Mountainside Public Library


March 13, 2017



The Board of Trustees of the Mountainside Public Library is seeking a professional librarian to serve as Library Director, effective May 1, 2017.




Administration of the Mountainside Public Library, as delegated by the Board of Trustees, including the management of all public and technical services, programming, physical plant, library budget, library personnel and all library operations and systems. 


Prepare for and attend Library Board meetings.  Plan and conduct monthly staff meetings. 


Prepare narrative and statistical reports. 


Keep current with professional developments, trends and laws.  Keep Board, staff and elected officials informed. 


Promote the library through effective communication and marketing initiatives including, but not limited to, newsletters, public appearances, press releases and web pages. 


Seek additional sources of funding through various sources, including Friends groups, grants, community organizations and other sources.  Must be comfortable fundraising. 


Establish and maintain effective work relationships with the Board of Trustees, elected officials, Friends group, community organizations, schools, and other stakeholders, including the general public.


Cover the Reference Desk on Thursday evenings, one Saturday a month and other times as needed.


Other duties germane to the position not specifically listed here. 




An ALA accredited MLS, MLIS or equivalent degree.


Three to  five years’ experience as a professional librarian preferred.


New Jersey State Certification


Excellent communication skills, flexibility, good sense of humor.  Ability to work well with others, including staff, patrons and government officials.  Ability to connect with a supportive community. 


Facility with technology and automated library systems. (MPL currently uses SirsiDynix). 


Candidate must be willing to submit to and successfully pass a background investigation.




Library Director is a full-time position with executive responsibility. 


Salary is $62,000 per year, pro-rated for first year. 


Includes 22 vacation days (pro-rated for first year), 15 days of sick leave (pro-rated to one day per month for first year of employment), and 11 paid holidays.


Mountainside Public Library participates in NJ Public Employees Retirement System and State Health Benefits Plan.


Optional Flexible Spending Account for Healthcare and Dependent Care available.





E-mail is the preferred method of communication. 


Submit your cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references to the Search Committee at .  Documents should be sent as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF only.  Other attachments will not be opened or reviewed. 


Hard copies may also be mailed to Director Search Committee, Mountainside Public Library, 1 Constitution Plaza, Mountainside, NJ 07092. 


No phone calls.  No faxes. 


Materials received by Friday, March 31, 2017 will receive full consideration. 


The committee will only contact applicants with whom they would like to schedule an interview. 


The Mountainside Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. 




03/13/2017  MJF