Deputy Library Director

Fairfax, Virginia
$94,050.94 - $156,750.67 Annually
Oct 02, 2021
Oct 23, 2021
Full Time
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Assists the Director of County Library with the administration and operation of the library system. Coordinates and manages the activities and functions of administration, public services, and technical services. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

  • Provides oversight for branch facilities and capital improvement projects.
  • Directs the strategic planning process and the development of short-term goals.
  • Collaborates with Branch Managers and the Director’s Leadership Team to allocate resources and coordinate services.
  • Participates in administrative meetings of the library; attends Library Board of Trustees meetings.
This position reports directly to the Director of County Library and is a security sensitive position and serves as acting Director in the absence of the Director. Work is performed under minimal supervision with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment and performance is based upon completion of assignments and results obtained.

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Illustrative Duties

  • Coordinates and manages the activities and functions of administration (i.e., human resources, budget, capital improvements, and organizational analysis), public services, and technical services;
  • Plans, organizes, directs and evaluates library operations and services to meet the Library system's mission, goals and objectives;
  • Analyses Library operations and services needs and recommends changes in policies, procedures, practices, equipment, facilities, and/or staffing to meet identified needs;
  • Sets priorities for service provision;
  • In collaboration with the Library Director, evaluates, develops, oversees and implements policy changes;
  • In collaboration with the Library Director, leads the development and justification of proposed annual budget and gives general supervision to the expenditure of Federal, State and local appropriated funds.
  • Collaborates with Library Director and staff in planning and establishment/renovation of branch Libraries and expansion of library services;
  • Collaborates with Branch Managers and members of the executive Leadership Team to allocate staff resources and coordinate programs and services;
  • May initiate and plan surveys of library services and facilities;
  • Directs personnel relations and procedures;
  • Interviews and selects professional librarians;
  • Directs preparation of monthly, annual and special reports;
  • Serves as a liaison between the Library and communities it serves, develops positive relationships with civic and community organizations, Friends of the Library groups, and elected and appointed officials;
  • Collaborates with Library Director regarding the Library's public information programs; speaks before civic groups and organizations regarding Library policies and services; attends national, state and local meetings and conferences;
  • Recommends, plans, organizes and coordinates special projects;
  • Attends Library Board meetings;
  • Represents the Library in the absence of the Director.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of fundamental principles and practices of library operations, techniques, resources, programs, and services;
  • Knowledge of administration, including organization, human resources, management, capital improvements, and budgeting;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning including community analysis, goal setting, and resource allocation;
  • Knowledge of different areas of library work such as circulation, cataloging, reference, children and adult services, electronic services, etc.;
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in libraries;
  • Ability to compile and analyze data and to prepare a variety of reports;
  • Ability to plan, direct and supervise the work of subordinate personnel;
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts orally, in writing, or in presentations;
  • Ability to work effectively with subordinates, co-workers, other County officials, community groups and officials, and the general public.

Employment Standards

Graduation from a college or university with a Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school; plus, five years of increasingly responsible professional library experience; three years of the required experience must include supervision and management experience (i.e., library branch or library system administration level) in a urban or suburban public library system.

Possession of a certificate issued by the Virginia State Board for Certification of Librarians within three months of date of appointment.

  • Five or more years of progressively responsible professional library experience, to include demonstrated library management experience.
  • Previous managerial experience as a Branch Manager or Manager in a Library Administration department/division with proven experience in the oversight, evaluation, and improvement of library programs, services and technology.
  • Demonstrated experience assisting with or leading the preparation, maintenance, presentation, and justification of program budgets, to include assisting with or leading the management of the expenditure of appropriated funds.
  • Superior customer service skills and the ability to build long-lasting business relationships with elected officials, governing boards, County Executive leadership, community representatives, staff employees, employee groups, and other groups.
  • Direct experience working with Library Boards.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • The appointee to the position must satisfactorily complete a criminal background check and credit check.

Duties are sedentary. Ability to input, access and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to lift up to 10 pounds. Ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to provide coverage, attend meetings and trainings. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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