Assistant Director


The Assistant Director serves on the Atheneum’s senior management team and is a natural communicator and leader, knowledgeable about all aspects of the library, informed and discerning about emerging trends in libraries and the community, and adept at inspiring enthusiasm among staff and community members.

The Assistant Director’s primary responsibilities shall be oversight of adult services: circulation, reference, interlibrary agreements, adult collections, cataloging and the reporting of statistics related to library use.

The Position:

  • Makes recommendations for annual budget needs to the Head Librarian and assists with the division’s annual budget preparation.
  • Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed to assure effective and efficient use of personnel, materials, facilities, and time.
  • Trains and directs supervisory staff. Oversees workloads and staff assignments in the library’s public services unit to ensure that adequate personnel are always available to assist the public.
  • Helps develop plans for new or expanded services; recommends changes to existing services.
  • Assists in the preparation and implementation of policies.
  • Plans and conducts staff meetings and in-house training, as assigned.
  • Maintains constant awareness of the safety and security of staff and members of the public, taking steps to correct potential problems.
  • Takes pride in the library, ensuring that adult services areas are clean, orderly and inviting.
  • Provides proactive support to staff members and members of the public in resolving questions or problems.
  • Develops innovative methods to facilitate and promote public awareness of and engagement with the library’s collections, services, and programs, ensuring equal access to all resources.
  • Identifies and stays informed about trends in library and information science, publishing, technology, and customer service.



  • Adept at making quick, sound decisions, and at demonstrating ingenuity and exercising independent judgment.
  • Adept at project and time management, and at thinking methodically and paying attention to detail.
  • Excellent customer service skills and commitment to providing an exemplary user experience.
  • Demonstrated skill as a presenter who is adept at working with groups or one-on-one.
  • Demonstrated understanding of conventional and emerging technologies.
  • Passion for public libraries and for sharing knowledge and appreciation of literature, technology, and other library resources.
  • Committed to seeing the big picture and to being flexible, adaptable, and willing to help in different areas when needed.
  • Devoted to growing and learning in a changing working environment.
  • Adept at projecting a positive attitude and inspiring happiness in colleagues and members of the public.
  • Makes recommendations for staff selection and disciplinary actions.


  • Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from and ALA accredited program.
  • Five years of professional experience in a public, college, or university library.
  • Three years of supervisory experience.


  • Salary: $95,000 – $115,000, commensurate with experience
  • Participation in the Atheneum’s Group Health Insurance Plan: The Atheneum pays 90% for individuals, 80% for dependent coverage.
  • 403(b) Savings Plan: The Atheneum matches up to 3% of your annual salary.
    Employee Housing available

How to Apply

Submit cover letter and resume to Ann Scott at

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    English Learner (EL) Advocate


    The Nantucket Atheneum, the island’s public library, seeks an energetic and personable representative of the English learner community on Nantucket to join its team as EL Advocate. This position offers 37.5 hours a week plus benefits and is responsible for helping to advance the value of library services for diverse populations by engaging with the EL community, giving voice to diverse interests and language learning objectives, and assisting with advancing development of supportive programs and services. Additional responsibilities include maintaining program records and assisting with program classes.


    The ideal candidate will be bi-lingual, community-minded, engaging, a team player, and enjoy light technological challenges. This position includes evenings and requires strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills with consistent punctuality and dependability.

    Community engagement or similar experience preferred. Familiarity with library services and the Atheneum’s English language program helpful.

    How to Apply

    Qualified candidates should fill out the form on this page and upload a resume and cover letter.

    Please direct any questions to Cheryl Creighton at