The Lowell Public Library Board of Trustees in Lowell, Indiana is seeking a motivated and innovative Library Director to lead our libraries and expand their reach. The Director will be responsible for all day-to-day activities at the Lowell Public Library and the branches in Schneider and Shelby. The position requires the ability to provide strategic direction and to form strong partnerships and collaborations with staff and constituencies to strengthen the services, financial stability and visibility of the Lowell Public Library System. The Director is appointed, approved and reports directly to the Lowell Public Library Board of Trustees. Salary is dependent on experience and qualifications. Benefits include health insurance, Public Employees Retirement Fund (PERF), paid sick days, paid personal days and 4 weeks of vacation after 1 year.
Lowell is located in Southern Lake County Indiana and has a charming small town feel yet is easily accessible to larger metropolitan cities. The service area includes the towns of Lowell, Shelby, and Schneider, the community of Lake Dalecarlia, and the townships of Eagle Creek, Cedar Creek, and West Creek. The library built in 1993 is nestled among beautiful oak trees on a picturesque property. It is over 24,000 sq. ft. with a large picture window and beautiful murals in the children’s area. The library has an annual Operating budget of over $1M. The Library Director will oversee a total staff of approximately 25 employees, both full-time and part-time.
Qualifications of the ideal candidate:
• Indiana Public Library certification level LC1 (an LC2 is the minimum requirement) or the equivalent.
• Several years of progressively responsible experience in library administration preferred; strong management and budgetary background highly desirable; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Thorough knowledge of budgeting, administration, and strong personnel management experience.
• A passion for providing exemplary public service and desire to foster relationships with and collaborations between community groups and organizations.
• Strong public speaking and presentation skills.
• Knowledge of library services and emerging library technologies.
• Excellent public relations and negotiations skills, which can be applied across a diverse array of constituencies.
• Ability to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders who support the library. Strong desire to be visible in the community and serve as an active representative of the library at functions and other public events.
This position is open until filled with the first round of submissions due by October 15th. To be considered for this opportunity, submit your resume, cover letter, application, 3 professional references (1 of which must be a supervisor from within the last 5 years) and completed questionnaire. Application and questionnaire can be found on the library website http://www.lowellpl.lib.in.us/ under the About: Library Information tabs. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed 219-696-5280 to Mark Gatewood, Attention: Director Application.