Library Director

Join the Mesa County Libraries team, district, and communities as its next proven, visionary leader. The successful candidate will be a library champion—capable of inspiring a committed library staff and the community. As the “face and voice” of the Library, the Director will build relationships and lead the advance toward new service frontiers. Under the general direction of the seven-member appointed Board of Trustees, the Director will serve 150,000 Mesa County residents from eight locations with a $6.8 million annual operating budget. Working with a collaborative, high-performing team of 74FTE, the Director will have a significant impact on an exceptional Library District and community in a solid well-financed environment. Key opportunities include assuring that the Library evolves to meet user needs— expanding the innovative uses of the 970West Studio; finalizing funding and building of a new branch; supporting and promoting organizational values of trust, staff participation, and team management; and continuing outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing.

The Grand Valley enjoys cultural events, performing arts, museums, and is home to Colorado Mesa University. The area has the natural beauty and dramatic red rock landscape of the Colorado National Monument in a mild, temperate high desert climate; exhilarating outdoor adventures including hiking, camping, or skiing on the nearby Grand Mesa; miles of world-class mountain biking trails; and is home to more than twenty wineries and vineyards that produce and serve some of Colorado’s best wines including several national award winners. There is also a highly vibrant and engaged arts community (Art On The Corner, the Art Center, Friday Night Art Walk)—650 people identify themselves as artists in the Valley. While located in Mesa County, the Mesa County Public Library District is a distinct entity separate from Mesa County government. Mesa County Libraries is the largest cultural institution in the county and provides quality services and programs. The Library’s mission is to enrich lives and build community through opportunities to learn, discover, create, and connect. For more information on the Library and the region, visit Mesa County Links.

Responsibilities. Under the direction of the governing Board of Trustees, the Library Director is responsible for the planning, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all library services and programs. The Director collaboratively develops and implements the strategic plan, works in conjunction with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement library policies, prepares and presents the annual budget, stays abreast of library and industry best practices, pursues sound facilities management, and sets the standard of excellence for all operations. The successful candidate will also model a collaborative, positive style of leadership ensuring proper management of personnel and encouraging a climate of inclusivity. In addition to internal collaboration and team building, the Director will be the primary spokesperson and ensure that the Library is successful in fundraising, development, and communications. Working with community leaders and elected officials is a critical part of the position. Please see the position description for details.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are a Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of progressively responsible experience in a library environment or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work and lead the organization. Essential skills include a strong commitment to customer service, the ability to adapt to change, a willingness to take initiative and act on opportunities, political savvy, and the ability to collaborate in a team environment through strong administrative skills. Successful experience reporting to a governing board and experience in a multi-branch environment are preferred.

Compensation. $98,509 -$125,061 (commensurate with experience) with an excellent benefits package.

For further information, please visit Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Dan Bradbury. This position will close April 7, 2019.

BRADBURY MILLER ASSOCIATES
4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111