Be the advocate, catalyst and curator for the premier cultural destination in downtown St. Louis—the recognized center of the arts, culture and
research for the City and region—The Central Library! The St. Louis Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, innovative,
and engaged leader for Central Library services to advance our primary mission as a progressive and customer-centered public library providing vital services to the people of
St. Louis. The Director of Central Services (DCS) reports directly to the Chief Public Services Officer, a new position responsible for the
administration of public services throughout the Library. The DCS works closely with their counterpart, the Director of Neighborhood Services, who
oversees neighborhood libraries throughout St. Louis. These three positions are responsible for providing excellent, effective, and efficient
library services to our customers, work closely with the Library’s CEO, and are key members of the Library’s administrative team.
St. Louis Public Library (SLPL) is a true urban library and independent political subdivision of the state of Missouri, representing the historic
center of the St. Louis region—the City of St. Louis. With an increasingly diverse population of 310,000 (at the core of a metropolitan population of 2.85 million), St. Louis
has world-class cultural and recreational assets, but is also challenged with pockets of deep urban poverty and decline, high illiteracy rates, and low public education
attainment, often existing in close proximity to great wealth and privilege. The Library is a vital bridge between those worlds. With its roots in the mid-1800s, St. Louis
Public Library has a long history of innovation and service to this community, a large and varied collection, and a diverse staff of 400. Our technology is a major resource
throughout the City and beyond, and the Library makes an enormous annual investment in technology to provide state-of-the-art services. The Library operates 17 locations
in a relatively small city of 61 square miles—and they range from magnificent Central Library--one of the world’s great public libraries—to regional and neighborhood libraries
that vary in size and design but are centerpieces in their communities. St. Louis was an early, passionate supporter of library services to children, and that remains a core
value and mission. All St. Louis residents live within 1.7 miles of a library. With a 2020 budget of $28 million, the Library enjoys the support of an active and influential
Foundation underwriting many programs and services.
Director of Central Services Responsibilities. Central Library is at the heart of the St. Louis Public Library system. An architectural
masterpiece by renowned architect Cass Gilbert, renovated and restored during a major three-year construction project costing $70 million, the nationally award-winning result
reopened to the public in 2012. Today’s Central Library offers rich historical and digital resources as well as attractive popular collections and services. Central Library
itself houses over 2.9 million items, and the DCS is also responsible for a remote storage facility located a few blocks from Central Library that houses an additional
two million items. The DCS supervises a motivated staff of 109, including nine librarians and nine managers—and will be responsible for not only managing but
motivating and developing this staff. This position offers the chance to help grow and develop new visions for public librarianship from a strong tradition and
extraordinary history. The Library is looking for someone who wants to be part of and help create a strong culture of collegiality and partnership, and who believes
a public library can only be truly excellent when its entire staff is proud of their mission and performance and enjoys their work. For additional perspective on the
position, the Library, and the area, see the complete Position Profile and SLPL Links.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program (or its equivalent in
education and/or experience) and three or more years of positive and successful experience managing in a museum or a multiple-location library system, coordinating and balancing
library operations, assuring excellence and uniformity of service. Additional desired skills and experience include: a high level of experience in staff development and
team-building; a history of motivating high performance, implementing fair standards and resources, and clear evaluation of staff; knowledge of how to draw in new users,
particularly in an urban setting; experience in strategic institutional planning and project management; the ability to plan and communicate decisions clearly; to know when
consensus is beneficial and when to drive decisions; familiarity with fiscal management and budgeting; knowledge of trends, best practices, and technology innovations in library
services: and excellent communication, writing, and speaking skills.
Compensation. The hiring salary range is $95,000 - $115,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive
benefits package—including potential relocation assistance.
For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start
the application process, send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Dan Bradbury on or before the
date of December 22, 2019.
BRADBURY MILLER ASSOCIATES
4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111