Deputy Library Director | Champaign Public Library

Posted on Jun 3, 2022

General Statement of Duties

Performs complex administrative and advanced professional work; assists Library Director in overseeing and managing all library operations and services system-wide. Oversees Human Resources and Personnel, and supervises Administrative Assistants, Adult Services Manager, Children’s Services Manager, Douglass Branch Manager, Technical Services Manager, Access Services and Café. Has in-charge duties in absence of Library Director.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Work involves responsibility for the supervision and effective operation of daily library functions and for all personnel functions. The Deputy Director works with the Library Director in planning and implementing library services, planning budgets and proposing policies to the Library Board of Trustees.

Illustrative Examples of Work

  • Recruits, interviews, and hires all staff except Library Director and pages; helps orient and train employees as needed
  • Manages, coaches, and conducts timely, effective quarterly check ins for designated department managers; regularly meets with department managers to exchange information
  • Collaborates with Library Director in making recommendations to Library Board regarding finances, administration, problems, staffing, planning, and policies; attends monthly Board meetings
  • Helps plan, prepare, and implement annual library budget for approval by the Library Board; helps monitor expenditures and operational costs throughout the year
  • Regularly meets with Library Director in reviewing and implementing library policies, directives, services, procedures, and to exchange information
  • Helps Library Director oversee management of entire library system to ensure excellent customer service through effective staffing, collections development, technology applications, facility maintenance and improvements, finances, marketing, workplace safety and security, and short/long-range planning
  • Interacts and communicates effectively with customers, staff, Library Board, Library Foundation, and Friends of the Library; models customer service expectations and leadership skills; promotes open communication. Regularly reads and responds to library and customer e-mail and other communication in a timely manner
  • Oversees management and operations of Personnel, Access, Adult, Children, Douglass Branch Library and Technical Services to ensure all services are conducted ethically, legally, and in compliance with policies
  • Helps resolve customers concerns or challenges
  • Assumes leadership of library system in Library Director’s absence
  • Participates in library programming and community activities and provides positive image of the library
  • Participates in departmental and library-wide training and activities, including technology training
  • Helps ensure safe, neat, and orderly appearance of library departments
  • Collaborates with Library Director in evaluating, planning, and recommending library services and facility improvements
  • Complies with CPL Staff Handbook, policies, and procedures
  • Maintains membership in appropriate professional library organizations; attends library conferences and events to ensure continual professional development; shares information with staff and Library Board; promotes opportunities for professional development to staff
  • Contributions to the library profession through local and/or national professional associations
  • Attends various staff meetings; serves on various library committees
  • Maintains reliable attendance
  • Performs reasonably related duties and special projects assigned by Library Director


  • Extensive knowledge of public library practices, management techniques, collection development, programming, and technology applications
  • Proven leadership and management skills that foster teamwork, effective communication, and high morale
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and public service manner
  • Excellent English communication skills, oral and written, and public-speaking/presentation skills
  • Excellent computer word-processing and Internet skills
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and facilitation skills
  • Extensive knowledge of personnel management and public library budgetary practices and responsibilities
  • Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate effective library services, strategies, and facilities
  • Ability to learn and efficiently operate library computer system and programs
  • Ability to interact harmoniously and communicate well with staff and customers
  • Ability to appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information, with discretion and trust
  • Flexibility to adapt to changing situations and to vary work schedule
  • Evidence of past community involvement
  • Satisfactory criminal history background check


$91,882 annually


Champaign Public Library
200 W. Green St.
Champaign, IL 61820-5132
United States

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