Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Library Director


Are you a developing library leader looking for the excitement and growth potential of your next challenge? If so, the William Jeanes Memorial Library of Whitemarsh Township (PA), may have what you want—an opportunity to serve as its next Library Director. The Board is looking for a dynamic professional who, in addition to managing overall library operations, will work closely with the seven-member Board of Directors to finalize and implement a facility renovation and expansion plan.

The William Jeanes Memorial Library, a nonprofit corporation, serves the 17,000 residents of Whitemarsh Township (Montgomery County). Guided by a seven-member appointed Board, the Library staff (currently 10FTE), with an annual budget of $600,000, operates a single, 11,000-square-foot 1971 facility circulating 100,000 items per year. A substantial portion of the library’s budget is funded by the Township, with additional contributions from the Friends of the Library, individual gifts, grants and an annual allocation of Commonwealth Library funds. Whitemarsh Township (14.53 square miles) is home to excellent public and private schools, preserved open space, historic sites, and beautiful public recreation facilities including the Schuylkill River. It is immediately adjacent to Philadelphia and linked by a network of roads and public transit routes.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills that inspire, motivate and engage the community, Board, staff, elected officials and potential donors in developing and implementing a shared vision for enhanced library service. Desired skills and experience will include: strategic planning, budget preparation, facilities and space planning, library technology, fundraising and grant writing, and working with library staff and volunteers. Additional information on the William Jeanes Memorial Library and the community is available at William Jeanes Memorial Library.

Minimum qualifications for the position include an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited school, a minimum of five years of progressively responsible public library experience including a least three years supervising a public library department or directing a smaller public library, and a strong knowledge of library administration with financial experience, knowledge of library technologies, and significant staff development and management experience desired.

Compensation: Hiring salary range $60,000-$70,000 with a competitive benefits package.

For further information: Contact Dan Bradbury at This opportunity will close January 18, 2009. To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume as attachments via email to:

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