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Executive Director, Gwinnett County Public Library, Gwinnett County GA

Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director to develop a new model of library service delivery while building on the Library’s award-winning traditions. The new Executive Director will work with the Library Board, staff and stakeholders to develop a new strategic direction and focus for the Library; serve as the face of the Library in the community it serves; develop and implement innovative and creative plans to position the Library for the future; advise and work with the Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library; and explore alternative revenue sources. The successful candidate will find a library system with significant challenges and outstanding opportunities!


Governed by a five-member, appointed Board of Trustees, GCPL is a dynamic library system serving the 842,000 residents of Gwinnett County in northeast metro Atlanta, Georgia.  With an $18 million budget, Library staff (214 FTEs) operate 15 branch locations and one administrative center in what is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. As the busiest library system in Georgia, GCPL circulated 7.1 million items in 2012 to its 310,000+ card holders with volunteers donating 34,472 hours of service. Significant library programs include the “AskGCPL” remote access program, the 2011 Teen Summit, and a variety of offerings related to early childhood development, literacy and life-long learning.


Gwinnett County–the second largest county in Georgia–is an economic powerhouse standing as metro Atlanta’s hub for technology, bioscience, entrepreneurship and innovation.  The County is also renowned for its educational, cultural and recreational amenities, which together have created an excellent quality of life for all ages.  Its public school system–the school system of choice for people relocating to metro Atlanta–continues to garner accolades for excellence, including the 2010 Broad Prize (designating it as one of the nation’s top urban school districts). Other notable Gwinnett County amenities include its outstanding parks system, the Hudgens Center for the Arts, and the Gwinnett Environmental and Cultural Center.  For additional information, visit Gwinnett County Links.


Minimum qualifications. An MLS from an ALA-accredited program; five years of progressively responsible library administrative experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and the ability to hold a State of Georgia Grade 5-B Librarian’s Professional Graduate Certificate.  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; skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Board, staff, Friends and volunteers, local officials, and community leaders; experience in strategic visioning and planning; sound fiscal management; and successful experience implementing services and programs.  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. Please see GCPL Executive Director job description for additional details.


Compensation. The hiring salary range is $115,000 – 135,000 with a competitive benefits package.


For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates, via email or telephone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments via email to Dan Bradbury on or before the closing date–October 27, 2013.