Executive Director

Wicomico Public Libraries’ (WPL) Board of Trustees is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the Library System, build on valued partnerships, and to continue to develop the library’s potential to educate, empower and enrich the lives of people in this community.

The Executive Director will have demonstrated talent in building and maintaining partnerships and connections among all stakeholders in the County and region. Providing quality service to the area’s over one hundred thousand residents and the additional students and employees who spend part of their ti me within Wicomico County will be of utmost priority.

For more information, contact Cheryl Nardiello, Human Resource Manager, Wicomico Public Libraries. To begin the application process, send a cover letter, resume and 3 professional reference as Word or PDF attachments to Personnel@wicomico.org on or before September 21, 2018.

Executive Director Fact Sheet
Public Library Certification Information

Title: Executive Director
Grade: 14
Date: 3/1/2016
Reports to: Library Board of Trustees

Job Summary: In charge of day-to-day operations of the Library system, under the general direction and control of the Library Board of Trustees. Responsible for budgeting and financial management, long range planning, facilities management and service delivery, and fundraising in accordance with policies approved by the Library Board. Delegates authority to subordinate supervisors and holds them accountable for the performance of their departments.

Essential Functions:
1. Serves as general executive officer, responsible for day-to-day operation of the Library system under the policies approved by the Board
2. Prepares annual operating and capital budget drafts for Board approval; presents them to the County
3. Analyzes, oversees and coordinates budget and finance management controls, including preparation for the annual audit. Maintains adequate financial records and provides monthly budget reports to the Board
4. Bring to the Board’s attention areas that need specific Board action, including new regulatory requirements and proposals for changes in policy
5. Appoints Library employees, recommends dismissal of Library employees, subject to provisions of the Employee Handbook, Library Bylaws and Maryland law
6. Directly supervises Chief Financial Officer, Director of Library Operations, Communications Manager, Program & Events Manager and Public Service Managers
7. Leads Management Team to ensure teamwork and customer service at all levels in the operation of the Library
8. Responsible for planning, delivery and evaluation of direct service to the public, seeking the highest quality of service possible within budget constraints
9. Serves as lead advocate and spokesperson in the community for the Library. Participates in a variety of local networks to promote Library services and build community partnerships
10.Serves on the Board of the Eastern Shore Regional Library 11.Develops and implements an overall fundraising plan, including annual and capital campaigns, solicitation of major gifts, grants, and other funding sources, donor recognition and planned giving under policies approved by the Board
12.Responsible for maintenance of all Library facilities and vehicles to ensure safe and efficient operation to serve the public
13.Develops and implements visionary long range service delivery and facilities plans, in cooperation with Board, staff, community members and other stakeholders
14.Develops effective working relationships with elected and appointed officials at the local, state and national level to benefit the Library
15. Participates in Maryland Library Association and American Library Association activities and other Library related activities within the state to keep abreast of contemporary Library practices and to participate actively in cooperative matters. Responsible for bringing ideas and trends back to the Board and staff

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
1. A high degree of management skill, including budget and finance,facilities management, automation and personnel administration
2. Ability to communicate verbally with Board members, staff and individuals, in testimony to public bodies, with print, radio or television media and in writing
3. Ability to form effective working relationships with trustees, staff, elected and appointed officials at all levels, Library customers and community members.
4. Ability to maintain a Library corporate culture that fosters teamwork and cooperation in order to utilize staff abilities and creativity to the fullest
5. Ability to work independently, exercise considerable judgment in dealing effectively with diverse constituencies, resolve conflict situations in a calm and constructive manner
6. Ability to set priorities and make effective use of time
7. Ability to develop visionary and creative yet realistic plans, within financial limitations
8. Ability to maintain excellent standards of internal and external customer service

Education and Experience
1. Masters from ALA accredited Library school
2. Ten years progressively responsible public Library experience, with at least five years in a senior management capacity, including budget and finance, facilities management, Library automation and personnel administration
3. Current Maryland State Department of Education certification as Public Library Director, with recertification as necessary

Physical and Environmental Conditions:
Position based at Main Library. Light physical effort in handling materials up to 30 pounds. Travel required.

The above job description is not intended as, not should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.