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Deputy Director
Greenwich (CT) Library

Closing date: June 6, 2014

A great community deserves a great library and a great library deserves a great Deputy Director! Join the Greenwich Library–and its highly talented team of professionals—as its next Deputy Director. For 200 years, Greenwich Library has served as the intellectual and cultural hub of its community and is at a pivotal point in the implementation of its new strategic plan, “Connecting Our Community.” Greenwich Library, a Library Journal “Five Star Library”, proudly serves the 62,755 residents of the Town of Greenwich through its Main library (104,000 s/f) and two branch libraries, the Byram Shubert Library and the Cos Cob Library.  With a dedicated staff of 157 (93 FTE), a collection of nearly 500,000 items and a $9.2 million annual budget from public and private sources, the Library circulates 1.4 million items and hosts 745,000 visitors annually.

Founded in 1640, Greenwich is the gateway to New England. A town of many neighborhoods, Greenwich is one of the top 100 places to live in the United States (CNN and Money Magazine). Less than an hour from Manhattan and easily accessible on the Metro-North Rail Line, it is known for its excellent public and private schools and health care system. Ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic diversity are noteworthy; 24% of the population speaks a language other than English in their homes. Greenwich’s recreational amenities include several public beaches, a golf course, tennis courts,  the Greenwich Symphony, choral society, and an active arts council. Located in Fairfield County, Greenwich successfully combines a cosmopolitan atmosphere with the friendliness of a small New England town. Additional information on the Library and the community can be found at Greenwich Links.

Responsibilities. Working under the Library Director, the Deputy Director will be a member of the Library’s leadership team and assist with managing the Library program, implementing policy, developing and implementing long term strategy, and launching initiatives to improve library services for the community.  Responsibilities include: supporting the preparation and monitoring of the public/private annual operating and capital budgets; managing library professional and support staff and administering personnel actions and training; recommending changes to improve operations and streamline work processes; working collaboratively to provide quality customer service; attending community and municipal meetings; promoting the strategic plan and policies to community groups, public officials, potential/current donors, and the general public; overseeing community outreach programs; coordinating  market research efforts to assess community needs and support the development of new cultural events and programs; and coordinating building maintenance and plans for library security and improvements. See the Greenwich Library Deputy Director Job Description for additional details.

Minimum qualifications.  A Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited college or university; eight years of related professional experience, preferably working in a union environment; or any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the requirements of the position.  Desired knowledge, skills and abilities include, but are not limited to: a working knowledge of public library administration and budget management; excellent verbal and written communication skills—including the ability to prepare and deliver effective presentations to board/committee members, donors, and the public as needed; familiarity with facilities management; working knowledge of library technology including integrated library systems; good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain cooperative and productive relationships with community groups, current/prospective donors, board/committee members, staff, and the general public; and the ability to think strategically and develop objectives to achieve long-term goals.

Compensation.  The position offers a starting salary range of $102,700 - $128,375 (placement dependent upon qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send an in-depth cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of June 6, 2014. Please allow sufficient time to complete the application process through the Town of Greenwich's Employment Site no later than 4pm, EST, June 6, 2014, for consideration as a candidate.

The Town of Greenwich is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

posted 4/23/14

Library Director. Re-posted
Selbyville (DE) Public Library

Closing date: April 25, 2014

The Award-winning Selbyville Public Library is seeking a Library Director. This individual will be responsible for directing all functions of a public library, including but not limited to:

  • Supervising, hiring, managing and evaluating staff and volunteers
  • Preparing reports for the library Board, Sussex County and the State of Delaware
  • Attending County and State Library System meetings, as well as workshops and conferences
  • Planning and facilitating Library programs
  • Serving as library spokesperson, supervising public relations, and marketing activities
  • Keeping abreast of industry related information
  • Coordinating collection development through timely materials acquisition and regular weeding
  • Supervising building maintenance
  • Answering patron major reference questions unanswered by desk staff and resolving patron complaints
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Commissioners
Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or related field (MLS from an ALA accredited program a plus). At least two years of successful supervisory experience demonstrating effective and cooperative work with staff/personnel in a library setting, excellent oral and written communication skills, computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets (QuickBooks a plus), an understanding of the role and potential of technology in the delivery of library services, and knowledge of budgetary planning and successful fiscal management. Ability to lift 25 pounds, shelve books, bend, stand and sit for extended periods and push/pull a cart full of books up to 125 pounds. Fundraising and/or grant writing skills are a plus.

