DATE ENTERED: September 11, 2020
POSITION: Assistant Director
LOCATION: Chesapeake Public Libraries, Chesapeake, VA
APPLY BY: 10/04/2020

Working Title of Vacant Position: Assistant Director, Chesapeake Public Libraries
Job Type: Full Time
Posting Type: Public
Number of Vacancies: 1
Requisition Number: 2020111P
Number of hours worked per week: 40 hours per week
Work Schedule: Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with some variation
Work Site Location: 298 Cedar Road; 23322
Position Driving Requirement:    O  Occasional
Pay Basis: SemiMonthly
Advertised Salary: $80,081 $106,108: DOQ

Job Description: The Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) is seeking a dynamic Assistant Director to be part of a creative, collaborative management team. The CPL promotes innovative thinking, collegial debate, and a work environment that values civility, cordiality, and the unique contributions of each staff member.

The purpose of the Assistant Director is to assist the Library Director in planning, organizing, and directing the day to day operations of the library system. The job class is responsible for supervising subordinate staff, establishing standards for services and collections, preparing library budget, and coordinating the annual Capital Improvement Program.

The Assistant Director researches and formulates long range goals for the organization; develops policy and position papers, and negotiates with management and/or elected officials.

Encompassing a Central Library, six area libraries, two Mobile Edition outreach vans, and digital services. CPL is a vibrant community hub with 190,000 registered users, 1.6 million annual checkouts, and approximately 20,000 weekly visitors. The Chesapeake Public Library serves the citizens of the third largest city in the Commonwealth and is located in the center of Hampton Roads, a thriving coastal metropolitan area composed of seven cities and 1.7 million residents in the region.


  • Coordinates and supervises day to day operations including circulation, information services, collection management, library information services, and facilities in alignment with the department’s strategic plan.
  • Supervises subordinate personnel, including scheduling, assigning, and evaluating work. Oversees staff development and training.
  • Conducts analysis for annual budget planning, projections, justification, and implementation. Monitors expenditures for effective fiscal management.
  • Coordinates the Library Capital Improvement Program and participates in the design and construction planning for new or renovated library facilities.
  • Assists the Library Director in formulating and coordinating plans for library services.
  • Performs statistical analysis and prepares various reports to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of library services and programs.
  • In coordination with the IT and Collection Management teams, develops and evaluates customer access to resources.
  •  Manages projects from initiation through completion, including oversight of tracking measures to ensure accountability in accordance with the strategic plan.
  • Serves as Acting Director in the absence of the Library Director.
  • Responds orally or in writing to comments, inquiries, or complaints from patrons and coworkers.
  • Assists the Director with record keeping and the preparation and submission of all required reports and grants.
  • Monitors grant writing and expenditures as well as fiscal management of Friends of the Library and Foundation appropriations.
  • Oversees the maintenance of divisional emergency plans and preparations as well as departmental safety and evacuation procedures. Ensures appropriate safety training for staff and patrons.
  • Works with staff to develop and keep job descriptions and operating policies and procedures current, relevant, and in compliance with all applicable governmental regulations.
  • Works with Human Resources to ensure staffing levels are appropriate to meet the needs of each branch and address personnelrelated concerns.
  • Maintains knowledge of standard library principles, practices, and concepts of freedom of speech, copyright, collection development, weeding, patron confidentiality, censorship, and other library ethical issues.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications    

VOCATIONAL/EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENT: Requires a bachelor’s degree in business or related field. ALA accredited master’s degree in library science and/or master’s degree in business or public administration strongly preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: In addition to satisfying the vocational/educational standard, this position requires a minimum of five years of related, full time equivalent experience. Experience should include strategic planning and implementation, capital budget and planning, and leading complex projects at a manager level.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES: Requires a valid driver’s license and driving record in compliance with City Driving Standards. Virginia Public Librarian Certification

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short terms department needs and/or Citywide emergencies. Emergency operations support work and work locations may be outside of normal job duties.

Preferred Qualifications    

  • Public Library Experience Preferred.
  • Project Management Experience Preferred.

Posting Detail Information
Job Open Date    09/04/2020
Job Close Date    10/04/2020
Open Until Filled    Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants    Virginia Public Librarian Certificate required within three months of employment.
An acceptable criminal history and Child Protective Services (CPS) reports are required.

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