Assistant Director/Head of Adult Services, Shrewsbury Public Library, Shrewsbury MA

Qualifications and Duties:
The Shrewsbury Public Library (SPL) seeks a proven leader and innovator for the position of Assistant Director/Head of Adult Services. SPL employs 11 full time and 20 part time employees and has an operating budget of $1,104,535. SPL is governed by a nine member board of elected Trustees, and serves a diverse community of 35,600 people. A $23 million renovation and expansion of the library building will be completed in the spring of 2016, resulting in a modern and efficient 38,000 SF building.


The Assistant Director reports to the Library Director, serves as a high level member of the management team, and assists in the execution, planning, directing and overseeing of all library activities and operations. In the absence of the Library Director, the Assistant Director assumes management of the library.


S/he must demonstrate knowledge of the mission of the public library in the 21st century, demonstrate strong commitment to excellent customer service and have experience with and knowledge of collection development, public programming, grant development, integrated library systems (Evergreen), municipal budgeting, effective management practice and community partnership building.

The ideal candidate will be:

  •  an innovator and creative problem solver
  •  a skilled leader and manager with a proven track record of motivating and developing staff
  •  a change agent with a belief in working as a team and in staff empowerment
  •  an able communicator, able to effectively communicate with the community, stakeholders, peers and elected officials
  •  a strong multi-tasker with the ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively determine appropriate courses of action
  •  a person who has high level of initiative and independent judgment
  •  a public servant dedicated to excellent customer service

Duties include professional, administrative and managerial work assisting the Library Director in the administration of all library operations and services, management of all adult collections, management of all Adult Services Staff, and serving as Acting Director in the absence of the Library Director.


Supervises and maintains the operations of the Adult Services Department. Assumes independent and primary responsibility for development and management of all services to teens and adults. Plans and organizes programs for adults. Trains, supervises and evaluates three or more employees and an active volunteer team on a regular basis.

Serves on the management team responsible for overall planning, policy, technology and service development. Assists at the Reference and Circulation Desks as required.


ALA accredited Masters of Library and Information Sciences Degree; three years of progressively responsible administrative experience, three years supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Compensation and Schedule:
Salary Range: $52,940 - $63,132. Work schedule includes one night per week and Saturdays on a rotating basis.


Send resume to Ellen M. Dolan, Director, Shrewsbury Public Library at edolan@shrewsburyma.gov. Applications due by Monday January 6, 2014.

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