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Director @ Harrison County Library System (Gulfport, MS)

04 Oct 2017 5:05 PM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)




Harrison County Library System

Gulfport, MS


Description:  The Harrison County Library System Administrative Board of Trustees seeks a creative and innovative Library Director who can grow a large, vibrant public library system.  The successful applicant must be enthusiastic, forward thinking, and possess strong leadership skills along with demonstrated social and business acumen.


Situated along the beautiful Mississippi gulf coast, Harrison County offers a multitude of cultural and leisure opportunities.  The Coast is also home to large U.S. military bases, major industry, and outstanding research and technology facilities along with several higher education institutions.  In addition, the area is only a short drive to Mobile and New Orleans.  With a mild climate, beautiful white sand beaches, and a long, rich history, Harrison County is an ideal place to live.


The Public Library System has a staff of seventy (70); nine (9) branch libraries, four (4) of which are new; an annual budget of $3.1 million; a collection of 400,000 items and electronic resources; and a county population of approximately 200,000, coastal population of more than 450,000.


Responsibilities:  Reports to five-member Administrative Library Board of Trustees •Directs Library System operations •Develops plans to effectively meet current and future community needs •Oversees a staff of 70 full and part-time employees •Develops, presents, and administers annual budget •Seeks and administers outside funding •Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with communities including elected officials, other agencies, and civic/community groups  •Oversees Library System facilities and collections, physical and electronic.


Job Requirements: 


  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience as a public library director.
  • Strong interpersonal relations skills.
  • Days, nights, and weekend hours.


  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience with increasing administrative responsibilities in a public library system with multiple outlets.

Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of library philosophies, practices, procedures, and technologies Knowledge of Library budgetary and fiscal practices and library law Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Ability to work effectively with various personality types Ability to think analytically and to exercise initiative Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, delegate duties, and attend to detail Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously Skilled in public speaking and professional writing Ability to effectively encourage, support, and work in a team environment.


Salary:  Range - $80,000 to $95,000. 


Benefits:  Personal/medical leave, health & life & dental insurance, and participation in Mississippi Public Employees' Retirement System.  Job-related travel expenses reimbursed.


Submit:  Cover letter, resume, and brief statement of public library service philosophy to ssmithconsultms@gmail.com.  


DEADLINE for receipt of applications:  December 18, 2017.



Harrison County Library System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




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