Town of Hardwick

Job Description:  LIBRARY DIRECTOR

Department: Jeudevine Memorial Library


 Compensation: Salary of $44,000 to $47,000, DOQ. Benefits include: health/dental/vision/paid vacation/sick/holiday/bereavement/casual leave and the town of Hardwick’s contribution to the Vermont Public Employees Retirement System.



This is a full-time professional position in town at the public library, whose primary role is the administration, supervision and coordination of all activities and services of the library, and for carrying out the policies adopted by the Library Board of Trustees.  The Library Director acts as the library spokesperson, promoting the use of the library by all members of the community and fostering good working relationships with town government and organizations.


The Library Director is appointed by and responsible to the Board of Trustees.  The Director hires and supervises all other library staff and volunteers.




Service to the community:

·         Develop and maintain services that reflect and respond to the diverse interests and needs of the town

·         Participate in long range planning in conjunction with the Board of Trustees

·         Collaborate with community groups, local schools, Friends of the Library

·         Act as information hub for the Hardwick Neighbor to Neighbors

·         Develop procedures for the smooth running of the library

·         Develop a collection of library materials in various formats, print, audio-visual, and electronic

·         Provide reference, interlibrary loan, readers’ advisory, and referral services

·         Help the public use library materials and technology, including formal and informal training

·         Develop and facilitate programs that appeal to a variety of ages and interests

·         Develop outreach and other services that extend the library’s reach into the community

·         Develop and organize displays and exhibits

·         Promote and publicize the library’s services and resources

·         Report any building maintenance and safety problems to the trustees and oversee regular grounds maintenance and minor repairs as needed

·         Oversee the scheduling and use of the meeting room

·         Attend workshops, classes, webinars and meetings and read professional journals in order to maintain perspective and keep apprised of developments in the field of librarianship


Support and execution of library policy:

·         Follow policies adopted by the Board of Trustees, make suggestions for changes as needed, and propose ideas for the future

·         Participate in trustee meetings

·         Maintain the policy file, pass policy information on to staff, and answer the public’s questions about policies

·         Serve as a liaison to the Friends of the Library

·         Maintain a close working relationship with town government


Oversight of budgeted funds:

Spend and monitor budgeted funds in a responsible manner, including:


·         Work with the library treasurer to develop an annual budget for adoption by the Board of Trustees

·         Help the trustees present an annual budget request to the town, and answering questions about library expenses as needed

·         Develop a system to track expenses throughout the year so that no shortfalls are encountered

·         Review bills and pass them along to the treasurer for approval or payment

·         Receive cash donations, fees, and other funds and pass them to Town Manager’s Office

·         Arrange for use of the most cost-effective vendors

·         Write grant proposals as appropriate

·         Cooperate with trustees and Friends of the Library on library fund-raising activities and capital projects


Supervising and training staff and volunteers:

Hire, train, schedule, and evaluate all staff and volunteers, including:

·         Review and revise existing job descriptions and develop new ones as necessary, for board approval

·         Teach library policy and procedures to staff and volunteers, making sure each understands their individual responsibilities

·         Schedule, organize, encourage, and supervise all staff and volunteers

·         Recruit staff and volunteers as needed

·         Develop a procedure manual, emergency procedures, and other aids for staff and volunteers

·         Evaluate all staff performance at least annually


Formal reporting:

Provide regular, written reports of library activity for the board of trustees, the town, and the state, including:

·         Collect, report, and analyze library statistics

·         Prepare monthly written reports for the board of trustees

·         Complete occasional reports, surveys and requests for information from state and federal library agencies and associations

·         Prepare the annual statistical report and standards application for the Department of Libraries





This position requires repetitive use of a keyboard and other office equipment and sitting at a workstation for an hour or more as necessary.  Work requires occasional lifting of up to 25 pounds and regular lifting of 10 to 15 pounds.  This position requires a willingness to expand knowledge of library systems through workshops and webinars. The position requires excellent public skills. The work requires excellent computer skills with many types of devices including laptops, tablets, eBook readers, mp3 players, fax machines, copy machines and an ability to learn how to use new software and devices.



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of library systems and management, computer systems, online library catalog and circulation systems, website management, e-Newsletter production, Microsoft office, interlibrary loan systems, devices such as eBook readers, mp3 players, laptops, tablets, fax machines, computer scanners and printers, etc. Must have good people skills, ability to form a budget and work with the Town officers and Library Board of Trustees, must be able to manage staff and oversee the management of the library building. Must be willing to increase knowledge of librarianship through workshops, training and online webinars.


Education and experience:


A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program is preferred, VT Public Library Certificate preferred. Management and supervisory experience required. Three to five years’ experience working in a library or non-profit organization preferred. Successful grant-writing experience required. 



This position will remain open until filled. Initial review of applications will begin at 5:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. For additional information as to the position requirements, please refer to the Library Director Job Description at EOE

Library Hours:

  • Monday:         1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday:        10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday:   1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday:       10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday:            10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday:       10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday:                  Closed


Phone: (802) 472-5948





Address: Jeudevine Memorial Library

                 93 North Main St.

                 P.O. Box 536

                 Hardwick, VT 05843

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