Library Director

Library Director

Crown Point (IN) Community Library

Read…Discover…Connect. Discover and connect with the charm and character of Crown Point and the Crown Point Community Library. The Crown Point Community Library Board of Trustees seeks a talented and energetic Director to lead the Library and its constituents to meet the needs of this growing community. The Library Director will provide quality leadership, direct and support staff, and bring new ideas and exciting innovation to the Library. Crown Point Community Library, located in Lake County, Indiana, serves the 42,000 residents of Center and Winfield Townships. Governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, the two library locations—downtown Crown Point Library and the Winfield Library—provide excellent services and programs with 39 staff and a $1.6 million annual budget. The Library, originally established as a Carnegie library, realized in 2005 that is was rapidly outgrowing and outpacing its facility. In 2010, the Library passed a successful $12 million bond issue and the “new” Crown Point Library opened in 2012.

Crown Point, the “Hub of Lake County, IN,” is the county center anchored by the stunning Lake County Court House and the Public Library located on a thriving square with retail and restaurants. This “jewel” of a growing community—the population has increased exponentially within the last 14 years—provides a family-friendly, small town lifestyle with nearby city amenities (Chicago and Indianapolis are a short drive away). Local residents will find excellent public schools, strong neighborhoods, and affordable housing. Purdue University, Valparaiso University, Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana University Northwest, and University of St. Francis offer higher education opportunities. In addition to its modern charm, Crown Point has an abundance of historic architecture and invites its visitors and residents to explore it through walking tours and a visit to the Lake County Historical Museum. For more information about the Library, the Crown Point community, and Lake County, see Crown Point Links.

Responsibilities. Under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees, the Library Director develops, administers, supervises, and coordinates the work of the Library and staff, performs managerial duties related to personnel, budget, collection development, building maintenance, and library operations and services in conformity of the policies established by the Board of Trustees and the laws of the Indiana State Library. The successful candidate will be able to balance traditional service while implementing new, bold, thoughtful programs and services. Visit Crown Point Library Director to see the complete job description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain and retain an Indiana Librarian Certificate 1; and ten years progressively responsible library experience (or six years library experience including three years of supervisory experience). Essential attributes and skills include: excellent communication and organizational skills; the ability and desire to plan, develop, and administer the activities of a public library; supervisory experience; and an understanding and appreciation of library best practices in the areas of intellectual freedom, collections, and library technologies. The successful candidate must also demonstrate the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board, staff, and community stakeholders. Successful experience as a library director reporting to a governing board is desirable.

Compensation: The starting salary range is $62,000 to $74,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or call 816.531.2468. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller or Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes September 21, 2014.

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