DATE ENTERED: April 25, 2024
POSITION: Library Director
LOCATION: Essex Public Library, VA
APPLY BY: May 19, 2024

Essex Public Library seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as our next Library Director. We are a vibrant community hub located in the charming historic river town of Tappahannock, Virginia, serving a population of 10,500 in rural Essex County. We are passionate about building a strong, inclusive community where lifelong learning is celebrated and all residents can access ideas, information, and technology. The library’s innovative and creative staff have strong community support and a well-resourced collection.

About the Role:

The Library Director reports directly to the Library Board of Directors. As Director, you will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the library and a staff of 4.5 FTE employees. Examples of duties include:

  • Develop and implement the library's strategic plan
  • Recommend and administer effective policies and procedures
  • Hire and supervise staff and foster a positive and motivating attitude of leadership
  • Prepare and administer operating budgets
  • Manage collection development, including ordering books and materials
  • Cultivate strong relationships within the community
  • Communicate effectively with the Library Board of Directors, the Friends of the Library, the County Administrator, the County Board of Supervisors, and other stakeholders
  • Advocate for the library and secure funding
  • Develop and implement innovative programs and services
  • Serve as administrator for library software and website
  • Market library services and programs
  • Maintain a strong knowledge of library trends and best practices


  • Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited program
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in a supervisory or administrative role in a public library setting
  • Must possess a Librarian's Professional Certification from the Library of Virginia
  • Passion for public libraries and the communities they serve
  • Strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to develop and manage budgets
  • Experience with technology implementation
  • Commitment to providing top-notch customer service
  • Experience with building construction projects preferred 


The official job description can be found here.

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range is $58,058 - $92,742 annually.

Benefits include:

  • Virginia Retirement System participation
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation
  • Group life insurance
  • Employer-sponsored health insurance

To Apply:

Please submit through e-mail a cover letter, resume, and three references to Melissa Ware, Library Board Chair, at [email protected] by May 19, 2024.