Chief Executive Officer, Bibliomation, Waterbury CT

Chief Executive Officer

Waterbury, CT

BACKGROUND

Established in 1980, Bibliomation is the largest member-driven, non-profit Library Consortium in Connecticut that provides technological and automation support to over 60 public libraries and 20 K-12 schools.

Bibliomation has a proud history of helping its members provide quality library service to their users. At its core, Bibliomation's mission is to provide libraries and other educational institutions with state-of-the-art computer and IT services that will allow libraries to be better able to efficiently and effectively serve their local communities and to increase resource sharing statewide.

Some of Bibliomation's services include: Evergreen, an open source integrated library system; cooperative purchase of commercial databases; a shared and expanding e-book and audio book collection; LAN/WAN network architecture; telecommunications support; local PC hardware and software installation; and help desk support.

The organization is supported primarily through member assessments and has an operating budget of approximately $2M and a professional staff of 16.

THE POSITION

The Chief Executive Officer serves as Bibliomation's chief professional officer and is responsible for the leadership, management, and growth of the organization. S/he will focus on strategic planning, annual budget development, and implementation and evaluation of all operations in conjunction with the Board of Directors.

The Chief Executive Officer reports to and is accountable to the organization's Board of Directors for providing leadership and strategic direction toward achievement of Bibliomation's goals and vision.
The Board is seeking a seasoned executive who will provide a creative framework for expanding Bibliomation services into new markets. With the support of a dedicated and seasoned staff, the Board seeks a chief executive skilled at diversifying and maximizing an organization's revenue stream. Integral to the CEO's success will be his/her ability to be entrepreneurial, see business trends, and be pro-active in creating opportunities for growth.

Professional leadership is an integral component of the position. The CEO is expected to be a leader and resource to the Board and staff in addressing Bibliomation's opportunities and challenges. The CEO must be a strong communicator in groups and with individuals, able to interpret issues clearly, and effectively persuade others in a manner that leads to agreement and action. Furthermore the CEO must possess a strong level of political savviness in order to navigate the public school, public library and county/city government environment in which Bibliomation does business.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Organizational Leadership

  • Provide leadership and management for staff and board in the development and implementation of Bibliomation's plans. Set goals and strategy with staff. Review and evaluate progress and implementation with Board and staff.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor conformance with an annual budget and work plan.
  • Ensure the sound financial management of the organization and oversee the preparation of reports, records and other documentation as requested by the Board that present the progress and status of Bibliomation's plan and activities.
  • Recruit, motivate, deploy, and supervise a staff that can effectively carry out the organization's mission.

Revenue Development

  • Proactively and continually work with the Board to develop and implement a plan that will diversify the organization's revenue stream.

Public Outreach

  • Provide leadership for the cultivation of new member libraries and other collaborative partnerships.
  • Ensure that the organization's story, message, and program success are effectively developed and disseminated to the general community with the objective of sustaining the momentum for growth.

Board & Volunteer Development

  • Work effectively with the Board and other volunteer leaders and committees to efficiently manage their efforts.
  • Attend all board meetings and ensure that meetings are properly arranged, organized, and conducted productively.
  • Serve as professional advisor and resource to the Board in all areas of programs, technology, finance, policy, and governance.
  • Ensure that the Board is properly advised on organizational challenges and threats as well as opportunities.
  • Together with the Board President, recommend the composition of Board committees and task forces.
  • Serve as an ex officio member of all Board committees.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 6 years progressive senior level management and organizational leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, human behavior and performance, and coordination of people and resources.
  • An appreciation and fundamental understanding of computer and information technology.
  • Strong leadership skills with a philosophy and style that encourages creativity, growth, collaboration, problem solving, open communication, and accountability.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively in pro-actively developing new programmatic opportunities as the marketplace dictates.
  • Proven ability to be personally involved in building and diversifying revenue streams.
  • Proven effectiveness in serving as a spokesperson and representative with elected officials, government agency leaders, funders, business leaders, and other stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership skills with a philosophy and style that encourages creativity, growth, collaboration, problem solving, open communication, and accountability.
  • Track record of strong partnering with a Board of Directors
  • Financial management experience (budget development and management).
  • Ability to manage a team of highly skilled and motivated professional staff.
  • Bachelor's degree required. While a Master of Library Science is preferred, it is not a requisite.
  • A creative and skillful professional able to motivate others and instill a positive work ethic.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Compensation

Salary is in the $100k range with an attractive benefit package.

Applications

Applications will be accepted through July 19, 2013. All applications should be sent to:
CEOSearch@biblio.org. Representatives will be attending this year's American Library Association (ALA) Conference in Chicago at the end of June. If you would be available for an interview at ALA please include that information on your cover letter.

Email ceosearch@biblio.org to apply for this job.

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