Hiring range: $104,665 – $132,000

The town of Needham (population 30,000) is seeking an energetic and collaborative Library Director to provide vision and leadership for the Library as a vital center of learning, culture and inclusion. The successful candidate will continue the Library’s commitment to community enrichment and will have the leadership skills to transform strategic initiatives into reality.  Working closely with town Administration and Board of Library Trustees, the Director oversees and monitors all library operations, including budgeting, strategic planning, service delivery, personnel management, and facilities. The Director should be an ambassador for the library, highlighting its successes and communicating its needs. Housed in a beautiful facility endowed with new technologies and contemporary furnishings, the Needham Free Public Library is poised to move forward with robust community programming and innovative services to meet community needs, and seeks an innovative leader who can guide the organization toward a post-pandemic world and balance the need for both virtual and in-person services and resources.  To that end, the new Director will have the opportunity to help create and implement a new five-year strategic plan.

Needham is an inclusive community located 10 miles from downtown Boston and 40 miles from Providence that benefits from an excellent location, large business tax base and excellent school system. This position requires a comprehensive knowledge of public library and general management principles, methods, materials, practices, and public library finance; library procedures and problems; the ability to analyze library service needs and participate effectively in solving them; recruit, develop and supervise the work of diverse staff; promote inclusion and diversity; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Trustees, government officials, staff, patrons, and the general public. This position requires a master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited library school and extensive library experience, including seven years of supervisory experience. The Director should be knowledgeable about current trends, technologies and best practices for library services and be able to manage a facility and staff of more than 40 full-time and part-time staff, with an annual budget of $2 million.  The successful candidate will also have experience with fundraising efforts and collaborate closely with the Friends of the Needham Public Library and the Library Foundation of Needham.

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To apply please submit a cover letter, and resume to: hr@needhamma.gov. by the deadline of Aug. 13.

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