DATE ENTERED: September 28, 2022
POSITION:  Deputy Director, Library System
LOCATION:  Chesapeake Public Library, 298 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322
SALARY: $87,921 - $114,298 Annual [depending on experience and qualifications]

Job Announcement


The Chesapeake Public Library (CPL) is seeking a dynamic Deputy Director to be part of a creative, collaborative management team. The CPL values Inclusivity, Community, Lifelong Learning, Discovery and Empowerment of patrons and staff, as we seek to uphold the City of Chesapeake’s strategic anchors of making Chesapeake an exceptional place to live, learn, work, farm and play while being fiscally responsible and providing outstanding services to all.

The purpose of the Deputy 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.

Encompassing a Central Library, six area libraries, two Mobile Edition outreach vans, multiple fleet vehicles, 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 second-largest city in the Commonwealth and is located in the center of Hampton Roads, a thriving coastal metropolitan area composed of seven cities and 1.8 million residents in the region.

-Coordinates and supervises day-to-day operations including circulation, information services, collection management, library information services, training 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 co-workers.
-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 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 personnel-related 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.

Preferred qualifications

Public Library Experience Preferred.
Project Management Experience Preferred.

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. 

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


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.


Employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or city-wide emergencies. Emergency operations support work and work locations may be outside of normal job duties.

Instructions to Applicants:
An acceptable criminal history and Child Protective Services (CPS) reports are required.

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