Assistant Director

Municipal Corporation Cambridge City Of Cambridge
Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: September 15, 2020
CLOSING DATE: October 6, 2020

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Libraries
Job Title: Assistant Director
Job Code: M406-703
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week, generally 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; Schedule will also include occasional evening and weekend hours for meetings and special events


It is an exciting time to join the Cambridge Public Library as Assistant Director to help implement an exciting new strategic plan and other exciting initiatives! This is an opportunity to make a huge impact on a beloved urban public library.

Under the direction of the Director of Libraries, the Assistant Director manages designated operations of the Library. Additionally, the Assistant Director plans, manages, and executes special projects such as grant funded projects, organizational improvement projects, construction projects and contributes to planning and community collaborations. This position serves as an administrative representative of the Cambridge Public Library at community, library and other meetings and programs. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

 Directs designated public services functions of the Main Library and Branches:

  • Managing senior public services staff to evaluate and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Library
  • Responding to patron complaints, patron suggestions, and problems with patron behavior
  • Managing problems with patron behavior including implementation of library’s progressive disciplinary process
  • Convening regular meetings to ensure that areas of common concerns are addressed
  • Managing program initiatives in cooperation with branches and departments
  • Evaluating employee performance, recommending remedial assistance, disciplinary action, and merit or position upgrades
  • Interpreting library and city policies for library staff and patrons
  • Developing and updating policies and procedures as required

Oversees special projects and initiatives:

  • Fundraising management including grant writing and coordination with the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library and Cambridge Public Library Foundation on initiatives
  • Planning and executing special projects such as system wide events, openings or community collaborations
  • Managing organizational improvement work, including organizational development work, equity, diversity, inclusion efforts, system improvements
  • Developing financial and statistical and annual reporting and information presentations and packets for Trustees and other stakeholders
  • Representing the library leadership at library & community events, meetings & conferences
  • Co-planning library-wide planning and decision making as a member of the library administrative team

Collaborates closely with Director, Deputy Director and Assistant Director for Human Resources.  Any other duties required by the Director for the good of the Library.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



A master’s degree from an accredited graduate school of library and information science; a minimum of five years of successful professional work, at least three of which have been in a position of senior management responsibility; public library experience preferred. In exceptional instances, specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part of the educational requirement.

A broad background in librarianship; comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques and trends of library services; Understanding of the role of technology in supporting patron learning and library operations; Demonstrated organizational and managerial skills necessary to lead, manage, manage change and motivate staff; Ability to plan, organize and administer a department; Knowledge of human resources management principles and practices; Experience developing creative and innovative programs and services; Excellent problem-solving skills; Effective oral and written communication skills; Demonstrated commitment to community service; Desire and ability to serve the public with friendliness, tact, and diplomacy; Desire and ability to work in a large, urban public library that serves a wide diversity of people and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion; Proven leadership ability; Ability to set own priorities for work to be done, and to meet deadlines; Necessary attributes: maturity, tact, diplomacy, resourcefulness, creativity, initiative, adaptability, flexibility, dependability, ability to work well under pressure, ability to delegate work effectively.


Administers work typically sitting in an office and standing at a public service desk, with some walking, lifting and stair climbing. Requires ability to climb on stools to retrieve materials, to stoop, to kneel.   Frequent sustained operation of computer equipment is required. Ability to listen, understand, interpret, and respond clearly to patron and staff requests and questions is critical.  Regular contact is made with staff members, vendors, technicians, government officials and staff, and the general public.  The job occurs primarily in the library buildings, with some activities scheduled outdoors and in the community.


Work is performed primarily in an indoor shared-office setting at the library. Normal office exposure to noise, stress and interruptions. May attend and participate offsite in continuing educational programs designed to keep abreast of changes.

RATE: $103,430 - $123,231 plus excellent benefits


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit your resume and letter of interest by 5pm on the closing date via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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