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Job Posting – Library Director, Rensselaerville Library

The Board of Trustees of the Rensselaerville Library seeks a community-minded and enthusiastic individual for the position of Library Director.

The Rensselaerville Library is an association library that serves the 1,826 residents of the Town of Rensselaerville. It is housed within a charming historic row home in the hamlet of Rensselaerville, a designated state and national historic district located 25 miles southwest of Albany, New York. The library’s operating budget of $147,500 is funded by contributions from the Town of Rensselaerville, local school district taxes, fundraisers, and donations from the community. In addition to the director, the library employs four part-time employees. The library has recently developed a new strategic plan that calls for expanding library programs and services across the community. One of the projects currently underway is a library annex that will help provide library services in the center of town.

An ideal candidate will be a leader with strong team building, organizational and interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability for effective public engagement and a passion for the importance of libraries in our communities.

Working closely with our supportive Board of Trustees, the Library Director develops and implements programs and services for our community, oversees the library collection, identifies and pursues grant opportunities, engages in long-term planning, creates public relations materials and pursues opportunities for improving public relations, maintains and enhances our online and social media presence as well as the library’s technology, develops and manages the budget, supervises staff and volunteer coordinator, oversees the physical plant, participates in Library Board meetings and stays informed of developments in library management.

Desired Skills:

  • Excellent writing skills, including demonstrated ability to initiate, write and administer grant applications
  • Knowledge of current library management practices and the ability to manage library collections and programs to meet the evolving needs of the community.
  • Understanding of general building operations and the ability to work with contractors and other building maintenance professionals
  • Ability to help patrons answer technology questions and to ensure that technology in the library is up to date and functioning properly
  • Marketing experience to help promote library programs and fundraisers
  • Human resource management skills, including hiring, payroll, and performing staff evaluations
  • Experience with funds management procedures and budgeting

Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Master of Library Science degree and New York certificate of librarianship is desired but not essential.

The position is based on a 35-hr work week, with nights and weekends as needed. Salary range is $34,000-$45,000, with compensation based on education and experience. Benefits include paid time off, a healthcare stipend and professional development funds.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the job is filled.

To apply: Send cover letter including salary requirements, resume and three references to: search@rensselaervillelibrary.org

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