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Chester County Library System: Executive Director



Deadline: Applications requested by March 3, 2008.

Chester County Library System seeks a dynamic leader to help transform a good library system into a great system for this growing suburban community of 475,000. Reporting to the County Library System Board and County Commissioners, the director is responsible for effectively administering a federated library system composed of the District Center Library and seventeen member libraries. With a total $8 million budget and 170 employees the executive director collaborates with key stakeholders to establish a strategic vision to aligns the System’s mission, goals and objectives with Chester County resident needs and County priorities.

Overall Responsibilities include: fostering and maintaining effective internal and external communications; providing leadership in establishing operational plans, goals and best practices; strengthening financial planning, budgeting and fund raising; encouraging the System and member libraries to become active and engaged community participants; leading and fostering staff development; and developing and maintaining effective local, state and national partnerships and collaborations. For additional information see the detailed job description.

Minimum Qualifications: A master's degree in library science from an accredited program and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible professional experience in the management and operation of a public library system or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Essential attributes include superior written and oral communications ability, thorough knowledge of financial and personnel management, collaborative and consensus-building skills, vision, creativity, and knowledge of current trends and "best practices" for the application of new technology and library services.

Compensation: Beginning salary $85,000 – $100,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with a competitive benefits package.

To Apply or Obtain Further Information: The Chester County Library System Board requests that all inquiries be forwarded to the library executive search firm of Gossage Sager Associates. Visit Chester County Links for additional information about the System and the Chester County area. The closing date for applications is March 3, 2008. To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume as Word attachments via e-mail to

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