Library Director, Wellesley Free Library, Wellesley MA

The Wellesley Free Library Board of Trustees is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader to fill the position of Library Director.  Due to the retirement of the current director, the Board of Trustees is seeking a progressive, collaborative team-builder, who is an experienced, and committed professional well aware of current and emerging trends and best practices in public library services. This position will be available late summer 2013.  The Town of Wellesley, with a population of 28,000, is a predominantly residential community located approximately 13 miles west of Boston.  Wellesley has an excellent school system and has three colleges within its boundaries.  The Wellesley Free Library serves the Town of Wellesley through a main library, two branch libraries and a staff of 68.  Budget: $2.25 million; circulation: 730,000; and collection: 300,000 items.  This busy library has a long history of providing high quality services, both traditional and innovative.

 

The Director is the chief administrative and chief financial officer for the library and reports to the six-member Board of Library Trustees.  The Director is responsible for all library operations including strategic planning, service delivery, budgeting, institutional advancement for development and personnel administration. He or she works closely with other Town departments, professional organizations, and other libraries in the sub-region.  The successful candidate will have proven experience as a library administrator, including exemplary financial management abilities, the ability to articulate a vision for library service and inspire others; and the ability to interact effectively with multiple constituencies and serve as the library's representative within the community.

 

Demonstrable leadership and skills in the areas of technology, long-range planning and personnel management are essential.  The successful applicant will be an excellent communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills as well as possessing the personal qualities of integrity, energy, an entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm. Minimum requirements include a MLS, six years of supervisory/management experience with at least three in administration in a library setting, and experience dealing effectively with labor unions and contract negotiations.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to the Human Resources Department, 525 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA  02482 or e-mail as a Word or PDF document to hr@wellesleyma.gov by July 8, 2013

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