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St. Louis County Library: Library Director

St. Louis County Library

Position: Library Director

Respond to the challenge—grasp the opportunity—lead one of the largest independent library districts in the country. The Board of Trustees of the St. Louis County Library District—serving the 873,490 residents of suburban St. Louis County, Missouri—seeks an energetic and visionary library leader as its next director. St. Louis County Library serves an increasingly diverse population—covering 460 square miles and running the gamut from urban to suburban to rural—through a headquarters library, 19 branches, 10 bookmobiles and an active extension program. With a dedicated staff of 550 FTEs, a collection of 3 million items and a $30 million annual budget—with additional voter-approved levy authority—the Library is poised to move from good to great and is seeking an experienced library executive to lead that transformation.

Responsibilities. The Director of the St. Louis County Library reports to a five-member Library Board of Trustees and has overall responsibility for developing and maintaining an effective program of library services for the Library District. Overall responsibilities include: developing, monitoring, and implementing a strategic planning process resulting in a shared vision for the Library; proposing recommendations and implementing Board policies and effective operating procedures; developing and maintaining effective internal and external communications; providing sound fiscal management while strengthening current funding sources and seeking additional revenue sources—including working with the Library Foundation and Friends; organizing and administering the system’s resources to carry out its strategic goals; and representing the Library on a variety of county, state and national committees and projects. Additional information on the Library and area can be found at

Minimum Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in a large, diverse urban/ suburban public library and at least five years of executive level experience (preferably reporting to a governing board.) Essential attributes include energy and enthusiasm; personal integrity and excellent interpersonal skills; thorough knowledge of financial management; collaboration and consensus-building skills; sensitivity, flexibility, and creativity; and a solid understanding of philosophy, trends and “best practices” in the library and information technology fields.

Compensation. Starting salary $130,000-145,000 (negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an outstanding fringe benefits package.

To Apply Or Obtain Further Information. The St. Louis County Library Board of Trustees requests all inquiries, nominations, and applications be forwarded to the library executive search firm of Gossage Sager Associates. Visit for additional information, or contact Dan Bradbury by e-mail or phone (816-531-2468. The closing date for applications is June 30, 2006. To apply, please send a cover letter and a current resume as Word attachments via e-mail to Applications may also be sent by fax (816-531-2468) or by U.S. mail to:


4545 WORNALL RD., SUITE 805, KANSAS CITY, MO 64111-3209


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