Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Executive Director - Wilton Library

Executive Director - Wilton (CT) Library. Wilton Library - the Center for Discovery in the Heart of the Community - seeks an Executive Director to help continue and enhance the Library’s successful role as the creative, cultural, and intellectual destination of the community. The Wilton Library, a non-profit Association Library located in the center of the town of Wilton, CT, serves a community of 18,200 residents. The Library circulated 365,123 items in FY2011 and is ranked #4 among comparably sized towns in Connecticut Magazine. In addition to providing traditional library services, the Wilton Library successfully transitioned to its mission of providing the Wilton community with outstanding adult and children’s programming, vital teen services, and public fine arts and performing arts spaces. The Library collaborates with local government and businesses and has become the “go to” place for local history knowledge, meeting room spaces and digital connections (as seen during the recent significant power outages in Fall 2011). Consisting of a single facility (50,384 sq. ft. building with a new addition completed in 2006), the Library is poised to move forward building on its successes. The new Executive Director will work with a committed staff (31 FTEs), an energetic core of volunteers, an established donor group, a dedicated community and a $3.3 million budget to deliver quality services. The challenge for the next Executive Director will be to move forward on the Library's new strategic plan (currently under development) leveraging strong community relationships and partnerships while developing alternate funding streams to continue the outstanding levels of service and programs. Wilton is nestled in the Norwalk River Valley in western Connecticut. Wilton is 55 miles from midtown Manhattan and is within easy driving distance from Westchester County, New York. The Town is accessible from routes 7, 33, 106, and 107. Wilton is only one hour from Grand Central Station on the New Haven Line Danbury branch of Metro-North Railroad, which runs daily commuter service. Additional information on the Library, Wilton, and the surrounding area can be found at Wilton Links. Responsibilities. The Executive Director reports to a 24-member Library Board of Trustees and works with the Board, staff, and major stakeholders to establish the strategic vision for the Library aligning the Library’s mission, goals and objectives with the community’s needs and priorities. The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities are to maintain an outstanding library that anticipates and fulfills the needs of its community utilizing all resources available. The Executive Director is responsible for every phase of library operations including programs, collections and services, personnel, technology, public relations and outreach, marketing, buildings, grounds, equipment, budget, donor relations, and fundraising. For the detailed job description, see Executive Director. PDF icon Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in library administration and staff supervision, including supervision of a major public library department or as a director or assistant director of a public library. A combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully meet the requirements of the position may be considered. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications skills; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services to the community; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library service. Proven success working effectively with a policy-making board is desirable. Compensation. A starting salary range of $110,000-125,000 (with final placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package. For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or call 816-531-2468. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to or The position closes February 26, 2012.