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Head Librarian, Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport, MA


The City of Newburyport is seeking an energetic and visionary Head Librarian (Director) to sustain the Newburyport Public Library’s vital role in the community. Located in northeast Massachusetts, Newburyport is a seaside city with a population of 18,289, and a strong historic, artistic and cultural communities. As a member of the Merrimack Library Consortium (MVLC), the Library had a total circulation of 272,375 and over 10,000 active borrowers in FY21.

Under the supervision of the Mayor, and in consultation with a 12-member appointed Board of Directors, the Head Librarian is responsible for the management of all library services and resources, including a staff of 18 full-time and 2 part-time employees, an operating budget of $1,445,978 and a 38,000 square foot historic building with a 2001 addition. The new Head Librarian will work with a capable and enthusiastic staff, dedicated and dynamic Friends of the Library organization and an active corps of volunteers to ensure the provision of high quality services to a library supportive public.

The ideal candidate will have a positive attitude, an innovative spirit, integrity, flexibility, a sense of humor, and a genuine interest in people. Excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills are essential as is the ability to foster a culture that strives for excellence and promotes positive change.
Applicants must possess a through knowledge of the principals and practices of public library administration, strategic planning, finance, technology trends, personnel administration, facility management, public relations and social media. Experience in a collective bargaining environment is a plus.

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