Executive Director

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Position Description: Executive Director

Introduction: This leadership position requires superior organizational skills and a willingness and ability to work independently. The Executive Director is responsible for all library functions. This work requires the implementation of library policy, as determined by the Board of Trustees (“Board”), and the supervision of all library personnel. The Executive Director is expected to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for the library and develop strategies for recommendation to the Board. The Executive Director must deal with day-to-day issues independently, within the scope of his/her authority and library policy.


• A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution.
• Professional certification in compliance with state law.
• Post-degree continuing education in the areas of library services and technology.
• Relevant library experience including serving as an administrator and/or supervisor.
• Effective verbal and written communication, social and interpersonal skills.

Responsibilities include:

• Formulates and recommends policies to the Board; implements and reviews policies, procedures and practices.
• Formulates and submits an annual budget to the Board in conjunction with its Finance Committee.
• Directs and supervises expenditures of library funds.
• Assists the Board in developing a strategic plan and yearly goals and actions based on the plan.
• Prepares for, attends and participates in Board and committee meetings.
• Monitors legislative activities related to libraries and keeps Board and library staff informed.
• Orients new trustees and serves as a reference to the Board.

Library Personnel:
• Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, evaluates, promotes and terminates professional and support library staff (except when Board participation is required).
• Plans and conducts regularly scheduled staff meetings.
• Provides in-service programs for staff training and development.
• Participates as necessary in staff grievance and disciplinary procedures.
• Directs program for volunteers to assist in providing library services.

Users and Community:
• Interprets policies to staff and general public.
• Recommends and administers collection development, including materials selection, uniform and appropriate cataloging, deaccessioning criteria, and conservation and security of materials.
• Evaluates the effectiveness of library services in relation to the changing needs of the community; plans, organizes and directs a balanced program of library services.
• Communicates the value of library and information services and intellectual freedom to the public and decision-makers.
• Maintains effective working relationships with the Board, Borough officials, Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library, the Bernardsville Library Foundation, community organizations, school groups, outside vendors (e.g. auditor, insurance agent) and the public.
• Recommends and administers a public relations program.
• Represents the library and its objectives and activities to community groups.
• Represents the library in professional meetings.
• With the Board’s approval, investigates and seeks out additional sources of library funding, including grants and potential shared benefits with other libraries.

• Serves as chief information resource on changing technology and media, keeping abreast of new content management systems and social networking.

Facility Management
• Works with the Borough’s Public Works Committee to ensure library maintenance.
• Maintains a schedule for preventive maintenance.
• Responds promptly to emergency facility needs as they arise.

Emergency Response
• Works with Borough Office of Emergency Management to provide emergency shelter services at the library as needed.
• Participates in CERT training program when required.