Executive Director-Winter Park Public Library (FL)
Winter Park Public Library Board of Directors seeks an energetic new library leader to create a shared vision for library service and enhance the Library’s role in providing information, education, and programming tailored to patrons’ needs and building a program that serves as Winter Park’s hub for lifelong learning and civic engagement. Winter Park Public Library, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, provides the highest quality materials, programs and services to the 30,000+ residents living in Winter Park and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1885, the Library has continuously evolved based on residents' changing needs. It now provides an array of books and other print and electronic materials, including downloadable materials. Currently housed in a 33,000 square foot building with a $2.7M budget (two thirds from municipal sources), the Library is building on its success as it moves to a new location and increases its budget commensurately. The City of Winter Park has committed, through a voter initiative, to build a state of the art library facility (the “Facility”) as part of the City’s $40M Canopy project in Martin Luther King Park, designed by internationally acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye and opening in early 2021. https://cityofwinterpark.org/government/city-info/winter-park-canopy/ In 2016 the Library was chosen as one of only five libraries included in the Aspen Institute’s Dialogue on Public Libraries. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/re-envisioning-winter-park-library/
The new Library Director will work with the support of a committed staff of 20 FTEs, an energetic Board and core of volunteers, an established donor group, City of Winter Park representatives and a dedicated community. Opportunities for the next Director will be to move forward with a new strategic plan, envision and curate cutting edge programming that energizes the community, implement enhanced and forward reaching library technology innovations and efficiencies, transition the Library’s collection to the Facility, leverage strong community relationships and partnerships to address future programing needs, and further develop alternative funding streams and build the endowment (now at $6.025M) to enhance and improve an outstanding level of service, programming, and growth.
The City of Winter Park, located just three miles north of Orlando in Orange County, Florida, is considered by many to be the premier urban village in the Sunshine State. Winter Park has a rich heritage, strong sense of community, vast public parks system, diverse economic base, and beautiful lakes. It is known for its charm, elegant homes, quaint bricked streets, extensive tree canopy, first-class shopping and dining experiences, world-class museums, and Rollins College—the oldest private college in Florida.
Responsibilities. The Library Director is appointed by and reports to a 25-member Board of Trustees and works with the Board, staff, City elected and appointed officials, and other major stakeholders to establish the strategic vision and practical direction for the Library. The Director carries out the objectives and policies of the Winter Park Library Association, Inc. as stated in the Association’s by-laws, long-range plan, and other documents. The Library Director will lead the effort to relocate the Library collection to the Facility and develop engaging 21st century programming focused on lifelong learning and civic engagement and appropriate for the world class Facility. The Library Director is also responsible for the overall administration and day-to-day operation of the Library, providing support for the Board of Trustees in its activities, and every phase of library operations including programs, collections and services, personnel, technology, public relations and outreach, marketing, buildings, equipment, budget, donor relations, and fundraising. The Library Director bears ultimate responsibility for the Annual Fund, overseeing the role and responsibilities of the Development Director, and building the Library’s endowment. Finally, the Library Director serves as the chief ambassador and relationship manager to the City of Winter Park, the citizens of Winter Park, and the Winter Park business community.
Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary commensurate with the Library Director’s education, experience, and qualifications along with an attractive benefits package.
The WPPL provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal law related to non-discrimination in employment.
Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and a minimum of eight years of public library experience, including at least four years in an administrative capacity. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; leadership capabilities and experience; superior written and oral communications skills; demonstrated success in promoting library services to the community; political acumen in working with elected officials and City administrative staff; experience and success with fund-raising and development; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and continuing professional development for an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current and future technology, trends and “best practices” for library service. An advanced degree in business, public administration or non-profit administration and proven success working effectively with a governing board are preferred qualifications. Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully meet the requirements of the position may be considered.
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Please submit cover letter and resume to Daniel McIntosh, Search Committee Chair at WPPLSearch@gmail.com. No phone calls please.