Director Position


This position reports directly to the Kent Memorial Library Commission and is responsible for the overseeing the library’s day-to-day operations, its staff and volunteers.


  • Develop organizational operating plan, budget, goals and procedures to assure quality patron service, staffing, library programs and services, community relations, optimum access to the library collection, and enlargement of the collection.
  • Prepare and oversee department’s budget.
  • Develop policies and procedures relating to departmental issues.
  • Provide executive direction for the day-to-day operation of the Library.
  • Set goals and objectives for the Library, monitor progress and forecast trends, analyze needs of the community.
  • Oversee all personnel matters; including but not limited to; interview, hire, schedule and terminate department employees.
  • Oversees selection, weeding, and development of the library’s collection using output measures which support the mission and goals of the library.
  • Provide monthly updates on activities, budget and grants to Commission.
  • Procure grants for library services and capital improvements.
  • Serve as the point of contract for the Library Board of Commissions to ensure the development and implementation of goals and library policies.
  • Work with the Board of Commissioners and community advisors in crafting a Long-Range Strategic Plan for the Kent Memorial Library.
  • Acts as liaison on fundraising campaigns with the Friends of the Kent Memorial Library and the Suffield Library Foundation.
  • Direct the maintenance of library building and grounds, set priorities that include developing the Capital Budget.
  • The Director will partner with City agencies to enhance the Library’s already strong commitment to cultural competency and diversity programming.

Performs other duties as required


  • Masters of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited university or an equivalent of experience and coursework in library science.
  • Five or more years of relevant experience within a public library system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public library operation, personnel administration,      supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of budgetary procedures and fiscal accountability required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with patrons of all ages, volunteers, community partners,      colleagues and supervisors.
  • Operational knowledge of mixed media and equipment, including CD-ROM, computers, printers, audiovisual equipment and associated equipment for each.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to work independently, be flexible and adapt to a fast-paced work environment.
  • Ability to plan and organize work procedures successfully in a team environment.
  • Possess good analytical skills and excellent computer and internet searching techniques.
  • Knowledge of grant writing.
  • Commitment to on-going professional development.


This position operates in public and nonpublic areas.  The work areas may contain book dust, molds, mildew and insects.  It requires a working knowledge of library technology such as computers, facsimile, copiers and audio/visual equipment.  This position requires lifting at least 50 pounds, pushing materials weighing at least 100 pounds, bending and reaching 25 to 75 times a day, the ability to climb stairs, talking on the telephone at least two hours a day, standing at least two hours a day and stationary work at a computer terminal or using other office equipment requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity for at least four consecutive hours a day.  This position exists in a shared office environment with a need for cooperative interaction in many different circumstances.

The Town of Suffield does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.