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Head of Children’s Services

Derry Public Library is seeking a resourceful, energetic professional to head the lively Children’s Services Department and to promote this library as a “destination” for families with young children.

The successful candidate will be responsible for creating, articulating and implementing a forward-looking “Vision” of services for infants through middle schoolers.  This includes providing friendly and approachable customer service, programming, collection development, budget management and public relations activities with local schools and community organizations.  The Head of Children’s Services schedules and supervises several part-time staff, and reports directly to the Director.  The Department Head also collaborates with our Teen librarian to comfortably transition middle schoolers from children’s to teen collections and activities.

Essential qualifications include a demonstrated knowledge of current trends in library services and new technology applications for children, multitasking capabilities, boundless imagination, a sense of humor and a positive attitude.  Also valued is the ability to plan and implement short and long-range goals.  Required are an MLS/MLIS degree and 3 to 5 years of experience.

This position is an integral part of the Management Team.  Responsibilities include regularly collaborating with other department heads and staff in order to improve and promote the library, as well as sharing building-wide responsibilities.

Derry Public Library serves the Town of Derry, the fourth largest community in New Hampshire, with a population of nearly 34,000. The Library has a staff of 29 full and part-time employees. This position offers a competitive salary ($44,850-$50,466) for a 37.5 hour work week, and an excellent individual benefits package.

Email a cover letter, 3 references, and resume to Susan Brown, Assistant Director, at susanb@derrypl.org  by Friday, November 4.