The City of Hickory, a three-time All America City, is recruiting for the position of Library Director. Hickory is the hub of a four-county metro area in the foothills of NC, located conveniently an hour east of Asheville and an hour north of Charlotte, NC. With a municipal population of 40,010, Hickory is also the service center for approximately 302,000 persons who shop, work or access services within the area.
Hickory Public Library includes two facilities – Patrick Beaver Memorial Library (40,347 sq. ft.) and Ridgeview Branch Library (4,000 sq. ft.). Library visitors in FY 2013-2014 totaled 340,065, with 359,647 items circulated. The City of Hickory has a very active program schedule that reached 19,302 people last year.
The position supervises a department of 20 full time staff and 19 part time staff and manages a budget of $2 million. The successful candidate will possess a Master of Library Science Degree with at least 5 years of progressively responsible library management experience. The successful candidate will plan for changing technology, demonstrate outstanding customer service skills, and have experience in managing personnel, as well as marketing the library in the community.
Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited university.
Possession of (or qualified for) North Carolina Public Librarian Certification issued by the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission
Requires thorough understanding of the diverse objectives and functions of the divisions in order to direct and coordinate work within the department, usually interpreted to require five years of related experience.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Knowledge of library science and administration.
Knowledge of city and library policies and procedures.
Knowledge of managerial and supervisory principles and practices.
Knowledge of financial management.
Knowledge of personnel management.
Knowledge of library technical resources, including on-line databases, internet, library automation systems and products.
Skill in management and supervision.
Skill in planning.
Skill in interpersonal and public relations.
Skill in report preparation and presentation.
Skill in oral and written communication.
Physical Demands: The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table, or while intermittently sitting, standing, stooping, or walking. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects.
Work Environment: The work is typically performed in an office, library, or computer room.
Serves as staff liaison to Library Advisory Board and Friends of Hickory Public Library
Provides programming for outside groups as requested
Provides customer service to internal and external patrons.
Plans overall activities of library based on patron needs, City Council goals, and budgetary guidelines.
Networks and partners with other departments and organizations to pool resources.
Develops and monitors library budget.
Trains and provides professional development opportunities for staff.
Attends workshops and conferences; serves on statewide committees.
Identifies and pursues outside funding sources; prepares grant applications; manages special grants and projects.
Plans, prepares, and presents qualitative and quantitative reports as needed.
Develops and implements department policies and procedures.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
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