Inspire and build for the future as Marion Public Library’s next Library Director. The Board of Trustees of the Marion Public Library seeks a leader to contribute to building and sustaining Marion as a creative city that attracts and nurtures talented people, mobilizes ideas, stimulates innovation, and encourages diversity. Working with the City of Marion, the Library is a center of cultural vitality enhancing the quality of life through library services for all Marion residents. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to move forward with the Library’s building project—groundbreaking for the new 50,000 square foot library was October 1, 2020! The new $18 million Library will allow for the development and implementation of additional library programs and services incorporating a flexible, open collaborative environment welcoming to all. The Marion Public Library staff (26FTE) serves 39,000+ residents and borrowers in the Metro Library Network (Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha, and Marion). The $2.1 million annual operating budget is funded primarily through a City appropriation with additional financial support from the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation. The Foundation is contributing $3 million to the building fund through private fundraising efforts. The Marion Public Library is a community gathering place that offers everyone easy access to information, recreation, and cultural resources.
The City of Marion is the second-largest city in the Cedar Rapids metro area and one of the fastest-growing communities in Iowa. Marion, a three-year All-Star Community (IA League of Cities designation), is intentional about maintaining its unique sense of identity. Marion residents take pride in their exceptional schools, an eclectic array of cultural and entertainment offerings (Uptown Marion has been recognized as a Cultural and Entertainment District), sixteen beautiful city parks, the new Prospect Meadow Sports Complex and Tuma Soccer Complex, and a mix of small and large businesses bringing families, friends, and neighbors together. Events throughout the year (Marion Arts Festival, Swamp Fox Festival, concerts in the parks) attract thousands of people. Marion offers the comfort and security of a small community with convenient opportunities of a large city. Marion is continuing its tradition of forward-looking growth, building upon its past to offer its citizens wide-ranging opportunities. A key initiative is the Be Well Marion program—a plan focused on community well-being.
Responsibilities. The Director of the Marion Public Library reports to a nine-member Library Board of Trustees—appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council—and partners with city officials to achieve the Library’s mission, goals, and objectives within the context of community needs and priorities. The successful candidate will: prioritize hospitality, service curation, and shared joy through strategic leadership; think flexibly about service provision and the future of libraries; demonstrate boldness in approach to risk-taking in service models design; promote and encourage staff development through mentoring and coaching, and work effectively with diverse populations.
Qualifications. The minimum qualification is a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program or its equivalent. A minimum of five years public library administrative experience is preferred. Essential skills include excellent internal and external communication skills that inspire and motivate; the ability to develop and implement a shared vision of innovative library service; skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Board, staff, Friends and Foundation, and community leaders; experience in strategic visioning and planning; sound fiscal management; and successful experience implementing services and programs. Experience reporting to a governing board, working within a municipal environment, and working with library building projects are desirable.
Compensation. The hiring salary range is $86,302-$121,838 with a competitive benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Karen Miller. The closing date for this position is March 7, 2021.
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