Mountain Regional Library, Young Harris
Regional Library System Director
Posted by: Mountain Regional Library System
Posted date: November 6, 2019
Location: Mountain Regional Library, Young Harris, GA
The Mountain Regional Library System Board of Trustees seeks an executive to manage, plan, organize, evaluate and administer all aspects of the Mountain Regional Library System serving Fannin, Union, and Towns Counties, located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, managing four libraries and the regional headquarters; supervising two professional librarians and more than 27 full and part-time staff in the four libraries; directing operations; overseeing financial management; writing and implementing policies; evaluating services; working with member library boards to provide superlative library service through the nine-member library facilities; working directly with member library boards and supervising the staff of all member libraries.
Reports to the Mountain Regional Library System Board.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
See: The Official Code of Georgia 20-5-45 outlines the basic duties and responsibilities of the Director.
Start Date: To be determined
Salary: Based on Georgia Public Library Salary Range and experience
Certification Required?: Yes
City: Young Harris
Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution with five or more years of progressively responsible public library experience with at least three years of administrative experience in a public library are required.
Must have, or obtain, Georgia Public Library certification through the Secretary of State's Office at the G-5 level or higher.
Must have or gain extensive knowledge of the Georgia Public Library Service requirements, federal and state laws, and funding programs, administration, principles, practices, procedures, operations, and functions of a three-county, library system which is administered centrally from the regional headquarters.
Must have extensive knowledge of public library management, finance, human resource management/personnel, and administrative practices, policies, and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities.
Must be able to develop and administer practices with existing regional office staff, enforce policies and procedures as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities and to monitor the performance of regional and member library employees.
Must have or obtain, a valid Georgia driver’s license to be able to drive library vehicle to travel between member libraries, and to attend meetings, library events, training, professional conferences, state directors meetings, and other necessary travel for performing job duties.
Is comfortable working with local, state, and federal elected officials to keep them informed of library activities and advocate for libraries and have input on legislation or other actions that may impact libraries and the communities they serve. And must be able to speak effectively before groups of officials and citizens to explain library policies, funding requests, and services.
Is willing to learn, or has knowledge of, library building practices. This includes, but is not limited to: preparing requests for proposals; working with MRLS’ facility manager, consultants, architects, contractors, and vendors; managing capital outlay grants and reimbursement forms; ensuring compliance with funding agency requirements; ensuring ADA compliance, and working with local service providers.
Is able to use technology effectively to communicate via e-mail, oversee MRLS’s IT coordinator, understand basic network architecture needs and how it impacts library services, and with appropriate staff, negotiate with technology vendors and service providers.
Understands basic governmental accounting principles. Must be able to read and understand financial reports, and by working with MRLS’s Assistant Director prepare budgets and financial reports using accounting software, interpret these reports to library boards and funding agencies, and provide administrative oversight over accounting functions at the administrative (HQ) and member libraries.
Possesses the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, with the public, member library communities, and businesses providing services to the library system.
Other qualifications include analytical thinking, communication skills, innovation, judgment, management experience, project management, strategic thinking, visionary leadership, and professionalism.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check, a motor vehicle record check.
Application materials provided should specify recent public library and other relevant experience and qualifications, detailed resume, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers for at least three professional references.
Send application to:
Mountain Regional Library System
ATTN: Director Search
698 Miller St
P.O. Box 159
Young Harris, GA 30582
Mountain Regional Library System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
E Verify: # 821692
Date of Authorization: December 2014