Job Openings at the Athens County Public Libraries

Assistant Director

The Athens County Public Libraries seek a full time (35 hours per week) Assistant Director. This position is responsible for library operations in the absence of the Director; supervises branch and department managers in the delivery of library services to the public; plans and the hiring, supervision, and training of managers and staff; creates and guides continuing education opportunities for library staff; and Initiates and maintains effective relationships with community organizations that partner with the library.

Athens County is known for its scenic beauty, and features a national forest, state parks, and a 19-mile paved recreation path that connects the cities of Athens and Nelsonville. Recreation opportunities abound, including hiking, bicycling, boating, fishing, camping, hunting, and canoeing on the Hocking River and surrounding lakes. The city of Athens is a vibrant and progressive “rural-cosmopolitan” community of 25,000 located approximately 75 miles from Columbus, Ohio, the state’s capital. It is home to Ohio University, a state university of over 20,000 students from every state in the nation and about 100 other countries, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, as well as a four-year program in osteopathic medicine. The area also hosts a wide variety of arts and cultural events year-round and many unique restaurants, wineries, and breweries. The city of Nelsonville features Stuart’s Opera House, a premier venue for music and the performing arts, as well as the annual Nelsonville Music Festival. The village of Albany hosts the annual Paw Paw Festival, a fun-filled and educational community event celebrating one of America’s largest native tree fruits. Many other local festivals and events occur year-round.

The Public Library for the City of Nelsonville and Athens County was organized on June 1, 1935 as a school district library. Initially, the library served only residents of the county who traveled to Nelsonville to borrow books. In February 1938, a bookmobile was purchased and that same year library branches were opened in Chauncey and Glouster. By the end of 1939, the library system had grown to three libraries and five deposit stations: Jacksonville, Kimberly, The Plains, Poston, and East Millfield. The Athens branch was established in 1940. In 1974, the Wells library, which had been established in 1866 by money contributed by Henry Wells for the Albany community, joined the county’s library system. The next branch additions came in 1990 in Coolville and in 1991 in The Plains, bringing the system to its current size of seven public libraries in Athens County.

Candidates must have an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution and 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in a library, including supervisory experience. Salary begins at $27.50 per hour and is negotiable depending on qualifications. Click here for a complete job description. To apply send a resume and cover letter to Applications received by March 12, 2019 will receive first consideration. Questions should be directed to, no calls please.

The Athens County Public Libraries are an equal opportunity employer providing employment opportunities for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, veteran/military status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.