Monday, May 18, 2015

Library Director – Mt. Lebanon (PA) Public Library

MT. LEBANON PUBLIC LIBRARY: more…of what you want in a directorship.  Build on outstanding community support and a record of success as the next director of Mt. Lebanon Public Library ( The Board of Trustees seek a dynamic and experienced professional ready to lead a thriving, well established, award-winning public library that is a vital contributor to Mt. Lebanon community life.  Working with the Board, staff, and a strong corps of volunteers, the next director will continue to honor and build on the Library’s Principles for Excellence ( including continuing its thriving relationships with municipal and county agencies as well as its ongoing efforts to create a shared community vision of excellent library services. Governed by a seven-member Board, the Library serves the 33,000 Mt. Lebanon residents  with a dedicated staff of 22.4FTE and a $1.7 million annual operating budget from a single 29,000 sq. ft. library (renovated and expanded in 1997) in the heart of Mt. Lebanon.  Significant financial and volunteer support come from the Friends of the Library with their “Book Cellar,” an on-going fundraiser, and thousands of volunteer hours annually. 

A Community with Character—Mt. Lebanon is a friendly, bustling South Hills enclave just seven miles south of downtown Pittsburgh.  Mt. Lebanon is a premier example of one of the first “automobile suburbs” with easy access by car to the city. Today, in addition to excellent public transportation to downtown Pittsburgh, residents appreciate living in a ‘walkable’ community with a variety of neighborhoods, a healthy business district and a nationally renowned school system. With the many wonderful restaurants and shopping venues centrally located in Uptown Mt. Lebanon, there is a wide range of dining and shopping options.  Houses are varied and unique—a large portion of Mt. Lebanon homes are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the cost of living is reasonable. Pittsburgh is minutes away and offers all of the amenities of a larger metropolitan area.  To learn more about Mt. Lebanon, the Library, and the community, see Mt Lebanon links (   

Responsibilities: The Library Director works with library trustees to realize and build upon the strategic vision of the library. Responsibilities include carrying out the mission of the library; providing leadership for the overall effective and efficient operation of the library; and providing leadership in the library, community, and the library profession. The successful Director will have extensive knowledge of public library philosophy, principles, and practices; issues and trends; technology; collections; staffing; services to various groups; and facilities. Strong oral and written skills, the ability to exercise independent judgment, take initiative, think analytically, and the ability to plan, budget, and implement public library services are essential traits. Additional qualities include the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public and proficiency with computers, online information resources, cataloging and circulation systems.  See the full job description at Mt. Lebanon Director Position Description (  
Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school; and eight years of professional-level library experience with at least four years of increasingly responsible administrative experience and two years of budgeting experience. Experience working with or reporting to a governing board is highly desirable. 

Compensation: The position offers a hiring salary range of $85,000-$95,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates ( via email or phone.  To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller,, or Jobeth Bradbury, The position closes July 12, 2015.