Employment Opportunity

Derry Public Library seeks Library Director

(Yes, we’re still looking):

This is our third recruitment for a full-time library director.  And we hope the third time’s the charm!  Yes, we’re picky.  Are you the Director we’ve been waiting for? …who we’ve waited…for whom we have waited…whatever!  You’ll be glad we waited!

Who we are:  Derry Public Library is located in Derry, NH (pop. 34,000), a community in southern New Hampshire with easy access (within an hour) to Boston, the mountains, the ocean and Maine.  We have a staff of 29 employees, including 8 full-time and 8 with MLS degrees.  In our newly renovated 23,000 sq. ft., two-level building we house a collection of 175,000 items, an annual circulation of 119,500 with 12,000-13,000 patron visits per month.  We have an active children’s room, a full calendar of events for all ages, a vibrant online presence, a talented staff, and a supportive community and Board of Trustees.  Our budget this year was $1.17 million.  For more information about the Derry Public Library, visit our website at http://derrypl.org

We are seeking:  a collaborative leader, a motivator – even a visionary – to cultivate a relationship with the community, our patrons and our talented staff as we continue providing services in the ever changing landscape of public libraries.  All of the prerequisites of a 21st century library director are a given:  ALA accredited MLS; minimum of 5 years professional experience in a public library environment; experience in long range planning, budget development and management, personnel supervision, building preservation, community outreach, and technology development.  We are ultimately seeking an individual who can convey his/her enthusiasm for libraries to others to assure our library’s place as an exciting and essential community resource.  See a full job description at:  http://derrypl.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Library-Director-passed-0912.pdf

What we offer:  Annual salary of $65,000-$70,000 depending on experience; 37.5 hour work week; benefits package including individual health, life, long- and short-term disability, and dental insurance; NH Retirement System membership; professional dues; holidays, sick and vacation days.

Closing date:  October 21, 2013

Send or submit electronically:  Cover letter, resume and at least three current professional references

trustees@derrypl.org or to

Elizabeth Ives, Chair

Board of Trustees

Derry Public Library

64 E. Broadway

Derry, NH 03038

Job Description (View in PDF)

Position Title:  Director

Department:  Administration

Reports To:  Board of Trustees

Approved by Board of Trustees – 9/17/12


Under general direction of Board of Trustees, serves as the administrative officer of the Library responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and managing all aspects of the Library in conformity with the mission/goals/objectives and policies established by the Board of Trustees, with appropriate municipal, state and federal laws and regulations. Recommends to the Board of Trustees the appointment of all employees.

The Director is accountable for five major areas of responsibility:

  • Management and development of the staff
  • Maintenance of the physical plant
  • Sustaining a viable collection
  • Maintaining the good will of patrons, the public, and town officials and responding to the changing needs of the community
  • Developing and administering the budget


  • Ensures all personnel promote and support the mission/goals/objectives of the Library, abide by all laws and regulations governing libraries, and implement all Derry Public Library policies and procedures.
  • Assesses community preferences for library services and evaluates trends to keep abreast of needed changes.
  • Formulates, sets priorities for, and implements Long Range goals and objectives regarding library operations in conjunction with the Board of Trustees and staff and recommends policies and procedures to meet them.
  • Articulates and interprets library policies and procedures through staff meetings, written statements, manuals, and reports.
  • Directs the daily operations to ensure high quality and cost effective services; analyzes operations and functions; plans, monitors, and prioritizes the work of Team Leaders.
  • Serves as the Library’s Personnel Administrator under the policies set by the Board of Trustees.  Recruits, interviews, and recommends staff appointments to the Board of Trustees.  Supervises and reviews performance of Management Staff, Administrative Assistant, and custodians.
  • Ensures all personnel policies are enforced and performance review schedules are maintained.
  • Develops and oversees collection development plan.
  • Appoints selectors for collection and chairs collection development meetings periodically to review community use and responds to trends.
  • Ensures strict confidentiality of personnel issues, patron records, and non-public documents.
  • Teaches, models, and sustains excellent customer service practices, leadership and supervisory skills.
  • Prepares annual budget with Board Finance Committee.  Articulates budget needs and answers questions related to financial needs, both in terms of operations and capital items.  Presents budget request to Town with Board Treasurer.
  • Administers budget per requirements of the DPL Financial Policy and Procedures Manual, adjusts expenditure patterns with Board Treasurer as necessary, and authorizes bills for payment.
  • Ensures implementation of proper accounting principles and safeguards.
  • Manages Library revenue (fines, fees, donations, grants, trust funds, etc.); seeks and secures contributions to Library services and programs from external sources.
  • Prepares and maintains for Board approval required reports to the Town and State; prepares correspondence and detailed reports for Board members and Town officials.
  • Manages and assures proper maintenance of the building and equipment, including the electrical, heating, ventilating, and mechanical systems.  Deals with service contractors and vendors for repairs and maintenance.  Coordinates and supervises interior arrangements of the physical facility.  Assesses needs and recommends new or replacement purchases.  Negotiates contracts.
  • Represents the Library to the patrons, the community, and professional groups.
  • Reviews and responds to Right-to-Know requests pursuant to New Hampshire laws.


  • Appoints selectors for collection and chairs collection development meetings periodically to review community use and responds to trends.
  • Acts as liaison to Town Administrator and Town Departments.
  • Serves as Board representative to GMILCS and other library or government organizations as needed.
  • Maintains current knowledge of public library services and trends through reading appropriate literature and attendance at workshops and conferences.
  • Maintains connections to and represents Library to State Library, statewide and regional library associations; keeps abreast of American Library Association information and actions.
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Duties require an MLS or MLIS degree, seven to ten years supervisory/management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of current library science principles and practices and the resources, programs, and services available to public libraries.
  • Knowledge and experience of budgeting and personnel administration.
  • Knowledge of library laws, funding, and reporting procedures.
  • Ability and experience to lead, supervise, direct, and evaluate a work staff composed of both professional and non-professional employees in full and part-time capacities.
  • Ability and demonstrated experience in motivating and directing employees to meet goals in a productive manner.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Trustees, staff, Town officials, community groups, and other libraries.
  • Ability to project a positive public image and make effective public presentations.
  • Ability to assess trends relating to library services and effectively plan to meet those trends.
  • Skills in Human Resource management and supervision, including the ability to address inappropriate behavior of staff or patron conduct.
  • Knowledge and experience with technology related to library service and science.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Skills in technology necessary to administer library, including those needed for budget administration, data collection, report generation, etc.
  • Possession of a good sense of humor.


  • Supervises and coordinates the work of the Management Team, Administrative Assistant, and Custodians.
  • Accountable directly or indirectly through subordinate department heads for the performance and development of all staff.
  • Responsibilities included training, planning, assigning work, setting priorities; appraising performance, disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Normal office environment, not subject to extremes in temperature, noise, odors, etc.
  • Extended periods of time on computer and phone requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity.
  • Regularly required to walk, stand, sit, bend, reach.
  • Occasionally required to lift books, materials, equipment.
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule which may include some weekends and evenings and occasional periods of extended hours.
  • Must be willing to travel to meetings and conferences.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.

*External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who are persons with disabilities or who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case by case basis.





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