The Black Earth Public Library is seeking an innovative Library Director to serve as chief executive officer of the library, implement library policies and projects, and provide leadership to meet goals for improving public library service to the community. With a team of one part-time Circulation Manager, one part-time Youth Services Librarian, and two part-time Library Assistants, the ideal director will excel at leading a small, but dedicated staff.
The Village of Black Earth is located in a beautiful part of Dane County with parks, hiking trails, and other scenic areas nearby. Black Earth has the feel of a small, tight knit community while being conveniently close to larger cities like Middleton and Madison (just 20 miles away). In 2020, a $27M referendum was passed to create a combined elementary school at the same location of the Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School. Education and learning are highly valued in Black Earth and Mazomanie and the library has an excellent relationship with the schools.
The Black Earth Public Library, built in 1990, accounts for about 2,600 square feet in the municipal building on Mills Street. As Dane County?s smallest public library, it offers the community approximately 21,000 current items, as well as access to the Wisconsin Digital Library. The library has a service population of around 3000, and is a member of the South Central Library System. A variety of entertaining and educational programs for adults and children are offered throughout the entire year, and an established Friends group helps support fundraising. Black Earth Public Library is supervised by a five-member Library Board of Trustees, and is a department of the Village of Black Earth.
Under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Director develops, administers, supervises, and coordinates the work of the library and staff, performs managerial duties related to personnel, budget, collection development, facilities maintenance, library operations, annual reporting, and service in conformity of the policies established by the Board of Trustees. The Library Director is responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain the library, that is responsive to the community?s needs for information, education, and recreation.
Hold or be eligible for a minimum of Grade III certification. The educational requirement for Grade III certification are the successful completion of 54 semester hours, half of which must be in the liberal arts and sciences, at a college or university approved by an accrediting association of more than statewide standing, including or supplemented by the successful completion of a basic library management course for public librarians approved by the Department of Public Instruction, Division for Libraries and Community Learning. A flexible schedule to attend meetings throughout the day and evening is needed. Some evening and weekend work is required.
Experiences working in libraries, working with governing boards, supervision, SCLS/Bibliovation, grant writing, web maintenance, and/or special needs/youth/outreach are highly desirable. Leadership skills and ability to form and maintain community partnerships is also desired. It is hoped that the successful candidate will have a desire to work on building plans, with the county libraries on racial equity and inclusivity initiatives, and to continue work on the recently completed strategic plan.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary Range $36,000 – $42,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications.
The Village of Black Earth offers eligible employees the choice between multiple plans, allowing you to select the best option for you. Available plans include Dean Health Insurance, Group Health Cooperative, and Quartz ? UW Health.
This position is a full-time salaried position and not eligible for overtime.
Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5 pm. To apply send a cover letter, resume and three references to Kirsten Rogers at email@example.com
People of color and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Black Earth Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and differing opinions.