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Employment Opportunity: Library Director, Upper San Juan Library District

The Upper San Juan Library District (dba Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library) Board of Trustees seeks an effective communicator who will serve as a tireless advocate in promoting discovery, inspiring creativity, and engaging the community as its next Library Director. Working from a single location with 6.675 FTE, consisting of 5 full-time and 4 part-time staff, the new director reports to a seven-member Board of Trustees. Library highlights include a supportive community, exceptional youth and adult program offerings, and a friendly staff. The new director will focus their attention on working with the Foundation for current expansion plans, building a complete understanding of the organizational culture and service district needs, and ensuring that the library is a welcoming and supportive environment for locals and visitors.

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Responsibilities: The director develops a strategic plan in conjunction with the board, civic and community involvement; makes periodic reports to the board and prepares annual reports; represents and advocates for the library at various community functions; performs various human resource management functions to provide and promote a collaborative and motivated work environment including oversight of recruitment, selection, and retention of employees, training, counseling, performance evaluation, staffing, and personnel policy formulation and enforcement; prepares an annual budget for approval by the Board of Trustees; oversees and manages the day-to-day operations of the facility; works with the Library Foundation for the expansion project slated to break ground in 2025; serves as the budget officer; serves as member ex officio to the library’s Foundation board of directors; maintains official documentation for the organization; participates in local, state, and national professional organizations to strengthen skills, interact with fellow professionals, and contribute to the library profession; and provides effective leadership to direct reports and the organization by linking their actions back to the vision and mission of the library. A complete list of duties and responsibilities is listed in the job description below.

Qualifications: A Master of Library Science or other related field with a minimum of three years of public library experience, along with administrative, supervisory, and facility management experience. The ideal candidate will have experience working with a library foundation group, understand the constantly changing environment of public libraries, be an advocate for intellectual freedom, and use empathy as a guide when making decisions. The final candidate will submit to a background check.

Compensation: The hiring salary range is $63,000 – $75,000 per year. Additional benefits include a $6K health insurance stipend per year, 11 holidays, PTO starting at 16 hours per month, and 401a match of 4% after one year.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
The hiring salary range is $63,000 – $75,000 per year. Additional benefits include a $6K health insurance stipend per year, 11 holidays, PTO starting at 16 hours per month, and 401a match of 4% after one year.


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