Director-Avon Lake Public Library


Posted until Friday, March 17, 2017


Avon Lake Public Library
32649 Electric Boulevard | Avon Lake, Ohio 44012

The Board of Trustees of Avon Lake Public Library seeks a thoughtful and forward-thinking individual to inspire and lead staff as its next Director. This individual will bring to the job proven leadership skills; a strong commitment to excellent customer service; and the desire and ability to engage with the community.

Avon Lake, Ohio
With a population of 23,000, Avon Lake is located in the northeastern corner of Lorain County; Lake Erie is its beautiful boundary to the north. It is contiguous to Cuyahoga County on its eastern border, and situated 20 miles west of Cleveland. Boasting an excellent public school system, Avon Lake is home to many small businesses in addition to a Ford plant and an energy plant; a Lorain County Metro Park; and many recreational opportunities on Lake Erie. The Library is considered by its municipal government to be an essential part of the Avon Lake community.

Avon Lake Public Library
Avon Lake Public Library is comprised of one, 54,000 square foot building, which sits on extensive grounds. Its parking lot is contiguous to a Lorain County Metro Park, Kopf Family Reservation. The Library employs an excellent staff of 47 persons (32 FTEs); 30 employees are members of a collective bargaining unit (SEIU/1199). It circulates well over 500,000 items per year with over 140,000 items in its various collections, including digital media. It has an annual budget of $3 million. It is supported by a 5-year, 2.8 mil property tax levy (75 percent); the State of Ohio’s Public Library Fund (20 percent); and miscellaneous revenue (5 percent). It is a member of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System [NEO-RLS].

The Library has a history of forging and maintaining enduring partnerships in the community. The City’s community cable, ALC-TV, leases space in its lower level. The Kopf Family Reservation manager has her office on the main floor of the Library. The Library’s unique, 3,000 square foot hands-on learning and science center, DiscoveryWorks, offers hands-on science classes in-house for our local schools, grades K-4. Over the past several years, the Library has mounted an ambitious outreach program throughout the community.

In March 2016, the community renewed the Library’s operating levy for an additional five years (through 2021). In May 2016, the Board of Trustees approved a new 3-year strategic plan (2016 – 2019). In spring 2017, a new 3-year collective bargaining agreement (1 June 2017 – 31 May 2020) will be negotiated.

Director position
The position is full-time at 37.5 hours per week; salaried; exempt; non-bargaining. The current Director has served 15 years in the position and is retiring on June 30.

The Director’s job description and the Library’s policies, strategic plan, Board minutes, etc., can be found on the Library’s website at

• Direct, manage and effectively communicate with staff.
• Facilitate the strategic plan.
• Work with the Board of Trustees on policy and fiscal matters.
• Work with the Fiscal Officer on budget and fiscal matters.
• Work cooperatively with the Library’s bargaining unit representation for the common good of the Library.
• Assure the Library’s policies, collections, and programming support its mission and values.
• Work with the Site Manager on maintaining the integrity of the building and property.
• Communicate effectively with state and local government officials.
• Serve as the public face for the Library in the community.

MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited program, and a seasoned level of comparable management experience in a similar library. In-depth broad general business know-how, including human resource management, fiscal management, planning and marketing. In-depth knowledge of: the library field and librarianship; individual and team leadership skills; and analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills. Excellent written and oral communication and public speaking skills. Common sense, integrity, and a sense of humor.

Salary range is $68,000 – $84,000, dependent on qualifications and experience. The Library offers an excellent benefits package. Submit resume with a meaningful cover letter, and a listing of three references, addressed to Betsey Bell, President | Board of Library Trustees. Send via email to Deadline for application is Friday, 17 March 2017.

Avon Lake Public Library is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer and public service a

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