[Michlib-l] System Director position, Northeast Kansas Library System, Lawrence, KS

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Thu Apr 10 08:37:59 EDT 2014

System Director - Northeast Kansas Library System 

Lead an innovative and accomplished Kansas library system, continuing
outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive
Board of the Northeast Kansas Library System <http://www.nekls.org/>
(headquartered in Lawrence, KS), seeks an experienced library
leader-responsive to member, staff, and community needs and skilled in
focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals-as its next System
Director. NEKLS, one of the seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type
library system and works in partnership with its 118 member libraries
providing unique and innovative services. With a $2.8 million annual budget
(funded primarily from local property taxes) and 10 FTE system staff, NEKLS
serves a 14 county region (more than 40% of Kansas population). Member
libraries range from small, rural libraries to very large urban libraries.
NEKLS is a member-focused organization with a reputation for being an
incubator for statewide projects, for providing excellent continuing
education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff,
and for strong outreach services to its diverse membership, including
support for innovative technologies. Key projects include NExpress (an open
source ILS), Recollections Kansas (a digitization project), KLOW (KS
Libraries on the Web), Kansas Library Express (the statewide courier
service), and the accreditation and grant program for member libraries. 

Ranked as one of the top ten best college towns, Lawrence, Kansas
<http://www.lawrenceks.org/>  (home of the University of KS Jayhawks) offers
much more than championship basketball tradition. Founded in 1854 by the New
England Emigrant Aid Society, Lawrence was a stop on both the Oregon and the
Santa Fe Trail. Later, Lawrence was the home of Langston Hughes and William
S. Burroughs. Considered one of the National Trust for Historic
Preservation's "Dozen Most Distinctive Communities," Lawrence is one of
those rare exceptions-a historic downtown that remains the heart of a city.
Centered on Massachusetts Street ("Mass Street"), the area features
boutiques, restaurants, bookstores, and music venues. With a population of
89,000 people, Lawrence and Northeast Kansas offer a charming blend of urban
and rural environments. In addition to nationally ranked public schools,
Lawrence and the area offer the Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of
Art, Liberty Hall, and Haskell Indian Nations University. Outdoor
recreational venues include nationally known golf courses, extensive planned
bike paths, Clinton Lake and Prairie Park. Two metro areas- Kansas City and
Topeka- are a 30 minute drive away. For additional details on NEKLS and the
Northeast Kansas region, see NEKLS Links
<http://www.gossagesager.com/neklslinks.htm> .

Responsibilities. The System Director, under the direction of the 18-member
Executive Board, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of
a fourteen county multi-type library system that seeks to pursue leadership
and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of
planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy.
The System Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other
Kansas systems, and the State Library to establish the strategic vision for
the System, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities.
The Director will also ensure an active NEKLS presence in the statewide
library community and professional activities. For complete details, visit
NEKLS System Director Job Description
<http://www.gossagesager.com/NEKLSjobdesc.pdf> .

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master's Degree
in Library Science and five years of progressively responsible
administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision,
creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior interpersonal skills;
flexibility; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills;
experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent
staff; and a desire to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation
within the System. Success working with and reporting to a governing board,
political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on
legal, governance and policy issues, and  prior experience in regional
systems or consortia are additional preferred qualifications. 

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $80,000-100,000 (placement being
dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits

For further information, contact  <http://www.gossagesager.com/> Bradbury
Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with
a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to
<mailto:danbradbury at gossagesager.com> Dan Bradbury or
<mailto:jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com> Jobeth Bradbury. This position
closes June 8, 2014.


4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111



Jobeth Bradbury

Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates <http://www.gossagesager.com/> 

4545 Wornall Rd, Ste. 805

Kansas City, MO 64111

816-803-7087 (cell); 816-531-2468 (office)


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