Compensation: Salary $36,000. This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, with paid holiday, sick and vacation days, and medical benefits are available.

To apply: Please mail, fax or email a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information of three references by April 25, 2014 to:


Search Committee, Selbyville Public Library, PO Box 739, Selbyville, DE 19975
Fax: 302-436-1508 or email: selbyvillelibrary@yahoo.com

No phone calls please. Position open until filled. The Selbyville Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Re-posted 4/10/2014

 

City Library Director
New Haven (CT) Free Public Library

Closing date: May 25, 2014

Creating Community – Unleashing Potential - the New Haven Free Public Library Board of Directors seeks an exceptional leader to help realize the Library’s strategic goals, create community, and unleash the potential of the city and the library at its heart. The successful candidate will exhibit strong management skills and excellent cultural competencies. The Library Director will work well in a complex environment and be a strong team leader who builds consensus internally and be a passionate advocate who connects the library system externally with a broad mosaic of community stakeholders. The library, with a $5 million annual budget ($4.5 from City appropriations), a strong senior management team and a dedicated staff (52.3 FTEs), provides services and programs through the historic Ives Main Library (on the New Haven Green and adjacent to the Yale campus), four branches and a ReadMobile. The Library Director, working with the board and a related foundation board, will build on fundraising successes of the last decade and secure new financial resources to increase services.  The Library will serve as a powerful catalyst for strong neighborhoods, academic success of every school child, and workforce development. For additional details see NHFPL Strategic Plan 2014-2016.

New Haven is one of America’s most dynamic small cities. The City proper has a population of 130,000. The principal municipality of a metropolitan region on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, it is in close proximity to Boston and New York City, which is accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. New Haven had the largest population growth of any New England city in the 2000-2010 U.S. Census and it has the highest apartment occupancy rate in the nation, with construction of more downtown residential sites underway. Like most communities, New Haven is also home to people with socio-economic challenges – but it has a scale and assets that make connecting residents to opportunity more possible. The local economy has a lot of STEAM – with science, technology, education, arts, and medicine as key drivers. Bioscience is growing, fueled by university research and the presence of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the fifth largest hospital in the U.S. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the main library. New Haven has professional theater, practicing architects, new and classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has 376 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture spanning three centuries – and nature is always nearby, with beaches, hiking trails, parks and farms not far from the city center.  Such recreational opportunities are beneficial, given that New Haven is also a great restaurant town – from fine dining to the best pizza anywhere. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links.

Responsibilities: The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions.  The Library Director provides leadership and vision in the creation and administration of a city library system committed to public service that shares, cooperates and collaborates with other educational, cultural and social agencies in the community.  The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Directors on policy, strategic planning and fundraising matters and to the Chief Administrative Officer on administrative, personnel and budget issues. The Library Director also leads the Foundation Board of the New Haven Free Public Library (the Library’s fund raising arm). Additional information on the position can be found in the official job description.

Qualifications:  A master’s degree in library science, business, non-profit management or other related fields.  A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership, management and board governance experience.   Five (5) years of which includes experience in administration, working with unions and authority over personnel.  This position requires an enthusiastic, service-oriented leader; well-versed in trends and the new technologies.  Must have a proven track record in fund raising and development.  Previous experience working in a multi-branch system, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing Board are highly desirable.     

A combination of training, proven experience and concrete results, which will provide the management, administration and supervisory functions needed to advance the New Haven Free Public Library and be a catalyst for New Haven’s civic renaissance. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.

