We’re Hiring

Library Director

  • 32 to 38 hours per week with flexible scheduling.
  • Starting rate dependent upon qualification.
  • Excellent benefit package offered as well.
  • Application deadline is 4:00p.m. on Monday, June 14, 2021.
  • Applications can be dropped off at Thorp City Hall or mailed to:

City Clerk/Treasurer
P.O. Box 334
Thorp, WI 54771

Or emailed to deputyclerk@cityofthorp.com 

Responsibility of Position:

Administers, directs and conducts the programs and services of small community library subject to the policies, goals and objectives of the library board.

Work duties:

  • Prepares Library Board agenda with the cooperation of the Library Board President. Submits monthly reports to the Board.
  • Develops the annual Library budget proposal for review by the Library Board and participates in its presentation to municipal officials.  Expends funds within established procedure.
  • Develops and submits the library’s policies and long-range goals and objectives to the Library Board for review, approval and update. Implements policies and long-range goals and objectives as established by the Board.
  • Plans and supervises the work of the library, relating goals and objectives to community needs.
  • Plans, supervises and conducts library services and programs; in collaboration with other community organizations if appropriate
  • Recruits, selects, hires, trains, supervises, evaluates and terminates Library staff and/or volunteers. Schedules Library employees and/or volunteers and assigns routine duties.  Plans and conducts regular staff and/or volunteer meetings.
  • Works with municipal and state government officials to meet the needs of the library and works with special groups in an advisory capacity.
  • Participate in fundraising in conjunction with the Library Board and Friends organization
  • Writes grant applications to improve library services.
  • Maintains a library materials collection: selecting, purchasing, cataloging and withdrawing. Constructs a materials development plan.
  • Represents the library at the system level and as a member of professional library organizations. Acts as spokesperson for the library in the community.
  • Plans and administers the library’s public relations plan, including development of promotional materials and projects.
  • Supervises building and grounds maintenance, repairs and improvements.
  • Provides reader’s advisory, reference and other Patron assistance services.
  • Registers patrons, records data and issues patron cards.
  • Catalogs and processes materials for circulation.
  • Enters acquisition information into database or maintains card catalog.
  • Prepares, repairs and reconditions library materials.
  • Weeds, shelves, and supervises inventories.
  • Maintains, updates and acquires appropriate technology and equipment.
  • Carries out circulation desk policies and performs desk procedures.
  • Sorts mail.
  • Maintains library statistics.
  • Perform other duties as required by the Library Board.

Knowledge and abilities:

  • Knowledge of library techniques, methods and procedures as they apply to small public library administration.
  • Ability to hire, train, supervise and discipline employees, coordinate and delegate workloads and work schedules, evaluate work performance and maintain high standards of library service.
  • Knowledge of the community in which the library is located and how to serve the public of all ages. Understanding of the unique nature of rural and/or small communities and their libraries
  • Ability to organize, plan and direct the growth and development of the library.
  • Ability to establish a positive working relationship with the library trustees, staff and volunteers, the library system and member libraries, local service organizations, city, county, and state officials and the general public.
  • Ability to gain a working understanding of current and developing technologies as they relate to public library operations and services.
  • Ability to use computers, electronic devices and manage digital content and software.

Physical demands and Position:

  • Sitting, standing, walking, climbing, and stooping
  • Bending/twisting and reaching
  • Talking and hearing; use of the telephone
  • Far vision at 20 feet or further; near vision at 20 inches or less
  • Lifting and carrying 50 lbs or less
  • Handling: processing, picking up and shelving books
  • Fingering: typing, writing, filing, sorting, shelving and processing
  • Pushing and pulling: objects weighing 60 – 80 pounds on wheels
  • Mobility: travel to meetings outside the library

Mental requirements:

  • Communication skills: effectively communicate ideas and information both in written and oral form
  • Reading ability: effectively read and understand information contained in memoranda, reports and bulletins
  • Mathematical ability: calculate basic arithmetic problems; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division without the aid of the calculator
  • Analytical skills: identify problems and opportunities, review possible alternative courses of action before selecting one, utilize information and resources available when making decisions
  • Problem solving skills: develop feasible, realistic solutions; refer problems supervisor when necessary
  • Planning and organization skills: develop long-range plans to solve complex problems or take advantage of opportunities; establish systematic methods of accomplishing goals
  • Creative decision-making: evaluate or make independent decisions based upon experience, knowledge or training without supervision
  • Time management: set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines, self-motivated and ability to multi-task

Environmental working conditions:

  • Inside work environment
  • Flexible work hours; frequent evening and weekend hours
  • Travel to various meeting locations, conferences and continuing education sites as needed

Equipment used:

  • computer/tablet
  • calculator
  • copy/print/fax/scan machine
  • telephone
  • cash register
  • book processing equipment
  • cameras
  • Building Systems such as security and heating/air conditioning

Education and experience:

  • Two years of study at an accredited college or university
  • 54 college credits – half in Liberal Arts
  • Eligibility for Grade 3 Wisconsin Library Certificate within a certain time frame established by the Library Board and follow State Statute requirements
  • Customer service