Sewickley Public Library

Library Director
Sewickley Public Library

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The Board of Trustees of the Sewickley Public Library (PA), a Library Journal Star Library (2021), seeks a connected, caring, and committed leader as its next Library Director. Serving the eleven municipalities of the Quaker Valley School District and surrounding communities with a $1.2 million budget, 21 FTE, and a single location the library aspires to be the center for lifelong learning and free access to resources for its almost 14,000 residents. As a PA Forward Gold Level library, SPL is incorporating the program’s five key literacies into its programming and communications to demonstrate the value Pennsylvania libraries have to their communities. Library highlights include diverse and well-attended programming for all ages, consistent and outstanding customer service, and a critical technology assistance program for community members needing support. Key initiatives include creating a new strategic plan to guide the organization into the future; preserving a historic building and adapting it to be an innovative future-ready facility; communicating the importance and value of the library to the community and greater library profession; and developing a strong and open communication plan across the organization.

Situated along the Ohio river valley and just 11 miles Northwest of Pittsburgh, the Borough of Sewickley is a tight-knit community with a strong sense of pride and undeniable charm. Greater Pittsburgh is a place where outdoor enthusiasts can bike, walk, or run along the 24 miles of riverfront trails on the three rivers and can take advantage of the borough park system while Ohiopyle State Park, Laurel Highlands, and the Allegheny National Forest are just a short drive away. The Pittsburgh region has several nationally renowned cultural and educational institutions such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Andy Warhol Museum, August Wilson African American Cultural Center, National Aviary, as well as the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duquesne University. The technology, higher education, and medical sectors have helped diversify the local economy. New additions like the Google Campus and steadfast organizations like the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Allegheny Health Network keep the region balanced and dynamic.

Responsibilities: The Library Director, under broad policy guidance and direction from the SPL board, performs professional and administrative duties in the planning, developing, implementing, and directing of library services. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: providing strategic planning and direction, supervision of personnel, creating and managing the library budget, developing and maintaining the public library collections and historic facilities, administering the policies established by the board, and overseeing and evaluating all library departments. 

Qualifications: Five (5) years of experience as a librarian in an increasingly responsible supervisory and/or administrative position is required. A master’s degree in Library and Information Science granted by an approved college or university is required and substantial experience in public service is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess comfort with technology and its role in libraries, strong leadership and management skills, excellent communication skills, energy and enthusiasm, strong support of intellectual freedom, an innovative spirit, and the ability to coalesce the organization around a shared vision.  Candidates must submit FBI and PA Criminal Background Checks and PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Compensation: The hiring salary range is $75,000 – $95,000 (with placement 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 Sunday, March 5, 2023.

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Sewickley, PA Location
Salary $75,000-$95,000
Requirements Five (5) years of experience as a librarian in an increasingly responsible supervisory and/or administrative positions and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science granted by an approved college or university are required.
Sewickley Public Library

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