Friday, August 15, 2008

Library Director, Greenwich (CT) Library

The Board of Trustees of the Greenwich Library seeks an energetic, inspirational and collaborative leader to take this outstanding Library to its next level of organizational excellence. The Library serves 62,755 residents through its exceptional system (120,000 s/f) of a Main library and two branch libraries—one currently being renovated and expanded. A dedicated staff of 167 (97 FTE), a collection of nearly 500,000 items and a $9.5 million annual budget from public and private sources enable the Library annually to circulate 1.4 million items, host 675,000 visitors and sponsor over 1,100 programming events with an attendance of nearly 46,000 patrons. Already the second busiest public library in New England, all of the components are in place for this Library with the right leadership to be one of the premier public libraries in New England and the nation.

Responsibilities. The Greenwich Library Director reports to the Board of Trustees and works closely with Town of Greenwich elected and appointed officials to establish a strategic vision for the Library that aligns its mission, goals and objectives with community needs and priorities. Overall responsibilities include: preparation of budgets and plans for submission to public and private funding sources; oversight and monitoring of all library operations, staff development and service initiatives; recommendation and implementation of Board policies and administrative procedures to carry out the Library’s service program; active promotion of the Library at local, state and national levels; support of the Board in its private fund raising activities; and direction and participation in monitoring approved construction projects. Additional information on the position, the Library and the community, including a detailed job description, can be found at Greenwich Library Links.

Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program; and at least ten years of progressively responsible library experience, six years of which were in an administrative position managing professional staff and programs. Essential attributes include strong collaboration and consensus-building skills; vision and creativity; superior written and oral communications abilities; excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; political acumen and a history of responsiveness to staff, customer and community needs and concerns; an understanding of the role and potential of technology in the delivery of library services; and a thorough knowledge of budgetary planning and successful fiscal and personnel management. Successful leadership experience in a similar sized library and proven experience working with a policy-making board, collaborating with municipal officials and administering labor contracts is highly desirable.

Compensation. Starting salary range of $115,000 - 135,687 (placement dependent upon qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.

To apply or obtain further information: Contact Dan Bradbury, Gossage Sager Associates, or 816.531.2468. The closing date for applications is October 12, 2008. To apply, send a cover letter and current resume as attachments to:

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

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