Library Director — The Woodstock Library

The Woodstock Library is seeking a full-time Library Director

Woodstock Public Library District
Job Description

Position: Library Director
Department: N/A
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Employment Status: ☐ Temporary ☒ Full-Time ☐ Part-Time
FLSA Status: ☐ Non-Exempt ☒ Exempt
Effective Date: ASAP

The director will oversee all aspects of library programs and services. We are looking for a focused,
dedicated, caring individual who will bring energy and progress to the Woodstock
Library, and is excited to be involved in the community at large. The Woodstock
Library is a special district library supported mainly by an annual tax levy that
provides consistent and stable funding. The Woodstock Library is fortunate to
include on staff a full-time librarian, four additional full-time support staff, and
several part-time staff, as well as the director. The annual operating budget is
$672,199. The position requires appointment by the Ulster County Civil Service and
scoring highly enough on the next Director I civil service exam to maintain

Position Summary
The candidate should have the ability to supervise all library employees, administer
both short-term and long-term library operations, and foster partnerships with
outside organizations in providing services to the residents of Woodstock. The
director has principal responsibility for library finances, information systems and
technology, buildings and grounds, human resources, collection development, public
relations, community outreach, and customer service. The Library Director
prioritizes and manages many projects simultaneously. The director must foster
strong working relationships with the library’s Board of Trustees, volunteers, staff
members, patrons, and other stakeholders.

This job requires attention to detail, the ability to work independently and with
others, and multi-tasking. Most importantly, the director should possess excellent
communication skills and the ability to connect to people of all ages.
The Woodstock Library is currently in the process of exploring relocation. One of the
major focuses of the director for the next few years will be managing a move,
adaptation of an existing building, reorganization, and expansion of library
programming and services.

The essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:
• Recruits, selects, trains, and evaluates library staff.
• Supervises and schedules library staff.
• Oversees the development and provision of library programs and events.
• Prepares budget with trustees and supervises library expenditures.
• Responsible for resolving all accounts payable and receivable, overseeing a
bookkeeper and independent treasurer.
• Reviews, abides by, and enforces all library policies established by the Board of
• Makes recommendations for policy changes to the Board of Trustees.
• Reports monthly to the Board of Trustees and meets with Board Committees.
• Acts as a liaison between the library and outside organizations, including the Town
of Woodstock.
• Stays abreast of developments in the library field, especially as pertains to the
Mid-Hudson Library System.
• Seeks alternative funding for the organization (i.e. grants, donations, and
• Oversees marketing and public relations, including library website and social
• Oversees the buildings and grounds.
• Oversees expansion project and coordinates with Construction Manager and
Facilities Chair.
• Oversees collection development and collection maintenance.
• Administers and maintains library technology.
• Ability to provide readers advisory, circulation, or reference service and/or guide
patrons toward materials in print and electronic resources when needed.
• Occasional evenings and weekends are required for Board meetings,
programming, and community outreach.
• Sense of humor.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)
• Previous experience in library management.
• Supervisory experience.
• Working knowledge of library finances and budgets.
• High proficiency with library computer technology and electronic resources.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written.
• Interest in information needs, preferences, and opinions of local residents.
• Ability to provide reference, programming, and circulation support.
• Ability to work cooperatively with others.
• Masters degree in Library Science.
• Eligibility for or possession of a New York State Public Librarian certification.
• Ability to score highly enough to be reached on the Ulster County Civil Service
exam for Library Director I.

Salary and Benefits
The salary range is $60,000-$70,000 for a 35 hour work week, with 2 days vacation
a month, medical, dental, and vision coverage, personal and sick time, New York
State and Local Retirement System, Employee Assistance Program, Health Savings
Account, New York State Paid Family Leave, and optional New York State Deferred

To apply email resume and cover letter to Dorothea Marcus, Personnel Chair, at We request submissions by Monday, October 11th, 2021.
Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met
by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is
regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands
or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is frequently
required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms. The employee must
regularly lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this
position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The
noise level in the work environment varies from low to high.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be
performed by the director. The director will be required to follow any other
job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by
the Board of Trustees.

All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are
subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with
disabilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills,
aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. Some requirements may
exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or
safety of themselves or others. The requirements listed in this document are the
minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities. This document does not create an
employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
The library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with ADA regulations as