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. The Board of Trustees seeks a progressive, collaborative team-builder who is an experienced and committed professional with proven management and administrative skills. The successful candidate must be aware of current and emerging trends and best practices in public library services. This position is available mid summer 2014.  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 three thriving colleges within its boundaries.  The Wellesley Free Library serves the Town of Wellesley through a main library and two branch libraries, with a staff of 68.  Other relevant statistics include a budget of $2.25 million, annual circulation of 730,000, and a collection exceeding 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 personnel administration, service delivery, financial management including budgeting, strategic planning and institutional advancement. 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, the capacity to interact effectively with multiple constituencies and to serve as the library's representative throughout the community.

 

Demonstrable leadership and skills in the areas of technology, long-range planning and personnel and financial 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 resume and cover letter 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 May 30, 2014.  AA/EOE

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