DIRECTOR OF ANDOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY
Position: Director of the Library
Salary Range: Negotiable beginning at $43,000 based on qualifications and experience.
Position Summary: The Director of the Library serves as chief executive officer of the library, sees that library policies and projects are implemented and provides leadership for improving public library services to the community. The Director will oversee administration, marketing and daily services evaluation and development.
This position is an Exempt Management position as outlined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), as defined by Regulations, 29 CFR Part 541. Scheduled regular duty requires a minimum of forty hours per week, with the understanding that more hours may be required at times or as negotiated with the board. This position can include independent travel outside the Library. The Andover Public Library supports the Americans with Disabilities Act, (ADA).
The Director is hired by and reports to the Library Board of Directors.
The Andover Public Library is housed in a new $3.1 million building constructed in 2008 with staff of 3 full-time and 6 part-time employees, a collection of over 40,000 items and an annual operating budget of $460,000. During the summer reading program the Library has 7,000 to 10,000 patrons visit on a monthly basis with checkouts ranging from 10,000 to 17,000 per month.
Supervision Responsibilities Include: Assistant Director; Acquisitions and Collection Development/Cataloging Supervisor; Facilities Director; Director of Information Technology; Business Manager; Circulation Supervisor; Children’s Librarian; Teen Services Librarian; Volunteers; Any future positions approved by the Library Board of Directors.
Duties of the Director:
• To Library Board:
o Supports Board in form of assisting president in preparing agendas, distributing background materials for agenda, submitting monthly Director’s report and attends monthly board meetings
o Helps create and implement Board orientation for new Board members
o Assists in development of library’s annual budget
o Assists in development, up-dating and enforcement of policies
o Notifies of issues and presents background, options and recommendations
o Assists in producing annual report
• To personnel:
o Supervises staff and day-to-day operations as designated by chain of command
o Assists volunteer coordinator in developing program to recruit, train and retain
o Encourages staff development through training, formal and informal
o Presides over weekly/regular staff meetings
o Motivates and maintains positive relations with staff
o Demonstrates professional standards and importance of confidentiality
o Serves as part of search and screening for new employees
o Disciplines and terminates staff when necessary
o Conducts performance appraisals, recognition, competitive compensation for staff
o Keeps current on relevant personnel laws and/or how to access them
o Oversees submission of all required reports
o Works with staff to develop and keep job descriptions current
o Controls use and demands of staff time, materials, space and equipment
• In budget and finances:
o Presents realistic and sustainable annual budget under direction of Board and in collaboration with staff
o Monitors and oversees budget for spending
o Organizes appropriate supplemental fundraising activities
o Researches and writes grant proposals and final reports to grantor(s)
o Attends Friends of the Andover Public Library and/or other library fundraising group meetings and provide direction/oversight of fundraising activities, communication of library needs, coordination of volunteers, and activities that relate to library building use
• To programming:
o Helps Board establish service priorities, then plans, coordinates and develops activities, programs, services
• To collection development and technical services:
o Directs selection of materials based on collection development policy
o Oversees acquisition, processing and cataloging of library materials
• In realm of public services, advocacy, promotion, marketing:
o Networks, stays informed of community activities and helps publicize them
o Helps develop variety of services/programs designed to meet needs of diverse public
o Communicates library’s needs and services to public
o Develops working relationship with local media
o Keeps current with library trends, issues, journals, literature
o Serves as library spokesman and ambassador to community
o Participation in community activities, boards and other volunteer activities outside those directly connected with the Library as approved by Board
o Attends conferences/continuing education as approved by Board
o Joins appropriate library organizations: local, regional, national
o Advocates at all levels for improved funding of this library and all libraries
• To plan for library’s future:
o Helps Board create long range and/or strategic plan and short term goals
o Researches new ideas for more efficient operations
o Surveys community regularly for relevancy
o Develops strategies to entice non-library users
o Develops process for measuring/evaluating services
• To City Administration and City Council
o Communicate Library activities related to park use through directors reports provided to the Library Board, website, and channel 7.
o Communicate needs of Library for library grounds and building
o Attend Department Head meetings to facilitate communication and report on library activities
o Attend City Council Meetings or Workshops as directed by the Board.
• Other duties as needed or as directed by the Board
Physical Requirements: Good speaking, hearing and vision ability as well as excellent manual dexterity. Physical mobility, including the ability to regularly stand, sit stoop, reach and walk and to lift or move technology equipment and office and library materials weighing up to 25 pounds and occasionally push a loaded cart with up to 50 pounds of weight.
Work Environment: Ability to work without supervision in a fast-paced multitasking environment, interact with public in cordial fashion be receptive to change and attentive to details
WORKING AT THE ANDOVER PUBLIC LIBRARY IS A WALK IN THE PARK!
They say you can’t judge a book by its cover. But we think you can learn a lot about a community by looking at its library.
What role does the library play in the community? Do local people value excellence and learning?
During the last decade the people of Andover have made a major statement about what the library means to us by building a brand new $3.1 million library. The Library is located at the entrance to Central Park, which is an 80-acre nature park complete with walking paths and fishing lake. The Andover Public Library plays a dynamic role in the community, developing dozens of educational and arts experiences for children and all ages each year.
Our beautiful new building is a reflection of what is going on in the entire city. Andover is vibrant, one of the fastest-growing towns in the state. Located in southwest Butler County just minutes from downtown Wichita, Andover has a population of about 12,000 people.
A key driver in the population growth is the renowned quality of Andover public schools. We are known for having great teachers, modern facilities, and achieving academic excellence.
Butler Community College has a major campus in Andover, where each semester they hold dozens of classes in fields like health care, business management, and beyond.
Everywhere you look in Andover you see infrastructure developments that are growing jobs and enhancing our quality of life.
• The Kansas Medical Center is an innovative physician-owned hospital ranked in the
top 5% nationally for outstanding patient care.
• The new YMCA is an inspiring facility, complete with rock-climbing wall and outdoor aquatic park.
• The grocery store giant Dillons chose Andover as their location for the largest “Dillons Marketplace” in Kansas.
Andover has miles of walking and biking trails, a business park ripe for development, and an active process of community “Envisioning”. Dozens of citizens have been involved with the process of crafting a strategic plan for the future of this city.
We hope you’ll take a look at this position at the Andover Public Library to see how your unique gifts will help make Andover even better.
ANDOVER: “It’s Home to Me.”
Education: MLS from ALA accredited program
Computer skills including working knowledge of Polaris or other integrated Library systems
Experience in administrative skills managing personnel and collaboration with community and area libraries
Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
Experience working with boards of trustees, budget preparation and presentation, marketing and public relations
A working knowledge of all Kansas Public Library Statutes
Experience 3 to 5 years as Library Director, Assistant Director or Department Head in a Public Library
Experience in grant writing
Experience in fundraising
Experience in community organizing
Application: Applications will be accepted through October 6, 2012. Please include: a cover letter addressing how you view the role public libraries will take in communities over the next ten years; a resume; and three professional references. Applications may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by postal mail addressed to Director Search, c/o Andover Public Library, 1511 E. Central Ave., Andover, KS 67002.