Branch Manager

Houston County Library System   Dothan, AL   Full-time     Finance
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Posted on February 21, 2021

Houston County Library System is seeking a Branch Manager

General Statement of Duties:

The Branch Manager performs advanced administrative professional library work and is responsible for the day-to-day supervision and efficient operation of all aspects of a DHCLS branch library including:

collections, staff, facilities, programs, customer relations, promotion, partnerships, outreach, etc. They are expected to be a team leader with the ability to exercise considerable independent judgment and effectively manage and motivate staff to deliver impactful customer-centric library services for the community in concert with the DHCLS Strategic Plan.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED/GIVEN: Works under the direct supervision and guidance of the Deputy Director. Supervises Part Time and Full Time Library Assistants. Provides ancillary supervision to custodian team. Is a member of the Management Team (MT).


Responsible for performance standards and overall delivery of library services
Trains all library assistant staff on all aspects of excellent customer service
Assigns, supervises and evaluates the work of library staff creates and maintains staff schedules, work plans, and identifies staff training needs. Interprets and applies library policies and procedures to specific situations and suggests possible policy improvements
Works to ensure appropriate and well-balanced collections. Selects materials for purchase within allotted budget
Identifies needs for facility improvements.
Prepares budget/funding requests
Seeks potential grant funding and oversees the execution of branch-level grant-funded projects Identifies possible opportunities for programming and partnerships

Works collaboratively with other members of the Management Team (MT)
Monitors and reports on any deficiencies to the maintenance and security of the building & grounds. Maintains necessary statistics
May be required to work some evenings and weekends, and attend professional conferences/meetings

High School Diploma
Minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible library work experience or customer service management

Must have been previously employed in a lead worker or supervisory role
Valid driver's license and normal risk insurability preferred


Demonstrated leadership ability to plan work, motivate, train, and supervise staff
Knowledge of current trends and new techniques in public libraries

Ability to communicate effectively
Demonstrated knowledge of principles of Collection Development and Customer Service in libraries. Able to perform all subordinates job duties as delineated in Library Assistant job description. Ability to learn and/or operate library technology systems, software, and other job-related equipment. Ability to work independently, make decisions in a fast-paced environment, and exercise sound judgment


Professional demeanor with a neat personal appearance. Dependable with a strong work ethic Passionate about public library work with a strong customer service and community service orientation. Active listener, forward thinker, organized, detail-oriented. Respects and maintains confidentiality Possesses a calm demeanor with an outgoing, positive, and sociable attitude. Works effectively in a diverse team environment, demonstrating good judgment, empathy, and high ethical standards. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, grasp, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Hand-eye coordination necessary to operate computers and various office equipment. The employee is occasionally required to climb, balance, stoop and crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Will require driving to various locations. (This job description is not, nor is it intended to be, a complete statement of all duties, functions and responsibilities which comprise this position.)

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