Tulsa (OK) City-County Library: Chief Executive Officer

Tulsa (OK) City-County Library

Position: Chief Executive Officer

Deadline Date: February 14, 2010

Grow with Us – In the No. 1 Place to live in the U.S. – Tulsa! The Tulsa City-County Library Commission seeks a new Chief Executive Officer to lead efforts to build on its solid foundation of being a top library program. Work with the Library Commission to determine the strategic direction and policies for the library; develop and maintain a communications strategy locally and nationally; serve as chief library spokesperson with the media and public; develop and implement plans for new library facilities, services, and programs; advise Tulsa Library Trust Board and Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries; raise funds, develop and maintain donor relations to enrich library services. The challenges are exciting and the opportunities are endless! See www.gossagesager.com/TulsaJD.htm for the complete job description.

The Tulsa City-County Library System is an independent library district with a permanent tax rate exclusively dedicated to public library services. Governed by an 11-member, appointed Board of Commissioners, the system is a dynamic library system serving the 585,068 residents of Tulsa County in the middle of "Green Country" in Northeastern Oklahoma. Library staff (269.5 FTEs) utilize a budget of $25.8 million to operate 25 locations and an active bookmobile serving an increasingly diverse area—recently named a Five-Star Library by Library Journal, the system celebrated a record 5.2 million circulation, as well as increases in foot-traffic. TCCL also boasts a well-supported Tulsa Library Trust and active Friends groups.

Tulsa boasts a widely diversified business base and is one of "America's Most Livable Communities" and recently ranked (by Relocate America) as the "No.1 Place to Live." Known as a mecca for arts in Oklahoma, art deco masterpieces abound in many of its downtown buildings and Tulsa's rich cultural legacy—ballet, opera, symphony, museums-its outstanding higher education facilities and recreational amenities help it earn these accolades and greatly enhance the area’s quality of life. Additional information on the Tulsa City-County Library System and the community can be found at: www.gossagesager.com/Tulsalinks.htm

Minimum requirements: an MLS from an ALA-accredited program; ten years of progressively responsible public library experience with a minimum of five years of executive level administrative experience in a multi-branch urban or suburban system. Advanced management training (MPA, MBA or similar degree), proven experience reporting to a policy-making board, and success in collaborating with county or municipal officials are highly desirable. Essential skills include: excellent internal and external communication skills that inspire and motivate; the ability to develop and implement a shared vision of innovative library service for the System; skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Commission, staff and with community leaders; experience in strategic planning, facilities and space planning, fiscal management, library technology, fund development, and working with library trusts and foundations.

Compensation: The salary range is $130,000-150,000 with a competitive benefits package.

For further information: Contact Dan Bradbury, danbradbury@gossagesager.com or at 816-531-2468. To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume as Word attachments via email. This position will close February 14, 2010.

Tulsa City-County Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.