A Bachelor’s Degree is required. A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university is preferred. A minimum of (10) years of progressively responsible public library experience, including at least five (5) years in a supervisory capacity is required.The Board will consider any combination of experience and training which provides a demonstrated potential for performing the duties of the position.

Hours of Work: This is a part-time position, averaging about 25 to 29 hours per week. Please visit the library’s website (www.lambertvillelibrary.org) for current hours of operation.

Salary and Benefits: Salary: $32,000 - 35,000 annually, depending on experience. No health insurance available. Paid sick time is accrued in accordance with NJ law.

The Lambertville Free Public Library is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.Interested candidates should send resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for two references to: [email protected]

MLS or Library School Required:

Salary Meets NJLA Minimum:
Not Applicable (No MLS Required) 

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