Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Library Director - Prince George's County (MD) Memorial Library System

The Board of Library Trustees of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System—serving 841,315 suburban Maryland residents immediately north, east and south of the nation’s capital—seeks an experienced and energetic library leader as its next director. The System serves an increasingly diverse population—epitomizing the changing face of America—through 18 branches and an active outreach program. With a dedicated staff of 346 FTEs, a collection of 1.9 million items and a $26.4 million annual budget, the Board seeks an experienced library executive capable of transforming the System into a model of innovative library programs serving the needs of County residents.

Responsibilities. The Director of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System reports to a seven-member Board of Trustees and has overall responsibility for developing and maintaining an effective program of library services for the County. Overall responsibilities include: developing, monitoring, and implementing a strategic planning process resulting in a shared vision for the Library; proposing recommendations and implementing Board policies and effective operating procedures; developing and maintaining effective internal and external communications; providing sound fiscal management while strengthening current funding sources and seeking additional revenue sources; organizing and administering the System’s resources to carry out its strategic goals; and representing the Library on a variety of county, state and national committees and projects. Additional information on the Library and area can be found at

Minimum Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible public library experience with at least five years of executive level experience in an urban or suburban library. Essential attributes include: vision and creativity; skill in leading a diverse team of talented professionals to achieve high standards in setting and meeting established goals; political acumen; thorough knowledge of budgeting and financial management; collaboration and consensus-building skills; and a solid understanding of philosophy, trends and “best practices” in the library and information technology fields. Proven experience reporting to a policy-making board, collaborating with county or municipal officials and working in a union environment is highly desirable.

Compensation. Starting salary range $135,000-165,000 (negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an outstanding fringe benefits package.

To Apply Or Obtain Further Information. Prince George’s County Memorial Library System Board of Library Trustees requests all inquiries, nominations and applications be forwarded to the library executive search firm of Gossage Sager Associates. For additional information or to apply send a cover letter and current resume via e-mail to This position closes January 31, 2009.


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