Moultrie-Colquitt County Public Library

Moultrie-Colquitt County Public Library seeks new Director


Colquitt County has a population of approximately 45,000 and is located in southwest Georgia south of Albany, north of Thomasville and west of Valdosta.   Moultrie, the county seat, is the largest population center with a population of 14,000.  Agribusiness is the lifeblood of Colquitt County with approximately 900 farms producing $160 million in cash crops annually, making Colquitt County the most diverse agricultural county east of the Mississippi River.  The county is home to the annual Sunbelt Ag Expo, “North America’s premier farm show.”  The Colquitt County Art Center offers art exhibits, theater performances and a broad menu of classes for children and adults.

The Library System

The Moultrie-Colquitt County Public Library System consists of the main library and the Ellen Payne Odom Genealogical Library in Moultrie, a branch library in Doerun, and a bookmobile serving outlying areas of the county.  The library is a single county system with an annual budget of approximately $700,000 dollars. The Library System is supported by the county. State and federal funds and services supplement local revenue support. The genealogy library has a separate endowment of $1.2 million and is recognized as one of the best genealogy collections in Georgia. The library is governed by a twelve member Board of Trustees.   The genealogy library has an eight member board that manages the endowment. The Moultrie Colquitt County Library enjoys strong community support with an active Friends of the Library Organization that raises funds through a used bookstore.


The position is open until filled.  The search committee will begin reviewing applications on April 16.


The minimum salary is $73,000. An additional supplement is available based on experience. Excellent benefits include participation in the Georgia Teacher Retirement System and the state health insurance program.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume with references to the search committee at

Job Objectives:

The person in this position, under the leadership and direction of the Library Board of Trustees, is responsible for planning, organizing, and administering the various operations of the System including the genealogy library.

Job Schedule:

System Director is a 40 hour per week salaried position.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Carries out the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees governing operation of the System.
  • Acts as staff liaison and technical advisor to the Board and recommends needed policies, programs, and services.
  • Stays informed of the library market; evaluates and compares existing library services; suggests long and short range plans to improve services, to reduce costs, and to increase productivity.
  • Prepares annual proposed budget requests for Board approval and submittal to funding agencies; Controls costs and predicts cash flow; Authorizes purchases as prescribed by the approved budget.
  • Selects, promotes, transfers, evaluates, trains, and disciplines employees according to the Personnel Manual. Prepares job descriptions and salary scale for Board approval. Maintains good morale and high level of productivity.
  • Supervises the selection, acquisition, and maintenance of a quality collection of library materials.
  • Plans, organizes, controls, and evaluates all work functions within the System’s organization to insure efficient and economical use of labor, materials, equipment, and facilities.
  • Reports to the Board concerning the system’s programs, personnel, and operation. Reports to system staff regularly concerning system’s operations and plans.
  • Works with media to promote good will toward the system and advertises specific services and programs.
  • Identifies and seeks grants to benefit the system and its services.

Job Standards (minimum qualifications):

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLIS) from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Must possess a working knowledge of accounting, finance, personnel management, data processing, and statistics.
  • Extensive work experience (minimum three years) at an administrative level with an understanding of the legal structure, organization, operation, and finances of the system and any associated funding agencies is preferred.
  • Must have or be eligible for a Professional Librarian’s Certificate from the State of Georgia.
  • Must be able to maintain good morale, high level of productivity, have good professional judgment, and be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the Board of Trustees.
  • Applicant must have the ability to work well with the public and be able to supervise the work of others.

Job Location

Moultrie Colquitt County Library, 204 5th St. SE, Moultrie, Georgia.


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