Job Opportunities

Director, Buck Memorial Library

The Trustees of the Buck Memorial Library are seeking a Director to enhance and preserve the mission of the Library. The Buck Memorial Library is an equal opportunity employer and the Trustees intend to fulfill all provisions under federal, state and local employment regulations, which prohibit discrimination with respect to employment.

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to The cover letter should describe your interest and relevant experience as it relates to the skills listed in the job description and a current resume (including telephone and email contact information), should also include a list of three references with their contact information. The Search Committee will review applications beginning February 16, 2021, and the position will remain open until a successful candidate has been chosen.

Position Type: Non-MLS, Public

General Responsibilities

The Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Buck Memorial Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, in concert with the Board of Trustees and under the supervision of the President of the Board of Trustees. This position includes responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, and overseeing all library functions, as well as carrying out library policy as determined by the Board of Trustees. The Director serves as the official representative of the library and works closely with volunteers and the Board of Trustees to meet the changing needs and interests of the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

Collections and Programming

  • The Director is responsible for overseeing and providing library services to all ages, children to adults.

  • Actively manages and develops the collections to provide materials and programs appropriate for the needs and interests of Library patrons and the community.

  • Works collaboratively with the Program Committee to develop and oversee public programs that support and extend the Library mission and collections.

  • Oversees cataloging and automated library systems.

  • Collects accurate, reliable data/statistics and prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information, for decision-making, regulatory and fiscal purposes.

Marketing, Promotion and Community Collaboration

  • With support from the Board of Trustees, performs effective community relations and promotes library programs through community presentations and other means.

  • Coordinates and collaborates with area organizations such as schools, historical societies and other community-based groups.

  • With the support of the Board of Trustees maintains Library liaison with other non-profit organizations, as well as with Federal, state and local officialManagement


  • Manages and supervises library operations to achieve goals with available resources, including budget and personnel.


  • Provides effective direction to Library employees and other support staff, including volunteers, contract and seasonal personnel to assure the quality of public service.


  • Monitors the fiscal soundness of library operations.

  • Prepares the annual budget for Board review and approval, and administers the budget, including cost control activities in collaboration with the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee.

  • Oversees necessary bookkeeping, according to approved policies and procedures.

  • Assists the Board of Trustees in the maintenance and improvement of the Library’s physical facilities and equipment.

  • Assists the Board of Trustees in coordinating library development and fundraising.

Board of Trustees Effectiveness, Assistance and Planning

  • Fosters a collaborative relationship with the Board of Trustees.

  • Provides leadership for the Board of Trustees in the development of short and long-range strategic planning for the Library’s future direction.

  • Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long-range library plans.

  • Works with the Board of Trustees to distinguish the role of the Director and the Board of Trustees in the management of all aspects of the Library’s work.

Communications and Data

  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for Board of Trustees decision-making, and for regulatory and fiscal purposes.

  • Provides professional advice on library matters to the Board of Trustees.

Policy and Program Development

  • Reviews program areas, public service policies and personnel policies and makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees.

  • Implements changes or new programs to meet the library needs of the community.

Buildings and Grounds

  • Works with the Board of Trustees to ensure that the library facilities and access meet all appropriate fire and safety codes are as accessible as possible to patrons.

  • Reports major facility needs to the Board of Trustees.

Standards of Performance

A written evaluation shall be performed annually by the President of the Board of Trustees.


Ability to give friendly, expert information and reference service to patrons of all ages and walks of life. Possesses sound judgment, initiative, tact and courtesy. Has knowledge of library principals, methods, techniques, procedures, and reader interests. Pays attention to detail and can envision and implement changes that best meet the needs of the patrons and community. Can communicate effectively with patrons, Board of Trustees and volunteers and build an effective library team.

Understanding of internet searching, expertise with G Suites, ability to use and create databases, and proficiency with social media, including websites.

College education required or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Compensation and Hours

The Director position will be paid $25 per hour, 32 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, including 3 weeks of paid time off, holidays and storm days.