Job: Library Services Manager

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Library Services Manager

Number position available:

$80,204.80 - $128,294.40 annually

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Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


LOCATION: Manatee County Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd, Bradenton, FL, 34205.

HOURS: Monday-Saturday, with variable daytime and evening hours.

As a departmental division manager, responsible for all operations of the Manatee County Public Library System, consisting of 6 libraries, the LITtle discovery Center, and over 70 employees. Ensures effective and efficient delivery of traditional and innovative library services within the framework established by inter-local or other agreements, plans, policies and budgets as determined by the Board of County Commissioners and the Manatee County Public Library Board of Trustees.

*NOTE: This position has been designated by the Manatee County Commission as serving at the will and pleasure of the County Administrator. Employees so designated may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Working Conditions
Professional office environment with periods of high stress and the need for discretion and confidentiality.  Extended periods of sitting and standing may be required.  Lifting equipment and books up to 25 lbs. alone or up to 50 lbs. with assistance.

 Job Duties

 Essential Functions:

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.
Develops and recommends annual plan of service and long-range plan to ensure the Library remains focused on activities and services that address needs and interests of the community.  Ensures effective collaboration with the Library Board and the community to inform and gather public input into the plan for the library's future.
Ensures Library policies, programs, and procedures work toward established goals in order to meet the diverse needs and interests of Manatee County communities.  This includes policies on the purchase of library materials in order to maintain an up-to-date collection that reflects a wide range of viewpoints and interests.

Keeps technology-based services up to date in order to remain on the cutting edge of new formats and technological opportunities.  Monitors trends and incorporates creative concepts to keep the libraries on the forefront of innovation.
Provides the best possible library facilities to the community through building maintenance, renovation, and new facilities.
Builds and maintains effective and harmonious relationships with a wide variety of governing boards, foundations and other funders, community and civic groups, and cultural organizations in order to maximize community efforts towards common initiatives, and improve and enhance the lives of people in Manatee County.
Maintains the Library's role as a vital part of the community by being active in local, state, and national groups and meetings through active membership, attendance, and public speaking.
Oversees creation and implementation of public relations programs for the libraries that are designed to enhance the public image of the library system and showcase services and events offered by the libraries.
Provides direction to directly reporting management staff.  Mentors and guides those managers.  Sets goals and objectives for team members for achievement of operational results.  Assigns work and delegates responsibilities to staff and monitors progress to ensure Library goals are met and high-quality customer service is maintained.  Hires, trains, coaches, appraises, and rewards assigned staff.  Responds appropriately to employee complaints and issues.  Cultivates strong working relationships and builds trust among team members.
Works alongside Neighborhood Services Department management to set the mission and vision of Manatee Libraries.  Ensures cooperative working relationships with other Neighborhood Services functions.
Creates an organizational culture that builds innovation, collaboration, creativity, and experience, and uses the knowledge and abilities of others in order to make the best use of the wealth of knowledge and skills available to the system. 
Directs the preparation and administration of the Library's budget.  Ensures compliance with County purchasing rules and guarantees efficient and effective use of available funds.

Responsible for regulatory compliance to ensure that all work is completed in accordance with applicable laws and government regulations.

Performs other related work (including weather or other extreme emergency duties) as required.


Must meet minimum requirements as set forth in Chapter 257.17(2)(a) Florida Statutes and Chapter 1B-2.011(2)(a) Florida Administrative Code. 
Master's degree in library information science from a degree program accredited by the American Library Association.  Other advanced degrees in public or business administration desired.

7 or more years progressively responsible administrative experience in a public or university library system to include a minimum of two years full-time paid professional experience, after completion of the library education program, in a public library that is open to the public for a minimum of 40 hours per week.
Previous management experience required.  Executive management experience in a large, diverse urban library system is highly desired.
Strong organization, prioritization, analytical, and problem-solving skills in order to effectively manage area of responsibility and attain goals set.  Able to resolve difficult and complex problems and situations.

Excellence in developing both internal and external customer service.

Excellent knowledge and understanding of regulatory compliance necessary to successfully perform job responsibilities.

Excellent knowledge and understanding of computer systems and software applications required to perform job responsibilities.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including public presentation skills, in order to interact professionally and effectively with staff, government officials, community and business leaders, and the general public, sometimes in situations that are controversial or contentious.  Able to influence others regarding policies, practices, and procedures, including direct reports, the public, and other stakeholders.


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Library Type:
  • Public Libraries

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Job Location

Physical address where the job position is located.

Job Place:
Downtown Central Library

Job Location:
Central Florida

1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West




Institution Information
Institution Name :
Manatee County Public Library

1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West




Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Lorrie See

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Contact Phone:
941-748-5555 ext. 6303

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