Director of Libraries

Neuse Regional Library
Location (City, State): 
Kinston, NC

Neuse Regional Library seeks an innovative and accomplished Director to oversee eight libraries in three eastern North Carolina counties: Lenoir, Greene, and Jones Counties.

Recruitment salary range $86,000 - $110,000; commensurate with experience and qualifications and a competitive benefits package

The region served by the Library offers a very affordable cost of living while remaining centrally located; the Headquarters Library is located 80 miles from North Carolina’s culturally-rich capital Raleigh and approximately 60 miles from the Crystal Coast beach resort area. Traditionally an agricultural and manufacturing center, the region is undergoing a shift towards increased tourism and entertainment, exemplified by local destination restaurant The Chef and the Farmer (featured on the PBS series A Chef’s Life); nationally recognized microbrewery Mother Earth; and Cutter Creek Golf Club, a PGA-caliber golf course. The region is also rich in history, and local attractions include the remains of the ironclad C.S.S. Neuse, the Richard Caswell museum, and several Civil War battlefields.

The Director of Libraries provides strategic and operational leadership for the Library System while continuously seeking new services to meet the evolving needs of patrons. This administrative position works independently while reporting directly to the Neuse Regional Library Board of Trustees, and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the general activities of the Neuse Regional Library System. The Director of Libraries leads a team of trained professional and paraprofessional staff in ensuring that the Library possesses the personnel, equipment, programs, and facilities to fully identify and meet the needs of local residents. The Director of Libraries determines the financial requirements of the Library System, manages the annual budgets and finances for the Library System as well as its three county Libraries, and supervises the expenditures of these funds.
Additional responsibilities include:
• Performance of periodic assessment of community needs, development of long-range and technology planning, and evaluation of library services in response to these evaluations, as well as regular staff development and training
• Ensuring that library facilities are inviting to local residents and that patrons feel free to use all libraries in comfort and safety
• Commitment to innovation, identification and adoption of emerging library technologies and trends, and willingness to explore new projects to better serve patrons
• Pursuit of alternative and supplementary sources of funding and engagement in creative fundraising as required by special projects, and oversight of the development of grant proposals
• Establishment of effective working relationships with other governmental agencies and community groups as well as public relations and general advocacy for the Library in the community

A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution and eligibility for certification by the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission; a minimum of seven years professional public library experience (including a minimum of at least three years of public library supervisory and/or administrative experience and preferably at least two years of experience as a public library Director); thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library management, techniques, systems, working tools, technologies, and procedures; insightful vision into the future of libraries and their evolving role in the community as well as the changing needs of patrons; strong leadership and supervisory qualities, including exceptional decision-making skills; detail-oriented personality with superior organizational and time-management skills; a demonstrated record of integrity and trustworthiness in all professional activities; experience with creating, modifying, and adhering to a budget; ability to work well with others and a capacity for fairness and empathy; capacity for problem-solving; excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as public speaking skills and the ability to make presentations on behalf of the Library in a variety of settings; and experience in planning/coordinating special events. Applicant must relocate to a residence in Lenoir, Greene, or Jones County within a year of hiring.

Applications will be accepted until November 20, 2017. The position will be open on July 1, 2018.

How to Apply: 

For more information about the position, library, or region or to apply online, visit Online applications are preferred but applications by mail will be accepted; send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of four professional references to Search Committee, c/o Neuse Regional Library, 510 North Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501. Questions or application materials can also be sent to applications [at] neuselibrary [dot] org.