Compensation.  The position offers a hiring salary range of $80,000-103,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone.  To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth BradburyThe position closes May 25, 2014.

posted 4/8/2014

 

System Director
Northeast Kansas Library System

Closing date: June 8, 2014

Lead an innovative and accomplished Kansas library system, continuing outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Board of the Northeast Kansas Library System (headquartered in Lawrence, KS), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member, staff, and community needs and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next System Director. NEKLS, one of the seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type library system and works in partnership with its 118 member libraries providing unique and innovative services. With a $2.8 million annual budget (funded primarily from local property taxes) and 10 FTE system staff, NEKLS serves a 14 county region (more than 40% of Kansas population). Member libraries range from small, rural libraries to very large urban libraries. NEKLS is a member-focused organization with a reputation for being an incubator for statewide projects, for providing excellent continuing education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff, and for strong outreach services to its diverse membership, including support for innovative technologies. Key projects include NExpress (an open source ILS), Recollections Kansas (a digitization project), KLOW (KS Libraries on the Web), Kansas Library Express (the statewide courier service), and the accreditation and grant program for member libraries.

Ranked as one of the top ten best college towns, Lawrence, Kansas (home of the University of KS Jayhawks) offers much more than championship basketball tradition. Founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society, Lawrence was a stop on both the Oregon and the Santa Fe Trail. Later, Lawrence was the home of Langston Hughes and William S. Burroughs. Considered one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Most Distinctive Communities,” Lawrence is one of those rare exceptions-a historic downtown that remains the heart of a city. Centered on Massachusetts Street (“Mass Street”), the area features boutiques, restaurants, bookstores, and music venues. With a population of 89,000 people, Lawrence and Northeast Kansas offer a charming blend of urban and rural environments. In addition to nationally ranked public schools, Lawrence and the area offer the Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Liberty Hall, and Haskell Indian Nations University. Outdoor recreational venues include nationally known golf courses, extensive planned bike paths, Clinton Lake and Prairie Park. Two metro areas- Kansas City and Topeka- are a 30 minute drive away. For additional details on NEKLS and the Northeast Kansas region, see NEKLS Links.

Responsibilities. The System Director, under the direction of the 18-member Executive Board, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of a fourteen county multi-type library system that seeks to pursue leadership and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy. The System Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other Kansas systems, and the State Library to establish the strategic vision for the System, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities. The Director will also ensure an active NEKLS presence in the statewide library community and professional activities. For complete details, visit NEKLS System Director Job Description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science and five years of progressively responsible administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior interpersonal skills; flexibility; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a desire to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation within the System. Success working with and reporting to a governing board, political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on legal, governance and policy issues, and  prior experience in regional systems or consortia are additional preferred qualifications.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $80,000-100,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes June 8, 2014.


posted 4/8/2014

 

Youth Services Advocate
Houston (TX) Public Library

Closing date: May 10, 2014

Link to a world of opportunities by joining the Houston Public Library (http://www.houstonlibrary.org/home) as the new Youth Services Advocate. Houston Public Library seeks a leader who is knowledgeable about current issues impacting youth, conversant about cutting edge youth services and technology trends, and is able to facilitate the fusion of traditional and nontraditional library services for youth and their caregivers. If you are a dynamic, energetic, uniquely talented individual focused on youth services, this could be your next position. This is your opportunity to become a vital member of an organization that is progressive, forward thinking, and customer focused. The successful candidate is creative and innovative and will have experience working successfully in a large, diverse, urban environment; will be responsible for modeling excellent customer service; and, for providing collaborative leadership for system-wide planning and delivery of stellar youth services for Houston residents. The Houston Public Library serves 2.1 million citizens over 634 square miles through a network of 44 unique facilities. In 2012, the library staff circulated just under 7 million items to 4.2 million visitors.

