The Rocky River Public Library (OH) Board of Trustees seeks a proven communicator with strong organizational management skills and a willingness to build community relationships as its next Library Director. A previous Library Journal Star library, RRPL serves the nearly 22,000 residents of the city from a historic single 56,500 sq. ft. branch with 58.43 FTE and a $4.8 million budget. The seven-member Board of Trustees is appointed by the Rocky River City Schools Board of Education. Library highlights include the Cowan Pottery Museum, numerous individualized services for patrons, and membership in the robust CLEVNET consortium. Key initiatives are ongoing implementation of the strategic plan, fiscally responsible management of the public’s dollars funding the library, and active leadership that recognizes and appreciates the value of the RRPL staff.
Situated on the shores of Lake Erie, Rocky River is a picturesque westside suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Residents enjoy proximity to both the lake and downtown, an excellent school system, and access to the Cleveland Metroparks. This walkable and bikeable city is home to many unique and locally owned retail shops, breweries, restaurants, and service providers. Only 9 miles from downtown Cleveland, you are a short drive to multiple professional sports venues, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Playhouse Square (the second largest unified arts complex in the U.S.). The region is also home to many private and public higher education institutions like Case Western Reserve University, Baldwin Wallace University, and Cleveland State University as well as the nationally renowned Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals.
Responsibilities: The Library Director’s responsibilities include but are not limited to upholding the library’s mission and always imparting a positive impression of the library to the public; demonstrating a positive attitude and supporting library goals and objectives; managing the development of the strategic plan and its implementation; networking with peers and community leaders for continuous improvement of the library; modeling and reinforcing excellent customer service; responding swiftly, professionally, and equitably to patron-raised concerns ; coaching, training, and mentoring managers both in the effective performance of their duties and in managing the people who report to them, while interacting and communicating with the entire staff; preparing and presenting monthly reports for the Board of Trustees reporting library activities, issues, etc.; and coordinating communication and information exchange between Fiscal Officer, Deputy Fiscal Officer, HR Generalist, and Deputy Director.
Qualifications: A Master of Library Science or Library Information Sciences degree from an ALA-accredited school and a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive supervisory experience in a public library environment are required. Demonstrated strategic planning and budgetary experience and previous experience at a management level with community agencies and local government are preferred. The ideal candidate will possess previous experience with a renovation or building project, demonstrated success managing a multi-layered organization, and an understanding of how to balance library principles with community needs and expectations.
Compensation: The hiring salary range is $110,000 – $120,000 (negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or PDF attachments to Brian C. Hare. This position closes on May 28, 2023.
A Master of Library Science or Library Information Sciences degree from an ALA-accredited school and a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive supervisory experience in a public library environment are required.