Assistant Director, Libraries

  • Post Date:March 4, 2020
  • Apply Before: May 8, 2020
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    Employer Name Austin Public Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas 78701
Job Description

Title:                   Assistant Director, Libraries

Location:            Austin Public Library

Salary:                Commensurate


Under the direction of the Director of Libraries, thisposition is accountable for the effective delivery of public library servicesto the citizens of the City of Austin, ensuring the efficient management,operation, and strategic alignment of all Public Services Divisions. Thesedivisions include Central Library Services, Branch Library Services, Cataloging& Collection Management, the Office of Programs and Partnerships, and theAustin History Center. The Assistant Director of Public Services works with theDirector in planning, administering, and evaluating all Library resources andservices, providing leadership and management of the Public Services Divisions.



Essential duties and functions, pursuant to theAmericans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other relatedduties 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/orLeadership Exercised:  Responsible for the full range of supervisoryactivities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, andrecommendation for dismissal.


Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities,and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or withoutreasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can beperformed.

  • 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 practice
  • 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 in using computers and related software, including Microsoft Office products.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.



Graduation with a Master’s degree from an American LibraryAssociation (ALA) accredited college or university,plus six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in the libraryfield, including four (4) years of experience in an upper managementcapacity.



  1. Exceptional leadership and management skills, including a successful track record of managing library services through significant change.
  2. Ability to recognize, communicate, and lead staff through the inherent tension between upholding intellectual freedom principles while working towards the elimination of institutionalized racial and social inequities.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of personnel and labor relations principles, policies, and procedures
  4. Knowledge of organizational theory and various leadership models.
  5. Demonstrated experience of innovation in library programs and services and experience with change management and distributive leadership models.
  6. General knowledge of collection development, analysis and maintenance
  7. Ability to work with diverse community groups and backgrounds
  8. Ability to embrace diversity and inclusion
  9. Ability develop policy as relates to customers and staff, and align with city policy
  10. Ability to travel to more than one work location


Job Open:  02/21/2020


Job Close: 04/05/2020


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