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POSITION: LIBRARY DIRECTOR
LOCATION: Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields Drive, Saginaw, MI 48609 (989)781-3770
OPENING DATE: 05-24-2024
CLOSING DATE: 06-24-2024 OR UNTIL FILLED


The Board of Trustees of the Thomas Township Library is inviting applications for the position of Director. The 14,700+ square foot facility, which first opened its doors in 1989, was expanded in 2000 and again in 2005. This Class 3 library has a staff of two (2) full-time and (8) eight part-time employees, and is open 49 hours weekly. The Thomas Township Library services a population of just under 12,000 and is governed by an elected six (6) member Board of Trustees. A long history of stable leadership and strong support has always been provided by the trustees. The library has a dedicated millage and benefits from excellent community support. It is member of the White Pine Library Cooperative, the Michigan Library Association and is a participant of the Michigan eLibrary, a statewide union catalog and an eResources sharing service.

SUMMARY OF JOB:
Under the general direction and policy of the Library Board, the director provides administrative and overall managerial direction for all library departments and operations. This individual is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of library operations and services, including, but not limited to budget, personnel, collection development, technical and automation services, programming and facility maintenance. Required personal attributes needed are excellent communication, organizational and critical thinking skills, and dependability. Prior supervisory experience is a must. This is a salaried full-time (40+ hours per week) position. Hours include days, evenings and some Saturdays. A strong commitment to public service and literacy is required. As needed, the director remains at or returns to work to ensure adequate staffing when unplanned circumstances or emergencies occur.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program preferred.
  • Two years progressively responsible supervisory experience in a public library.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field may be considered based on prior supervisory experience in a public library.
  • Has a Level 3 Certification or higher awarded by the Library of Michigan or willing to obtain certification within four months of being hired.
  • Complete the New Director’s Pathway and the Advanced Director’s Pathway within the Library of Michigan’s Niche Staff Skills Academy within six months of hire
  • Complete the Library of Michigan’s Beginning workshop, a part of the Niche Staff Skills Academy, within six months of hire.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • The Thomas Township Library is committed to providing a safe environment for patrons and employees.
  • A background check is required before the selected candidate can be employed.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

  • Salary $55,000 to $65,000 (negotiable, dependent on experience and qualifications)
  • Single subscriber medical/dental/vision
  • Disability insurance.
  • Paid time off, sick days, paid holidays
  • 457b Employer contribution

TO SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER SEND TO:

Thomas Township Library – Employment
8207 Shields Drive
Saginaw, MI 48609
OR EMAIL TO:
jbttl_vac@hotmail.com
TO REQUEST A DETAILED JOB DESCRIPTION EMAIL:  jbttl_vac@hotmail.com

  • JOB CLASSIFICATION:  Youth Services Librarian
  • LOCATION:  Thomas Township Library, 8207 Shields Drive, Saginaw, MI 48609
  • CONTACT:  989 781-3770
  • LIBRARY CLASS SIZE:  3
  • DATE:  03-18-2024
  • CLOSING DATE:  Until filled
  • JOB SUMMARY: 

The Thomas Township Library is seeking a full-time Youth Services Librarian.  Responsibilities include planning and implementing activities, services and programs for pre-school, elementary, and young adult library users.  Performs collection development tasks for youth resources, including cataloging materials.  Provides assistance in the supervision of the support staff.  In the absence of the director, this person is accountable for the daily operations of the library. 

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.  Instruct and advise patrons in using the on-line catalog and technology equipment, is able to locate library materials and describe services offered by the library.

2.  Provide reference and readers’ advisory services to the patrons.

3.  Assist with circulation including, but not limited to, opening and closing tasks, issuing library cards, processing overdue notices, collecting fees and fines and shelving library materials.

4.  Assist with interlibrary loan duties for adult book discussion group.  See #14 below.

5.  Interpret and apply policies to operations.

6.  Evaluate, select, acquire and discard youth materials to maintain collection relevancy.

7.  Catalog youth materials according to MARC 21 format.

8.  Plan, prepare, promote and set up meeting room for story times, summer reading programs, craft activities, and special events.

9.  Conducts weekly story times and a craft for toddlers 24 – 36 months old and weekly story times for preschool children 3 – 5 years old.  Toddler story times are held during the months of October, December, February and April.  Preschool story times begin in October and continue through April.

10.  Conducts outreach to area schools.

11.  Oversees and assists in maintaining the children’s reading room for orderliness.                                                                    

12.  Plan and assemble displays and bulletin boards.

13.  Give tours and instruct organizations in the use of the library.

14.  Conduct the monthly adult book discussion group.

15.  Attend professional development workshops.

16.  Attend monthly library board meetings.

17.  Sort and set up youth materials for the annual used book sale.

18.  Willing to learn how to update the library website.

Note:  The above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of tasks and responsibilities performed.  The listings are not all inclusive the omission of specific duties does not exclude them from this position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  •     Bachelor’s degree in a related field.              
  •     Library of Michigan certified, or willingness to obtain certification within three months of being hired.
  •     Two years of experience working in a library setting.
  •     Documented experience working with children ages 1-17.
  •     Strong commitment to public service and literacy.
  •     Team oriented and energetic, with a friendly and outgoing personality.
  •     Available to work regularly scheduled days, evenings and weekends.
  •     Must be able to stand unaided for extended periods of time.
  •     Able to reach materials on 90” high shelving and floor level shelving.
  •     Capable of lifting a maximum of 30 pounds.

    The Thomas Township Library is committed to providing a safe environment for patrons and employees.   A background check is required before the selected candidate can be fully employed. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  •     Knowledge of current library principles and practices.
  •     Knowledge of automated library circulation software.
  •     Knowledge of current children’s services and literature. 
  •     Ability to communicate clearly, in writing and orally.
  •     Ability to produce news releases to promote programming & services.
  •     Ability to work effectively with library staff and patrons.
  •     Ability to meet deadlines.
  •     Skill in operating office equipment, computer hardware and software, especially Microsoft Office.
  •     Skill in navigating the Internet, Facebook and using email.
  •     Skill in creating and adding content to social media.
  •     Artistic skills used in creating posters, displays etc. highly desirable.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

  •      Salary to be determined by the Thomas Township Library Board of Trustees and is commensurate with the education and experience required for the position.
  •      Single subscriber health/dental/vision insurance is available.
  •      Disability insurance.
  •      PTO and sick days.

SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO:

Thomas Township Library
8207 Shields Dr.
Saginaw, MI 48609

OR

jbttl_vac@hotmail.com