[Michlib-l] Closes Sunday, February 21! Library Director, Lafayette Public Library, (LA)

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Wed Feb 17 18:59:02 EST 2016


 

 

DIRECTOR-LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY 

 

Direct the public library in the
<http://www.lafayettela.gov/presidents/pages/lafayette-rankings.aspx>
Happiest City in the United States!" The Lafayette Public Library Board of
Control (LA) seeks an exceptional leader and executive who demonstrates
commitment to the public library's local and global mission. The successful
candidate will have the skill and experience to plan and implement new
services and programs, fostering community support and a shared vision for
the  <http://lafayettepubliclibrary.org/> Lafayette Public Library.
Political acumen, an understanding and proficiency in library technologies,
a proven record of successful staff leadership, an in-depth knowledge of
library funding streams, and experience in library construction and design
are critical skill sets.  With a dedicated staff of 140 and a $12 million
annual operating budget, the Library serves the 221,000 parish residents
from a main library, three regional libraries, and five branches,
circulating 1,800,000+ items annually. Opportunities include developing and
implementing a new strategic plan and completing the design-build for a new
West Regional Library.

 

 <http://www.lafayettela.gov/Pages/Index.aspx> Lafayette, located at the
intersection of Interstates 49 and 10, serves as an economic center of
Louisiana. The region's joie de vivre and Cajun and Creole cultures are
known around the globe, creating a unique environment for work and play.
Lafayette is also home to a world-class workforce, an integrated
transportation network, a diversified business base, preeminent high-tech
infrastructure, and a metropolitan appeal. The city is the center of a
multi-cultural and multi-industrial region that's surrounded by a
publicly-owned fiber optic loop. Today, Lafayette has diversified by
positioning itself as a medical, transportation, entertainment, education
and retail hub, and its economic resilience is a result of strategic growth,
an entrepreneurial spirit, and a skilled workforce steeped in southern
values. The home of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Ph.D.
granting institution, as well as a community college and a technical
college, Lafayette draws from a metropolitan population of nearly 500,000,
and as the retail, medical, and cultural heart of Acadiana, is known as the
Hub City. For additional information on the Lafayette Public Library and the
Lafayette region, visit  <http://www.gossagesager.com/lafayettelinks.htm>
Lafayette Links.

 

Responsibilities. The Director reports to an eight member Library Board of
Control. With overall responsibilities for fulfilling the mission of the
library, the Director formulates, proposes, presents and administers library
policies for Board approval. The Director creates all budgets; directs
personnel, branches, outreach services; supervises development and
maintenance of library collections and facilities; executes the strategic
plans of the Board; and is the spokesperson for internal and external
communications. The Director attends all Lafayette Consolidated Government
Council meetings as the liaison to the Administration.  As an ex officio
Library Foundation Board member, the Director is expected to actively
participate in the civic life of Lafayette and in state, regional and
national library associations.

 

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master's
Degree, a minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative
and managerial experience in public libraries with three years of executive
level experience, and certification by the Louisiana Board of Library
Examiners. (Candidates who do not have this certification must be able to
attain it within the first year of employment). Vital attributes include
superior oral and written communication skills, thorough knowledge of
financial and personnel management, political skills, and the ability to
work in a collaborative team environment. Success working closely with a
governing board as a Director or Assistant Director in a multi-branch, urban
environment is highly desired.

 

Compensation. The salary range for the position is $100,000 - $110,000 (with
placement within the range dependent on experience and qualifications) with
an excellent benefits package. 

 

For further information, contact <http://www.gossagesager.com/> Bradbury
Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with
a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to
<mailto:karenmiller at gossagesager.com> Karen Miller.  The closing date for
this position is February 21, 2016.

 

 



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