Library Executive Director-Brown County (WI) Library 

 

The Brown County Library Board of Trustees, Library staff, and community stakeholders believe that “Libraries Change Lives.” The new Executive Director of the Brown County Library will embrace, support and enhance vibrant services and programs that change lives through positive outcomes. With its commitment to quality customer service, the Library focuses on enhancing education for children; supporting economic development; engaging with the community; and fostering cultural awareness and diversity. The incoming Executive Director will work with Library board, staff and community partners to realize and fully implement the Library’s Facilities Master Plan utilizing a $20 million capital commitment from the County and drawing on expanded development and fundraising activities. The successful candidate will have a strong background in partnership development (external and internal), a focus on new service/building models and evolving technology, and the energy and enthusiasm to move the library forward through innovation and inspiration. Governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees, Brown County Library serves 260,000 residents with an annual operating budget of $7.4 million, 85 FTE staff, nine locations and its bookmobile outreach service. 

 

Brown County, (population 260,000), provides a high quality of life for a relatively low cost of living. The fourth largest County in Wisconsin, it is composed of 13 townships, nine villages and two cities (Green Bay being the largest and one of the fastest growing in the state) offering a variety of lifestyles from urban to rural.  The county’s racial composition (about 20% of the total population) is a tapestry of diverse populations including Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Asian and African American, whose customs make the area culturally rich. There are multiple excellent school districts and higher education opportunities which include the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, St. Norbert College, and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Green Bay and Brown County are synonymous with leadership, talent, and winning in all areas including football! In addition to winning sports teams, Brown County boasts attractions which include Heritage Hill State Park, the N.E.W. Zoo, The National Railroad Museum, Bay Beach Amusement Park, the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, the Neville Public Museum, and the Fox River that flows to Lake Michigan. Brown County also has one of the finest harbors on the Great Lakes and is an international port for trade. For more information about the Library and Brown County, see Brown County Library Links.  

 

Responsibilities. The Library Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Brown County Consolidated Library system and provides vision and leadership for the quality of library services to the Brown County community. The Executive Director reports to the Library Board and is responsible for strategic planning and administration of the library. The  Executive Director works collaboratively with county departments, county board, municipalities, Friends groups and area agencies to clearly communicate and carry out the library’s mission. Key areas of responsibility include leadership of the Library, staff mentoring and development, facilities management, fiscal management including development and fundraising marketing and public relations, and building strong, lasting relationships with elected officials and community stakeholders.  See Brown County Library Executive Director for the complete position description. 

 

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and a minimum of five years of professional progressively responsible work with three years in a management/leadership role. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of development and fundraising, knowledge of or experience with capital campaigns, developing and mentoring staff, facilities management, implementing new library service models, and an outstanding customer service philosophy. Experience reporting to a governing board and working in a multi-branch environment are preferred. Wisconsin Grade I Public Library Certification is required within 18 months of start date.

 

Compensation. A starting salary range of $95,000 – 110,000 (with placement negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an exceptional fringe benefits package. 

 

For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start the application process, send a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of July 22, 2018.