Sonoma County Library (CA)
Discover, Engage, and Thrive. The Sonoma County Library (CA) seeks an experienced leader who will be engaged
with the community and open to new ideas. The Sonoma County Library
is a Joint Powers Authority created in 1975 to serve the County’s nearly 500,000 residents through 11 full-service locations throughout the county, two rural stations, and
specialized collections such as the Wine Library and Genealogy and Local History collections. The Library is governed by
an independent seven-member Library Commission in a community in which almost half the service population has a library
card. With a $15 million annual budget, a challenge for the new Director and staff (129.5 FTEs) will be to work with the
Commission, Library Advisory Boards, Friends of the Library groups, county-wide Library Foundation and other political
entities to usher in a new era in community outreach and responsiveness—potentially under a newly revised Joint Powers
Sonoma County--what more could you want? Just a short drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County and
its vibrant communities offer the beauty and bounty of a world-class wine region, with abundant opportunities to enjoy the
outdoors including redwood forests, mountains, scenic rivers, and the Pacific Ocean. Santa Rosa is the largest city, with
a population of just over 150,000 and active arts, entertainment, education, and business communities. There are a variety
of towns and cities in Sonoma County that offer lovely downtowns, unique shopping and entertainment, as well as a friendly,
small-town quality of life. Sonoma County residents are civic minded and engaged in their communities. The beauty and
climate of Sonoma County will lure you in--and the individual charm of the local communities will make you stay. For
additional information on the Library and the region, see Sonoma County Links.
Responsibilities.Under the general policy and program direction of the Library
Commission, the Director will manage and direct the library’s operations to assure a balanced county-wide library system
that includes a comprehensive program of library services. Key responsibilities include: manage and direct library
operations, plan and develop library services, coordinate governance and support, and build public understanding and
support. Please see the full Director Job Description
for typical duties, tasks, desired skills and abilities and additional details.
Qualifications. Graduation from a college or university approved by an accrediting association of
more than statewide standing; plus possession of a graduate library degree from a school accredited by the American
Library Association; ten years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility in a public library and/or public
agency, at least six of which shall have been in administrative positions; or any combination of education and experience
that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the requirements of the position. Required knowledge includes:
all aspects of library administration; pertinent state and federal laws and regulations; organizational, administrative,
and management and labor relations principles and practices; supervisory techniques; resource allocation; planning and
budgeting; and sources and methods of funding for public agencies. Prior success reporting to a governing board and
working with a bargaining unit are highly desirable.
Compensation.The starting hiring range is $128,378-$153,920 (dependent on experience and qualifications) with an excellent benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone.
To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury
or Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of March 2, 2014.
BRADBURY ASSOCIATES/GOSSAGE SAGER ASSOCIATES
4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111