Alive with energy and rich in diversity, Houston is a dynamic mix of imagination, innovation, talent and first-class attractions that make it a world-class city. Long noted for excellence in healthcare systems and top ranked hospitals, Houston is home to The Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. Living in America’s fourth largest city has its perks. Houston’s Theater District is second only to New York City, giving Houstonians access to more than 500 cultural, performing and visual arts venues.

Boasting the second lowest cost-of-living among American cities, Houston has a winning combination of low cost-of-living and high quality-of-life. With the most affordable housing of the nation’s 10 most populated metropolitan areas, Houston offers a variety of choices. Houston’s diverse population speaks more than 90 languages. This rich diversity not only fuels the city’s vast cultural experiences but also more than satisfies the population’s multiple international palates. With more than 11,000 award winning restaurants, a wide variety of foods are offered from around the world. With all that Houston has to offer, it’s no wonder that Houston topped Forbes Magazine’s 2012 list of "America's Coolest Cities to Live." For additional information on the Library and the City, see Houston Links (http://www.gossagesager.com/Houstonlinks.htm).

Responsibilities. Responsibilities include developing policies, standards, and procedures, developing new and assisting with existing programs, assisting with materials selection, and planning workshops and training in the area of youth services. The YSA manages change, fosters team building and provides guidance, mentoring, and leadership for the system’s children and youth services staff. The individual in this position represents the library throughout the community and to agencies and organizations serving children and youth. This position reports to the Deputy Director for Customer Experience and serves as an Administration Manager with system-wide youth services responsibility.

Preferred qualifications. ALA–accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science or a degree in youth services or a closely related field; with at least three years in a leadership capacity; minimum of six years working with youth in a public library or closely related experience. Additional preferred qualifications are a solid knowledge of current and future trends in library services to children and teens; superior communication and technology skills; demonstrated creativity and innovation in services to youth; knowledge of issues impacting today’s children and youth; at least three years of management or supervisory experience; experience working in an ethnically and culturally diverse environment; ability to communicate and work collaboratively on all levels of the organization; ability to build and nurture community partnerships with agencies and organizations serving children and teens.

Visit PN#12193, (http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=802909) for the complete job posting.

Compensation. Salary range of $61,000.00 - $73,000.00 annually and an excellent fringe benefits package.

If you are a visionary and transformational leader with exceptional customer service skills who values creativity and innovation, we would like to hear from you. Contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates (www.gossagesager.com), via email or telephone for additional information. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller, karenmiller@gossagesager.com, or Jobeth Bradbury, jobethbradbury@gossagesager.com, and apply online at PN#12193, http://agency.governmentjobs.com/houston/job_bulletin.cfm?JobID=802909, on or before the closing date of May 10, 2014.

posted 3/19/2014

 

City Library Director
New Haven (CT) Free Public Library

Closing date: May 25, 2014

Creating Community – Unleashing Potential - the New Haven Free Public Library Board of Directors seeks an exceptional leader to help realize the Library’s strategic goals, create community, and unleash the potential of the city and the library at its heart. The successful candidate will exhibit strong management skills and excellent cultural competencies. The Library Director will work well in a complex environment and be a strong team leader who builds consensus internally and be a passionate advocate who connects the library system externally with a broad mosaic of community stakeholders. The library, with a $5 million annual budget ($4.5 from City appropriations), a strong senior management team and a dedicated staff (52.3 FTEs), provides services and programs through the historic Ives Main Library (on the New Haven Green and adjacent to the Yale campus), four branches and a ReadMobile. The Library Director, working with the board and a related foundation board, will build on fundraising successes of the last decade and secure new financial resources to increase services. The Library will serve as a powerful catalyst for strong neighborhoods, academic success of every school child, and workforce development. For additional details see NHFPL Strategic Plan 2014-2016.

