Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Library Director – St. Mary’s County Library (MD)

“My place to learn, discover, relax!” Continue to honor St. Mary’s County Library’s commitment to its County residents as its next Library Director. The stellar staff, services, and programs under its retiring Director have made the Library the heart and soul of its communities. The Library Board of Trustees seeks a proactive Director to continue providing cutting edge technology, exploration and experimentation as it builds a replacement for the Leonardtown Library (an $11 million project approved in 2015). The successful candidate will be a community collaborator, a staff advocate, a tireless cheerleader for external partnership development, and an energetic colleague working with a seven-member governing Board of Trustees. St. Mary’s County Library serves 110,000 residents with a dedicated staff of 64 (46 FTEs) and a $3.4 million annual operating budget from three distinct and unique libraries throughout the County—Charlotte Hall, Lexington Park, and Leonardtown. St. Mary’s County—where the Potomac meets the Chesapeake—is centrally located in the Mid-Atlantic corridor close to Washington, D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore. A beautiful peninsula home to crabbing, fishing, and farming, St. Mary’s County is also home to the high-tech Naval Air Station Patuxent River (its largest employer) and has a deep appreciation of its combined focus on its historical foundations and its dynamic outlook. St. Mary’s County both honors its maritime heritage and its agricultural heritage while moving forward with its progressive technology-based workforce. Living in St. Mary’s County—Maryland’s birthplace—provides an unequaled quality of life and varied lifestyles and environments. From its large Amish presence and the many local produce stands to higher education opportunities—St. Mary’s College, the College of Southern Maryland, and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center-St. Mary’s County offers something for everyone. Housing stock includes farms, suburban acreage, waterfront living, and urban condos and townhomes. Local public education is excellent and outdoor recreation is virtually unlimited. To learn more about St. Mary’s County, the Library, and the area, see St. Mary’s County Links. Responsibilities. The Library Director directs, coordinates, and manages the activities and operations of the library system, including services, properties, funding, and personnel; builds community partnerships for the entire library system; develops and implements system wide initiatives, including automated services and data bases—all in cooperation with the County government under the general oversight of the supportive Board of Library Trustees. For the complete position description, visit St. Mary’s County Library Director Job Description. Qualifications. The position requires a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school; and ten years or more of related experience, at least five of which should be in a supervisory/managerial capacity. Additional qualifications include knowledge of library trends and best practices, strong interpersonal communication skills, excellent customer service skills, and excellent administrative, management, marketing, planning, analytical and creative skills. Desirable skills also include the ability to lead the organization though change and the ability to work collaboratively with Library Trustees, staff, local officials, and community agencies and organizations. Experience working with a new building program and reporting to a governing board are desirable. Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $90,000 - $110,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications), relocation assistance, 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 cover letter that supports your candidacy for the position and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury. The position closes August 23, 2015.