The Jackson-Hinds Library System has received “a good handful” of applications from individuals who would like to work as its next executive director, according to the chairman of the system’s board of trustees.
“From my understanding, applications have begun to come in,” said Rickey Jones, who chairs the board.
Jones expects members of the search committee will meet in early April to study the applications and discuss if there are any applicants the members would like to interview. The committee would then schedule times for interviews, he said.
The job description for the position remains posted on the system’s website.
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.
The system has 72 employees and provides services at 14 libraries, seven of which are in Jackson and seven of which are in Hinds County.
The COVID-19 pandemic, the loss of revenue from branches closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, employee retention and buildings that need repairs are issues the Jackson Hinds Library System faced in fiscal year 2019-2020, according to its most recent audit.
Those same issues continue to plague the library system in 2021.