The City of Newburyport is seeking an energetic and visionary Head Librarian (Director) to sustain the Newburyport Public Library’s vital role in the community. Located in northeast Massachusetts, Newburyport is a seaside city with a population of 17,987, and strong historic, artistic, and cultural communities. As a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC), the Library circulated 268,000 items to 224,247 visitors during FY2017.
Under the supervision of the Mayor, and in consultation with a 12-member appointed Board of Directors, the Library Director is responsible for the management of all library services and resources, including a staff of 16 full-time and 6 part-time permanent employees as well as pages and substitutes; an operating budget of $1,353,000 and a 38,000 square foot historic facility with a wing added in 2001. The new Library Director will work with a capable and enthusiastic staff, a dedicated and dynamic Friends of the Library organization and an active volunteer corps to ensure the provision of high quality services to a library-supportive public.
The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, an innovative spirit, integrity, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a genuine interest in people. Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to foster a culture that strives for excellence and promotes positive change. Applicants must possess a thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public library administration, strategic planning, finance, technology trends, personnel administration, facility management, public relations, and social media. Experience in a collective bargaining environment is a plus.
The position requires an ALA (American Library Association) accredited MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science) degree and 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in public library administration. The salary range is ($78,000 – $86,000) depending on experience, plus full City benefits.
To apply, email resume and cover letter to: Tracy Maynard, HR Director, City of Newburyport – firstname.lastname@example.org. To view full job description, please visit the Employment Opportunities on the City website under the Human Resources Department.