Director of Library Development

Company Name & Location: 

South Carolina State Library - Columbia, SC

Columbia, South Carolina: 

Columbia combines all the graces of the rich past with the vibrance of the emerging Sun Belt. It's the state capital and home to a major university. One of America's outstanding zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is just minutes from the state capital. The State Museum also tells the colorful history of South Carolina. If you like water sports, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre playground less than 15 minutes from the heart of the city.

The South Carolina State Library: 

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. SCSL bears responsibility for public library development, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The Agency is a locus for collaborative library endeavors of all kinds and works closely with the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Headquartered in downtown Columbia, SCSL is well-supported with state and federal funds. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. The State Library succeeds because of the people we employ:  Passionate professionals who believe South Carolina library users deserve first-rate resources, services, and support. We are seeking talented, enthusiastic individuals who wish to join us in making a contribution to the development of great public libraries. The South Carolina State Library is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Position Overview: 

The South Carolina State Library is seeking a creative, detail-oriented person with excellent customer service skills for the Director of Library Development position. This dynamic position oversees the library development department, under the division of statewide development, comprised of 7 library staff responsible for public library consultation, training for public library staff, managing LSTA subgrants, and programs supporting public libraries and statewide initiatives. The library development department supports excellence for all South Carolina libraries. The Director represents the State Library at meetings, conferences, panels, and committees both statewide and nationally to maintain awareness of trends, and to seek and strengthen partnerships and program opportunities.

Compensation & Benefits: 
  • Starting salary range $49,594 - $70,674 depending on experience.
  • Benefits Include: vacation (15 days per year); sick leave (15 days per year); holidays (13 days per year), standard benefits package and South Carolina State Retirement System. 

Essential Duties of the Position: 

Examples of Work

The Director of Library Development will conduct a range of tasks with responsibilities which may include:

Ensuring the performance, management, and development of the staff in the library development department utilize its full potential in accomplishing the organization’s overall mission, strategy, and agency goals

Supervising employees by applying appropriate management principles according to South Carolina State Library (SCSL) policy and procedures, completing Employee Performance Management System timely and accurately, and monitoring employee progress toward goal attainment

Communicate expectations and help employees with performance improvement, professional development, and skills/competency development

Coordinate consulting services to library systems in various policy and program areas

Work directly in a consultative capacity with public library stakeholders on administrative and operational issues

Keep abreast of changing trends, issues, and challenges in public libraries in order to assess and implement training and support services

Oversee Library Development department, which includes statewide program coordinators and LD consultants by specialty area, and perform library development consulting as needed

Administrator of the LSTA subgrant program, collect, and report library statistics, implement continuing education program, plan, and implement SCSL services and statewide programs, conduct assessment, etc.

Oversee the budget for library development and help with oversights of the LSTA grant and subgrants

Research and write reports and documents required by the agency

Serve on internal committees

Serve on Agency Leadership Team

The Candidate: 

Minimum and Additional Requirements:    

A masters' degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited college or university  

Minimum of six (6) years professional library experience, supervisory experience critical

Knowledge of public library administration and current library organization, procedures, and services

Knowledge of collection development principles

Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules and regulations which apply to library administration

Knowledge and experience of on-line reference work and automated library systems

Knowledge of sources of information and reference techniques for the assigned program area

Ability to provide professional consultation and manage other consultants

General knowledge of equal employment practices

Ability to coordinate, plan, and direct work or professional and technical staff

Communicate effectively (orally and in writing); strong comfort level with public speaking to groups large and small

Strong writing skills (writing sample is required – see additional comments)

Prepare and deliver presentations to various audiences and visual presentations

Organize and present through reports, familiarity with data collection and using statistics

Ability to network and establish partnerships

Strong management and analytical skills

Additional Comments

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age (over 40), sex, including pregnancy and childbirth (or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

The State Library actively promotes professional development and learning opportunities for staff. Work takes place in an office environment. No physically demanding requirements, but ability to retrieve library materials is essential. Limited overnight travel required.

Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Any misrepresentation will result in your disqualification from consideration for employment.

Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work/salary history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed in lieu of a completed state application to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.

Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Also include a sample of your professional writing of at least two pages, on any topic related to public library interests. Reference and background check will be conducted.

How to Apply: 

All applications must be submitted online at Application deadline: July 28, 2019.

If you have any questions concerning this job posting, please email Deborah Pack, Human Resources Director at