New Haven is one of America’s most dynamic small cities. The City proper has a population of 130,000. The principal municipality of a metropolitan region on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, it is in close proximity to Boston and New York City, which is accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. New Haven had the largest population growth of any New England city in the 2000-2010 U.S. Census and it has the highest apartment occupancy rate in the nation, with construction of more downtown residential sites underway. Like most communities, New Haven is also home to people with socio-economic challenges – but it has a scale and assets that make connecting residents to opportunity more possible. The local economy has a lot of STEAM – with science, technology, education, arts, and medicine as key drivers. Bioscience is growing, fueled by university research and the presence of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the fifth largest hospital in the U.S. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the main library. New Haven has professional theater, practicing architects, new and classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has 376 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture spanning three centuries – and nature is always nearby, with beaches, hiking trails, parks and farms not far from the city center. Such recreational opportunities are beneficial, given that New Haven is also a great restaurant town – from fine dining to the best pizza anywhere. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links.

Responsibilities: The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions. The Library Director provides leadership and vision in the creation and administration of a city library system committed to public service that shares, cooperates and collaborates with other educational, cultural and social agencies in the community. The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Directors on policy, strategic planning and fundraising matters and to the Chief Administrative Officer on administrative, personnel and budget issues. The Library Director also leads the Foundation Board of the New Haven Free Public Library (the Library’s fund raising arm). Additional information on the position can be found in the official job description.

Qualifications: A master’s degree in library science, business, non-profit management or other related fields. A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership, management and board governance experience. Five (5) years of which includes experience in administration, working with unions and authority over personnel. This position requires an enthusiastic, service-oriented leader; well-versed in trends and the new technologies. Must have a proven track record in fund raising and development. Previous experience working in a multi-branch system, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing Board are highly desirable.

A combination of training, proven experience and concrete results, which will provide the management, administration and supervisory functions needed to advance the New Haven Free Public Library and be a catalyst for New Haven’s civic renaissance. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.

Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $80,000-103,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury. The position closes May 25, 2014.

posted 4/8/2014

 

Executive Director
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Closing date: May 18, 2014

Read – Learn – Achieve.  Embrace Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s new Strategic Framework and provide welcoming and inspiring spaces for reading, learning and achieving—and the tools and resources that families, children, teens and adults need to succeed. The Board of Trustees seeks an energetic new leader to foster a team environment and work with staff, local government, organizations, agencies and communities and build on the Library’s already outstanding reputation for service to achieve even greater levels of excellence and community participation. The Library is an independent taxing district serving the City of Las Vegas and the unincorporated urban and outlying communities in Clark County—an 8,000 square mile area. Governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees (five appointed by the Las Vegas City Council and five by the Clark County Board of Commissioners) the Library staff (733 full and part-time workers) serve the 1.5 million citizens of the District utilizing a $52 million budget to operate 25 locations—13 urban branches and 11 outlying libraries—each featuring an array of events, workshops, programs, training, celebrations, films and storytimes tailored to each location. Recipient of many awards over the yearsthe District received 6.5 million visits to the branches and circulated  14.5 million items in 2013. The Library District Foundation provides additional support for community education, employment, entertainment and economic vitality.

Las Vegas and Clark County. Aside from its reputation as a world-class tourist destination, the region boasts rich cultural amenities, excellent recreational activities and is extremely family-oriented. Numerous cultural experiences are available in the Las Vegas Valley—the Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a world-class performing arts center presenting Broadway touring shows, cabaret jazz and dance, and is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic and Nevada Ballet Theatre. Other organizations include the Nevada Chamber Symphony, the Jazz Society, dramatic and musical theatre groups and the many educational, sports and cultural opportunities provided by the University of Nevada. Outdoor recreational activities abound and include everything from golf to water sports to snow skiing—as well as regional attractions like boating near Hoover Dam on Lake Mead, hiking and rock climbing at Red Rock, and sightseeing at the Valley of Fire, the Grand Canyon, and Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. Los Angeles, San Diego and Phoenix are accessible by car in a few hours. Neighborhoods abound with numerous parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, walking and bike trails, swimming pools and a variety of enrichment programs and activities year-round.  Local groups perform concerts and plays geared especially toward children, and special summer camps focus on dance, drama and the visual arts. A low cost of living and no state income tax further contribute to making this a great place to call home. Additional information on the Library and the area can be found at LVCCLD Links.

