[Michlib-l] One Week til Closing-Executive Director-Pierce County (WA) Library System!

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Thu Jul 17 09:09:37 EDT 2014

Executive Director-Pierce County (WA) Library System!


Bring the World of Information and Imagination to All - in a beautiful
Pacific-Northwest setting.  The Board of Trustees of the
<http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/> Pierce County Library System seeks
both a visionary leader and an experienced, capable manager-creative and
innovative in building and maintaining successful teams-to lead the
organization in providing quality services and programs for this diverse and
culturally rich library system. The award winning (2013 IMLS National Medal)
Pierce County Library System serves all of unincorporated Pierce County and
15 annexed cities and towns-a total of 555,285 suburban and rural residents.
Established as an independent municipal corporation, the Library is an
independent taxing district with authority to levy a property tax as well as
issue bonds and special levies with a vote of the public. With a $25.6
million annual budget and approximately 406 staff (236 FTEs) with union
representation, Pierce County Library System welcomed 2.4 million visitors
and loaned 7.6 million items in 2013. Governed by an appointed board of
trustees and supported by a successful Foundation and active Friends
organizations, the System's 18 libraries and virtual services bring people
together and provide opportunities for learning, enrichment and fun-and even
greater levels of service excellence in the years ahead.


It's hard to imagine a better place to live than Pierce County-surrounded by
saltwater shores and towering mountain peaks. Pierce County is notable for
being home to stunning  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Rainier> Mount
Rainier and six major rivers. The County ranges from bustling cities with
rich culture and arts communities and active nightlife to quiet timber
towns. Small-town farmers and big-city professionals, active retired couples
and families and talented trades people-all share a northwest pioneer
spirit. Pierce County Library System shares the County with the Tacoma
Public Library, Puyallup Library, and Roy Library. The County also has
sixteen school districts (fifteen served by PCLS) and the area is home to
several two and four year colleges including the University of Washington
Tacoma,  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Puget_Sound> University
of Puget Sound,  <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Lutheran_University>
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College, and Pierce College.
The Port of Tacoma is the sixth busiest container port in North America and
Joint Base Lewis-McChord contributes more than 42,000 military and civilian
jobs to the local economy. Pierce County's neighbors include Olympia
(Washington's capital city), Seattle and King County-all with additional
opportunities for exploring diverse cultural and recreational amenities. For
more information on the Library, Pierce County and the region, see
<http://www.gossagesager.com/PCLSlinks.htm> Pierce County Links.


Responsibilities. The Executive Director is responsible for planning,
developing, directing, and leading all operations and activities of the
Library System; implementing and administering policy in pursuit of the
Library's mission, vision and values; and providing administrative support
to the Board of Trustees. Additional responsibilities include: representing
the Library System to local governments, civic and community organizations,
professional associations and the general public; assuring a program of
service that meets the needs of Pierce County customers and community
members; accomplishing short-term and long-range planning; and implementing
and managing the budget and other resources using sound business practices
to assure the effective and efficient use of tax-supported resources.  


Qualifications.  A Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS/MLIS), the
ability to obtain and hold a State of Washington Librarian Certification,
and a minimum of 10 years of library administrative management and direct
supervisory experience in a multi-location library system are required. Any
combination of education and experience which would provide the required
knowledge and skills to allow successful performance of the job and qualify
for certification may be considered. Essential executive competencies
include: excellent communication skills and the ability to build trust and
effective partnerships; a commitment to developing others, facilitating
change, building successful teams and leading through vision and values;
customer focus, business acumen and strategic decision making ability; and
possessing the inclinations and dispositions that characterize successful
leadership. See the official Executive Director Job Description for a
complete list of the essential functions. Proven success working effectively
as director reporting to a governing board and success working in a union
environment are valuable desired experiences.   


Compensation. The position offers a starting salary range of
$135,000-155,000 (with placement dependent on experience and qualifications)
and an attractive benefits package.


For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager
Associates, www.bradburyassociates.com, via email or phone. Apply via email
with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to
Dan Bradbury, danbradbury at gossagesager.com, or Jobeth Bradbury,
jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com. The position closes July 24, 2014.



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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