Executive Director

Lexington Public Library (KY)

Lexington, KY

Application Deadline

Apply By Jun 23rd, 2019


$130,000.00 to $160,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Lexington, KY


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Job Description

Shimmer – Shout – Shine – Shape the Lexington Public Library (LPL) as the next Executive Director. The successful candidate will lead this pioneering and dynamic Library serving the 322,000 residents of the City of Lexington and Fayette County, KY through its six locations and its virtual services. The seven member Board of Trustees seeks an inspired and gifted Executive Director, who will continue the Library’s stellar programs while developing and implementing new service models. With a committed, innovative staff, an annual $17 million operating budget, a strong Library Foundation, and a supportive Friends of the Library, the Lexington Public Library strives for greatness in serving its diverse communities of the city and the county. LPL’s strategic focus areas are: Inclusion, Education, Access, Space, Culture, and Stewardship. Key opportunities going forward are implementation of a new Master Facilities plan, continuing to build on existing successful external partnerships, working closely with local and state officials and agencies, focusing on fundraising and development opportunities, and mentoring and supporting excellent staff through formal and informal staff development programs. LPL welcomes an Executive Director who understands, supports, and participates in a thoughtful, intentional change management approach to library services and programs.

Responsibilities. The Executive Director of the Lexington Public Library reports to a seven member Board of Trustees and an eleven-member Board of Advisors. The ED performs highly responsible administrative and professional library work of complex difficulty in directing all operations and activities of the Lexington Public Library system, a multi-site, comprehensive service system serving the City of Lexington, County of Fayette, and surrounding communities. The Director plans, organizes, directs, evaluates, and reviews the Library’s resources, services, and programs. Work is accomplished through collaboration with key team members who manage various organizational elements. Overall responsibilities include fostering effective internal and external communications; providing sound fiscal management while strengthening current funding sources and seeking additional revenue sources; continuing to support and promote a shared vision for library service and programming; and developing collaborative relationships with a variety of local, regional, and statewide organizations and agencies. See Lexington Public Library Executive Director Position Description for details.

Additional Info & Requirements

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program (supplemented by coursework in management and administration) and extensive experience in professional library management (some at the executive level); or any equivalent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Essential attributes include personal integrity and excellent interpersonal skills; a thorough knowledge of financial management; collaboration and consensus-building skills; sensitivity, flexibility, and creativity; a sense of humor; and a solid understanding of philosophy, trends and “best practices” in library and nonprofit leadership. Prior successful experience reporting to and working effectively with a governing board and experience with and an appetite for financial development is highly desirable. The Executive Director must have or qualify for Kentucky Certification of Librarianship.

The Community

Lexington, the Horse Capital of the World, is a vibrant, ambitious, and welcoming city. The affordable Bluegrass region is unique and residents enjoy a variety of educational opportunities, health care choices, family activities, arts and culture, business, and a strong economy. Lexington is well regarded as a top community for home buyers, families, high-tech start-ups, retirement, and college students. Over the past several years, Lexington has seen streetscape improvements to new and enhanced bike and walking trails, to many hospital expansions, to a rapidly-growing high-tech sector. There is an emerging technology scene and an entrepreneurial spirit drawing young people who want to live here and raise families. The public school system is impressive and the city is home to the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and the Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Lexington is on the move and the city you are experiencing today is far different than that of even a decade ago. The gracious Bluegrass City is full of charm and hospitality—traditionally southern with a Midwest flavor. It is an experience like none other and you’ll just decide to stay. For more information about the Library and the area, visit Lexington Links.



HR Info

Dan Bradbury, danbradbury@bradburymiller.com

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start the application process, apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury. The position closes June 23, 2019. The Lexington Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

Posted May 15, 2019