Director-Madison Public Library

Job Posting – Director, Madison Public Library

Deadline for application is Monday, July 10 2017.

The Board of Trustees of Madison Public Library seeks an energetic, creative library director with demonstrated leadership skills. The successful candidate will lead a dedicated, hard-working and independent staff. Madison Library staff, administration and trustees have a history of experimenting and taking risks to better serve the community. The library is part of CLEVNET, a large online consortium with shared catalog, online resources and eCollections. Madison Public Library is a leader in RFID technology and the use of a BISAC-based organization system, both designed to make the user experience more intuitive and seamless. The library is now focused on relationship-building and presence in the community. The library has a history of accomplishing great things with a small staff by capitalizing on the unique talents and interests of individuals who often perform well beyond the traditional definitions of their jobs.

Madison, Ohio
Located in Lake County on the shores of Lake Erie, Madison Township is the largest township (185 square miles) in the smallest county in Ohio. With nearly 20,000 residents, Madison is a mix of village, rural and suburban neighborhoods. Major businesses in the area include wineries and plant nurseries which ship nation-wide. Interstate 90 and State Route 2/20 run through the township making easy access to Cleveland and surrounding communities. Housing options range from newly built to century homes, as well as condominium living.

Madison Public Library
With a newly renovated 25,000 square foot building, the library situated in the geographic center of the community between Madison High School and Madison Middle School. The library circulates nearly half a million items per year, with a physical collection of 120,000 items and a shared electronic collection of over 700,000 items. An excellent staff of 30 (18 FTEs), provide service in the building and throughout the community. The library’s annual operating budget of $1.4 million is composed of 45% state funding and 52% local operating levies (Two continuing operating levies totaling 2.25 mills). Madison Public Library, the staff and community are poised and ready for new creative leadership in an exciting time of change for public libraries.

Library staff and administration have built enduring partnerships throughout the community. Madison Local Schools, the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, and Rabbit Run Community Arts Association are all frequent partners. Outreach to the assisted living facilities, senior center and food center are all established opportunities to grow services. Madison Library has a visual presence throughout the community with Lakeland Community College, Little League, tennis camp and local festivals and events. It is a loved and respected institution within Madison.

Director Position
The position is full-time, salaried and exempt. The current Director has served 22 years in the position and is retiring in November. The position answers to a 7-member Board of Trustees with a history of positive, professional guidance and community support.
• Direct, manage and effectively communicate with staff.
• Develop and facilitate the strategic plan.
• Communicate and work with the Board of Trustees on policy and fiscal matters.
• Work with the Fiscal Officer on budget and fiscal matters.
• Work cooperatively with department heads to manage and empower staff to creatively resolve issues.
• Assure the Library’s policies, collections, and programming support its mission and values.
• Work with the Fiscal Officer and Maintenance Supervisor 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, emotional maturity and a sense of humor.

Starting salary range is $68,000 to $80,000, dependent on qualifications and experience. The Library offers an excellent benefits package.

For further information and the application form, visit the library’s website at Submit resume with a meaningful cover letter, an application, and a listing of three references, addressed to Cindy Girdler, President | Board of Library Trustees. Send via email to

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Google+Email this to someonePrint this page