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Assistant Director, Libraries

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Assistant Director, Libraries
Job Requisition Number COA077154
Position Number 102185
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Lib Administration
Minimum Qualifications

Graduation with a Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university, plus six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the library field, including four (4) years of experience in an upper management capacity.

Notes to Applicants

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The Assistant Director of Libraries will be expected to:

  • Be experienced in the operations of a large, complex library system, understanding the operations at both the Central Library and the branch libraries.
  • Demonstrate a collaborative, team oriented leadership style, embracing employee participation at all levels of the organization and throughout the Austin Library System.
  • Actively seek out community participation and engagement with an openness to new ideas, the development of community partnerships and a strong commitment to continuous improvement and best practices.
  • Be committed to cost effective service delivery and experience in sharing services with other city departments and units of government with the overall goal of providing the best possible service to the Austin community.

Pay Range



Monday through Friday, Typically will have to work outside regular business hours.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Library
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location TBA
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in the operations of a large complex library system, understanding the operations at both the Central Library and the branch libraries
  • Demonstrate record of community engagement
  • Demonstrate team oriented leadership and management style
  • Demonstrate innovation, creativity and an openness to new ideas with a strong commitment to continuous improvement and best practices
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Culturally sensitive with extraordinary listening skills
  • Active member in one or more library associations
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Defines and communicates strategic vision for delivering library services to the community and directs the effective delivery of these services.

  2. Directs the day-to-day operations of the Library’s Public Services Divisions, directly supervising the managers of these divisions, and ensures continuous innovative improvements to systems and services.

  3. Ensures that staff follows appropriate policies and procedures to select and maintain balanced library collections reflective of community interests and needs, and ensures compliance and adherence to the Library’s mission and vision.

  4. Ensures that high quality and engaging programs are developed and presented for customers of all ages.

  5. Ensures that library staff participate in appropriate outreach opportunities to bring information regarding library materials, programs, and services to the community outside of library locations.

  6. Supports the staff of the Austin History Center in their mission, ensuring that programs and exhibits highlight the resources of the Austin History Center and its role in preserving the history of the City of Austin.

  7. Ensures all activities are performed in compliance with City of Austin and departmental policy, Local, State, and Federal regulations and laws governing activities.

  8. Works with colleagues in other City departments to coordinate and avoid duplication of programs and achieve multiple outcomes.

  9. Serves as the Executive Liaison to the Library Commission.

  10. Builds relationships with and represents the Library to government, external agencies, regulatory bodies, the community, and the public.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of library and information science principles and practices, including policies, procedures, services, materials selection and acquisition and classification, office and library equipment, and public relations.

  • Knowledge of leadership, management, and supervision principles and practices.

  • Knowledge of current budgeting and personnel management practices.

  • Ability to learn and adapt to change.

  • Ability to recognize and define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously in person, over the telephone, and via email communication with people of all ages in a business and public service context as well as with professional colleagues.

  • Ability to oversee library promotion and publicity, including the use of social media.

  • Skill and proficiency in establishing and maintaining open and honest communication with City and Library staff.

  • Skill in providing direction for employees to ensure efficient customer service.

  • Skill in the application of supervisory and management practices.

  • Skill in the analysis and interpretation of library issues.

  • Skill in training, mentoring, and coaching staff.

  • Skill and proficiency in the basic use of personal computers and productivity applications such as word processing, database management, and spreadsheet software in a Windows environment as well as basic Internet research capabilities.

  • Skill in operations forecasting and strategy design and implementation.

  • Skill in projecting and formulating long-range goals for facility usage and expenditures.

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with City officials, representatives of business and governments, City employees, and the general public.

Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The minimum qualifications of this position are graduation with a Master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university, plus six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the library field, including four (4) years of experience in upper management. Do you meet these requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation (CBI)?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * In which library associations are you currently an active member? If none, please respond N/A.

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents