The Willard Public Library (IN) Board of Trustees seeks a trusted leader to be the voice of the library in the community and serve as its next Library Director. As the oldest public library building in Indiana, Willard Public Library honors its legacy with robust genealogy and history collections, dynamic programming, and as a world-famous ghost-hunting site – home to the Grey Lady. Trustees are appointed by a combination of the Board of County Commissioners, the County Council, by the local school board, and the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library Board. The director will work with 16 FTE, a $1.3 million budget, and a single facility to ensure its patrons have access to historical, recreational, educational, and cultural materials free of charge. Key initiatives include promoting the library to a new generation of lifelong learners, working with the board to develop a strategic plan, helping the library keep pace with technological trends, and leading and supporting staff through open communication and collaboration.
Evansville, Indiana – the state’s third largest city – offers a combination of big-town amenities and midwestern sensibilities with an active and historical downtown. Situated on the Ohio River in Southwestern Indiana, Evansville has unique neighborhoods, and events to enjoy year-round. Families enjoy attractions like the Mesker Park Zoo, the Children’s Museum of Evansville, an increasingly vibrant arts and dining scene, and an extensive greenway system. The University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana offer higher educational opportunities and residents enjoy a low cost of living and being in close proximity to five major cities.
Responsibilities: The Library Director is responsible for the managerial oversight of the facilities, staff, finances, fundraising, and all associated public relations for the library. The Director is charged with the administration of the policies and procedures of the organization in accordance with its articles of incorporation and by-laws, national and local laws, and relevant authorities, as well as charged with implementing the decisions of the Board of Trustees. Additional responsibilities include but are not limited to ensuring effective systems to track and administer the fiduciary functions of the library; establishing and enforcing procedures and policies for the effective operations of all library functions; acting as an official library contact point for all members of the media and government officials and agencies; and directing the activities of library staff including scheduling and fulfillment of duties assigned.
Qualifications: A minimum of three years of relevant experience, demonstrated success in a leadership position (ideally a cultural organization), and an ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library Science is required. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, a proven track record of visionary leadership, a collaborative spirit, and the ability to effectively lead, grow, and develop the library staff.
Compensation: The hiring salary range is $80,000 – $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 Briana Trudell. This position closes on Sunday, January 22, 2023.
A minimum of three years of relevant experience, demonstrated success in a leadership position (ideally a cultural organization), and an ALA-accredited master's degree in Library Science is required.