Library Director

Library Name:
Salem Township Public Library
Job Description

The Salem Township Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking its next Library Director to lead the resource-rich Library District into an exciting new era of growth and opportunity.  The new Director will be a passionate, visionary, servant leader who will expand Library services and programs to meet the growing demands of the community and have the experience, knowledge, and skills to ensure Library staff is expanded and has the qualifications needed to serve the District.

The Salem Township Public Library is in southeastern Warren County, Ohio, half-way (37 miles) between downtown Cincinnati and Dayton. The District is growing rapidly and is situated in a region that combines the best of rural country living, major outdoor attractions, and proximity to big city amenities.

The Library provides services, programs, and materials to over 34,000 residents that reside in the district, which includes Salem, Hamilton, Harlan, and the southern portion of Washington Townships.   The current Library Director is retiring in June, after 60 years of service with the Library.

The Salem Township Public Library is governed by a three-member Board of Trustees which are appointed by the Salem Township Board of Trustees.   The Board is responsible for hiring the Library Director and Fiscal Officer.

The Library Director serves as the chief administrative officer of the library.  The Director is accountable to the Board of Trustees for the design and implementation of library services and programs within Board policies and available appropriations. 

In addition to the Director and Fiscal Officer, the Salem Township Public Library has 14 staff members (4 Full-time and 10 Part-time).

The Library is funded by a permanent levy and a small percentage of miscellaneous funds that generates $1.54 million annually.  The current Library budget is $1.043 million and there is currently a surplus of $5.6 million.

The ideal candidate will be honest, ethical, hardworking, and highly dedicated to the profession with experience leading Library services and programs toward improved internal performance.  An ability to identify best practices, utilize emerging technology, and encourage innovation and creativity to ensure high-performing teams is critical. 

This person will have experience or be comfortable and adept at overseeing and managing the construction of a new library, which the Library Board envisions to be the “crown jewel” for the District. 

A master's degree in library science from an accredited college or university is required. The successful candidate will have five years of progressively responsible library management experience as a minimum. Experience in managing the construction of new facilities, expanding staff, and adding new services and programs is strongly desired.

This is a full-time, exempt position, and the salary will be commensurate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the selected candidate. The salary range for this position is 90-120k, and includes vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, and participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). Health care benefits are negotiable.

There is no residency requirement for the Library Director. However, the new Director will be expected to be an active and visible participant in community organizations and events.



The Library Director position is open until filled with the first review of candidates taking place on June 16. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Questions should be directed to Michael Hinnenkamp at Ohio Plan Management Resources at (513) 906-6705.   For more information and to download the Position Profile Brochure, go to and click on Active Recruitments in the green bar at the top of the page.

To apply, please email in one combined PDF, a cover letter, resume, and five professional references to The Salem Township Public Library will not accept applications or calls of inquiry on the status of this recruitment. All candidate communications will be provided by Ohio Plan Management Resources.