Job is Expired Library Director

Lake County Public Library / Leadville

Job deadline Open Until Filled   Job salary $50,000.00 to $55,000.00   Job type of library Public   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

Summary: The Library Director of Lake County Public Library (LCPL) is responsible for the administration of all LCPL functions, programs and services within the goals, guidelines and policies established for the LCPL. 

General Administration

  • Provides leadership within LCPL.
  • Implements major strategies to fulfill the mission and achieve the objectives of the library.
  • Serves as an official representative of the library in the local community and the library profession.
  • Develops long-range planning for the library including programs and services, organization, staffing, budgeting, facilities, and public relations.
  • Administrative Officer for the Board of Trustees 
  • Prepares all necessary reports for the Board of Trustees and the Board of Lake County Commissioners.
  • Attends and actively participates in Board meetings, other Board-related meetings, and Lake County functions.
  • Submits the annual budget to the Library Board of Trustees for review and approval after the Library Director attends budget meetings with the Lake County Finance Director and the budget is approved by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.
  • Serves as a resource for trustee activities and training.
  • Acts as liaison to Friends of Lake County Public Library.
  • Acts as liaison to Lake County Board of County Commissioners; provides reports to the BOCC, attends Lake County Department Directors meetings, works in conjunction with the Human Resources Department and the Maintenance Department, submits monthly income as a deposit to the Lake County Treasurer, submits biweekly payroll/timesheets and weekly coded invoices to the Finance Department.
  • Legal
  • Brings all actions or contracts that legally bind the library to the Board of Lake County Commissioners.
  • Works to ensure that the library remains politically neutral.
  • Coordinates preparation of all major reports, proposals, contracts, or grants related to the library.
  • Ensures maintenance of permanent records as required by federal and state laws, rules and regulations.
  • Professional Development
  • Maintains comprehensive knowledge of modern library trends through local, state and national library associations, professional reading and workshops.
  • Participates in professional development opportunities to enhance managerial skills. 
  • Community
  • The following responsibilities are undertaken and accomplished in collaboration with the library departments:   Circulation, Children’s Services, IT & Systems Administration, and Local History 
  • Assesses community needs and oversees implementation of library programs to meet those needs.
  • Advocates, develops and initiates cooperative efforts with a variety of agencies, both public and private, at local, state and federal levels.
  • Represents the library and speaks before the community, civic and other groups regarding the objectives and activities of the library.
  • Supports and facilitates the work of Friends of Lake County Public Library.
  • Financial
  • Manages the library budget approved by the Board of Lake County Commissioners.
  • Directs preparation of annual budget in consultation with internal department directors.
  • Monitors compliance with existing budgets, expenditures, and purchases.
  • Maintains monthly financial planning data and financial data for the annual report.
  • Meet with the Lake County Finance Director Bi-Annually for department financial review and Annually for Budget hearing preparation.
  • Personnel Management
  • Develops staff job descriptions in conjunction with the Lake County Human Resources Department.
  • Enforces county personnel policies and the employee handbook.
  • Advertises job openings, interviews, hires, develops, promotes, supervises and terminates library personnel in conjunction with the Lake County Department of Human Resources.
  • Provides in-service training programs for employee training and development.
  • Conducts regular and special staff meetings.
  • Defines expectations for staff performance; sets standards for library services and programs.
  • Acts as a consultant, mediator and facilitator for staff and promotes high staff morale.
  • Encourages the professional growth of staff.
  • Performs regular coaching meetings in accordance with County personnel policies.
  • Policy and Planning
  • Establishes and maintains a manual of library specific policies.
  • Recommends new policy and policy changes to the Library Board of Trustees and the Board of Lake County Commissioners.
  • Implements approved library policies and procedures.
  • Analyzes legal, physical and statistical data affecting the library’s operation.
  • Investigates trends in library programs and services and facilitates testing of appropriate innovative concepts.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of library services and internal operations in relation to the changing needs of the community.
  • Property
  • Makes reasonable efforts to protect the safety of patrons, staff and property.
  • Provides for custodianship of the library facilities and grounds.
  • Recommends repairs and alterations to the Trustees, and the BOCC.
  • Recommends new construction; participates in evaluating site selection, design and construction of new buildings.
  • Acts as liaison with the county’s Human Resources Department for risk management issues.
  • Maintains the fixed asset inventory for LCPL.
  • Resources 
  • Responsible for the development of print and non-print collections, including selection, organization, maintenance, preservation, withdrawal, and disposal of materials, either directly or through appropriate delegation.
  • Supervises the planning, organization and management of technical services for the library.
  • Supervise the purchase, utilization, and maintenance of technology to deliver, monitor and enhance library services.
  • Directs a public relations program to promote and publicize the library’s collections, services and programs within the community.


Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.

  • Oral Communication – speaks clearly and persuasively in positive and negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
  • Written Communication – writes clearly and informatively.
  • Judgment – displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision making process; makes timely decisions.
  • Problem Solving – identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; initiates group problem solving solutions.
  • Analytical – synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.
  • Design – generates creative solutions; translates concepts and information into images; uses feedback to modify designs; applies design principles; demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Technical Skills – assesses own strengths and weaknesses; pursues training and development opportunities; strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; shares expertise with others.
  • Customer Service – solicits customer feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.
  • Change Management – develops workable implementation plans; communicates changes effectively; builds commitment and overcomes resistance; prepares and supports those affected by change; monitors transition and evaluates results.
  • Delegation – delegates work assignments; gives authority to work independently.
  • Strategic Thinking – develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; analyzes market and competition.
  • Innovation – displays original thinking and creativity; meets challenges with resourcefulness.
  • Professionalism – approaches others in a tactful manner; reacts well under pressure; treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accepts responsibility for own actions.
  • Project Management – develops project plans; coordinates projects; communicates changes and progress; completes projects on time and budget; manages project team activities.
  • Quality Management – looks for ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Technology Aptitude – familiarity with computers, integrated library and office software applications.
  • Business Acumen – understands business implications of decisions; demonstrates knowledge of local market and competition; aligns work with strategic goals.
  • Cost Consciousness – works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; conserves organizational resources.
  • Organizational Support – is familiar with organizational structure; follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; functions as a member of the library team.
  • Adaptability – adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.Qualifications:   To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Education/Experience:   Requires a Master’s in Library Science; comprehensive knowledge of library philosophy, principles, materials and practices; three-five years of successful experience in a professional administrative public library position; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.Math Abilities:   Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume; Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry.Computer Skills:   Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and publishing software, Internet software, library system software, web-based applications, and contact/e-mail systems.        Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.The employee is frequently required to walk. The employee is occasionally required to stand; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and talk or hear.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Physical Demands:   The physical demands 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.
  • Travel Requirements: Work requires a valid Colorado driver’s license and, when county car is unavailable, use of private vehicle for travel around service area and to conferences, continuing education opportunities, etc. as necessary.
  • Work Hours:   Some weekend and evening work required.
  • Noise Level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Work Environment:   The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Supervisory Responsibilities:   Indirectly responsible for the supervision of all library staff, directly responsible for the supervision of all library Department Heads.
  • Certificates and Licenses:   No certifications needed.
  • Other Skills:   Operation of office equipment including scanning, copying, faxing, and printing; Basic understanding of information sources.
  • Reasoning Abilities:   Ability to solve practical problems and deal with multiple variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Language Abilities:   Fluent in English. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or government regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, the general public and the board of trustees.


Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to or to Lake County Government C/O Whittney Smythe-Smith 505 Harrison Avenue., PO Box 964, Leadville, CO. 80461

Additional question can be directed to the above email.

Required Education

  • Master's Degree

Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science

Not specified

Salary Wage Calculator $50,000.00 to $55,000.00

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Paid Sick
Vacation/Holiday Leave

Date Posted

October 9th, 2017

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