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Job Title: Library Director, Sparta Free Library
Location: Sparta, Wisconsin
Employee Type: Full time
Hours: 40 hours per week, variable with some evenings and weekends

Job Snapshot: Under the direct supervision of the public library board of trustees, the library director is responsible for the operations of the library and the development and implementation of its service program, including: (A) assisting the board with long-range planning and policy development, and managing all library resources, including human resources; (B) coordination with the Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS) to promote and improve system service; (C) community outreach and liaison with city council, county agencies, and community organizations; and (D) overseeing the maintenance and safety of the library building and grounds. The library director hires, mentors, and supervises all assistants, substitutes, and volunteers who work in the library.

The Sparta Free Library is a 2-story Carnegie Library with 11,600 users and a circulation of 110,500 in 2016. Located in Monroe County in western Wisconsin, the library is an active member of the Winding Rivers Library System, has a staff of 7 fulltime and 1 part time, and experiences 88,000 visits annually. Excellence in children’s, teen and adult programming, technology training and special events are hallmarks of this community-oriented library. The library board of trustees, staff, and city residents participated in a professionally facilitated long-range strategic planning process in 2015, providing a road map for developing even more robust services for our community, including a potential building renovation and expansion.

Educational requirements: MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution and Grade 1 Wisconsin Public Librarian Certification. (Applicants who do not currently hold Grade 1 Certification must agree to acquire same within 6 months of hire.)

Preferred experience: 3 years of public library experience or 5 years of experience in a service institution with comparable demands and responsibilities; i.e. supervision of professional staff, working directly with the public, working with governing boards or bodies. Desirable candidate skills include effective board relations; budgeting; grant writing; knowledge of library technologies; excellent oral and written communication.

Salary: Commensurate with training and experience (beginning at $50,000), benefits (health and dental insurance, sick leave, paid vacations and holidays, plus enrollment in the Wisconsin Retirement System)

To apply, e-mail a cover letter of interest, resume, and 3 references (including addresses, phone numbers and emails) to Laurie Koll, President, Board of Trustees at by Monday, May 1, 2017. All e-mail applications will be acknowledged.

The City of Sparta is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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