Library Director Posting


Job Description

Library Director IV, Grade 76 (Regional Director)


The regional director is the executive officer responsible for the administration, planning, and daily operation of the three-county library system and its member libraries. The director’s responsibilities include fiscal management, personnel management, and professional library work. The director supervises the branch managers and the regional headquarters staff. The director reports to the Board of Trustees.


As a fiscal manager, the director, with the aid of the finance officer:

  • Prepares an annual budget for board consideration and adoption
  • Presents budget requests to all funding agencies
  • Works with the board for approval of the appropriation requests
  • Oversees the fiscal operation of the regional library system, making timely and accurate reports to the board. Works closely with the auditor

As personnel manager, the director is responsible for:

  • The selection, with board approval, of all employees of the region
  • The division of areas of responsibility within the staff
  • The supervision and evaluation of such work including handling grievances and dismissals under the personnel policy. The maintenance of personnel records with adherence to all applicable laws dealing with personnel management
  • The encouragement of professional development of all staff members providing in-house training and opportunities to attend workshops, conferences, and other learning activities to improve employee job performance

As head librarian, the director is responsible for: 

  • The smooth operation of the regional library system and the Regional Headquarters’ library in Washington
  • The selection and maintenance of a quality collection of print and nonprint materials, including electronic resources, under the board-approved selection policies, and withdrawal of such materials to maintain currency and quality
  • The knowledge of current library best practices
  • The implementation of innovative ideas to improve services 

As administrator, the director:

  • Meets with the regional library board to establish policies and plans for future library services, collections and facilities
  • Interprets these decisions to local boards and assists them in local planning
  • Works with municipal and county councils, state legislators, and friends groups and other organizations and individuals to acquire funding needed to meet library goals
  • Works with such organizations as the State Library, the North Carolina Library Association, and the North Carolina Public Library Directors Association to keep the BHM Regional Library involved in the planning and development of public libraries and public library services in North Carolina


  • Knowledge of current library best practices particularly for rural libraries
  • Strong service orientation with the ability to build relationships with staff, the public, and political bodies
  • Ability to manage the financial administration, planning, budgeting, and reporting of a multicounty library system
  • Excellent computer skills and knowledge of emerging technologies
  • Knowledge of the legal and social basis of personal administration and staff development 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and activities and to respond promptly to the needs and concerns of staff, patrons, local boards, governing bodies, and Friends of the Library groups
  • Employs leadership techniques effectively in directing, planning, organizing, staffing, coordinating, budgeting, and evaluating the library’s operation


  • Master’s in Library Science degree from an ALA accredited graduate school
  • North Carolina Public Library Certification within one year of employment
  • At least five years of professional public library experience with at least three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility