LIbrary Director-East Baton Rouge Parish Library (LA)
The East Baton Rouge Parish Library seeks a dynamic and experienced director with demonstrated leadership skills and professionalism,
relevant library experience, excellent communication skills, and the vision and talent to take the system to the next level of excellence to better serve
the community. The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, nationally recognized as one of the top library systems in the nation, provides public library
service for the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge. Serving a population of more than 436,265 in the metropolitan area, the system
consists of a Main Library and 12 branches, plus one under design and two under construction, including a new Main library. The library has a collection
of 1.8 million items, and a staff allotment of 543 (379 FTE), and an annual circulation of 2.3 million. The library is funded by a ten-year 11.1 mill
property tax that generates an estimated $38 million annually for the operation and maintenance of the existing system as well as a pay-as-you-go capital
improvements program. The tax is to be renewed in 2015.
As Louisiana's Capital City, greater Baton Rouge is the largest city in Louisiana. With both a vibrant urban environment downtown and small,
friendly neighborhoods surrounding its core, Baton Rouge is a great place for both families and singles to live, work, and play. It is the home of Louisiana
State University, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, a thriving medical community, a booming film and television industry, and an
internationally-known biomedical research complex. Located on the Mississippi River, the city has a temperate climate and is in the heart of a historically
rich and diverse area with access to a wide variety of cultural and sporting opportunities. For details on the Library, City, Parish and area see
Responsibilities. Under the direction of the Library Board of Control, the Director is the chief administrator of the library system and has
oversight responsibility for operating and maintaining the existing system, including financial management, management of library personnel, and for planning
and managing the construction of new libraries. The Director must provide visionary leadership for the creation, development, and implementation of
innovative service and cutting edge technology, develop effective and positive working relationships with city and community leaders, as well as build a
constructive relationship with members of the media. See EBRPL Job Description
for illustrative examples of general responsibilities and duties.
Qualifications. An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree; five years of supervisory management and financial experience as a
Director and/or Assistant Director in a medium to large library system; and certification by the Louisiana Board of Library Examiners. The ideal candidate should have demonstrated high standards of
professional and personal ethical conduct, have excellent communication skills, possess the ability to work effectively with the Library Board, city
administrators and staff, have experience in planning and constructing libraries, and provide visionary leadership that is grounded in the realities of
proven public library service and budget constraints. The Director is expected to provide a leadership role within the Library, the community, and the library
profession. The Director serves as the official representative of the Library. Prior successful experience reporting to a governing board is highly
desirable. Additional qualifications, skills, abilities and requirements can be found on the official job announcement at
EBRPL Job Description.
Compensation. The position offers a competitive starting salary above $100,000 (commensurate with qualifications and
experience) and 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 Dan Bradbury
or Jobeth Bradbury. The closing date has been extended to July 27, 2012.
BRADBURY ASSOCIATES/GOSSAGE SAGER ASSOCIATES
4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS
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