The Nebraska Eastern Library System (ELS) seeks a creative, energetic individual with a strong public service orientation. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and self-motivation are essential. A dynamic leader is needed with a strong vision of the future of libraries who will be passionate about furthering the impact of the ELS libraries and librarians. We are looking for a Director who will support and lead service-oriented, user-focused, and collegial systems working collaboratively with each other and their communities to promote and advance the impact of libraries in the state of Nebraska. The Director works closely with the Nebraska Library Commission and other system Directors. S/he should have proven successes in supervision, budget management and staff development as well as familiarity with developing and assessing library educational programs. Our successful candidate will embrace emerging twenty-first century tools and technologies and will have the ability to adapt to a variety of procedures and projects. The ELS Director will supervise one administrative assistant.
Essential knowledge, skills and abilities include: knowledge of contemporary best practices for libraries; knowledge of budget preparation, maintenance and forecasting; knowledge of electronic resources and technology; excellent interpersonal and communication/listening skills; collaboration and consensus building skills; and skill in leading a diverse team of library professionals in setting and achieving goals.
Nebraska's Eastern Library System is a non-profit organization supporting libraries in 7 counties of Eastern Nebraska.
Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited institution and significant experience in all areas of library operations.
3 years of professional experience required
5 years of professional experience preferred
A track record of progressively more responsible administrative experience, preferably with a breadth of knowledge in various types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special) with an emphasis on visioning, budget management, and staff development. Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Working knowledge of laws and policies relevant to various libraries. Demonstrated knowledge of information technology as it relates to libraries and the ability to effectively communicate with technologists, administration, and library staff about technology. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.
Administrative management and programming experience in a combination of libraries. Public speaking and successful grant writing and fund raising experience; knowledge of public organizations and administrative practices; ability to plan and coordinate the work of others and to work well with public officials and community organizations; commitment to public service; proven success of innovation in modern library operations.
Submit electronic application materials online to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications should include: letter of application, resume, statement of philosophy of librarianship and names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.
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System website: http://elsne.org