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 seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type library system and works in partnership with its 83-member libraries providing unique and innovative services. With eight staff and a $942,000 annual operating budget, SWKLS serves residents in a 21-county region. SWKLS, a member-focused organization, provides excellent continuing education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff, strong outreach services, and support for innovative technologies to its public, academic, and school library members. For more information on the System, visit SWKLSLinks.
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 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 three 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 $70,000-80,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package including full health care coverage including family members by the System.