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Job Description & Posting


Job Title:    Assistant Director


Date of posting:  April 4, 2024    ---  Accepting applications until position is filled.  


Job location:        Maud Preston Palenske Memorial Library

                             500 Market Street  St. Joseph, MI  49085

Department:       Supervisor             Reports to:          Director

Position Summary:

The Assistant Director performs a variety of professional, supervisory, and administrative duties pertaining to the library.  Responsibilities include personnel and facility management, public service delivery, programming, collection development, and community relations.  They provide leadership in planning and policy direction.  

FT – salaried  -  Exempt                   

40 hours / week    Including some weekends and evenings

salary:  _$42,000 per year________


Detailed Job Description of duties:

    In charge of library operations and building in the absence of the Director

    Directs the daily work of staff in adult and teen services
        Develops and publishes monthly staff and desk schedules
        Reviews and preliminarily approves staff leave requests
        Trains and onboards new staff members
        Conducts employee evaluations; implements and refers staff to Director for disciplinary action when necessary
        Works with staff to set and achieve goals
        Provides assistance to staff in resolving complex patron issues.

    Manages the Local History & Genealogy collection; works closely with the Library Systems Supervisor on digitization procedures and protocols for local history collection

    Participates in collection development and assessment of the adult collections, local history and genealogy

    Oversee programming for Adult and teen services
        Develops, implements, and executes programs of interest to adults for the library.
        Reviews and advises staff regarding programming ideas in adult and teen services; assists with programming as needed
        Monitors and reports on programming budget and monthly statistics for programming and marketing
        Seeks grant opportunities for library programming

    Assists in Library planning and policy
        Attend monthly Library board meetings
        Assists in creating and updating library policies
        Makes recommendations for service changes
        Makes budgetary recommendations to the Director
        Participates in local, State, and National organizations on an as needed basis
        Represents the library at library related meetings when necessary
        Participates in interviews and makes hiring recommendations
        Seeks grant opportunities

    Regularly scheduled work on public services desks (includes evening and weekend shifts), assisting patrons of all ages.   Tasks include, but are not limited to:
        Checking out library materials according to established procedures
        Register and maintaining borrower database information
        Collect and record fines and fees
        Answer and direct incoming calls
        Notify patrons of materials on hold
        Assist patrons with reference and reader’s advisory inquiries

    Other duties as assigned


    Experience and requirements:

    Two (2) years working in a library; public library experience preferred
    Preference given to candidates with supervisory experience
    Demonstrated excellence in customer service and working with the public
    Must be comfortable working with technology
    Ability to communicate effectively & clearly.
    Knowledge of and ability to apply library policies and procedures to various situations
    Applicants must agree to a background check



    MLIS degree from an ALA accredited university

    Preference given to applicants with Master of Library & Information Science Degree but will consider an equivalent combination of relevant education and library experience.







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If there are no openings and you are interested in a career at the library,  submit your resume and application.  We keep them on file and do refer back to them when we have openings. 


General Position Listing:


Library Assistant - bachelor's degree preferred

Librarian - requires a master's degree from an ALA accredited library school