The Haverford Township Free Library (HTFL) Board of Trustees invites nominations and applications for the position of Library Director. As the Library plans for a transforming renovation, we are seeking a creative, experienced and enthusiastic leader who will carry forward and extend HTFL’s tradition of outstanding service and outreach. Reporting to the Board, the Director is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and coordinating a comprehensive program of library services for the residents of Haverford Township, Delaware County and the region. The successful candidate will demonstrate a talent for building strong community connections and partnerships, and for working collaboratively with Board members, elected and appointed officials, Library staff, volunteers and community partners. The position requires the exercise of considerable professional skill, initiative and independent judgment.
About the Library
The Haverford Township Free Library has been the Township’s official public library since 1934, providing continuing service to the community for more than 80 years. The Library is an independent non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, four of whom are app0inted by the Township of Haverford Commissioners and three who are elected by members of the Haverford Township Free Library Association. It is one of 26 libraries in the Delaware County Library System (DCLS) and follows the laws and regulations of the Pennsylvania Library Code. The Library’s mission is “to provide the residents of Haverford Township, as well as the public at large, with exemplary access to the broadest range of resources programs and services that enhance and enrich their lives.” The HTFL is committed to lifelong education and learning, and to serving patrons of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. The Library’s total collection use of more than 344,000 items (2016) is the highest of the 28 libraries in Delaware County. Currently the Library is engaged in planning for a major building renovation, anticipated to begin in August 2018. The newly renovated space will provide an exceptional and innovative environment for a patron-friendly, accessible, technological, and future-oriented community hub. For more information about the Library, please visit http://haverfordlibrary.org/
Areas of Responsibility
The Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions within the guidelines and policies established by the Board of Trustees. This includes responsibility for the facility, programming, financial management and oversight and management of Library personnel.
A. Oversees and provides for outstanding library services, collections and access for a diverse community of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds through the effective use of library resources.
B. Manages and directs the day-to-day operations of the Library, including all aspects of the physical plant to ensure safe, secure and user-friendly facilities.
C. Evaluates financial needs and makes recommendations to the Board; prepares and submits an annual budget in consultation with Board Treasurer; monitors all revenue and expenditures within budget parameters; reviews all financial transactions and required local, state and federal reporting, including an annual audit report.
D. In collaboration with the Board, seeks new revenue sources and pursues active involvement in Library fundraising efforts; supports and facilitates the work of Friends of the HTFL; identifies and oversees opportunities available through grants and contracts.
Planning and Evaluation
A. In collaboration with the Board, develops and implements short- and long-range strategic planning; offers professional advice on items requiring Board action, with recommendations based on thorough study and analysis; executes library policies in accordance with applicable laws and best practices.
B. In collaboration with professional staff, provides for critical periodic reviews and evaluations of current services, collection development and maintenance, technological innovations, and space utilization; adjusts for improvement as needed.
A. Recommends, develops and administers sound personnel policies and practices.
B. Provides leadership and oversight for professional librarians and staff, including hiring, training and performance assessment.
C. Ensures that staff performance appraisals are completed on a regular basis.
D. Demonstrates leadership by taking initiative and serves as a model and mentor by demonstrating strong professional ethics and commitment to service.
Community Outreach and Public Relations
A. Serves as the official representative of the Library and the Library’s chief advocate.
B. Represents the Library and speaks before official, civic and community groups.
C. Develops and sustains strong cooperative working relationships with government officials, civic and community groups, including the School District of Haverford Township and other educational institutions and business organizations.
D. Collaborates with other Library Directors and System Administrators to improve countywide services; represents HTFL at DCLS meetings, pertinent Township meetings, community events and other venues important for Library advancement and outreach.
A. Participates in professional development opportunities to enhance skills and maintain an awareness of new trends and developments in the library field.
B. Ensures professional development and continuing education opportunities for staff.
∙ Master’s in Library Science or Master’s in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.
∙ Minimum of three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public library setting.
∙ Ability to manage effectively budget and resources in a public library setting.
∙ Thorough knowledge and understanding of principles, practices and current trends for public libraries.
∙ Strong service and community outreach orientation with evidence of active involvement with community organizations.
∙ Interest and participation in local, regional and national professional library activities.
∙ Has professional certification from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
∙ A criminal background check is also required.
Strengths and Skills of the Ideal Candidate
Skill in managing budget, programs, collections, and facilities, combined with the capacity to build, lead and motivate a staff of professionals and support personnel.
Strong customer service orientation, with excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to manage and responsibly steward funds.
Aptitude for, and willingness to engage in, revenue enhancement and fundraising activities.
Talent for working collaboratively with the Board, staff, elected and appointed officials and community stakeholders.
Self-directed with excellent negotiation and team-building skills.
Proven foresight and sound judgment.
Exemplary oral and written communication skills, and the ability to make persuasive presentations to a variety of stakeholders.
Knowledge and understanding of current and emerging trends for public libraries, including the role of technology in enhancing collections, service and access.
Commitment to fostering a Library climate that promotes diversity and inclusion.
Salary and Benefits
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, and optional TIAA-CREF participation.
How to Apply
Inquiries, nominations and applications should be sent via email to:
Phil Goldsmith, President, HTFL Board of Trustees, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested candidates should submit a resume, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements of the Library Director position, and the names and contact information for five professional references, including two with supervisory responsibility. All inquiries and applications will be treated as confidential. Application materials must be received by January 15, 2018.
Haverford Township Free Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer