[Michlib-l] Champaign (IL) Public Library, Director position, Closes Sunday, May 15!

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Mon May 9 09:28:59 EDT 2016

Library Director Position-closes May 15!


Champaign Public Library - connecting our community with the power of
knowledge, the world of culture and ideas, and the joy of reading.  The
Board of Trustees of the Champaign Public Library
<http://www.champaign.org/>  seeks a creative and innovative leader as its
next Library Director-a leader working strategically with staff, residents
and community organizations creating a shared vision for future library
services and programs.  The successful candidate oversees and manages the
Library's facilities which include the Main Library, the Douglass Branch and
the FriendShop Bookstore.  Serving as Champaign's dynamic community hub, the
Library hosts 1,675+ library and community meetings and events.  Since 2011,
the Library has been an annual Library Journal "four star" library.  In
2014, the Library won the John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award
for the Library Foundation's "Show Some Library Love" campaign. Fundraising
efforts resulted in a 30% increase in gifts received and a 60% increase in
dollars raised. With a $6.6 million annual budget and the support of the
Friends of the Library and the Champaign Public Library Foundation, the new
director and staff (69 FTEs) will analyze community needs and recommend
policies, strategies, programs and services to provide new opportunities for
community engagement.  The Library is affiliated with the City of Champaign
and the Director serves as a member of the City's Executive Management Team.
The Library is a member of the Illinois Heartland Library System, a
consortium of 545 member libraries in central and southern Illinois, and
maintains a separate Polaris ILS shared with the Urbana Free Library.


Champaign <http://ci.champaign.il.us/>  offers an appealing combination of
big city cultural and recreational amenities and a small friendly city
atmosphere.  Champaign serves a growing city population of 82,000 and county
population of 200,000.  At the intersection of education, innovation, and
micro-urban living, Champaign residents are proud of the city's rich
history, ethnic diversity, and strong sense of tradition; care deeply for
their city; and participate actively in the issues which shape the
community.  Lying within the crossroads of three of the country's largest
cities-Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis-Champaign is distinctively placed
in an ideal location.  Champaign owes its vibrant college-town atmosphere to
the presence of the University of Illinois, a top-ranking public university
with a current enrollment over 40,000.  Strong academic programs, including
the #1 ranked Graduate School of Library and Information Science program in
the nation, attract outstanding faculty from across the globe and one of the
largest international student populations in the country.  Additionally,
Parkland College, the exceptional Unit 4 School District, and 15 private and
parochial schools provide excellent educational opportunities.  Champaign
also gains financial stability from a diverse industrial, professional and
economic base, with an emphasis on technology, government and business
employment. The city's neighborhoods offer numerous lifestyle choices
including the urban character of downtown living, charming center-city
neighborhoods, or new subdivisions with spacious homes.  Extensive parks,
bicycle-friendly roads, amateur sports, and a diverse array of artistic and
cultural opportunities contribute to the outstanding quality of life in
Champaign.  For additional information on the Library, the City and the area
see Champaign Links <http://www.gossagesager.com/champaignlinks.htm> .  


Responsibilities. The Library Director provides strategic, innovative and
visionary leadership by strategically aligning the interests of the
library's various stakeholders to shape the current and future role of
libraries.  Champaign Public Library's next Director must have the ability
and the desire to work with the Library's Board of Trustees, library staff,
and City Council and staff in developing a workable team approach to
advancing the library as a keystone institution for Champaign.  The
challenge is to develop effective methods to increase and fully embrace
citizen participation as a critical component in library strategies and
programs that add value in education, employment, entrepreneurship,
empowerment, and engagement.  The Director will also engage the community
and other City units in program planning and implementation and manage the
library system in accordance with policies established by the Library Board
of Trustees.  Other responsibilities include planning, directing, and
supervising all aspects of library services, facilities and activities and
being responsible for budgeting, financial administration, personnel
administration, facilities management, development, technology management,
and marketing and community relations.  The Director provides counsel to the
Library Board, proposes and implements policy under the Board's direction,
supervises the work of the Library managers, and collaborates with other
city agencies and community groups and members to meet the information needs
of various constituencies.  


Qualifications. An ALA-accredited Master's Degree and a minimum of five
years of progressively responsible experience in library management and
supervision are required; or any combination of education and experience
that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the requirements of
the position. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of library
practices, management techniques, collection development, and technology
applications and experience working and communicating effectively in a
culturally diverse community.  Demonstrated ability to establish and
maintain effective working relationships with elected officials, advisory
boards, City administration, all levels of employees, diverse community
groups, and citizens is expected. Other desired characteristics include
experience in successfully securing funding for programs and services and
experience in planning and presenting the Library's long-term equipment,
facilities, and staffing needs.  A strong commitment to public service and
high quality customer service delivery is necessary.  Successful experience
working with a policy-making board and collaborating with elected officials
is highly desirable. Complete qualifications are available in the formal Job
Description <http://www.gossagesager.com/champaignjobdesc.pdf> . 


Compensation. The starting salary range for the position is $114,055-134,016
(with placement within the range dependent on experience and qualifications)
with an excellent benefits package. 

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 resume as Word or pdf attachments to
<mailto:jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com> Jobeth Bradbury. Applications,
including meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments,
must also be submitted online via the City's web site at
<http://www.ci.champaign.il.us/jobs> Champaign Library Director. The closing
date for this position is May 15, 2016. 


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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