Are you seeking a professional challenge and growth opportunity while living in beautiful Grand County, CO? This may be just the job for you!
Grand County Library District seeks an energetic, enthusiastic Executive Director who welcomes the challenge of providing continued excellence in the delivery of library services while operating with inconsistent revenues at times. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
• Exercise good judgment,
• Lead and inspire library staff in the delivery of quality, customer-focused, library services, and
• Communicate effectively and positively with various government and community groups.
Grand County is located west of the Continental Divide between Berthoud Pass and the West Entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park and Rabbit Ears Pass.. The county is 1870 square miles in size and contains 15,000 residents.
The Grand County Public Library District (GCLD) serves a population of about 15,000 people through libraries located in the Fraser Valley, Granby, Grand Lake, Hot Sulphur Springs, and Kremmling, Colorado. Library administrative offices are located in Granby.
Grand County Library District was established in 1994 under Colorado Library Law (CRS 24-90-101 et seq.) A property tax mil levy of 2.41 was approved by the voters of Grand County to establish funds for the Library District to provide free access to library services.
GCLD operates under a governing board of seven trustees, appointed by the County Commissioners. Trustee appointments in Grand County are chosen to reflect the three voting districts: East, Central and West, providing a voice and representation for each area. The Board’s duty involves governing and directing from a district-wide vantage point, with particular responsibility for the adoption and implementation of library policies, ensuring library properties are managed appropriately, employing a library director and directing the responsible fiscal management of library funds through the budgetary process.
Ninety-five percent of GCLD’s funding is through property taxes with other sources of revenue including: grants, donations from the Friends of Grand County Library and the Grand County Library Foundation, and private donations.
The ideal candidate will combine strong Library Science expertise with exceptional leadership, interpersonal and administrative skills. Strong management experience in other areas will be considered. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong presentation skills, and the ability to maintain composure and professionalism in stressful and/or difficult situations. Strong organizational skills and the ability to multi-task are required. Individual must be self-directed, highly organized, flexible, detail oriented, and have the ability to manage information and data in a strictly confidential manner. Critical thinking, developing solutions and improving existing programs to meet the ever-changing needs of the organization are an important aspect of this position. Individual must have extensive experience with employee relations. Valid Driver's License at time of appointment and throughout employment.
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Grand County Library District and is responsible for the administration of all Library District functions, programs and services within the goals, guidelines and policies established by the Library Board of Trustees. In addition, the Executive Director is responsible for strategic leadership that includes performing complex analytical work and high-level critical thinking with demonstrated proficiency in a variety of library functional areas. Management responsibilities include the direct supervision of all department heads and branch managers and the indirect supervision of all library staff. Oversight of library initiatives, policies, programs, and practices is part of the role along with overseeing procurement of all library materials and monitoring the library budget. Functional areas overseen and managed by the Executive Director include; but are not limited to: hiring of personnel and oversight of their evaluations, developing library programs and long-range planning as well as library policies and budgets with input from staff and GCLD Board of Trustees. This individual is also responsible for maintaining an understanding of advances in library technology and working to keep the library relevant in a changing world. Strong oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on community relations are vital to the success of this position.
A copy of the complete job description is available at: https://www.gcld.org/employment
APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE: This position is open until filled.
A completed application will include:
1. Cover Letter
3. Completed Application. Available at: https://www.gcld.org/employment
4. Written Responses (no more than 750 words each) to each of the following questions:
a. Why are you interested in the position of Executive Director with the Grand County Library District at this time?
b. What do you see as the role of public libraries in 2019?
References are not required at this time but may be at a later date.
Please submit all materials electronically with your last name contained in all file names to:
Sally Leclair, President, GCLD Board of Trustees at email@example.com.