LIBRARY DIRECTOR—LOUISVILLE (OH) PUBLIC LIBRARY

Are you ready to lead?  The Board of Trustees of the Louisville Public Library seeks a responsive and team-oriented Library Director to provide support and direction to staff and bring experience and vision to the Library.  Located in northeastern Ohio, the Library serves the 18,769 residents of the Louisville City School district.  Governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, the Library provides excellent and varied services and programs with 17.45FTE staff and a $1.2 million annual operating budget.  Successful passage of a 1 mill operating levy in 2015 provides 33% of the Library’s operating expenses, and the Library will have a 1 mill renewal levy on the ballot in November 2019.  The Library recently debuted its ground-breaking Sensory Strategy Program and Space, which provides a unique area offering specialized equipment, programming and environment and is dedicated to the special-needs community.  This program space was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and is the first of its kind among public libraries in Ohio. 

Known as “Constitution Town,” Louisville is located in eastern Stark County, Ohio.  Louisville offers a family-friendly, small town lifestyle with affordable housing and nearby amenities (Canton, Akron, Cleveland and Pittsburgh are a short drive away).  Canton/Akron Airport is close by and very convenient.  Local residents will find excellent schools, and within the county The University of Mount Union, Malone University, Walsh University, Kent State University Stark Campus, and Stark State offer higher education opportunities. Sports fans will enjoy close proximity to stellar professional baseball, football and basketball teams as well as the nearby Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Louisville has plenty to offer local history aficionados – the city’s historic downtown district includes several buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has an active Historical Society and History Gallery. There is something for every age in Louisville, including active youth sports groups and family-friendly festivals such as the annual Constitution Day celebration. For more information about the Library, the community and the position, please visit Louisville Links

Responsibilities. Responsible for the efficient overall administration and operation of the Library. Develops and implements a strategic vision for the Library in coordination with the Board of Trustees.  Responsible for all functions of the Library, including public and support services, facilities maintenance, purchasing, human resources, information systems, finance, and public relations. Evaluates, develops, recommends and implements Library policies, services and procedures in coordination with the Board of Trustees. Responsible for all budget and financial activities and implementation of such per the Library. Prepares agendas and reports for and attends all Board meetings and subcommittee meetings. Responsible for determining appropriate staffing levels, work performance standards, staff development, quality and quantity of services to be offered to the public, and the means and methods of offering those services. Orients newly appointed Trustees. Insures effective use of facilities according to changing needs of the Library.             Responsible for compliance with all pertinent federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and ordinances as well as all library policies and procedures. Responsible for effective professional relationships with local government and legislative bodies, the Library Board of Trustees, library staff and management and the community at large. Responsible for resolving a wide range of routine and non-routine issues and difficult situations.  Review the full position description at Louisville Position Description

Qualifications. A Bachelor’s degree and progressively responsible professional library experience including a minimum of three years of senior or high-level management and administrative experience is required. A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library program is preferred. Essential skills include a diverse library background, such as experience in public service, personnel management, and automated/electronic resources.  Experience in successfully engaging with a governing board, leading or supporting a fundraising campaign and/or promoting a local tax levy preferred.

Compensation.  The starting salary range is $65,000-80,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information contact Bradbury Miller Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments via email to Karen Miller on or before the closing date of July 28, 2019.