Library Director- Payette, ID

Library Director- Payette, ID

Library Director- Payette, Idaho



Job Description

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Applications need to be mailed to:

Must be mailed to:
Payette Board of Trustee
Attn: Library Board of Trustee Chair
24 S 10th St. 
Payette, ID 83661

Job Title: Library Director

Date: July 14, 2017

Department: Library Department

Exemption Status: Exempt

Reports to: Library Board of Trustees

Revision Date: July 13, 2017


General Summary

The principal function of an employee in this class is to plan, organize, manage, and direct the operations of the Payette Public Library.  The work is performed under the supervision of the Library Board of  Trustees, although considerable latitude is granted for independent judgment and initiative.  The Library Director advises the Board, implements policy set by the Board, supervises all library staff, acquires library materials, equipment, and supplies, and attends all Library Board meetings.  With the recommendation of the Library Director, the Library Board of Trustees shall hire other employees as may be necessary for the operation of the Library in accordance with city policies and procedures (I.C. § 33-2608).



The Library Board of Trustees shall appoint the Library Director, who shall serve at the pleasure of the Board (Idaho Code 33-2608).  The Board of Library Trustees shall hire, supervise, and evaluate the Library Director (I.C. § 33-2607(8)).


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Partners with the Library Board of Trustees and community to develop the Library’s strategic plan, goals, objectives, and service responses in order to achieve the Library’s mission;
  • Manages day-to-day operations of the Library;
  • Implements policy set by the Library Board of Trustees;
  • Prepares the Library’s annual budget for Library Board of Trustees’ approval; acquires library materials, equipment and supplies; presents bills to library board of trustees for approval;
  • Works cooperatively with other city officials to assure the smooth, effective, and timely management of administrative, personnel, and budget matters; responds to all internal and external customers (city employees, other governmental representatives, business organizations, community groups and/or the public) in a courteous, responsive, timely, and friendly manner;
  • With approval of the Library Board of Trustees, coordinates intergovernmental relationships and professional partnerships with other library agencies;
  • Represents the Library in the community; promotes and coordinates library advocacy among library staff, Board, users, friends group, foundation; coordinates library outreach efforts in schools, service organizations, daycare centers, senior centers, and other outlets as appropriate;
  • Creates and maintains job descriptions for library staff members; trains, supervises, motivates, and evaluates the work of library staff;
  • Reads professional journals, listservs, blogs, and other appropriate resources for professional development to remain current on professional issues; reads professional reviews as part of the selection process for acquisition of library materials;
  • Attends meetings of professional organizations and consortia; takes advantage of opportunities for continuing education and training as they become available; and attends local, regional, state, and national conferences, whenever possible.  Participates in activities in order to remain current on principles, standards, and best practices in librarianship, library and information science, and informatics;
  • Oversees classification and processing of library materials;
  • Remains conversant and competent with hands-on operations of the Library;
  • Oversees collection development, including selection and deselection of library materials in various formats;
  • Maintains records; prepares monthly reports for Library Board of Trustees meeting packets; and compiles annual statistical information that the Library’s Board is required to submit as part of its report to the State Board of Library Commissioners (I.C. § 33-2611);
  • Attends all meetings of the Library Board of Trustees, but shall not vote (I.C. § 33-2608);
  • Refers callers or visitors to other appropriate city departments or other agencies as necessary;
  • Keeps Library Board of Trustees fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, any present or potential work problems, and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with city policies, procedures, and safety practices;
  • Directs and oversees library grant research, development, implementation, administration, and reporting;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Acceptable Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required; M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an ALA-accredited program is preferred;
  • Work experience in library management, including supervisory experience; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of:

  1. Professional library principles and practices
  2. Public library functions, facilities, and operations
  3. Customer needs and service responses to meet those needs
  4. Standard integrated library system modules.


Demonstrated ability to:

  1. Administer library programs and projects
  2. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with library trustees, staff, and support groups, city officials and departments, communities, and organizations
  3. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to groups and individuals.



Special Qualifications

  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug test.


Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing, with or without reasonable accommodation, to permit the employee to communicate effectively;
  • Sufficient vision, with or without reasonable accommodation, to permit the employee to review a wide variety of books and other materials in both print and electronic form;
  • Sufficient manual dexterity, with or without reasonable accommodation, to permit the employee to operate a personal computer and job-related software and make effective presentations;
  • Sufficient personal mobility, with or without reasonable accommodation, to permit the employee to operate in the general library environment;
  • Ability to maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, reading and writing, communicating with others, operating assigned equipment;
  • Ability to maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities, which may include sitting or standing for extended periods of time and lifting objects up to 50 pounds in a library environment.



Incumbent must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others.  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skill required of all personnel so classified.  This job description is not an employment agreement and/or an expressed or implied employment contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice. 



Effective Date:                      7/13/2017              


Revision Date:                      7/13/2017

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