DATE ENTERED: October 25, 2022
POSITION: Executive Director
LOCATION: Middlesex County Public Library, Urbanna, Virginia
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Public Library Executive Director
The Middlesex County Public Library
Urbanna, Virginia
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Job Description
The Middlesex County Public Library (MCPL) seeks a full-time Executive Director for
its Urbanna and Deltaville branch libraries. A government-independent 501(c)(3)
institution, MCPL is an integral and active part of a vibrant, rural, small-population
community located within Virginia’s Middle Peninsula bordered by the
Rappahannock and Piankatank Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. MCPL offers the
successful candidate an opportunity to work with a collegial and highly capable
patron-services staff and a committed and enthusiastic Board of Directors. During
the next calendar year, MCPL staff will include an Executive Director, a full-time
staff of two Branch Managers, a Library Outreach Vehicle Coordinator, and a wage
staff including a Children’s/Youth Services Coordinator and several Library
Assistants. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to initiate substantial
additional community services to all regions of the county with MCPL’s new library
outreach vehicle.

Description of Duties
The Executive Director works under the direction of the governing Board of
Directors of the Middlesex County Public Library and is responsible for all aspects of
library operations and functions, for advocating for the library at all times, and for
meeting the requirements of the Board, complying with all applicable laws and
regulations, and meeting the needs of the community and staff.

Board Relations: The Executive Director shall administer and execute policies
adopted by the board; prepare regular monthly reports and apprise the board of
significant activities, events, problems, and concerns of the library; evaluate the
effectiveness of library services necessary to meet the changing needs of the
Middlesex community and develop plans to meet those needs; formulate and
recommend policies for board approval and inform the board of library initiatives;
maintain statistical records on library activities; submit monthly and annual reports
to the board; serve as technical adviser to the board; attend board meetings; and
participate in all fund-raising activities.

Planning: The Executive Director shall supervise the planning and implementation
of MCPL operations, programs, and activities under the general direction of the
board; evaluate future needs of library services and the resources to meet those
needs; and prepare long-range plans for the library.

Finance: The Executive Director shall in close cooperation with the board Budget
and Finance Committee act as the library’s Chief Financial Officer; develop the
annual budget in cooperation with the board Treasurer and committee; submit the
draft budget to the Middlesex County administrative office and Board of Supervisors
for partial funding and to the board at its May meeting for discussion and approval;
coordinate financial matters with the county administration; and coordinate with the
board Treasurer and Budget and Finance Committee and submit to the board for
discussion and approval requests for expenditures above established limits.

Staffing: The Executive Director shall employ, direct, supervise, and evaluate all
library staff, including volunteers, in the performance of their duties; advise the
board of any staff disciplinary issues; develop personnel policies and procedures;
provide recurring training and development opportunities for all staff; and maintain
a positive working environment in behalf of staff morale.

Public and Patron Relations: The Executive Director shall advocate for and
promote the library in the Middlesex community in tandem with staff, the board,
volunteers, patrons, and educational and literacy organizations; work to establish
effective communications through news releases, e-mail or print newsletters, blogs,
web sites, etc.; establish and maintain effective working relationships with schools,
agencies, civic and community groups, the general public, and the media; represent
the library before community, civic, public library, and other groups by effectively
communicating the objectives and activities of MCPL; effectively address patron and
public complaints and advise the board of such interactions; and respond to the
needs of the community as its demography and diversity may encourage.

Collections: The Executive Director shall supervise the selection, acquisition, and
processing of all library materials to meet public needs within the protocols of
library selection policies and the library budget.

Property and Grounds: The Executive Director shall supervise the maintenance
and appearance of building interiors, exteriors, and grounds.

Professional Development: The Executive Director shall keep current in library
trends by participating in professional and other meetings as appropriate, by
membership in state and national library associations, and by networking with
regional libraries. MCPL strongly encourages its professional staff in their pursuit of
professional growth and renewal.

Salary and Benefits
Within the salary range as stated, the successful candidate will be paid
commensurate with experience. MCPL offers health insurance through the
administrative offices of Middlesex County and a TIAA/CREF retirement plan, to
include MCPL contributions in behalf of the Executive Director.
The position requires an American Library Association–accredited MLS/MLIS degree,
a Virginia Librarian’s Certificate, and a minimum of five years’ progressively
responsible duties in a library setting. Also required is a driver’s license valid in the
Commonwealth of Virginia.

Requirements and Application Process
Inquiries and applications may be submitted to Attn: Ms. Carol R. King, President,
Board of Directors, MCPL, at [email protected] or Post Office Box
189, Urbanna VA 23175.

Applications will include a detailed resume and a cover letter that includes a
statement about why you are interested in this position, your experience as a
member and leader within a diversified-skills team environment, and any applicable
experience working with a Board of Directors. Candidates selected for interviews
will also submit the names and contact information for four references with direct
knowledge of the candidate’s library experience. The successful candidate will be
subject to a background check before employment. The Middlesex County Public
Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.