Responsibilities. The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Trustees and is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the Library District and for the development of the District’s current and future goals, objectives, policies and procedures. Illustrative duties include: overall administration and operation of the District; oversees and directs all budget and financial activities; exercises executive leadership skills in coordinating the management team; provides effective team development and leadership to the staff; works collaboratively with civic organizations and community agencies; and works effectively with elected officials at the Federal, State and Local level.  See the Executive Director job description for examples of essential functions and duties.

Qualifications: A Master’s degree, preferably an MLS from an ALA-accredited program; supplemented by a minimum of ten years of executive experience, five years of which must include experience in library or other public administration, and eight years of supervisory experience. Desired knowledge and abilities are included in the official job description.  Additional advanced degrees such as an MPA, MBA or similar, experience in an urban public library system, experience working in a union environment, and success reporting to a policy-making board are highly desirable.

Compensation: The starting salary range is $152,000-177,000 with a competitive benefits package.

For further information: Contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of May 18, 2014.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is an equal opportunity employer.

posted 2/21/2014

 

System Director – Northeast Kansas Library System
Lawrence (KS)

Closing date: June 8, 2014

Lead an innovative and accomplished Kansas library system, continuing outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Board of the Northeast Kansas Library System (headquartered in Lawrence, KS), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member, staff, and community needs and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next System Director. NEKLS, one of the seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type library system and works in partnership with its 118 member libraries providing unique and innovative services. With a $2.8 million annual budget (funded primarily from local property taxes) and 10 FTE system staff, NEKLS serves a 14 county region (more than 40% of Kansas population). Member libraries range from small, rural libraries to very large urban libraries. NEKLS is a member-focused organization with a reputation for being an incubator for statewide projects, for providing excellent continuing education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff, and for strong outreach services to its diverse membership, including support for innovative technologies. Key projects include NExpress (an open source ILS), Recollections Kansas (a digitization project), KLOW (KS Libraries on the Web), Kansas Library Express (the statewide courier service), and the accreditation and grant program for member libraries.

Ranked as one of the top ten best college towns, Lawrence, Kansas (home of the University of KS Jayhawks) offers much more than championship basketball tradition. Founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society, Lawrence was a stop on both the Oregon and the Santa Fe Trail. Later, Lawrence was the home of Langston Hughes and William S. Burroughs. Considered one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Most Distinctive Communities,” Lawrence is one of those rare exceptions-a historic downtown that remains the heart of a city. Centered on Massachusetts Street (“Mass Street”), the area features boutiques, restaurants, bookstores, and music venues. With a population of 89,000 people, Lawrence and Northeast Kansas offer a charming blend of urban and rural environments. In addition to nationally ranked public schools, Lawrence and the area offer the Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Liberty Hall, and Haskell Indian Nations University. Outdoor recreational venues include nationally known golf courses, extensive planned bike paths, Clinton Lake and Prairie Park. Two metro areas- Kansas City and Topeka- are a 30 minute drive away. For additional details on NEKLS and the Northeast Kansas region, see NEKLS Links.

Responsibilities. The System Director, under the direction of the 18-member Executive Board, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of a fourteen county multi-type library system that seeks to pursue leadership and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy. The System Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other Kansas systems, and the State Library to establish the strategic vision for the System, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities. The Director will also ensure an active NEKLS presence in the statewide library community and professional activities. For complete details, visit NEKLS System Director Job Description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science and five years of progressively responsible administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior interpersonal skills; flexibility; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a desire to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation within the System. Success working with and reporting to a governing board, political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on legal, governance and policy issues, and  prior experience in regional systems or consortia are additional preferred qualifications.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $80,000-100,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes June 8, 2014.

posted 4/8/2014

 


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