The Director of Libraries provides strategic and operational leadership for the Library System while continuously seeking new services to meet the evolving needs of patrons. This administrative position works independently while reporting directly to the Neuse Regional Library Board of Trustees, and is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the general activities of the Neuse Regional Library System. The Director of Libraries leads a team of trained professional and paraprofessional staff in ensuring that the Library possesses the personnel, equipment, programs, and facilities to fully identify and meet the needs of local residents. The Director of Libraries determines the financial requirements of the Library System, manages the annual budgets and finances for the Library System as well as its three county Libraries, and supervises the expenditures of these funds.
Traditionally an agricultural and manufacturing center, the region is undergoing a shift towards increased tourism and entertainment, exemplified by local destination restaurant Chef and the Farmer (featured on the PBS series A Chef’s Life); nationally recognized microbrewery Mother Earth; and Cutter Creek Golf Club, a PGA-caliber golf course. The region is also rich in history, and local attractions include the remains of the ironclad C.S.S. Neuse, the Richard Caswell museum, and several Civil War battlefields.
A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution and eligibility for certification by the North Carolina Public Librarian Certification Commission; a minimum of seven years professional public library experience (including a minimum of at least three years of public library supervisory and/or administrative experience and preferably at least two years of experience as a public library Director); thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library management, techniques, systems, working tools, technologies, and procedures; insightful vision into the future of libraries and their evolving role in the community as well as the changing needs of patrons; strong leadership and supervisory qualities, including exceptional decision-making skills; detail-oriented personality with superior organizational and time-management skills; a demonstrated record of integrity and trustworthiness in all professional activities; experience with creating, modifying, and adhering to a budget; ability to work well with others and a capacity for fairness and empathy; capacity for problem-solving; excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as public speaking skills and the ability to make presentations on behalf of the Library in a variety of settings; and experience in planning/coordinating special events. Applicant must relocate to a residence in Lenoir, Greene, or Jones County within a year of hiring.
Recruitment salary range $86,000 - $110,000; commensurate with experience and qualifications and a competitive benefits package.
Applications will be accepted until November 20, 2017. The position will be open on July 1, 2018.
Click APPLY above, or email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for four professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the position may be sent to this email address as well. Online applications are preferred but applications by mail will be accepted; send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information of four professional references to Search Committee, c/o Neuse Regional Library, 510 North Queen Street, Kinston, NC 28501.
The Neuse Regional Library System supports, strengthens, and enriches the residents and communities of Lenoir, Greene, and Jones Counties by systematically acquiring, organizing, and distributing a select collection of print and non-print materials; by providing traditional and emerging technologies; and by expanding services to meet their informational, educational, recreational, and cultural needs.
The eight locations of the Neuse Regional Library are open for a combined 334 hours each week. These locations include the Headquarters facility at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library, the La Grange Public Library, and the Pink Hill Public Library in Lenoir County; the Greene County Public Library; and the Comfort Public Library, the Maysville Public Library, the Pollocksville Public Library, and the Trenton Public Library in Jones County.
Current featured services include access to informational and cultural documents, public Internet workstations, and access to databases that contain a wealth of useful resources. The Library also remains open during hours that public school media centers are closed, providing increased access to students for homework and study purposes. The Library is currently the only public Internet access site in the Region that is open seven days a week.
The Neuse Regional Library System traces its origin back more than 100 years to when the “Up-to-Date Club,” a literary society, began in 1896 in Kinston. The club developed a collection from the books donated by its members, and Dr. T. H. Faulkner became the first volunteer librarian when he opened the library to the public in a room of his dental practice. The Library was subsidized by the City of Kinston when it began receiving $12.50 per month in 1899, but services remained subscription-based until the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners agreed to use public funds to support the Library in 1933. Additional locations were opened in La Grange and Pink Hill in the following years. In 1952 the library had grown to over 19,409 volumes and moved to 515 North Queen Street, before moving again in 1957 to a renovated home on Atlantic Avenue. The Library relocated yet again in 1965 to the corner of Queen and North, a facility that was formerly a United States Post Office.
In September 1961, the Library opened its first branch location, the East Branch. In 1962, Lenoir, Greene, and Jones Counties formed the Neuse Regional Library System, with the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library as its Headquarters branch. In 1983 the Headquarters moved to its current location on Queen Street. Over the next few decades, new technologies continued to explode in popularity, leading the Library to require more space for public Internet workstations in addition to the print materials already available. In 2008 the Library completed a major renovation and expansion project, adding 7,000 square feet and providing the citizens of Kinston and Lenoir County with an architecturally inviting facility in the heart of Downtown Kinston. This project was supported by a $2.6 million dollar bond referendum, demonstrating the high priority local residents place on library services.
The Library serves a target population that includes all citizens regardless of age, race, or economic background. Library staff are committed to serving the specific needs of each patron who enters the Library on an individual basis. The Library provides free access to its materials to all residents. The Library’s services are especially valuable to the over 20% of the Region's residents whose income is below the poverty line.
Lenoir County, North Carolina is centrally located in Eastern North Carolina approximately 80 miles east of Raleigh and 60 miles west of the Crystal Coast beach resort area. The county's economy has traditionally been focused on agriculture and manufacturing, but is recently surging in culture and tourism. Lenoir County has three incorporated municipalities: Kinston is the county seat, La Grange lies approximately 10 miles west of Kinston, and Pink Hill approximately 15 miles south of Kinston.
The Down East Wood Ducks, a single-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
The CSS Neuse & Governor Caswell Memorial, a tribute to two of Kinston's greatest claims to historical fame, the remains of a Confederate ironclad and a tribute to the state of North Carolina's first governor.
Neuseway Nature Park, a beautiful park on the Neuse River featuring a Nature Center, Planetarium, and train rides.
Mother Earth Brewing, a locally sourced and eco-friendly brewery that features tours, a solar-powered taproom, and a beer garden.
Chef & the Farmer, an upscale dining experience featuring creative, locally grown ingredients; the restaurant and its chef, Vivian Howard, are the subjects of the PBS television series A Chef's Life.
The African American Music Trail and Park, a park that celebrates the rich musical history of Kinston and serves as a venue for seasonal outdoor concerts.
Greene County, North Carolina is located north of Lenoir County and is a short drive from Greenville, North Carolina, one of the fastest growing cities in the country and home of East Carolina University. The county seat, Snow Hill, receives its name from the glistening sandy banks of Contentnea Creek, a tributary of the Neuse River. Several other small but cozy communities make up the rest of Greene County, including Hookerton, Maury, and Walstonburg.
Cutter Creek Golf Club, a PGA-caliber golf course located just south of Snow Hill.
Nooherooka Monument, a tribute to the site of the final battle of the Tuscarora War.
Greene County Museum, a historical and cultural center of Greene County, the museum features local guest artists and craft workers.
A short drive away from the Crystal Coast, Jones County, North Carolina is a heavily forested county that is home to a rich variety of wildlife. While the population is small, the County is popular with outdoorsmen and is a major source of lumber. Jones County, along with Onslow County, is home to Hoffman Forest, the largest forest laboratory in the nation established in 1934 for use by students of North Carolina State University. The County Seat is found in Trenton and the County is home to two more Towns: Maysville and Pollocksville.
Croatan National Forest, a coastal forest located in Jones, Craven, and Carteret Counties that includes pine forests, salt estuaries, bogs, and pocosins.
Brock Mill House and Pond, a mill constructed in the 18th century that used to power the Town of Trenton, it now provides scenic access to a 132 acre pond with abundant wildlife and vegetation.
The Back in Time Museum, a museum hosting antique farm equipment and other vintage Americana.