System Director – Southwest Kansas Library System

Lead an innovative and accomplished Kansas library system, continuing outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Committee of the Southwest Kansas Library System (headquartered in Dodge City, KS), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member, staff, and community needs and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next System Director. SWKLS, one of the seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type library system and works in partnership with its 83 member libraries providing unique and innovative services. SWKLS serves a 21 county region, with 8 staff members. SWKLS is a member-focused organization providing excellent continuing education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff, and for strong outreach services to its diverse membership, including support for innovative technologies.

Responsibilities. The System Director, under the direction of the Executive Board, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of a twenty-one county multi-type library system that seeks to pursue leadership and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy. The System Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other Kansas systems, and the State Library to establish the strategic vision for the System, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities. The Director will also ensure an active SWKLS presence in the statewide library community and professional activities. For complete details, visit SWKLS System Director Job Description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science and five years of progressively responsible administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior interpersonal skills; flexibility; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a desire to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation within the System. Success working with and reporting to a governing board, political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on legal, governance and policy issues, and  prior experience in regional systems or consortia are additional preferred qualifications.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $69,500-75,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Tandy Ritchhart,, via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Tandy Ritchhart. This position closes July 31, 2017. Please visit Dodge City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for community and regional information. Dodge City is home to an excellent and progressive school system and a two year community college.