The City of Stoughton, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as Director of Stoughton Public Library. Founded in 1847, the City of Stoughton, population 13,134, is known for its Carnegie Library, and its annual Norwegian Syttende Mai Celebration in May as well as being the birthplace of the coffee break. Stoughton also boasts one of the few remaining second story theaters in the Midwest – the beautifully restored Stoughton Opera House. Located on the scenic Yahara River, just minutes away from the state capital of Madison, Wisconsin, Stoughton is a city not to be missed!

Under the general direction of the Library Board, the Library Director will administer the library with responsibility and authority for organizing and managing all library operations, for planning, directing, and coordinating a comprehensive program of services, and supervising library personnel in accordance with the policies of the library board.

Serving as the Library Board’s executive officer, this position requires preparation of meeting agendas, necessary reports, and meeting minutes for not only the library board, but for five standing board and ad-hoc committees. Also serving as the board’s chief consultant in technical matters, the Director will evaluate library programs, services, policies, procedures and present recommendations for improvement to the Library board, then develop and implement those recommendations approved by the Library Board.

This position requires the ability to oversee the Library’s integrated library system (ILS), computer networks and provide general supervision of Library technologies; the ability to keep current with and coordinate the implementation of new technologies in the library; the ability to oversee the library’s collection development plan; the ability to develop and administer the library’s overall public relations plan; the ability to coordinate building and equipment maintenance, repair, upgrades, studies, and renovations; the ability to prepare, maintain, and coordinate retention of library administrative records following the Record Retention Schedule; the ability to establish and maintain appropriate priorities and meet deadlines; the ability to represent the library at the system level and actively participate in other professional library organizations; the ability to work with government officials and other community leaders to meet the needs of the library; and support the mission and activities of the Friends of the Library.

The Library Director will lead, motivate, and implement work rules for Library staff and volunteers requiring this candidate to have proven knowledge of principles of supervision and management, including participative management. It requires the ability to supervise the work of departmental staff, including coordinating, assigning, monitoring, and evaluating work, and the ability to positively motivate employees and create a team-oriented, effective, and efficient work environment. This position also requires the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Library Board, Mayor, City Council members, department heads, staff, and the public.

A Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program with three to five years library experience, including supervisory experience, or other experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills, and abilities.

This is a full-time, exempt position. The starting salary range for this position is $72,737.60 – $85,945.60 annually, with an excellent benefits package.

All applicants must complete an application for employment along with a resume and cover letter. Resumes are welcome, but must be accompanied by a completed application form. Apply online at or download a physical application at Submit Application, cover letter and resume online or to the City of Stoughton Human Resources and Risk Management Department by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2019.