Library Executive Director

Mystic & Noank Library

Mystic, CT

Application Deadline

Apply By Sep 21st, 2020


$70,000.00 to $85,000.00 per Bi-weekly   Calculate


Mystic, CT




Not Required

Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience


Type of Library


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Job Description



Library Executive Director

The Library Executive Director performs professional, managerial, and administrative work of a highly responsible nature in directing and coordinating the activities and facilities of the Library. With considerable independent judgment, discretion and initiative, the Executive Director develops library collections and plans and implements services, programs and activities to meet present and anticipated community needs.

The Library Executive Director is responsible for the preparation and advocacy of budget requests to the towns of Groton and Stonington and for the preparation and administration of the Library budget in collaboration with the Finance Committee. The Executive Director is responsible for the hiring, training and management of 14+ staff. 

The Executive Director is the primary representative of the library within the community and fosters the relationship with the two funding municipalities, the Towns of Groton and Stonington, CT. The Executive Director performs all related work, as required, to assure the overall efficient operation of the Library and Library facilities.

The Library Executive Director reports to and receives direction from the Board of Trustees.

Description of Job Responsibilities

  • Full-Time (40+hrs/week)
  • Salary commensurate with experience

General Professional Activities:

  • Attends all meetings of Board of Trustees and Board committees
  • Ensures sufficient committees are in place to assist with the operation of the Library
  • Develops procedures, and work standards,  to insure smooth library operation
  • Champions and implements the Strategic Plan, monitors progress toward goals and, along with the Strategic Planning Committee, updates and modifies the plan

Financial Management:

  • Sets annual budget, and oversees expenditures in collaboration with the Finance Committee, Treasurer and Board of Trustees
  • Takes an active role in fund-raising and development efforts
  • Prepares presents and advocates for the yearly requests for financial support to the Towns of Groton and Stonington and attends town budget meetings
  • Facilitates work of auditors and prepares materials as requested
  • Working with the Finance Committee, takes an active role in the monitoring of the endowment funds of the Library

Management of Staff:

  • Recruits, selects and trains new personnel
  • Coordinates continuing training and development of staff members
  • Monitors performance of all personnel, conducts annual performance evaluations of direct reports and supervises the evaluation of other employees
  • Maintains work schedule for staff and assures adequate coverage during Library hours
  • Works with the Board of Trustees to ensure that all personnel guidelines are up-to-date, clearly communicated with the staff, in compliance with all State and Federal laws and that the guidelines are fairly and consistently applied
  • Responsible for disciplining and/or dismissing employees

Library Operations and Services:

  • Recommends, plans, and implements library services
  • Ensures familiarity with all regulations and requirements relating to libraries
  • Assesses and modifies Technology Plan to ensure maximum access for patrons
  • Manages effective use of volunteer labor
  • Maintains awareness of trends in library operations, services, and programming

Management of Facilities:

  • With the support of the Board of Trustees, plans for long-term and short-term maintenance of the Library building and grounds
  • Monitors performance of contract maintenance employees
  • Oversees daily operation of the building

Management of Collection:

  • Oversees collection development, selection policies and overall collection size
  • Manages periodical, serials and audio-visual collections
  • Manages the online database (SIRSI shared with Groton and Waterford Libraries) and ICONN access
  • Manages other collection issues as relates to the Connecticut State Library system

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A Master's Degree in Library Science or a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management or a Master’s Degree in a related field
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience at a managerial level position and demonstrated management ability in administration, budgeting, planning, personnel supervision, fundraising and community engagement
  • Understanding of finance and accounting at the level to knowledgeably  work with the Finance Committee and auditors and to effectively prepare and manage the budget

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior professional experience in a library
  • Ability to be an effective representative of the Library to the municipal funding bodies and within the community
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies and their application to libraries
  • Ability to plan proactively and to respond positively to unexpected events
  • Reside within fifty miles of Mystic, CT (06355)


  • Medical/Dental Insurance
  • Pension benefits
  • Paid holiday
  • Paid vacation and personal time


Resumes and three references including at least two professional references should be sent to

The Mystic and Noank Library is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Mystic and Noank Library committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

Revised: 8/27/2020

The Community

The Mystic and Noank Library is a 127 year old historic library located in scenic Mystic, Connecticut, a year-round shoreline destination in Southeast Connecticut. Our library is visited close to 100,000 times a year by community members of all ages who enjoy the robust services and programs of a library that embraces the needs of a modern community. The library is 15,000 square feet with spacious grounds and located close to the heart of downtown. 


Posted Aug 29, 2020