[Michlib-l] Chief Executive Officer, Enoch Pratt Free Library-Position Open!

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Mon Dec 19 09:23:26 EST 2016


Enoch Pratt Free Library: A Tradition of Innovation 

 

The historic Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City is seeking
applications for the position of Chief Executive Officer. The Pratt Library
<http://www.prattlibrary.org/>  is one of the oldest free public library
systems in the United States serving the 622,000+ residents of the City of
Baltimore through its twenty-one branch locations.  In an unusually expanded
mission, it also serves the 6,000,000 residents of Maryland as the State
Library Resource Center <http://www.slrc.info/> . 

 

The Pratt continues its journey by strategically expanding its services and
programs.  Governed by combined Boards of Trustees and Directors, served by
a seasoned staff of 493, and sustained by a $40.5 million annual operating
budget, Enoch Pratt Free Library seeks a CEO who has the desire and ability
to weave these resources together to maintain and enhance its role as a
vital partner to a City in transformation. 

 

The Enoch Pratt is currently renovating its Central Library which opened in
1932 as a ground-breaking 'open to the people' library. The State of
Maryland has committed more than $90 million to this renovation, and the
trustees and directors have raised an additional $15 million. We expect this
renovation to be completed in 2019, and we believe the renovated Central
Library will be a powerful statement about the critical importance of urban
libraries in building a literate, well informed, and culturally rich future.

Dedicated patrons, volunteers, and donors enthusiastically support the work
of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as it upholds library traditions and
embraces the challenges of a rapidly changing library world. 

 

Responsibilities.  A comprehensive statement of the responsibilities of the
Chief Executive Officer can be found on the following link: position
description <http://www.bradburymiller.com/EPpositiondesc.pdf> .  Among
those responsibilities, the most compelling and immediate are the following:


*         Understanding the full scope of Pratt Library and the State
Library Resource Center  programs, resources, and functions

*         Engagement of the entire staff with the assistance of senior
management staff  

*         Continued implementation of the 2017-19 strategic plan 

*         Immersion in the details and decisions of the renovation of the
Central Library as well as the long range renovation of the branches 

*         Initiation of a network of working relationships with the Board,
the State Library Resource Center, the wider Maryland library community, and
City and State officials 

*         Mastery of the Library's budget process and funding and
development efforts

 

Qualifications.  Minimum qualifications include a Master of Library and
Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, 10 years in library work
and at least 5 years of senior library management (or an equivalent
background and experience that will enable the candidate to effectively
perform the responsibilities of the position). Vital to success are the
ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, board and
stakeholders; strong organizational skills; the ability to integrate
emerging technologies with traditional library resources; and experience in
strategic planning, fiscal management and resource development. Preferred
qualifications include: a PhD in Library and Information Science (or other
relevant advanced degree), experience working in a multi-branch urban
library system, and prior success reporting to a governing board and working
closely with City and State Officials. 

 

Baltimore. Known as a city of neighborhoods, the past and the future
intersect in Baltimore <http://www.baltimorecity.gov/> .   Many historic
communities showcase Baltimore's rich history and wealth of diversity with
many significant properties listed on the National Register; Under Armour's
forward-looking Port Covington development is among the largest urban
redevelopment projects in the country and the city's historic Inner Harbor
boasts walkable neighborhoods, tourist attractions and commercial
development.  A tech-savvy entrepreneurial community is emerging alongside
Baltimore's robust network of colleges and universities, world-class
museums, internationally renowned symphony orchestra, trendy music and art
venues, beloved professional sports teams and varied culinary choices.  As
with many urban cities, Baltimore has distinct challenges as well as
powerful assets and many of Baltimore's citizens suffer a disparity of
income, education and opportunity. The Enoch Pratt Free Library continues to
be a vital, important partner in Baltimore's determination to meet these
challenges.  For more information on the Pratt Library and Baltimore, visit
Enoch Pratt Links <http://www.bradburymiller.com/EPlinks.htm> .   

 

Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $160,000-205,000
(with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an
attractive benefits package. 

For further information, contact
<http://www.gossagesager.com/contactus.html> Bradbury Miller Associates via
email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your
resume as Word or pdf attachments to
<mailto:danbradbury at bradburymiller.com> Dan Bradbury. This position closes
February 5, 2017.

 

 

Jobeth Bradbury

Bradbury Miller Associates <http://www.gossagesager.com/> 

4545 Wornall Rd, Ste. 805

Kansas City, MO 64111

816-803-7087 (cell); 816-531-2468 (office)

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