Library Director, Eastham Public Library, Eastham MA


Professional, administrative and supervisory work directing the activities and operations of the Eastham Public Library, and; other related work, as required.


Essential Functions

The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


Plan and supervise the operation of the Eastham Public library; collaborate with the Board of Trustees to develop library policies, programs and procedures.


Train, supervise, direct and coordinate the duties of staff, assign personnel and develop work schedules and conduct employee evaluations and recommend personnel actions.


Prepare, develop and manage departmental budgets including municipal appropriations,  trust funds, and gifts; prepare grant proposals for the funding of library services; administer grants; oversee payroll and payment of bills.


Develop long and short-range plans for library programs; including adult, adolescents and children, develop special programs for community groups; home bound residents; and evaluate and modify programs as necessary to achieve stated goals.


Promote and publicize library activities and special events including speaker and workshops.


Manage adult collection development and oversee children's collection development; responsible for the selection and purchase of books, supplies, equipment, and other library materials; add and discard collection materials; establish collection development policies; create and modify cataloguing system.


Represent the Library at library network meetings and ensure that network policies are followed; represent the Library at town board meetings and at professional meetings.


Oversee the development of technology; select hardware, software and on-line databases.


Supervise the maintenance of the library buildings and grounds; oversee maintenance of library equipment; prepare specifications for competitive bidding.


Prepare and submit reports required for State certification and State aid.


Perform similar or related work as required, or as situation dictates.



Works under the administrative direction of the Town Administrator implementing policies of the elected  Board of Library Trustees; duties require initiative and judgment to plan and oversee the administration of the Library, and develop and deliver library services to meet individual and community needs.


Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervises two full-time employees, two part-time employees, and seasonal staff.





Work Environment

Work is performed in library conditions; library hours may require evening and weekend work.


The employee operates standard office and library equipment.


The employee has contact with the public, other libraries, professional organizations, community groups, and local and State government officials.


The employee has access to employee and volunteer CORI information and patron records.


Errors could result in monetary loss, poor public relations, and delay of services.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience

Master's Degree in Library and Information Science (ALA accredited institution); five years of experience in library administration and direct service work in a public library; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Additional Requirement

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners certification


Knowledge, Ability and Skill

Knowledge of the principles and practices of professional library work; familiarity with the organization and management of library operations, including administration, personnel, budgeting, and fund raising; knowledge of automated library systems; knowledge of building maintenance and facilities management.


Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, patrons, community organizations and town officials; ability to speak and write effectively; ability to prepare and administer budgets and prepare financial reports; ability to pursue and administer grants.


Written and oral communication skills; interpersonal and problem-solving skills; administrative and budgetary skills; computer skills; planning and organization skills.



Physical Requirements

Minimal effort required to perform most functions; required to carry and shelve books; frequently required to stand, walk, sit, speak, hear, bend, reach, climb, and use hands to operate equipment; required to lift and/or move materials weighing up to 30 pounds. Vision requirements include the ability to read and analyze documents and use a computer.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.



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