Blackwater Regional Library

Employment Opportunities

Our regional library has nine branches and a Bookmobile serving the counties of Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, and Sussex, as well as the City of Franklin servicing 1,600 square miles. We provide library materials, the latest technologies we have available, and our motivated staff members provide library service and programming throughout the area.

Blackwater Regional Library offers benefits to Full-Time and Part-Time employees, including, but not limited to, annual leave and medical leave. Benefits for Full-Time employees include access to health insurance, the Virginia Retirement System and medical and annual leave. Benefits for Part-Time employees include medical and annual leave prorated based on the number of hours worked. We are an equal opportunity employer.

In accordance with Virginia law, Blackwater Regional Library is an at-will employer. This means that an employee may be terminated at any time, for any reason, or for no reason. Under this system, employees are free to voluntarily sever their employment at any time. The Library prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, handicapped status and any other categories protected by state or local law. The Library will take all necessary steps to comply with existing federal, state, and local fair employment laws and guidelines.

Current Openings:

The Board of Trustees of the Blackwater Regional Library (BRL) is seeking an experienced, energetic, and creative Library Director. The Board consists of fifteen members appointed by various jurisdictions of the region served by the Library. They work closely with the Library Director in matters of long-range planning and policy, development, public relations, budgeting, management of the endowment, and issues of personnel.

The library employs a staff of 45, both full and part-time, and has an annual budget of approximately $1.7 million. The regional system consists of nine library locations plus a Bookmobile. It serves five jurisdictions covering 1600 sq. miles in the Tidewater area of Southeastern Virginia, with a population of 81,567.

There are three libraries located in Isle of Wight County, two in Sussex County, two in Surry County, one in the city of Franklin, and one in Southampton County, which also houses the central office.

The Director must have the organizational, technical, and interpersonal skills to meet all responsibilities outlined in the Library Director’s job description. These include management of Library operation through oversight of staff, budget, collections, and facilities; regular communication and interaction with the Board of Trustees, especially in matters of planning, policy, development and reporting; and representation and advocacy for BRL in the community-at-large.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong understanding and ability to articulate the public library’s vision, mission, and values to the community. The job requires collaboration and consensus-building skills, excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, facility maintenance and space planning experience, and sound fiscal management skills, most importantly, experience in budget formulation. The successful candidate will have a history of responsiveness to staff, customer and community needs and concerns. Experience with multiple facilities, serving multiple jurisdictions, and collaboration with elected officials to secure state and local funding.  Public library experience is preferred.

Qualifications: ALA-accredited, MLS or MLIS degree is required. Possession of (or the ability to obtain) a Virginia Librarian’s Certificate and a valid driver’s license is required. Professional experience of at least five years, including at least three years of recent relative supervisory experience in public library management is desired.

Anticipated starting salary is $67,000 and includes an excellent benefit package including enrollment into the Virginia Retirement System.

BRL is located in Southeastern Virginia. We are an hour’s drive from Virginia Beach, Richmond and Williamsburg, and within three hours of Washington DC, the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

How to apply:

Send cover letter and the Blackwater Regional Library Application (clicking the link will open a new tab and download the form) by post or email with the job title in the subject line to:

Administrative Services Coordinator, Amy Fisk
Blackwater Regional Library
22511 Main Street
Courtland, VA 23837


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