Library Director




This position is responsible for the planning, initiating, coordinating, and directing of activities in a small to medium public library and/or in the administrative offices. The incumbent in this class performs professional reference, readers’ advisory, children’s services, acquisitions, cataloging, community outreach, and supervisory duties.  Supervision is exercised over paraprofessional and clerical assistants.  The position is also invested with making difficult library technical decisions.  There is considerable latitude in the exercise of independent judgment in managing, planning, and budgeting.  Work is subject to administrative review by the County Librarian.  Personnel in this position may be required to work evenings, holidays, and weekends (including Sundays) as the library schedule may require.  Work requires that the employee have knowledge, skill, and ability in every phase of the public library field. Work may be performed under the general supervision of the County Librarian and/or Assistant County Librarian who may designate special research tasks.


Supervises the operation of the library as well as consults with the County Librarian in formulating plans, procedures, goals and objectives and policies for the operation of the library; directs the development and maintenance of a public library collection of books, periodicals, audiovisuals, and a variety of other library materials; responsible for efficient purchasing of books and materials; administers library programs such as circulation, reference, readers’ advisory services, community outreach services, special projects, exhibits and public information; develops and presents basic library programs for adults or children; confers with State agencies, other public libraries, corporations, friends and community groups in the development of library programs for the community; creates and implements effective marketing and library promotion in a variety of formats; participates in professional organizations  and represents the library on regional and state committees; assists County Librarian with preparation of budget; directs and controls the expenditure of library fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets; participates in performance planning and evaluations, task assignments, hiring, and labor relations; directs the development, repair, and maintenance of library buildings and equipment; compiles statistics for monthly, annual and special reports; participates in in-service training, attends meetings, workshops and conferences, reads professional literature to maintain awareness of developments in the field of library science; assists or instructs patrons in locating information and answers reference questions and explains/interprets library regulations in-person and online; processes gift materials; catalogs and classifies materials; prepares bulletin boards, exhibits and displays; prepares bibliographies and pathfinders on special subjects; encourages the training of library staff in technical and administrative library skills; plans work according to established procedures and maintain procedural manuals; performs related work as required.


Knowledge of principles, theories, procedures, and concepts of library science and public library functions including references, classifications, cataloging, acquisitions, circulations, and young adult and children’s library work; knowledge of principles and practices of public administration as applied to a public library;  knowledge of publisher and dealer practices and methods of library supply resources; knowledge of media equipment and techniques; knowledge of general and specialized reference sources to plan, organize, direct, and administer library activities; ability to make decisions in an environment of limited resources and competing claims; ability to communicate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies, and the general public; ability to prioritize work; ability to maintain records, prepare reports, maintain databases, and create spreadsheets; ability to follow procedures consistently and pay close attention to detail; ability to handle multiple tasks/projects and concentrate on task at hand regardless of environment.


Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Library/Information Sciences or related field, Master’s Degree preferred; minimum of three (3) years of steadily increased supervisory and administrative library experience; excellent oral and written communication skills; advanced knowledge of: Internet searches/navigation; Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook); basic computer troubleshooting.


    • Direct Deposit required
    • Pre-Employment Background Screening
    • Pre-Employment Drug/Alcohol Testing
    • Possession of a valid driver’s license

    Revised 3/2021

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To apply, visit the Sussex County Employment Website.

Posted: 9/22/23