(20160406) Executive Director -- Salt Lake Pubic Library, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Salt Lake City Public Library seeks an energetic, community-engaging leader and outstanding motivator to be the next Executive Director.

Salt Lake City is a growing, vibrant, and diverse community. The area is home to over two million residents and will grow by 60% in the next 30 years. The city has a rich cultural climate and is surrounded by countless recreational activities, making it a top tourist destination and fantastic place to call home. Salt Lake City enjoys pleasant, temperate weather year-round, free of humidity and temperature extremes. Whatever your taste, whatever your style, whatever your season, whatever your passion, whatever your idea of fun, Salt Lake City is the city where you will find your niche.


This is an Executive Leadership position as Library Administrator of an urban library system comprised of a Main Library and seven community branches. The position is appointed by the Salt Lake City Public Library Board of Directors, an independent policy making body that is responsible for the planning, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of all library services and programs. The position is responsible for financial management, identifying and implementing operational efficiencies, and evaluating library programs and processes. Responsibilities also include maintaining productive intergovernmental and community relations, strategic planning, promoting team-building, creating positive employee relations, planning and budgeting for all operational needs, and implementation of appropriate technologies in a public library environment.


Executive level management experience with five years progressively responsible positions in the public sector, preferably in an urban environment.
Master’s degree in library science, public administration, business administration, human resource management, or related field.


Library management experience or library policy experience.


The Board of the Salt Lake City Public Library seeks candidates that are willing to make a long-term commitment to Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City Public Library with the following attributes to fill the role of Executive Director:


Skilled in strategic plan development, implementation, and measurement.
Using a variety of information sources, makes sound decisions under pressure that advance the library’s mission.
Strong knowledge of current trends and best practices in libraries.


Serves as an effective spokesperson for the library with a variety of stakeholders, including governmental leaders and organizations, community partners, and the public.
Effectively communicates the vision and mission of the library to a broad range of audiences.
Communicates authentically, openly, and clearly with staff and all stakeholders.


Builds positive relationships with staff and all stakeholders based on honesty, integrity, and reliability.
Able to work effectively with school districts, locally elected officials, community groups, and other library administrators.
Actively builds relationships through participation in professional organizations and community groups.


Proven track record of identifying potential future industry directions and developing strategies to embrace them, including alternative service delivery initiatives for the non-traditional library user.
Encourages library employees to take innovative approaches to their daily work.
Proven record in managing change.
Good knowledge of emerging technologies.
Can resolve complex problems while ensuring all stakeholders are on board with the solution.


Maximizes the effective use of library resources through active collaboration with local government, community groups, and other libraries.
Encourages a culture of collaboration among employees.
Ability to build consensus and to negotiate effectively.


Skillful in motivating employees to take on challenges.
Is open to ideas from employees that improve library services and operations.
Mentors and encourages the professional development of employees.
Has knowledge of process or program evaluation, including measures of program performance.
Proven track record of process and program evaluation, including the development of outcome measures.
Makes decisions that are well thought out and factually based.
Has background in budget development and financial management.
Pushes decision making to the lowest appropriate level while ensuring that executive level decisions are made at the executive level.
Strong ability to address and resolve conflict.
Knowledge of human resource management including supervision, training, and staff utilization.
Knowledge of legal and political issues affecting public libraries.


The salary range is $120,000 to $153,000 commensurate with experience; the contracted competitive benefit package includes, but is not limited to, paid retirement, vehicle allowance, medical, dental, and life insurance. A longevity incentive will be considered after five years of service.


To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume, current salary/salary requirements, and contact information for a minimum of three references to hrlib@slcpl.org. Questions to Shelly Chapman at 801-524-8225 or schapman@slcpl.org.

Applications received by May 13, 2016 will receive first consideration. Visit our Director Search webpage at www.slcpl.org/directorsearch.

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Posted Date: 
04/06/2016 to 05/06/2016