The Jackson/Hinds Library System is still accepting applications for a new executive director.
A job description for the position first appeared on the system’s website in late February.
Rickey Jones, chairman of the system’s board of trustees, would like to have a new director hired by early in the fiscal 2022 year, which starts on Oct. 1, and well before the end of the 2021 calendar year.
Jones did not know how many people have applied for the job but plans to get a report about that during the week of Sept. 13.
“We’re getting to the point where we need to dive into this,” he said.
According to the job description, a candidate for the job must have earned an American Library Association-accredited Master of Library Science, with additional degree or course work in management preferred, and have seven years of progressively responsible professional public library experience, five of which include administrative or supervisory responsibilities.
Also needed is “demonstrated ability to work with public officials, board members, staff, community leaders, and the public; effective management and leadership ability; a successful record in budgetary planning; experience in library design and maintenance.”
A candidate should also have “knowledge of current library technology and social media platforms; knowledge of collection development; expertise in strategic planning; experience or knowledge of fundraising campaigns and grant writing; skill in public relations, speaking and writing,” according to the job description.
The director must be a resident of Hinds County or relocate to Hinds County within three months.
Compensation includes a full-benefits package with a starting salary of $65,000-$75,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The system’s board of trustees terminated former executive director Patty Furr on June 30, 2020.
Continuing to face the library system is a claim Furr filed with the Mississippi Tort Claim Board, citing wrongful termination by the library system board of trustees. She is seeking no less than $1 million in damages, according to the claim.
Kimberly Corbett serves as interim director of the library system.