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Birmingham Public Library                                                                                              
Deputy Director (Full-time)                                                 
OPENS: January 13, 2022 CLOSES: February 14, 2022

The Deputy Director (DD) reports to the Library Director and is a member of the Library Leadership Team. The DD performs administrative functions for all aspects of the operation of assigned areas, including responsibility for personnel management, the preparation of annual budget requests, and recommendations for policy and procedure.  The DD represents the Library at public and professional gatherings. The DD ensures that the best possible library resources and services are being provided in the Library, especially assigned areas, and plays a key role in system-wide strategic planning.

  • Reports to the Library Director.
  • Directs the activities of assigned Coordinators, each one responsible for a library division.
  • Directs assigned area operations: oversees the preparation, use and allocation of the budget and other resources; and directs the training, development, evaluation and use of staff resources to ensure that patrons receive high-quality, responsive customer service.
  • Ensures effective communication and collaboration between assigned divisions and all other library divisions, and with library users.
  • Assists the Library Director in long-range and short-term strategic planning for the library including capital projects, policies and procedures, outreach, and implementing and managing organizational change.
  • Assists staff in interpreting policies and following procedures relevant to library functions.
  • Represents the Birmingham Public Library at Library Board and outside agency meetings; performs public speaking engagements to promote library services.
  • Prepares various reports, correspondence, memos, and records relevant to library administration and public relations.
  • Participates in community activities with neighborhood groups and other library partners throughout the city of Birmingham.
  • Reads journals, departmental monthly reports, and other printed materials pertinent to library personnel relations, administration and operations.
  • Performs other related work as required.
  • Knowledge and practice of good customer service skills and ability to establish cordial and effective relationships with associates and patrons.
  • Knowledge of principles, practices and policies relevant to library operation and personnel administration.
  • Knowledge of and experience in the area of public relations, marketing, and development.
  • Knowledge of and proven experience with applying effective management practices and principles in a public library setting including financial management, budget development, personnel administration, strategic planning and project management.
  • Knowledge of relevant and emerging issues, including involvement with local, state, and national library groups.
  • Knowledge and skill in operating computers and general office software such as Microsoft Office applications and understanding of and experience in library automation preferably Innovative Interfaces.
  • Ability to lead effectively by example, inspires staff, and promotes enthusiastic teamwork and collaboration throughout the system.
  • Skill in directing, planning and evaluating library operations and staff to resolve problems and improve library services to the public.
  • Skill in coordinating various projects and delegating responsibilities appropriately.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Experience in a large complex public library system is highly desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Creative problem-solving ability
Physical requirements include the ability to stand for long periods of time; eyesight sufficient to read and understand information from microforms and PC monitors and the manual dexterity necessary for the regular use of PCs; ability to stoop, twist, turn and move materials in the library; ability to lift moderate weight up to 50 pounds in the handling of library materials; ability to push carts, bins and book trucks loaded with library materials weighing up to 100 pounds.

The position requires a master’s degree in library and/or information science/service from an ALA accredited program and seven years professional experience including three years administrative/management experience. The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and be able to safely operate library vehicles as needed. Financial and criminal background check is mandatory.

80 hours bi-weekly, Grade 32, with an annual beginning salary ranging from $70,616.00 – $109,532.80 commensurate with experience. All positions may include morning, afternoon, evening and weekend hours, including Sunday.  Employees may be required to adapt to future schedule and location changes depending on library needs.  Excellent benefits, such as major medical health coverage, dental and life insurance, pension plan, sick and vacation leave, along with 12 paid holidays per year.

Applicants must contact the Alabama Career Center ( for an application.  A resume and transcript must be submitted with application. The application will be forwarded to the Birmingham Public Library Personnel Officer.  Library employees need not go through the Alabama Career Center but can submit applications directly to the Library Personnel Office. Qualified applicants may be contacted for an interview.  You must pass a pre-employment health screen before you may be employed by the Birmingham Public Library.  Position available immediately.
This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major responsibilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification.
 Equal Opportunity Employer
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