Sure, we could’ve started this job ad with the traditional “CLiC seeks an Assistant Director with experience doing… blah, blah, blah.” But we think you would’ve already tuned out, unless you know the Colorado Library Consortium and its reputation for providing five-star service to libraries.
So let’s call this position what it is: Second in Command. There are many synonyms for the role: 2IC (corporate/business), underboss (Mafia), right-hand person (general work), deputy (western), Number One (Royal Navy -or-Star Trek).
The trait most common in those individuals who succeed as Second in Command: emotional intelligence. The best in these positions have an understanding of their own professional strengths and how those qualities balance with the top leader of the organization.
By the way, it’s also the most interesting job in almost any organization. Seriously. It’s where the fun is. You have the authority to make things happen, while the responsibility still rests with “the Boss.” You see and influence every aspect of the organization’s service -- which at CLiC involves a lot of outreach -- so variety is baked right in to the job!
Here’s where you come in.
We’re seeking Listeners and Doers and Thinkers and Connectors (preferably a combination) to apply for CLiC’s Assistant Director position. This is a highly interactive role -- promoting library cooperation and serving libraries, who in turn serve Coloradans. In particular, the Assistant Director contributes meaningful leadership and direction in how CLiC’s outreach and consulting services are conducted, and how those services strengthen the Colorado library community. Please read our official position description for more details.
An effective Assistant Director will have specific knowledge and subject expertise, but also will have solid knowledge in ALL things “library” -- from customer service to technology, from community building to collections -- and everything in between.
If you’re a library professional with leadership experience and chomping for an opportunity to see your work impact 400+ libraries across Colorado, then consider working at CLiC. Here, the state is your playground. This position operates from our office in Centennial, but involves some travel.
• Familiarity with challenges facing many types of libraries.
• Passion about working with diverse individuals: the phenomenal directors and assistant directors and staff members of such libraries. Proven ability to play well with others and share toys.
• Five or more years of progressive working experience in one or more types of libraries.
• Three or more years of humane supervisory experience. Proven ability to work hard alongside a diverse mix of staff members AND have fun doing it.
• Evidence of having completed projects that address community or library needs through: outreach, public service, technology, collections or any other library-based activity.
• Bachelor’s degree in either a practical or esoteric subject. Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. If you have a different Master’s degree, you can make your case -- but make it compelling.
• Demonstrable experience communicating and using technology tools. If you dislike listening, talking, writing, interacting with people or using technologies related to communication, this job isn’t a good fit.
• At least one professional quirk. Something that reassures others that you’re not robotic.
• Multi-type library experience. If you’ve jumped the boundary between different types of libraries, we’re interested.
• Five years of post-MLIS experience.
• Background in marketing and/or public relations -- with an understanding for how stories engage.
• Project management experience
• Patron service experience
• Involvement with professional development and continuing education activity at a state and/or national level
• Curiosity about the world. Interest in one or more topics not DIRECTLY “library” related (though in some regards, nearly everything in the world can be connected back to a library).
• Attention to detail. Read our application procedure. Read the full job description on our website, too! If you find your professional library background is captured in the words above and in the official description, we’d love to receive your application.
Please submit a non-form cover letter and a professional resume. If your letter begins with “Dear Hiring Manager,” then you’re already off to a bad start. Please include within your letter an answer to this question: “Why do you think THIS is the most exciting time to be working in libraries?” Also, tell us about yourself as it relates to this job opportunity. Not all of the places you’ve worked (hello, that’s in your resume…), and not the trite “I’m a hard-working, dependable, enthusiastic, and experienced person who will make a positive contribution to your organization.” If you’re indeed such a person, believe us, we’ll ferret that out.
Apply by sending your material to HR Manager Andrea Pettegrew via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Professional references are not required for initial-stage applicants, but will be required of finalists for the position. Should you have any procedural questions, please address those to the HR Manager via email or call 303-422-1150. Application DEADLINE is 11:04 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
CLiC Website: http://www.clicweb.org