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Director
La Veta Public Library

Imagine waking up in a small, scenic Colorado town, arriving at work, and spending your day in one of America’s Star libraries. The staff is exceptional, the visitors are friendly, and the air is fragrant from fresh baked Snickerdoodles. No, this is not a dream —but this COULD be your dream job!

We’re seeking individuals to apply for La Veta Public Library’s open Director position. The Director is responsible for managing all Library operations and resources and for working with the Board on long range planning and policy development. The ideal candidate will be technology literate, an agile problem-solver, be able to get along with a community of diverse perspectives and be highly committed to the Library. Our selection will have a strong background in financial management and successful supervisory experience.

Description of Community

La Veta Regional Library District is nestled at the foot of Colorado’s West Spanish Peak in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. The District, with a population of around 1500, is defined by the boundaries of the La Veta School District. There is a lively mix of political, religious and social groups from which comes an energetic group of library users. Well over 50% of residents have a college degree. The area has an economy based in agriculture, mixed with a thriving community of artists, relative newcomers, tourists and summer residents. Outdoor recreation opportunities are found nearby through proximity to the Spanish Peaks Wilderness area, local hiking trails, fishing and skiing an easy two hours west.

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Preferred Education

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science

Experience (years)

Three years or more of progressively responsible public library experience, or at least five years in a service institution with comparable demands and responsibilities (i.e., staff supervision, working directly with the public, working with governing boards or bodies, etc.).

Other Required Skills & Experience

Required:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to combine administrative and people skills.
  • Demonstrated visionary leadership to initiate, create, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate services, collections, programs and technologies.
  • Demonstrated love of learning and libraries.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in spoken and written form, including presentation skills.
  • Ability to work with community groups, governing boards, and elected officials, and make presentations to them.
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments of public library philosophy, principles, and procedures which will allow effective recommendations to the Board and sound decision making when faced with a wide range of circumstances.
  • Ability to direct, monitor & evaluate staff.
  • Ability to work within a confidential environment.
  • Ability to produce and maintain accurate files and reports.
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to organize, plan, and make sound decisions in a timely manner.
  • Ability to adapt behavior to meet changing needs and persons.
  • Other duties as needed

Application Requirements

To apply submit a non-form cover letter or other form of introduction and a professional resume. Please don’t start with “To Whom It May Concern.” Instead, tell us what it is about small and rural libraries that makes them special. Also, tell us about yourself as it relates to this job opportunity, including your favorite kind of cookie!

HR Contact Information

Apply by sending your material to Sandy Messick via email: directorsearch@lvpl.org . Professional references are not required for initial-stage applicants but will be required of finalists for the position. Should you have any procedural questions, please address those to Director Search via the above email or call 720-739-5818 and leave a message. Email is preferred. Application DEADLINE is 10:37 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2018.

 

Library Director
La Veta Regional Library District

Job Summary and Duties:

Under the direct supervision of the Board of Trustees of the La Veta Regional Library District (the “Board”), the Director is responsible for the total operation of the Library and the development and implementation of its programs. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Board with long range planning, policy development, and managing all Library resources
  • Perform all necessary Human Resources duties, including hiring, dismissal, evaluation and supervision of both employees and volunteers.
  • Organize the acquisitions, access, and control of collections.
  • Facilitate the the design and implementation of services and programs for all ages.
  • Oversee the maintenance and safety of the Library building and grounds.
  • Develop and maintain an active and positive working relationships with Town of La Veta and Huerfano County governments, community leaders, and the local media.
  • Secure grant funding and other donations, in part by developing and maintaining donor relationships.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of technology required to keep the District current.
  • Oversee all financial responsibilities of the District, including the annual Budget and Application for Exemption from Audit.
  • Assist patrons with information, material, and program requests.

Work Demands:

Have or can obtain a valid Colorado driver’s license, must have reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.  Normal office demands are encountered daily, including lifting of boxes and movement throughout the building or event site. Use of telephone and computer technologies is mandatory.   The candidate must be able to pass applicable driving and criminal background checks.

