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  • Sherborn Library Director, Job Posting
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    The Sherborn Library Board of Trustees is hiring a Library Director.  Please see below for the job description. 


    The Director of the Sherborn Library is an official Town Department Head. The position of Library Director is the steward of the Library facility, and provides the management, leadership, and vision necessary to attain the Library’s stated mission in the community, conforming with the policies established by the Board of Library Trustees, the regulations of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the By-Laws of the Town of Sherborn, and the Librarians’ Professional Code of Ethics. 


    • Support the ongoing development and implementation of processes and procedures as it relates to the transition to the newly renovated and reopened Library.  Cultivate a robust community outreach and support effort to welcome citizens back to the Library.
    • Prepare, justify, and negotiate the operating budget with the Board of Library Trustees for Town Meeting approval, and work with the Board of Library Trustees to direct programs supported by endowed and private Library funds. Prepare and distribute financial reports. Administer the annual budget in a prudent manner to ensure cost efficiency.
    • Write grants and participate in fundraising initiatives for endowment and capital campaigns; coordinate Friends of the Library (501c3) fundraising endeavors with institutional goals.
    • Hire and train professional and clerical Library personnel and maintain personnel records for submission to the Town. Manage staff according to the Town of Sherborn Personnel By-Law and Employee Administration Plan. Act as liaison between the Library staff and the Board of Library Trustees. Set professional standards for Library employees. Conduct probationary and annual performance appraisals for all Library personnel. Develop the staff schedule.
    • Hire and supervise contractual labor for maintenance of the Library building and grounds. Manage routine and unforeseen Library facility maintenance and repair to ensure safe, comfortable, and pleasing conditions for staff and the public in one of the Town’s largest buildings. Oversee the maintenance, servicing, and care of office equipment, furnishings, and the Library’s collections and assets. Work to establish cooperative purchasing opportunities and negotiations with approved vendors.
    • Responsible for directing technology services and troubleshooting IT, participate in the Minuteman Library Network and maintain standards and reporting requirements to the Network agency.
    • Select and acquire materials for the Library’s collections following the Library Trustees’ Material Selection Policy. Formulate Library governing policy for approval by the Board of Library Trustees. Implement Library policy and procedures.
    • Prepare and file annual statistical and financial reports for the State Board of Library Commissioners. Write a Library Annual Report for publication in the Town of Sherborn Annual Report.
    • Establish and maintain a comprehensive public relations program to promote the Library institution and its services. Serve as the Library Trustees’ liaison to cooperating Town-elected boards and community groups. Work actively with the incorporated Friends of the Library group for fundraising and programs and help to sustain citizen participation on the Friends of the Library Board. Coordinate Library activities in conjunction with other municipal departments.
    • Conduct an ongoing planning process for Library development. Evaluate existing programs and introduce new programs of service that are effective, efficient, and beneficial to the community. Report service developments in summary to the Friends of the Library, Board of Library Trustees, and other interested organizations.


    • A Master of Science Degree in Library and Information Science and professional certification from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is required.
    • A minimum of five to seven (5-7) years of Library administration and supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Working knowledge of Library science and information practices and procedures. Knowledge of personnel administration, grant writing, budgeting, purchasing, programming, and computer operations.
    • The ability to demonstrate an acumen for budget and personnel management, and an exemplary public services attitude is essential.
    • The ability to execute diplomacy with community boards and provide leadership for staff and Library Boards to motivate them and build consensus in advancing the Library’s mission is essential.
    • Superior organizational and interpersonal skills, and a talent for written and oral communication are required.
    • Proficiency in managing computer hardware and software in a networked environment is necessary, and the ability to evaluate and use office and library software applications, online and Internet services is required.
    • The ability to work a 40-hour work week, and to attend night meetings with the Board of Library Trustees and other municipal government meetings as scheduled is required.


    Board of Library Trustees


    Full Time, Exempt




    $80,000 - $106,615


    December 2, 2022


    Please send your resume, cover letter, and completed Town of Sherborn Employment Application to: and place “Library Director Application” in the subject line of the email.

    References will be required for finalist candidates.

    The Town of Sherborn is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.