Description: The Director of Libraries provides professional leadership in planning, organizing, and directing the Appalachian Regional Library System under the general review of the regional library board. This employee works to meet staffing, materials, equipment, and facility needs for five public libraries in Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes Counties. The regional director’s duties also include making recommendations to the governing board regarding hiring, promotion, or dismissal of management-level employees of the Appalachian Regional Library System; having extensive public contact and frequent conferences with library board members, government officials, and community leaders in all three counties; and maintaining professional relationships with the staff of the State Library of North Carolina, the North Carolina Public Library Directors’ Association, and state legislators. Experience with managing a budget is required. Must be able to plan and direct staff engaged in all library functions.
Qualifications: A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school, seven years of professional public library experience preferred (including five years of public library administrative or management experience) and eligibility for certification by the NC Librarian Certification Committee. Excellent oral and written communication abilities and management skills are necessary.
Salary: $68,000 - $73,000