Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Library Director

The dynamic Ridgefield Library seeks an engaged and energized leader as its next Library Director. Working in partnership with the 16-member Board of Directors, a creative and committed staff, and 25,000 generous and supportive residents, the Library Director will lead the Library in providing a vision for 21st century services and programs. The successful candidate will have the desire and ability to develop effective community partnerships, explore entrepreneurial activities, support and engage in ongoing fundraising, and share a strong philosophy of service and civic participation.  A new (2014) $20 million state-of-the-art building offers the opportunity to lead a talented staff team (27.5 FTE) in this vibrant community.  The Ridgefield Library, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, has an annual budget of $2.6 million and is primarily supported by town appropriation in conjunction with significant fundraising endeavors and contributions. In addition to the budget, a vital Friends organization provides funding for programs and other efforts outside the Library’s operating budget.Ridgefield—Connecticut’s #1 Town (named by Connecticut Magazine in 2013)—is a lively, picturesque New England community filled with neighbors who care about each other. Ridgefield citizens generously give of themselves, volunteering with the Library, the schools, sports programs, the environment, arts and culture and social causes.  Ridgefield’s public schools are among Connecticut’s best—90% of high school graduates attend college. Ridgefield is also known for providing strong cultural amenities, offering a rich selection of art galleries and studios, theater productions and music. Ridgefield is the only town its size in the state to host a professional symphony orchestra. Located in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains with a deep history dating back to colonial times, the town is governed by a Board of Selectmen under Home Rule and has the lowest crime rate in Connecticut. Ridgefield’s proximity to New York City simply adds to its appeal. To learn more about Ridgefield and the Library, visit Ridgefield LinksResponsibilities. The Director of the Ridgefield Library leads the organization, collaboratively developing and implementing the Library’s strategic vision and plan, and ensuring the fulfillment of the Library’s mission and its future success. The Library’s Director works with a high degree of independence and supports the governing volunteer Board of Directors, fostering board development and problem solving while keeping the Board informed of internal conditions and external developments. The Library Director will be an articulate spokesman for the library and a supportive contributor and team player within Town, fostering positive relationships with elected officials, agencies and organizations. The Director will also be a responsible steward of library funds, an active participant in fundraising and development, and the final authority on all personnel and operational matters. The Director creates and promotes a culture that reflects the Library’s values, encourages good performance, and rewards creativity, innovation and productivity.Qualifications. Minimum requirements are a Bachelor’s Degree in business, liberal arts, or library science and a minimum of six years of experience leading as an executive director, director, or senior staff position in complex organizations or the equivalent background and experience that will enable the candidate to effectively perform the work required. Desired qualifications include demonstrable proficiency in strategic planning, policy development and execution; strong fundraising skills and experience; demonstrated working knowledge and execution of business processes in a large operation; demonstrated successful fiscal management skills; successful leadership of a medium/large staff; and an excellent understanding of project management. Additional abilities include managing change, communicating effectively, providing excellent customer service, maintaining relationships with major donors, supporters, and other community leaders, and working effectively with elected officials and other public constituencies.  The successful candidate must live within a reasonable commute distance of the Town of Ridgefield.  A Master’s Degree in business, public administration, education or library science and experience reporting to a governing Board are preferred.  To review the full job description, see Director Position DescriptionCompensation. The hiring range for the position is $115,000 - $130,000 annually (with placement dependent upon qualifications) and includes a competitive employee benefits package.For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates and to start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Karen Miller on or before the closing date of August 28, 2016.