Director, Westerville Public Library, Westerville, Ohio
The Westerville (OH) Public Library, future-focused and consistently identified as one of the best public libraries in the nation, seeks its next Director. The Board of Trustees is looking for a dynamic and engaging candidate who will create a new strategic vision and continue to build upon the cutting-edge reputation that the community and other libraries have come to expect. Westerville Public Library consistently receives a 5-star rating from Library Journal and has been named as one of Ohio’s best employers and best companies, among other accolades. The Library has achieved these many awards and honors through the efforts of the 84 FTE staff by means of a $7.8 million budget and having circulated more than 2 million items in 2015. The Library is also supported by an active Friends group and dedicated Foundation- each of which provide funds and support to many programs and services provided by the Library, such as the Meet the Authors Series, the Local History Center and Anti-Saloon League Museum, the Homework Help Center and participation in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program.
Westerville is a popular and growing northeast suburb of the city of Columbus in central Ohio and is historically known as having been the “Dry Capital of the World” and having been the world headquarters for the Anti-Saloon League. Westerville has been recognized in several publications as a great place to live and the city has been awarded the gold medal for Excellence in Parks and Recreation Management multiple times. The Library is located within walking distance to charming ‘uptown’ Westerville, which is home to many locally-owned stores and restaurants. The city has many educational opportunities with excellent public and private school systems and Otterbein University, a private four-year liberal arts college, and provides excellently-maintained bike paths and a recreation center, among other amenities. Westerville offers residents a small-town feel with the attractions and opportunities a metropolitan area provides. See Westerville Links for more information about the Library, community and region.
Responsibilities. Responsible to the Board of Trustees, the Library Director is the chief operating officer of the Library with major administrative responsibility for implementing Library Board Policy. Additional responsibilities include recommending, designing, implementing, directing, supervising, and evaluating an active program of educational, cultural, and information services relevant to the Westerville community in accordance with the goals and objectives established by the Library Board. The Director is expected to maintain and enhance library services and its reputation on local, state and national levels.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are a graduate degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university, a minimum of four years of experience in professional library management and administrative experience. High priority qualifications include: the ability to deal effectively with Library Board, staff, public, other professionals and government officials; knowledge of budgeting, public library finance, and applicable federal and state law; and thorough knowledge and demonstrated competence in library automation. Please see Westerville Library Director Position Description for details.
Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $105,000-125,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.