The Tracy Memorial Library seeks a director who is committed to building connections with the community, staff, and stakeholders of New London, NH. The successful candidate will be the “face of the Library”—a forward-facing and vital participant in the New London community bringing new services and programs to town residents. Ready to enhance the Library’s role in a world that continues to change, the director will report to a seven-member elected governing Board and work collaboratively with the library staff, the Friends of the Library, community partners, and the Town of New London to provide essential library programs to its 4,600 residents. Supported by a $600,000 municipal appropriation, the Library is proud of its many services including homebound delivery, digital offerings, a public meeting room, museum passes, and the Tracy Little Free Library at Bucklin Beach. The community also enjoys the Garden at Tracy Library—an Olmstead-designed garden. The garden was completed in 1926 and restored in 2002 with community and financial support. Jane Tracy’s vision of a garden enjoyed by all lives on through the help of generous donors and hardworking volunteers. Key opportunities are working with the New London community to develop and implement new library services and programs, developing and implementing a strategic vision responding to community needs and wishes, and continuing to update, renovate, and maintain the Library facility.
Our Community. The Town of New London is in the beautiful Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region of New Hampshire. It offers four seasons of unique retail, fine dining, and entertainment. Springtime is best for trail exploring; summer brings band concerts, festivals, fairs and parades; fall brings autumn foliage; and winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Attractions include the Town Common—a lovely place to sit and relax, Main Street—small shops, casual eateries, theater, and historic buildings, the Bob Andrews Memorial Ice Rink, and Sunapee Lake with its wide variety of outdoor activities. New London students attend the Kearsarge Regional School District serving seven communities. For more information about the Library and the Town of New London, visit New London Links.
Responsibilities. The Library Director (a full-time position) formulates and oversees implementation of library goals, policy recommendations, procedures, programs, and projects in accordance with policies established by the Library Board of Trustees. Providing vision, direction, and leadership, the Director is responsible for, but not limited to, the delivery of library services; oversight of human resources; development and presentation of the annual budget; coordination of collaborative, strong relationships with the Library Board and the Friends of the Library; and a continued knowledge and interest of current trends in public libraries. For full responsibilities and functions, visit Tracy Memorial Library Director Position Description.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of supervisory and managerial library experience. Essential attributes include personal integrity, demonstrated skill and experience with budgeting, excellent interpersonal and consensus-building skills, a focus on creating a culture of trust and collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and a demonstrated ability to provide leadership throughout the Library. The director should possess demonstrable communication skills collaborating with the library, its staff and stakeholders and the community. A sense of curiosity, creativity, and innovation; a thorough knowledge of current trends, technologies and “best practices” for libraries; the ability to blend tradition with change; and prior successful experience reporting to a governing Board are desirable attributes and qualifications for the next Tracy Memorial Library director.
Compensation. The hiring salary range is $75,000-85,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications), and an attractive fringe benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes February 28, 2021.