Evangeline Parish Library Board of Control seeks a public library director to replace our retiring director.  Application deadline is Feb. 28, 2018, with a start date of June 1st anticipated.   Director reports to the Board. Salary range:  $45,000 to $49,000, dependent on education and experience.  Generous benefit package, great work environment, strong local government and community support.  Our Library is “Large enough to make a difference; small enough to feel like home.”

Library operates a main library/headquarters plus five branches on approximately a one million dollar per year budget.  Revenue is primarily from a dedicated property tax.  The Library is a member of Libraries Southwest Consortium and OverDrive Consortium.  Library has a 501c3 Friends Group.  Integrated Library System is Polaris (Innovative).  Library software also includes Smart Shield and PC Reservations. Internet and Wide Area Network are currently through DETEL.  Library has twenty-three staff members, some part-time and some full time (28 to 40 hours per week).  The Board is appointed by the parish governing body (police jury) and employees participate in police jury employee insurance and parochial retirement plans.  Holidays, vacation leave, sick leave, and other benefits are determined by the Library Board, as are wages and step increases.  Director receives maximum accrual rate for vacation hours.

The Library Director is responsible for all areas of library management including planning, policy recommendation and implementation, personnel management, budget and finances, collection management, technology, community outreach, and facilities maintenance.


Minimum Qualifications are as follows:

Education: Master of Library and Information Science Degree from an ALA-accredited library science program is strongly preferred, with eligibility to obtain certification from the Louisiana State Board of Library Examiners within first year of employment highly desirable.  However, applicants with current enrollment in ALA accredited MLS/MLIS program also will be considered.  Either MLS/MLIS in hand or current MLS/MLIS enrollment are required.

Experience and/or education in budgeting and financial administration, preferably with some college level coursework in accounting or finance, is required.

Administrative and supervisory experience is required (minimum of 2 years, public library preferred, experience in multi-branch public library system highly desirable, but administrative experience in comparable institutions is also acceptable to meet minimum requirement).  Equivalent education may be substituted for all or part of the year requirement.  Equivalent education is B.S. Business Administration (major or minor), MBA, or MPA.

Other minimum requirements:

  • Willingness and ability to travel on library business, both within and outside the parish.
  • Willingness and ability to represent the library effectively at weekend and evening events.
  • Availability to deal with emergency situations on short notice, either in person or by phone through delegation, etc. is required.
  • Strong written, verbal, organizational and analytical skills demonstrated.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively in writing and speech with Board members, employees, the public, and representatives of parish government.

Other desirable qualifications/skills/experience:

Proven organizational and human resource management skills.

Familiarity with public library computer issues, software, and E- Rate process strongly preferred.  Experience in grant writing, public outreach, policy development, and prior successful interaction with a board are all also highly desirable.

For current Director Job Description, click here.

To apply:

Submit letter of application and resume, plus contact information for a minimum of three professional references to:

Library Board Search Committee
c/o Ms. Althea Gaynelle Coates, Committee Chairwoman,
3654 St. Landry Hwy.
St. Landry, LA 71367

Also send college and graduate school transcripts (sent directly from institutions OR mailed clearly sealed by institution) to the Search Committee at the same address.

Deadline for receipt of all materials is Feb. 28, 2018.

Evangeline Parish Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Satisfactory criminal background check and drug test are conditions of employment.

Approved by Library Board Search Committee and by Library Board of Control January 23, 2018           












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