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Warwick Public Library,
Warwick, Rhode Island

Salary: Starting at $92,000
Status: Full-time
Posted: 08/29/14
Deadline: 10/10/14

Library Director

The Warwick Public Library, a Rhode Island leader in library services, seeks a highly-skilled administrator to serve as its next Director.  The successful candidate will be a visionary, who encourages innovative thinking in a collegial, team atmosphere.  The Library has a long tradition of being among the first to adopt new technologies, new models of library service focused on the customer, and implementing  new library trends, such as its Idea Studio.

The Library, soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, serves a diverse population of nearly 83,000 with a budget of $2.5 million in a main library facility and 3 branches.  The staff of 50 (16 MLIS) pride themselves on providing exceptional patron-focused service.  The library enjoys an excellent reputation and receives outstanding support from the Library Board, the Friends of the Library, and the community. Funding is primarily through an appropriation from the city of Warwick.

Warwick is ideally located on Narragansett Bay, just minutes from Providence and an hour’s drive from Boston.  The area offers excellent schools, access to major universities, cultural events, and multiple recreational opportunities, including 39 miles of coastline. To learn more about the Warwick Public Library and the Warwick area, visit;;

Position requirements: Masters’ degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association; a minimum of eight (8) years of post-degree employment in a public library in a management/supervisory position. In addition, the successful candidate will:

  • Be a skilled leader and manager with a proven track record of motivating and developing staff
  • Be a change agent who is forward thinking in planning  library services and operations and  believes  in working as a team and in staff empowerment
  • Be an innovator and creative problem solver
  • Be a strong multi-tasker with the ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively to determine appropriate courses of action
  • Have the ability to forge collaborative relationships with other local organizations and government agencies
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to  effectively communicate with the community, stakeholders, peers, and elected officials
  • Possess strong fiscal management skills
  • Demonstrate excellent human relations skills
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of technology and its use in public libraries
  • Be an individual who has a high-level of initiative and independent judgment
  • Be a public servant dedicated to excellent customer service.
  • Successful experience working with a library board of trustees, working effectively in a municipal structure, and maintaining a professional relationship with library unions is essential.  A proven track- record in grant writing and/or fund development is a plus.

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Compensation: From $92,000 dependent on qualifications and experience; excellent benefit package.

Applications and nominations accepted until the position is filled, but those received by 5 o’clock pm (EDT) on Friday, October 10 will receive first consideration. Electronic submissions required.

To apply, submit a cover letter, which specifically addresses the position requirements, your resume, and the names and contact information (including email address) of three (3) professional references to

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