Administrative Services:

  • Serve as the Library’s executive officer, including maintaining a comprehensive view and multi-year perspective of the Library’s function.
  • Implement and review for changes, the policies of the Library as established by the Board.
  • Serve as the technical advisor to the Board.
  • In conjunction with the Board’s Budget Officer, oversee preparation of the annual Library budget for Board discussion and approval.
  • Receive and expend Library funds according to established guidelines and maintain accurate and up to date records showing the status of Library finances.
  • Recruit, interview and recommend to the Board individuals for employment; train, supervise, evaluate and terminate, if necessary, Library staff in conformity with Library policy and state and federal law.
  • Prepare Board meeting agendas and necessary reports in cooperation with the Board chair and notify Board members of scheduled meetings.
  • Prepare required reports and documents for review and approval by the Board including all records of the data necessary to complete the Colorado Public Library Annual Survey.
  • Inform and advise the Board as to local, regional, state and national developments in the library field and work to maintain communication with other area libraries and the Colorado library systems.

Technology Management

  • Supervise the Network Manager and all employees responsible for day to day installation, maintenance, minor repair, and troubleshooting of the Library’s network, hardware, software, peripherals, office equipment, electronic devices, and other technology-related areas.
  • Oversee planning of all technology changes and upgrades, and supervise the personnel responsible for those upgrades.
  • Provide assistance in use of equipment and software to staff.

Collection Management:

  • Work with staff to develop and support an energetic community of InterLibrary Loan users.
  • Supervise staff tasked with Collection Management to ensure that

Library materials are catalogued and classified according to accepted standards;

Materials for all media and all age groups are chosen based on the Library’s approved collection development policy;

Materials are processed in a timely and professional manner.

  • Develop and maintain a regular weeding schedule.
  • Ensure the public access catalogue is maintained.
  • Oversee the shelving and organization of materials.

Service and Service Promotion:

  • Train, supervise, and when necessary assist, staff who provide the public with information, service, and program requests, including working one-on-one with the public.
  • Supervise, and when necessary assist, staff who develop and execute an array of programming to address the community’s various needs and users, and to make the Library more accessible to all.
  • Assist and guide local volunteer groups (e.g., Friends of the Library, Foundation Board) who wish to help with Library promotion, fundraising, and enhancement of services.
  • Continually investigate the value, costs, and logistics of adding Library services, new media and new technologies in order to keep the Library current and proactive in its service provision to the public.
  • Conduct ongoing evaluations of existing Library programs, services, policies, and procedures, and submit recommendations to the Board.
  • Ensure that the Library’s services fulfill the requirements of the Colorado Public Library Standards as designated by the Board.
  • The successful applicant must be willing and able to substitute for all staff positions in the Library as needed.

Facilities Management:

  • Regularly review building needs and advise the Board in its planning for future expansion or development.
  • Determine if janitorial, maintenance and security services are adequate, and make changes in procedures if needed.
  • Routinely monitor all facility heating, cooling, elevator, electrical, plumbing and security systems of the facilities.
  • Routinely schedule necessary inspections and address necessary repairs.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Demonstrated visionary leadership to initiate, create, develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate services, collections, programs and technologies.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including a demonstrated ability to combine administrative and people skills and adapt behavior to meet changing needs and persons.
  • Demonstrated love of learning.
  • Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to work with community groups, governing boards, and elected officials, and make presentations to them.
  • Knowledge of current trends and developments of public library philosophy, principles, and procedures which will allow effective recommendations to the Board and sound decision making when faced with a wide range of circumstances.
  • Excellent supervisory skills with the ability to direct, monitor and evaluate staff and to create a positive culture.
  • Ability to work within a confidential environment.
  • Ability to produce and maintain accurate files and reports.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Ability to organize, plan, prioritize, make sound decisions and meet deadlines.

The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described, nor are they intended to be such a listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job.  Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.

Required Education, Experience and Certification

  • MLIS preferred. Minimally a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Three years or more of progressively responsible public library experience, or at least five years in a service institution with comparable demands and responsibilities (i.e., staff supervision, working directly with the public, working with governing boards or bodies, etc.).