The mission of the Millinocket Memorial Library (MML) is to enrich lives by building community, inspiring imaginations, and empowering individuals through lifelong learning. As a key partner in the Katahdin Region of Maine, the library brings organizations together to create new programs and services that support a thriving community for all. This is not your traditional library; from circulating free outdoor gear, to coordinating mutual aid and transportation, we are continually innovating to meet the unique needs of our community. Library employees are stewards of an essential community space and resource hub. As a workplace, we value respectful and transparent communication, partnership, and engagement.
MML is a 501c3 nonprofit corporation with a current annual operating budget of $130,000. It is supported by four staff and a dedicated team of volunteers. Phase I of a $1.5M renovation was completed in 2020, and a second capital campaign is anticipated. The library is governed by a Board of Directors and funded through a combination of operating revenue, grants and donations, and support from the Town of Millinocket.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
The Library Director is responsible for developing and supporting a library that is responsive to the needs of the community. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Director manages the strategic direction, operations, budget, services, technology, facilities, staff, and collections of the library. Duties include:
- Supervise the purchase, utilization, and maintenance of technology to deliver, monitor, and enhance library services
- Maintain library collections and materials including books, media, computer programs, and outdoor gear
- Coordinate services that support the library’s mission and reflect the needs of the community
- Identify, pursue, and support all fundraising efforts through grant-writing, planned giving, an anticipated Phase II Capital Campaign, and an annual appeal
- Manage library finances to insure the long term financial stability of the library
- Establish productive and inclusive culture among library personnel
- Assign duties, define staff responsibilities, and administer wages
- Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate staff and volunteers
- Provide leadership and direction for major development projects including construction and renovation of facilities
- Supervise contract services and maintenance personnel
- Oversee all aspects of the library facility, grounds, and equipment
Planning and Policy-Making
- Ensure that policies and practices are in place for program operations, personnel and fiscal management
- Develop long and short term plans and implement processes to support the library’s mission
Board of Directors
- Formulate and recommend policies to the Board and implement approved procedures
- Provide professional expertise and guidance to the Board
- Serve as ex officio member on Board committees
- Provide detailed reports on library operations and development to the Board of Directors and the Millinocket Town Council
The position will also include other duties requested by the Board of Directors or that are essential to ensuring that the library provides the best possible library service to the community. The Library Director will be evaluated by the Board annually.
The Library Director should value community and staff engagement, collaboration and library innovation, and have a passion for the current and future role of libraries. The ideal candidate will exhibit and model transparency, fiscal responsibility, collaborative leadership skills, and public engagement as critical values.
Skills, Qualities, and Experience
- 3-5+ years of library or nonprofit experience, some at the administrative level, including staff supervision
- MLS or MLIS preferred; will consider equivalent combination of education and experience
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to give public presentations, facilitate meetings, and advocate for the library in a variety of settings
- Demonstrated ability to partner with other organizations and creatively leverage resources
- Strong digital skills
- Experience making strategic, data-driven decisions, keeping accurate financial records, and managing a budget
- Grant-writing and fundraising experience
- Current knowledge of innovative programs, services, and resources in libraries
- Able to manage a wide variety and great number of demands in a short timeframe
- Self-motivated; excellent independent judgment and ability to problem-solve
- Flexible, comfortable learning while doing
- Ambitious leader with a relentless desire to improve the community
Compensation for the position will be based on qualifications, and range from $43,000 - $60,000 per year. The position is full time, salaried and includes a generous benefits package.
To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Interim Library Director, Diana Furukawa (firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to apply is November 5, 2021.
Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
The position is full time, salaried and includes a generous benefits package including a monthly health insurance stipend and paid time off.
Millinocket has something special for you. Big recreation, big woods, big trails, big adventure, big opportunity, big community, big history – all here, in our small frontier town on the edge of Maine’s vast forest. Millinocket is investment-ready, development-ready, and open for business – and, it happens to be a spectacular place to work, play and visit. Millinocket is the gateway to Mount Katahdin, voted World’s Best Hike by National Geographic and home to the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Millinocket sits astride the famed Golden Road, the North Maine Woods, the West Branch of the Penobscot River, Baxter State Park, and a vast network of lakes, trails systems, day-hikes, conservation land, and 4-season recreational opportunities.
Millinocket is located in Penobscot County and is within an hour of Maine’s 3rd largest City of Bangor. It is a wonderful community in which to live, work, and play, and a great region appealing to anyone who loves the great outdoors.
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Contact Interim Library Director, Diana Furukawa with any questions about the application process at email@example.com.