[Michlib-l] New Job Opportunity: Executive Director - Pierce County Library System (WA)

Beth Barker bethbarker at BradburyMiller.com
Wed Dec 8 08:06:50 EST 2021

Executive Director - Pierce County Library System (WA)
Bring the World of Information and Imagination to All - in a beautiful Pacific-Northwest setting. The Board of Trustees of the Pierce County Library System<http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/> (PCLS) seeks both a visionary leader and an experienced, capable manager-creative and innovative in building and maintaining successful teams-to be true to its communities by listening and responding to what is important to them.  Recipient of the 2013 IMLS National Medal, PCLS serves all of unincorporated Pierce County and 15 annexed cities and towns-a total of 620,000 suburban and rural residents. Established as an independent municipal corporation, the library is an independent taxing district with the authority to levy a property tax as well as issue bonds and special levies with a vote of the public. A $38.9 million annual operating budget and approximately 334 staff (307 FTEs) with union representation serve the library district. Governed by an appointed board of trustees and supported by a successful Foundation and active Friends organizations, the System's 20 locations and virtual services bring people together and provide opportunities for learning, enjoyment, and community-and even greater levels of service excellence in the years ahead. The ideal candidate will embrace the guiding principles of strategic innovation; service to everyone with the same degree of interest and respect; delivering convenience; supporting community partners; and responsibly managing public resources for today and tomorrow.  Key initiatives include maintaining adequate funding and using financial resources responsibly; providing and adapting services to meet the needs of the public with valued library services; serving asset limited individuals and families; developing and successfully opening a new Sumner Pierce County Library; and being responsive to internal and external constituents in the era of COVID-19.
It's hard to imagine a better place to live than Pierce County<http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/>-surrounded by saltwater shores and towering mountain peaks. Pierce County is notable for being home to stunning 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 tradespeople-all share a northwest pioneer spirit. Pierce County Library System shares the county with the Tacoma Public Library and Puyallup Library. The county also has 16 school districts (Pierce County Library serves 15) and the area is home to several two and four-year colleges including the University of Washington Tacoma, University of Puget Sound, Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma Community College, and Pierce College. The Port of Tacoma is the sixth busiest container port in North America and JBLM (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.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to providing overall strategic direction and leadership for the Library System and leaders; overseeing the delivery of high-quality, customer-focused services with innovation in becoming a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization; hiring, training, supervising, coaching, disciplining, and evaluating the performance of assigned personnel; regular engagement with the community to understand its needs; maintaining cooperative working relationships; implementing strategic and long-range plans for the operation and future development of the Library System; and guiding and overseeing the preparation of an annual budget and supervising its administration.
Qualifications: A Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS/MLIS), the ability to obtain and hold a State of Washington Librarian Certification<https://www.sos.wa.gov/library/libraries/training/certification.aspx>, 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: builds trustworthy relationships and successful teams; communicates effectively; manages and develops people; achieves results; facilitates innovation and change; and demonstrates leadership.
Compensation: The hiring salary starts at $177,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications), an excellent benefits package, and participation in the Washington State Department of Retirement System.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates<https://bradburymiller.com/>. Apply via email with a cover letter and your resume as Microsoft Word or PDF attachments to Brian Hare<mailto:karenmiller at bradburymiller.com> (brianhare at bradburymiller.com). This position closes on January 16, 2022.
View the announcement in its entirety along with accompanying links and information at https://bradburymiller.com/job/pcls/.

Beth Miller Barker
Finance and Communications Director
Bradbury Miller Associates
(cell) 330-340-7115
bethbarker at bradburymiller.com<mailto:bethbarker at bradburymiller.com>
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