Assistant Director & Adult Services Manager

The Pauline Haass Public Library is looking for an innovative, experienced, community-focused librarian to serve as Assistant Director and Manager of Adult Services. The ideal candidate will be excited to bring in new programming ideas, engage with the community, participate in long-range planning, and develop staff to provide excellent library services to the growing Sussex community. Candidates must have a master’s degree from an ALA accredited program and at least 3 years public library experience.  A strong customer service ethic and excellent communication skills are a must.  Candidates should have strong decision-making skills, a sense of vision, enthusiasm, and the desire to anticipate our customers’ changing wants and needs as we move into the future. Preference will be given to candidates with supervisory experience. This full-time position is open due to the Assistant Director’s promotion to Director.

The Assistant Director supports and monitors daily operations of the library, plans and conducts in-service training for staff, confers with the Director on personnel issues, and assumes the duties of the Director in the Director’s absence. This person will also work as requested by the Director on major publicity, projects and programming efforts. Responsibilities as the Adult Services Manager include management and delivery of reference and readers’ advisory services, materials selection and maintenance of the adult collection, and direction and execution of adult programming.  Specific duties will also include staff supervision and training, scheduling, budgeting, marketing, space planning, community outreach, and active participation in long range planning.

While applications will be accepted until the position is filled, preference will be given to applications received by or on Monday, April 22.

Additional information about this position:

The Pauline Haass Public Library, located in Sussex, Wisconsin, has a service population of over 20,000 and draws from a wide area.  It serves 129,000 visitors annually, with a total 2018 circulation of 340,532 and a physical circulation of 313,932. The library enjoys strong support from the Village Board, Friends of the Library, and Bridges Library System; and a good partnership with the Hamilton School District. A library expansion is included in the Village’s 2021-2030 Capital Improvement Plan.

The 14.91 FTE library staff is regarded by the public as friendly, helpful and highly competent. We work together across departmental lines to solve problems and share ideas with each other. In addition to the manager, the Adult Services staff includes one full-time Adult & Teen Services librarian and two full-time librarians who work cross-departmentally, and whose hours on the Adult desk total about 25 per week.  Approximately 50% of this manager’s time is spent on-desk, including one weekly evening shift and one weekend per month.

In late 2011, the library converted the entire adult collection to a Dewey-bookstore hybrid. All nonfiction is divided into subject headings, and then shelved in Dewey order within those groupings. Fiction is divided by genre, then by author.

We’re looking for candidates with these qualities:

  • dedicated customer service ethic
  • ability to establish rapport and build relationships with all of our stakeholders and colleagues
  • excellent understanding and application of current library practices and philosophies, including future directions of services
  • strong decision-making, organization, time management, and delegation skills
  • self-motivation and commitment to continuously learn
  • interest in, and active pursuit of mastery of, new technologies
  • excellent oral and written communication skills
  • positive attitude, creativity and a personality that embraces change
  • ability to foster and maintain a departmental attitude of being part of a larger team

See the full position description here. The salary range for this full-time, exempt position is $55,000-60,000 DOE.

Applications received by Monday, April 22 will be given first consideration. We plan to interview the week of April 29.  Submit these items by e-mail:

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Application (does not need to be signed at time of submission; may reference resume where appropriate)
  • 3 professional references

To Director Adele Loria using the address: