Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville embraces and encourages an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

Statement of Duties

Under the general direction of the Director, the Deputy Director Libraries acts as a human resources, operations, and organizational development officer for the library system. Directing and working with library staff to coordinate consistent and effective library services system-wide that are in-line with the library’s strategic goals, vision, and mission. As the most senior library staff person next to the Director of Libraries, this position assumes responsibility for all library functions including management, direction, budget, and operations in the absence of the Director.


Additionally, this individual is responsible for overall collection development management, including creation and implementation of collection development plan, allocation of funds, and evaluation of collections based on library mission, public need, usage statistics, and related information.


Essential Functions

  • Manages hiring, recruiting, new employee orientation, and staff development in coordination with the Library Director
  • Writes performance evaluations, recommends remedial assistance, disciplinary action, and merit or position upgrades
  • Prepares personnel reports as required
  • Interprets library and city policies for staff
  • Coordinates and attends meetings with personnel staff
  • Oversees and manages day-to-day building operations for Central Library, including submitting and following up on work requests; and supervising the work of the custodian
  • Initiates, manages, implements, and evaluates special projects and programs
  • Develops policies and procedures as required
  • Analyzes and improves workflows and facilitates organizational development and staffing plans
  • Attends library and community events
  • Fills in at service desks as needed
  • Represents the Director and/or Library at meetings and conferences
  • Attends meetings of the Friends of the Library and Trustees of the Library
  • Special projects and any other duties as assigned by the Director


Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                                


Education and Experience: A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university; master’s degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school of library and information science; and a minimum of 3-5 years of progressively responsible professional library work , public library experience preferred.  In exceptional instances, specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for part of the educational requirement.


Bi-lingual or multilingual ability in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian-Creole is desirable.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill


Knowledge:  Knowledge of principles, practices, materials, tools, in current trends and best practices in library science.


Abilities:  High degree of initiative, required in planning and implementing all programs of services; ability to exercise considerable judgment in dealing effectively with diverse constituencies in a responsive and professional manner; ability to resolve conflict situations in a calm and constructive manner; ability to set priorities and make effective use of time management; ability to develop effective working relationships with department personnel, subordinates, Trustees, City officials and the public; ability to express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.  Abilities to forge partnerships and professional relationships; ability to manage change.


Skill:  High degree of management skills, communication skills, as well as leadership skills, including building shared vision and motivating others to perform to the best of their abilities.  Project management experience. Data processing skill in the use of personal computers and office software including word processing, database and spreadsheet applications in support of department operations.  The position requires analytical skills to understand structure and improve processes.


Work Environment                                                                                                  

The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices or libraries, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.  Employee may be required to work beyond normal business hours to attend evening meetings.


Physical and Mental Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential function.


Physical Skills

Little or no physical demands are required to perform the work.  Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.).


Motor Skills

Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.


Visual Skills

Visual demands include constantly reading documents in print and on the computer, for general understanding and for analytical purposes.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time
$86,700.00 a year plus benefits
Application Start Date: 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019