If you are curious about what it would be like to be a leader at a Star Library and Library Journal/Gale’s 2016 Library of the year, read on! We are seeking a stellar Chief of Staff who is committed to sparking curiosity and connections through literacy and learning in Topeka and Shawnee County, Kansas. The Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library seeks an experienced leader to serve as Chief of Staff and position the library to help transform the lives of its citizens through its five community impact goals. The Chief of Staff holds the primary responsibility of the day-to-day monitoring and ongoing coordination of strategic operational and administrative functions—and daily collaboration with other departments throughout the system. This award-winning Library has a 21st-century landmark building featuring the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery, the Millennium Café and the Chandler “Booktique” (bookstore and gift shop). The Library is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, supported by a stellar staff of 220, an $18.1 million annual operating budget, strong digital services, and committed community outreach. More than 3,000 people walk through its doors daily and check out more than 2.5 million items each year. The library’s mobile services travel across the county and provide services to 55 senior living facilities, 80 preschools and many homebound customers. The library also serves customers through a 24/7 digital branch. The library offers state-of-the art technology, youth programs that encourage learning and reading, accessibility services addressing the needs of older readers and persons with disabilities, and reference and research tools. It has something for everyone.
Responsibilities. The Chief of Staff reports directly to the library’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and leads operational and administrative functions for Collections, Community & Strategic Services, Facilities, Public Services and Safety & Security while encouraging high performance and accountability. This position assists the CEO and Management Council ensuring that services and resources align with organizational priorities and are reflective of, and responsive to, identified community needs. By using appropriate leadership practices, measuring performance expectations, adjusting outputs/outcomes to meet the changing priorities and conditions internally and externally, and working side by side with the library’s Leadership Team to provide professional development activities for staff, the Chief of Staff will help lead the library into the future. See Library Links for more information about the Library, the position and the community.
Topeka (the state capital and third largest city in Kansas) is in the heart of Shawnee County along the Kansas River and is a thriving seat of government, education, cultural events and entrepreneurial spirit. Last year, Kiplinger Finance Magazine designated Topeka one of the top ten cities for the next decade. Neighborhoods, schools, civic and cultural activities, and economic incentives combine to make Topeka one of the best small metros in the United States with an overall cost of living more than 10 percent below the national urban area average. There are 60,000 university students within a 60-mile radius of Topeka, including Topeka’s own Washburn University flanked by Kansas University to the east and Kansas State University to the west. The city draws young talent to make up a diverse and highly skilled workforce and add to its vibrancy and appeal. The arts are alive and well in Topeka with more than 20 galleries, performing and visual artist venues and the NOTO Arts District that offers studio space and display opportunities in a collaborative environment. Topeka’s Momentum 2022 plan has instilled a can-do attitude in our community. With more than 30,000 people working in the downtown area daily, there’s momentum for new businesses, retail, restaurants, events and community pride!
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and extensive experience managing a library or similar organization and five years of supervisory experience including three years of experience supervising managers or supervisor level staff. A Master’s degree in library or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association is preferred. Any equivalent combination of training, education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the job may be considered. Desired skills and attributes include: comprehensive knowledge of library organization and professional library principles; ability to evaluate library systems and programs and to develop and implement new or improved methods; skill in coaching, conflict resolution and leading individuals and teams creating a culture of trust and collaboration; ability to provide leadership and guidance throughout the organization and promote the values set forth in the library’s mission statement and core values; ability to communicate effectively under various circumstances orally and in writing; and ability to function effectively in a team-oriented environment.
Compensation. The hiring salary range is $75,000 - $94,120 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury. This position closes June 17, 2018.
Jobeth Bradbury, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief of Staff Position Announcement: http://www.bradburymiller.com/tscplad.htm