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Employment Opportunity: Library Services Director, Taos Public Library, Taos

TaosThe Town of Taos is seeking qualified applicants for the following full-time position which includes an excellent benefit package; 100% major medical premium paid for employee with a choice of State of New Mexico Blue Cross Blue Shield, HMO & PPO or Presbyterian, State of New Mexico Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) Retirement, personal leave and holiday pay, employee development and training programs and much more!


Job Title: Library Services Director – Taos Public Library

FLSA Classification: Exempt

Salary: $55,000.00 to $65,000.00

Closing Date:  May 20, 2022



Performs a variety of executive and administrative duties in planning, organizing, controlling and directing town-wide public library services, including all aspects of public, technical and support service operations.


Works under the general supervision of the Town Manager. 


Provides general supervision to all department personnel, directly or through division supervisors, including administrative support staff, or volunteer personnel either directly or through subordinate supervisors.


Manages department daily process; reports to library board as needed to communicate the direction of library services and promote change necessary to meet the demands and interests of a growing patronage; implements action plans to carry out designed strategies; establishes policies and procedures as needed; provides professional advice on library issues to supervisors; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

Manages and supervises library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed; issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.

Prepares and administers budget for all areas under library department; orders all new and replacement equipment; assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned area to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Prepares grant applications; prepares a variety of reports and maintains necessary operating records; directs fund-raising and development activities related to grants, donations, etc.; assures the financial stability of the library.

Develops and maintains effective community, municipal and media relations; establishes and maintains relationships and alliances as needed to promote and accomplish organizational mission and objectives, i.e. Friends of the Library; communicates official plans, policies and procedures to management, staff and the general public.

Oversees the creation of capital improvement plans; promotes the timely construction or expansion of facilities as needed to meet community interest for access and services; supervises the control of, and is responsible for, all materials and supplies used in the maintenance, construction and repair of the library facilities.

Participates in the development and promotion of library science and services through membership in state, regional and national organizations; influences the direction of the library sciences by lending expertise to large scale projects and efforts.

Oversees the selection and general collection of books and other items contained in the library; reviews major selection tools; approves library purchase orders; reviews books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or not used, and coordinates removal and disposition.

Conducts personal research to keep abreast of ever changing direction of library services and methods; promotes the implementation and development of technology and media options to enhance the quality of services and access to growing information centers.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience: Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited University and Five (5) years of library experience, of which three (3) years in an administrative or supervisory capacity is preferred;


Education and Experience: Graduation from college with a bachelor’s degree in library science, literature, liberal arts, humanities, or a closely related field; and Five (5) years of library experience, two (2) years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity; or An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Thorough knowledge of theories, principles and objectives of library service; management concepts and methods related to team building, empowerment and participative leadership; library collection classification and selection techniques; information services and collection development; current trends and developments in library services; equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system; human resource management and principles of supervision; training and staff utilization principles; legal and political issues affecting library operations and management; budget development and fiscal responsibility requirements; resource development related to grants, donations, trusts, etc.; principles of negotiation and problem solving. Considerable knowledge of computer technologies affecting the future of library operations and services.

Considerable skill in the art of diplomacy and cooperative problem solving; leadership and organizational behavior management.

Ability to direct the work of others; establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public; communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; implement cooperative problem-solving processes; anticipate changing needs for services and facilities; operate personal computer and various software applications for word processing and spread sheet information; access e-mail and effectively function in a computerized communications environment.

Special Qualifications:

Must possess a state of New Mexico Librarian certification I, and II (MLS degree does not require certification)

Work Environment:

Incumbent of the position performs in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Tasks require variety of physical activities, not generally involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting and reaching.  Talking, hearing and seeing essential to the performance of essential functions.  Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity also utilized in performance of daily tasks.  Occasional exposure to changing environmental conditions due to local automobile travel. Mental application utilizes memory for details, emotional stability, discriminating thinking and creative problem solving.

APPLICATION STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS- If you feel you meet the minimum qualifications for the position and you have the necessary drive and ambition to be part of the Taos Public Library Department for the Town of Taos, please submit a complete Town of Taos employment application to: Town of Taos Human Resources Department, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM 87571 or via e-mail: Your application must be complete, clear, and include the correct job title and announcement number.  Applications and any attachments become the official property of the Town of Taos and cannot be returned or reused after being submitted.  Applications will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. on the closing date listed above.

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