The Board of Trustees of the New Milford Public Library seeks its next Director—a leader who will enjoy and embrace the newly renovated Library (opening 2022), create and implement a new strategic plan, and work closely and collaboratively with the Board of Trustees, the Staff, the Town of New Milford, and elected officials. The successful candidate will continue to grow and expand new services and programs for its 26,000+ residents in a world that continues to change. Working collaboratively with a nine Board-member of Trustees, a committed staff (15.5FTE), and a $1 million annual operating budget, the Library’s key opportunities include promoting library services throughout the New Milford community; creating a vision tied to strategic initiatives; and developing and implementing new outcomes-based services and programs exceeding community expectations. Working with the Board, staff, and Town officials as the Library’s new leader is a vital component of the position.
Our Community. New Milford, located in picturesque Litchfield County in the Housatonic Valley, is the ideal community. Ninety miles from Manhattan, New Milford has an unsurpassed quality of life with its New England small-town friendliness and charm. New Milford residents enjoy boating, the August Jazz on the Green series, the historic Downtown, and an active Farmer’s Market. It has highly rated schools and families rest, recharge, and reinvigorate with caring neighbors. New residents find a variety of housing choices ranging from family-friendly suburban neighborhoods to converted historic buildings to active adult communities.
Responsibilities. Under the direction of the governing Board of Trustees, the Library Director is responsible for the planning, directing, managing, and overseeing all activities and operations of the library. This position reports to the Board of Trustees and works closely with the Board, the Library staff, community partners, and Town officials to ensure that the Library is serving the community through innovative programs and services. The Director is the “face” of the Library to the New Milford community and must maintain a positive attitude, an innovative mindset and open communication with all stakeholders. See the Position Description for details.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and five (5) years of professional experience with demonstrated managerial expertise. Public library experience is preferred. Essential traits include, but are not limited to, strong emotional intelligence skills; excellent communication skills that inspire and motivate; ability to build relationships with key stakeholders; sound fiscal management; strong public speaking skills; and knowledge and support of library “best practices” and emerging technologies. Previous success working with a governing Board in a municipal unionized environment is highly desirable.
Compensation. The hiring range is $95,000 – $110,000 with an attractive benefits package.
For further information, please visit Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury. This position will close February 21, 2021.
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