DATE ENTERED: January 20, 2020
POSITION: Library Director
LOCATION: Blackwater Regional Library, Courtland, Virginia

Library Director
Blackwater Regional Library
Courtland, Virginia

The Board of Trustees of the Blackwater Regional Library (BRL) is seeking an experienced, energetic, and creative Library Director. The Board consists of fifteen members appointed by various jurisdictions of the region served by the Library. They work closely with the Library Director in matters of long-range planning and policy, development, public relations, budgeting, management of the endowment, and issues of personnel.

The library employs a staff of 45, both full and part-time, and has an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million. The regional system consists of nine library locations plus a Bookmobile. It serves five jurisdictions covering 1600 sq. miles in the Tidewater area of Southeastern Virginia, with a population of 81,567.

There are three libraries located in Isle of Wight County, two in Sussex County, two in Surry County, one in the city of Franklin, and one in Southampton County, which also houses the central office.

The Director must have the organizational, technical, and interpersonal skills to meet all responsibilities outlined in the Library Director’s job description. These include management of Library operation through oversight of staff, budget, collections, and facilities; regular communication and interaction with the Board of Trustees, especially in matters of planning, policy, development and reporting; and representation and advocacy for BRL in the community-at-large.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding and ability to articulate the public library’s vision, mission, and values to the community. The job requires collaboration and consensus-building skills, excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, facility maintenance and space planning experience, and sound fiscal management skills. The successful candidate will have a history of responsiveness to staff, customer and community needs and concerns. Experience with multiple facilities serving multiple jurisdictions, working with elected officials, and computer networking knowledge is highly desirable.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited, MLS or MLIS degree is required. Possession of (or the ability to obtain) a Virginia Librarian’s Certificate and a valid driver’s license is required. Professional experience of at least five years, including at least three years of supervisory experience in library management is desired.

Anticipated starting salary is $67,000 and includes an excellent benefit package including enrollment into the Virginia Retirement System.
BRL is located in Southeastern Virginia. We are an hour’s drive from Virginia Beach, Richmond and Williamsburg, and within three hours of Washington DC, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Send the Blackwater Regional Library application, resume, three references with contact information and a cover letter which cites strengths and experiences in areas essential to this position to:

Amy Fisk, Administrative Services Coordinator
22511 Main Street
Courtland, Virginia 23837
Or email to: [email protected],
with “Director Application” in the subject line

FLSA Status:  Exempt

General Definition of Work

Performs complex executive work planning, implementing and directing the activities of the library system, and related work as apparent or assigned.  Work involves setting policies and goals under the direction of the Library Board.  Departmental supervision is exercised over library personnel. Active participation in the implementation of the library’s Long-Range Plan is expected of all employees of Blackwater Regional Library as it relates to their job descriptions. Employees are expected to set and accomplish goals for job performance annually as a part of the Long-Range Plan.

Qualification Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.

Essential Functions
Responsible to the Library Board of the Blackwater Regional Library for all aspects of staffing and operations of the library
Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates the activities of the public library
Supervises the preparation and execution of the budget and the maintenance of library accounts, records and bill payments
Has oversight for the recruitment and selection of library personnel; plans and directs work of staff; disciplines and counsels employees; recommends suspensions and terminations
Supervises, manages and evaluates Library administrative department heads: Collection Development Manager, Assistant Director, Budget and Finance Manager, and Administrative Services Coordinator  
Plans and facilitates regular meetings of Managers, and Executive Administration Team
Maintains general oversight for acquisition and cataloguing of all materials for the library
Prepares and submits annual reports on library activities to State and County entities, and other organizations as required
Stimulates and guides public relations activities and staff planning for service programs of the library
Directs the maintenance of statistical records on library activities
Ensures the library’s compliance with all state and federal guidelines
Prepares a variety of grant related materials; participates in fund raising activities
Assists in developing, coordinating and maintaining branch Friends groups; attends meetings of Friends of the Library in conjunction with Assistant Director
Represents the library at various meetings, workshops and seminars
Meets with civic, community and other interested groups to explain library services
Responds to inquiries from library personnel and the general public regarding library personnel matters

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Comprehensive knowledge of library principles, methods, materials and practices; comprehensive knowledge of reader interest levels; thorough knowledge of books and authors, periodicals, reference media and library media; comprehensive knowledge of cataloging procedures and problems; ability to analyze library service problems and participate effectively in solving them; ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates; ability to work independently or as part of a team; ability to interact with a diverse population; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Library Board members, associates and the general public.

Education and Experience
Master’s degree in Library Science and/or Information Science from an American Library Association accredited program and considerable experience in regional library administration including extensive supervisory experience as a Director or Assistant Director

Physical Requirements
This work requires the occasional exertion of up to 10 pounds of force; work frequently sitting, speaking or hearing and using hands to finger, handle or feel and occasionally requires standing, walking, lifting and repetitive motions; work requires close vision, distance vision, ability to adjust focus, depth perception, color perception, night vision and peripheral vision; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; work requires preparing and analyzing written or computer data, operating machines, operating motor vehicles or equipment and observing general surroundings and activities; work has no exposure to environmental conditions; work is generally in a quiet location (e.g. library, private offices).

Special Requirements
Possession of a Virginia Librarian's Certificate.
Possession of an appropriate driver's license valid in the Commonwealth of Virginia.