Library Director

Code: 7589 Title: LIBRARY DIRECTOR

SUMMARY: This classification organizes and directs all functions, activities and personnel of the Library Department and reports to the County Administrator. This is a classification in the Unclassified service and is exempt from the Merit System Rules.

Plans, organizes, and directs all functions and activities of the Department, including the establishment of Department policies and goals and objectives;
Establishes, administers and implements a comprehensive Library services program designed to meet the educational, information, cultural, and recreational needs of the community;
Directs the development of personnel and program objectives and establishes fiscal and management control systems designed to monitor overall performance;
Develops and directs the implementation of programs and procedures designed to improve departmental performance, productivity, and problem solving capability;
Directs the development of on-going needs assessment programs to enable the Library Department to respond to community needs for Library service;
Develops public information programs designed to raise community awareness of the programs, resources and services of the Library system;
Directs the development of physical plant management programs to maintain, enhance and renovate Library facilities, to include new construction to meet requirements for services;
Coordinates the maintenance, repair and renovation of Library services facilities with other County departments;
Coordinates rental, leasing and joint-use agreements for providing Library facilities, per County procurement rules and regulations;
Researches, prepares and submits routine, recurring and special reports and studies to the County Administrator and the Board of Supervisors;
Provides liaison to the City of Tucson and other jurisdictions for provision of Library services, to include development, negotiation and administration of Inter Governmental Agreements (IGAs);
Participates in the search for grants, gifts and other outside funding to enhance Library services, and directs the preparation and submission of grant applications and procedures for administration of grants and gifts, per County rules, regulations and administrative policies;
Represents the Library Department at meetings of citizen advisory and like civic groups;
Serves as ad-hoc member of the Library Advisory Board, the Foundation Board, the Pima Library Friends Board and other community support groups;
May represent the Library Department at professional workshops, symposia and like events.

Knowledge of:
• principles and techniques for developing, administering and delivering comprehensive library services to the community;
• current trends and developments in library science, library management and innovation;
• social, cultural and economic demographics of the populations being served by the library system;
• principles of public sector financing, budgeting and accounting;
• County rules, regulations and procedures for the procurement of goods and services, and the administration of grants, gifts and contracts;
• County rules, regulations and procedures for public sector fiscal administration, accounting and budgeting;
• County Merit System Rules, Personnel Policies/Procedures and Administrative Procedures;
• principles and techniques of staff management, training, evaluation and development.

Skill in:
• assessing community needs for library services and developing or negotiating the provision of such, to include needed facilities, staffing and other resources;
• developing and implementing short-/long-term goals and projects to enhance library services in cost-effective manner;
• developing and administering grants, gifts and other outside funding;
• development and administration of budgets, to include financing and administration;
• development, negotiation and administration of Inter Governmental Agreements
(IGAs) and like agreements;
• development, negotiation and administration of contracts for goods and services from outside vendors;
• communicating effectively;
• supervising, training, developing and evaluating assigned staff.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university and at least five years of senior management or executive experience in the administration of a multi-branch public-sector library system.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience in budgeting and budget management; Experience in strategic planning and change management; Experience working with library support organizations similar to Friends of the Library; Experience managing libraries that serve/reach out to low income, youth and minority communities.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Licenses and Certificates: A valid Arizona Class D Driver’s License may be required at the time of appointment. Must be eligible for certification by the Arizona State Library Board of Library Examiners at the time of appointment.

Physical/Sensory Requirements: Physical and sensory abilities will be determined by position.


(County Class Code: 7589)

Opening: December 30, 2011
First Screening: January 23, 2012

Pima County Government
Human Resources Department
150 West Congress, 4th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317

Phone – (520) 740-8028
Fax – (520) 620-1487

For additional information:

Individuals interested in applying for this position should
mail, fax or email (as MS Word or PDF attachment) a letter
of application, current resume and three letters of reference
Pima County Government
Human Resources Department
(attn: Colin Smith)
150 West Congress, 4th Floor
Tucson, Arizona 85701-1317
Fax: (520) 620-1487

Letters of application and associated documents must be received by the Human Resources Department prior to the
first screening which will take place on January 23, 2012.
A Pima County application is not necessary for this recruitment. Please note – any transportation expenses incurred by applicants asked to participate in initial or
follow-up interviews must be borne by the applicant. Relocation expenses are also not authorized under this recruitment.

Pima County offers an extensive benefit program including Health Insurance coverage for employee and family, Dental Insurance, Retirement/Pension plan, Employee Assistance Plan, Long Term Disability Insurance and Deferred Income Plans. In addition, new employees receive 10 paid holidays annually, 12 vacation days and 12 sick days. For a more complete and detailed listing of County benefits, go to

The salary range for this position is $85,350 – $152,781 (DOE) PIMA COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Pima County Public Library enriches lives and builds community through opportunities to learn, know, interact, and grow.

The Pima County Public Library operates a Main Library and 25 branch libraries serving a community of almost one million people with an operating budget exceeding 32 million dollars. In FY 2010-11, there were 5.6 million visits to the library and almost 7.2 million items borrowed. The Library offers a wide range of services including computer classes, job clubs, English language classes, story times for children and families, and works with community partners to provide learning opportunities for all ages in the library.

For additional information regarding the Pima County Library, please go to:

Pima County is located in the southwest part of Arizona, bordered by Mexico and Santa Cruz County to the south, Cochise County to the east, Pima and Maricopa counties to the north and Yuma County to the west. Pima County is 9200 square miles in size and the county seat is Tucson. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Pima County has a population of over 980,000.

The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, is considered one of the top research universities in the country. It has a student population over 38,000 and is
a member of the Pacific Twelve Athletic Conference. Pima Community College has several major campuses spread throughout Tucson and provides higher education to over 68,000 students.

Pima County is the home of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, headquarters of the Twelfth Air Force. With over 6000 active duty service members, 8000+ family members and 1500 civilian employees, Davis-Monthan AFB provides a significant annual economic impact to Tucson, Pima County and surrounding areas.