Wilmington Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Title:   Director Classification:  Professional
Supervisor:  Board of Trustees Non-Bargaining Unit
Department: Administration Full Time
Location:  Main Library Hours:  Regular 40 hour work week; must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week as needed


The Director administers the activities, services, and staff of the Wilmington Public Library according to the policies, bylaws, and directives established by the Board of Trustees and the laws of the State of Ohio.  This position represents the Library in both public and professional communities.  Works a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends.


Board of Trustees:

  • Work with the Board to develop the Library’s strategic plan. Following Board approval, oversee its implementation, reporting on its progress at Board meetings.
  • Recommend policies and advise the Board on operational and personnel needs.
  • Work with the Board President and Fiscal Officer to develop the agenda and materials for mailing to the Board members prior to meetings.
  • Attend all Board meetings and submit progress reports.
  • Maintain confidentiality on all Board matters.
  • Carry out the directives and policies of the Board; implement Board decisions in a timely manner.
  • Support Board decisions.

Fiscal Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Fiscal Officer to develop annual budgets.
  • Work effectively with the Fiscal Officer.
  • Approve budget expenditures.

Legal Responsibilities:

  • Serve as primary liaison to the Library’s legal counsel.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Bargaining Unit.
  • Assure conformance with all local, state, and federal laws.

Library Staff:

  • Assure that the staff is responsive to the patrons and deals with patrons in a pleasant and professional manner.
  • Determine staffing requirements and recommend the personnel necessary to meet those needs.
  • Interview, select, orient, train, coach, and assure performance and morale of staff. Maintain staffing and performance levels through standard hiring practices, job training, and performance management.
  • Assure that there is effective and fair evaluation of all personnel and maintain proper records. Inform the Board of all disciplinary and possible dismissal action.
  • Terminate employees as needed, based on sound rationale and documentation.
  • Maintain open and accessible lines of communication with the Library’s staff, utilizing various communication methods, and facilitating meetings.

Library Collection and Services:

  • Assure the Library’s policies, collections, and programming support the Library’s mission.
  • Assure that materials selected meet the needs of the patrons and represent judicious expenditure of funds.
  • Assure that materials are properly cataloged, shelved, and easily available to patrons.
  • Assure that there is an effective weeding program for the collections.
  • Assure that quality events are planned to meet the interests of the community.
  • Maintain and improve library automation processes.
  • Provide quality collection and services that meet the needs of the public.

Library Facilities:

  • Assure the physical facilities, grounds, and equipment are properly maintained, updated, and safe for use.

Outreach to the Community and Other Agencies:

  • Maintain contact and good communications with local, state, and federal officials.
  • Communicate Library needs to local and state legislators. Monitor state and national library-related legislation.
  • Participate in local and professional organizations.
  • Keep the public informed about library services and activities.
  • Speak to local organizations as requested.

Professional Development:

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge and skills related to librarianship, trends, and services through professional reading, attendance at continuing education workshops and conferences, and by monitoring print and electronic publications.

Additional Duties

  • Demonstrate confidence and courtesy when assisting patrons.
  • Perform reference and circulation desk duties.
  • Pursue writing of grants as indicated by needs and opportunities.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and initiative in acquiring knowledge about the use and application of library materials.
  • Network with other library directors for sharing ideas.
  • Perform other job-related tasks and duties as assigned.


Education, Training, and Experience:

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Three to five years progressive management experience in a public library setting.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of the library field and librarianship.
  • In-depth broad general business knowledge, including human resource management, fiscal management, planning, marketing, and negotiating with a union.
  • Knowledge of a wide variety of literature.
  • Ability to access the collection and order materials as indicated and financially feasible.
  • Ability to network with a wide variety of agencies and community groups to promote library programs and usage.
  • Ability to plan and implement successful library programs.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage personnel.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities, plan work and demonstrate accuracy and a high rate of productivity.
  • Must possess patience, tact, and courtesy to deal with the general public and have the ability to work harmoniously with others.
  • Understanding of the role of technology and its impact on the library field.
  • Integrity and credibility.
  • Must be able and willing to assume total responsibility for the library on a 24 hours a day, seven days per week basis.
  • Flexibility, including the willingness to embrace new concepts.
  • Personal commitment to lifelong learning.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to Board direction and meet deadlines on Board requests.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative within established policies and regulations.

 Technology Skills:

  • The following is the common technology used in this position and is not all inclusive:

Data Entry, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Publisher, Internet, ILS SirsiDynix Horizon, laptop with LCD projector, copiers, printers, tablets, cell phones.

Travel Requirements:

Frequent travel requires driver’s license and personal vehicle.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

Performs work most often in a climate-controlled environment; may be required to participate in outdoor events occasionally.  Routinely works with computers.  May be required to lift light-to-medium weights, e.g. lifting books and audiovisual equipment and pushing book carts.  Position entails bending, stooping, reaching, and standing on a daily basis.  Some degree of stress in working with the public.  Must be able to deal with frequent interruptions.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of all responsibilities, duties, or skills required for the job and is subject to review and change at any time, with or without notice, in accordance with the needs of Wilmington Public Library.  Since no job description can detail all the duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a job, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a job, reasonably required for its performance, or required due to the changing nature of the job will also be considered part of the job holder’s responsibility.


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