Assistant Director

The Tuscarawas County Public Library System is seeking a motivated individual who will assume the role of Assistant Director. 


Assistant Director


Salaried Full Time



Qualifications:  MLS (Master of Library Science) or MLIS (Master of Library Information Science) from an American Library Association accredited library school; Three to five years of library management experience; may be required to load, unload, lift, shelve, transfer and/or transport materials up to 50 lbs including cargo and book drop; provide own transportation in fulfillment of job duties; be available evenings and some Saturdays.

Job Responsibilities: 

Under the supervision of the Director, the Assistant Director provides a full range of services to customers by assisting the Director with regular duties and special projects and through the supervision of extension, substitute, and security staff; supports the library’s mission and initiatives by providing professional expertise to the library administration to ensure the library system’s programs, services, and materials are meeting the needs of the community. Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Participates in the hiring, training, and evaluating of staff; ensures that staff perform duties according to standardized procedures; implements library policies
  • Assumes the duties of the Director in the Director’s absence
  • Assists the Director with regular duties and special projects as assigned
  • Directs extension operations, in conjunction with branch and mobile services supervisors and in alignment with administrative goals and objectives
  • Fosters and maintains cooperative relationships within the library system’s service district, including village and township officials in conjunction with branch supervisors
  • Oversees insurance claims in conjunction with Support Services Manager and Director
  • Oversees system-wide statistics, preparing quarterly, annual, and other statistical reports
  • Completes the statistical portion of the library’s annual state and national reports
  • Advocates for library funding at local, state, and national level
  • Oversees safety and security concerns for the library system including scheduling and supervision of security guards at the Main library
  • Develops and updates, in conjunction with the Library Director and administration, the library’s Code of Conduct, as well as policies and procedures related to safety and security within the library system
  • Mentors and coaches managers and supervisors regarding application of the library system’s code of conduct and, when necessary, customer disciplinary actions
  • Maintains the library system’s incident and accident reports, records of customer progressive discipline actions and related legal documents with law enforcement or the courts; keeps the Director and management abreast of safety and security related issues
  • Monitors Main library facility and corrects conditions that may pose a security threat
  • Monitors customer usage of the library facilities and takes a proactive approach in preventing disruptive or unsafe behaviors or conditions
  • Supervises library buildings and staff at appointed times including emergency situations and closings
  • Responsible for supervision of the library Substitute Customer Service Assistants and Floating Customer Service Assistants
  • Participates and/or coordinates departmental programming in conjunction with administrative goals and objectives
  • Participates in library system collection development, long-range planning, goal-setting, and the development and proactive implementation of policies and procedures
  • Keeps work areas clean and safe
  • Supervises, evaluates, and schedules department personnel
  • Schedules, approves leave, and verifies staff payroll timesheets
  • Mentors, coaches, and provides constructive feedback; applies disciplinary actions in accordance with the library’s policies and procedures
  • Proactively seeks out and encourages professional development opportunities for staff in the fulfillment of library goals and objectives
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with vendors to further library goals and objectives
  • Prepares departmental budget requests and manages the distribution of allocated funds; works closely with the Support Services Manager in the development of the annual collection budget based upon statistical data
  • Evaluates services, develops procedures, recommends policies, establishes work priorities, plans improvements, and delegates duties
  • Plans, applies for, and administers grants; initiates and submits grants and erate applications based on library initiatives
  • Forges partnerships in the community; interprets community interests and needs in order to plan appropriate services
  • Serves as an active member of the library management team and encourages system-wide cooperation among library departments and locations
  • Keeps informed of developments in the library field and community and makes recommendations for improvements in specialized service area
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the profession by attending conferences, workshops, and other training sessions; incorporates new learning into daily practices
  • Keeps abreast of OPLIN, SEO, and consortium news and developments by monitoring appropriate email listservs
  • Serves as an active member on OLC and other professional organizations
  • Assists the Director in the development of library policies for Board consideration
  • Interprets and fulfills customer needs; refers them appropriately
  • Promotes the library in the community
  • Troubleshoots technology problems when they arise and notifies the Information Technology Manager of serious issues
  • Must use independent judgment, within procedural boundaries, and possess good problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude; initiates and supports library goals and objectives
  • Prepares for, participates in, and attends library meetings; plans and leads departmental and/or committee meetings
  • Keeps library clean and safe
  • May coordinate maintenance and repair of copiers
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:  

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; listening and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; public speaking skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to resolve conflicts
  • Ability to lead, supervise, and motivate employees
  • Ability to administer a budget
  • Excellent computer knowledge including Internet searching, proficient with Microsoft applications, e-mail skills, data entry, basic technology troubleshooting, and file management
  • Skilled in demonstrating and teaching mobile technology
    • Tablets, eReaders, laptop
    • Digital downloads


Interested persons should submit a resume, completed job application, along with a letter highlighting skills and experience in relation to this job posting and three letters of reference to:

Jennifer Groff
HR Coordinator, Tuscarawas County Public Library System
330.364.4474 ext 239 |
121 Fair Avenue NW, New Philadelphia, OH 44663