Job Description

The at-will Director takes all necessary actions to secure excellent offerings and operations at the Garland County Library working with a passionate staff and diverse partners. Understands the changing role(s) of the modern public library; inspires creativity and innovation; supports the welcoming and inclusive environment that the community expects and celebrates. Nurtures connections with community partners and leaders. Under the administrative direction of the Library’s Board of Trustees and in cooperation with various governmental offices, the Director plans, directs, and coordinates all Library fiscal, operational, and personnel activities to achieve the Library’s mission, goals, and objectives within the context of community needs and priorities. Performs other duties as determined by the Library’s Board of Trustees. Performs related work as required.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Plans, directs, coordinates, and assures the efficiency and effectiveness of all Library operations, facilities, services, collections and programs; provides information, alternatives and recommendations regarding policy and service issues to the Board; implements Board decisions; develops protocol and procedures for Library operations, services, and programs; develops and implements methods to measure community needs and Library effectiveness; develops and implements short and long term strategic plans; represents the Library in interactions with County government, including the preparation and presentation of reports and budgets.

2. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies, civic and community groups, and the general public; acts as liaison with a variety of local, regional, statewide, and nationwide organizations to develop collaborative relationships and to promote the goals and objectives of the Library; makes public presentations; responds to public inquiries and complaints; represents the Library in professional organizations and on local boards and committees.

3. Directs, supervises, and/or coordinates the selection, training, performance review and discipline of Library employees including supervisors and subordinate staff; develops Library staff as a strong team through leadership, mentoring and providing staff with personal and job development opportunities; communicates with staff to determine vision and operational needs. Strives to make the workplace an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.

4. Directs the preparation, presentation, and administration of the Library’s budget(s) and capital improvements plans along with all library tax issues and building/construction projects; directs the application for grants and other funds to enhance Library programs; ensures proper and efficient use of all Library funds; serves as non-voting, ex-officio secretary to the Library’s Board and offers administrative support to that body; advocates for the Library’s interests with governmental agencies at the county, state, and federal levels; ensures compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

5. Commits to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions; champions employee involvement; strives for excellence, ensures proper fiscal stewardship; acts with honesty and integrity; exhibits leadership and positive attitude respecting all parties; promotes safety and wellness; cultivates teamwork. Ensures that the Library delivers exceptional services to the public through the best and highest use of taxpayers’ dollars.

6. Performs other library related duties and assignments as necessary.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The duties and responsibilities listed above are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

Requires a bachelor’s degree AND a Master’s Degree in Library Science (however named) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution. Requires a minimum of seven years professional experience in a library setting, including five years of supervisory experience. Requires valid Driver’s License and the ability to get to Library-required destinations.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Thorough and extensive knowledge of library principles, practices, techniques, materials, technologies in the field of library management and administration; ability to meet, to communicate, and to work effectively with all socio-economic groups with varying levels of education; superior ability to speak and write effectively; ability to analyze complex professional, technical and administrative problems and to offer viable solutions; extensive knowledge of building administration and facilities administration; ability to work under intense political and workload pressure and financial constraints; ability to direct, manage, and perform multiple tasks and projects concurrently; ability to exercise initiative, to use appropriate discretion and good judgment, and to make courageous decisions; knowledge of social media and library marketing trends and methods; experience with organizations where collaborative management concepts and strong customer service prevail. Ability to take risks, to try new things, and to realize failure will happen. A sense of humor will be of great benefit.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Duties are usually performed indoors in an office environment. Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking or hearing. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items; lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. Weights up to 50 pounds are encountered. Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to do math at the algebraic level. Reading materials and verbal instructions require complex interpretation. Hazards are considered minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile humans. The noise is usually moderate. Must be able to transport one's self to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. Required: talking, hearing, grasping, and finger dexterity. The Library Director must be, or become, a resident of Garland County. Those not residing in the county must become a resident within a reasonable time. County residency is expected during the Director’s time in service with the Garland County Library. This is not intended to be a contract or an all-inclusive list of duties. Employee may be required to perform other duties necessary to meet the on-going needs of the Garland County Library.

The Library

Yes, we are bragging, but facts are facts. We have one of the premiere public libraries in Arkansas and we are in need of a Library Director taking the place of the director having served 32 years. The Garland County Library in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, is the longest serving public library in what was known as the Arkansas-Oklahoma territory. We wish to continue the progress made over many years by finding a responsive and team-oriented Library Director to provide support and direction to staff and the community as this fabulous institution successfully continues to move in to the future. Located in the nation’s first federal reservation, Hot Springs is located 60 minutes southwest of Little Rock. The library serves a community of close to 110,000 with about 40,000 residing in the city of HS. Governed by a five member administrative board appointed by the county, the Library provides excellent and varied services and programs with 24 full time employees and a similar number of part time employees with a $3.7 million plus budget; open 63.5 hours/week; 750,000+ total circ; 50,000+ registered users; 310,000 in-house visitors/year with another 188,000 online visitors/year; 40,000 in outreach visits.

The Community

Garland County rests within the Ouachita National Forest and is the site of three beautiful lakes including Lakes Catherine, Hamilton, and Ouachita. Residents are served by National Park College with Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University being located within a 30 minute drive. Hiking, hunting, water sports along with a very active arts community await the lucky.

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