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Regional Library System Director

Posted by: West Georgia Regional Library System

Posted date: 2017-Sep-08

Location: West Georgia Regional Library System

The West Georgia Regional Library System Board of Trustees seeks an executive to manage, plan, organize, evaluate and administer all aspects of the WGRLS serving Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, and Paulding Counties.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing member library services and the regional headquarters; supervising professional librarians, regional employees, and full and part-time staff as specified in library policy; directing operations; overseeing financial management; writing and implementing policies; evaluating services; working with member library boards to provide superlative library service through the member library facilities; working directly with member library boards and supervising the staff of all member libraries.

Reports to the West Georgia Regional Library System Board of Trustees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

See: The Official Code of Georgia 20-5-45 outlines the basic duties and responsibilities of the Director.
Job Title Regional Library System Director
Start Date ASAP
Library/Institution Name West Georgia Regional Library System
Salary $75,000 - $90,000
Certification Required? Yes
City Carrollton
State GA
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Type of Library Job Classification -> Public
Qualifications Qualifications:

Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution with five or more years of progressively responsible public library experience with at least three years as director or assistant director.

Must have, or obtain, Georgia Public Library certification through the Secretary of State's Office at the G-5 level or higher.

Must have or gain extensive knowledge of the Georgia Public Library Service requirements, federal and state laws, funding programs, administration, principles, practices, procedures, operations and functions of a five county library system which is administered centrally from the regional headquarters.

Has extensive knowledge of public library management, finance, human resource management/personnel and administrative practices, policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.

Is able to develop and administer practices with existing regional office staff, enforcing policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities and to monitor performance of regional and member library employees.

Has, or is able to obtain, a valid Georgia drivers license to be able to drive library vehicle to travel between member libraries, and to attend meetings, library events, training, professional conferences, state directors meetings, and other necessary travel for performing job duties.

Is comfortable working with local, state, and federal elected officials to keep them informed of library activities and advocate for libraries and have input on legislation or other actions that may impact libraries and the communities they serve. And is able to speak effectively before groups of officials and citizens to explain library policies, funding requests, and services.

Is willing to learn, or has knowledge of, library building policies and construction practices.

Is able to use technology effectively to communicate via e-mail, text, and oversee IT employees.

Understands basic governmental accounting principles. Must be able to read and understand financial reports, and by working with WGRLS bookkeeper, prepare budgets and financial reports using accounting software, interpret these reports to library boards and funding agencies, and provide administrative oversight over accounting functions at the administrative (HQ) and member libraries.

Possesses the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, with the public, member library communities, and businesses providing services to the library system.

Other essential qualifications include: analytical thinking, communications skills, innovation, strategic thinking, visionary leadership, professionalism, a passion for the providing public library service to every corner of the WGRLS service area and rock-solid common sense.

Most importantly, the applicant must understand that the position of WGRLS director must be available 24/7 to deal with not only everyday operations but emergency situations that are demanded of a seven day a week operation wherein technology and politics often requires immediate attention regardless of the traditional work week.

Must be able to pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check, and fulfill I9 requirements.
Application Instructions Application materials provided should specify recent public library and other relevant experience and qualifications, resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of a three professional references. Open until filled.
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Special Notes Applicants should submit resumes to Clint Chance, Board Chairman at this e-mail address:

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