Library Director

Library System/Company Name
Calhoun County Library
Job Description

The Library Director is a full-time executive position responsible for complex administrative, supervisory and professional duties requiring adherence to standards of accuracy, confidentiality, integrity, and tact. Under the general direction of the Library Board of Trustees, the library director is responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the Library and has responsibility and authority for organizing and managing Library operations and for planning, directing and coordinating its program of service to the community. 

Position-specific Responsibilities  
• Works with the Library Board of Trustees to plan, develop, and update a strategic plan that aligns the Library’s mission, goals, and objectives with community needs 
• Oversees and directs the supervision of the daily operation and ·activities of the Library 
• Develops staff job descriptions, recommends and administers personnel policies, and recruits, hires, evaluates and disciplines library staff in conformity with state and federal regulations and personnel policies 
• Plans and participates in board meetings, communicating all necessary information to trustees for effective library governance 
• With Board Chairperson, orients new trustees and serves as resource for trustee activities 
• Evaluates policies and submits policy recommendations to the Library Board 
• Serves as liaison to staff in reporting Board-related information, decisions, and actions 
• Prepares an annual operations budget for review, discussion, and approval by the Library Board 
• Submits budget request to County; Maintains positive working relationships with County Administration, Finance, and Human Resources  
• Administers approved budget; Authorizes library expenditures; Expends funds within established guidelines; Provides regular report of financial accounts to the Library Board 
• Serves as chief consultant to the board in regard to library programs and services; Recommends to the board, as necessary, the adoption of new programs and technologies, and reports regularly on their success and impact 
• Prepares operations progress reports for the Board and the annual statistics report required by the State Library 
• Prepares and provides other reports in accordance with county, state and/or federal requirements 
• Incorporates library goals and the strategic plan in financial planning 
• Prepares grant applications in order to supplement local funding of library operations and development; Oversees expenditure of grant funds and grant reporting 
• Continually investigates 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
 • Evaluates library programs, services, and procedures to make the Library more accessible to all users 
• Works to promote high staff morale; Encourages clear and open staff communications 
• Communicates Library performance and service needs to County Council 
• Promotes library services to community organizations, the general public, and government officials 
• Attends meetings, conferences and workshops to maintain contact with professional and library-related agencies, and to maintain knowledge in current trends in public library operations and technology 
• Develops subordinates in performing duties and addresses errors and complaints as appropriate 
• Oversees care and maintenance of Library facilities and vehicles and regularly reviews capital needs to advise the Library Board in its planning for expansion or development

Essential Responsibilities for All Library Positions 
• Serves as a representative of the library while at work and out in the community and may act as a library liaison for various committees and meetings 
• Establishes positive and productive relationships internally and externally with people of all ages and backgrounds 
• Serves the public in an outgoing, welcoming, and enthusiastic manner 
• Monitors and ensures staff and patron compliance with safety protocols and policies 
• Operates office equipment, including telephone, computer, copier, and fax 
• Adheres to all statues and policies, including those pertaining to patron confidentiality  
• Works ethically, with integrity, and upholds organizational values 
• Assists with the development and recommendation of library policies  
• Communicates frequently with immediate supervisor and/or County Administration liaison as appropriate, including ideas, suggestions, and concerns 
• Communicates effectively with team members and members of the public from all backgrounds to ensure a positive customer experience and work environment  
• Contributes to the current and future success of the library through planning and communication 
• Engages in professional development relating to primary job functions


• Master of Library and Information Science degree from an American Library Association accredited institution 
• Three to five years progressively responsible professional (post-MLS) library experience, with at least one year of administrative experience. 
• Eligible for professional certification from South Carolina State Library 
• Possession of valid driver's license and acceptable driving record 
• Track record of promoting a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
• Demonstrated ability to forge and maintain positive relationships and partnerships within the community 
• Demonstrated aptitude for creative problem solving • Evidence of strong public service orientation, a commitment to the Library and library service excellence, flexibility, and initiative 
• Strong attention to detail, including ability to create and maintain accurate records, statistics and reports using software such as Excel 
• Strong oral and written communication skills, including in public speaking and advocacy roles 
• Successful and timely management of projects and programs 
• Exemplary judgment for assessing situations and determining necessary courses of action 
• Ability to participate in meetings and work-related functions outside of the standard work week 
• Must possess or be eligible for and maintain a valid SC driver’s license 
• Experience working in a library consortium preferred

How to Apply

Salary: $60,000-65,000 and Contact: Brandy Roberson, Calhoun County 803-874-2435

Position description and application form on the Calhoun County website:

Applications can be picked up from and returned to Calhoun County Administration at 102 Courthouse Drive, Suite 108, St. Matthews, SC or, downloaded from the county website and emailed to Calhoun County is an equal opportunity employer and operates its programs and services without regard to race, color or national origin.

St. Mathews
South Carolina