Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chief Executive Officer -Tulsa (OK) City-County Library

Grow with Us – In the No. 1 Place to live in the U.S. – Tulsa! The Tulsa City-County Library Commission seeks a new Chief Executive Officer to lead efforts to build on its solid foundation of being a top library program. Work with the Library Commission to determine the strategic direction and policies for the library; develop and maintain a communications strategy locally and nationally; serve as chief library spokesperson with the media and public; develop and implement plans for new library facilities, services, and programs; advise Tulsa Library Trust Board and Friends of the Tulsa City-County Libraries; raise funds, develop and maintain donor relations to enrich library services. The challenges are exciting and the opportunities are endless! See for the complete job description.

The Tulsa City-County Library System is an independent library district with a permanent tax rate exclusively dedicated to public library services. Governed by an 11-member, appointed Board of Commissioners, the system is a dynamic library system serving the 585,068 residents of Tulsa County in the middle of “Green Country” in Northeastern Oklahoma. Library staff (269.5 FTEs) utilize a budget of $25.8 million to operate 25 locations and an active bookmobile serving an increasingly diverse area—recently named a Five-Star Library by Library Journal, the system celebrated a record 5.2 million circulation, as well as increases in foot-traffic. TCCL also boasts a well-supported Tulsa Library Trust and active Friends groups.

Tulsa boasts a widely diversified business base and is one of "America's Most Livable Communities" and recently ranked (by Relocate America) as the “No.1 Place to Live.” Known as a mecca for arts in Oklahoma, art deco masterpieces abound in many of its downtown buildings and Tulsa's rich cultural legacy—ballet, opera, symphony, museums—its outstanding higher education facilities and recreational amenities help it earn these accolades and greatly enhance the area’s quality of life. Additional information on the Tulsa City-County Library System and the community can be found at:

Minimum requirements: an MLS from an ALA-accredited program; ten years of progressively responsible public library experience with a minimum of five years of executive level administrative experience in a multi-branch urban or suburban system. 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. 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 for the System; skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Commission, staff and with community leaders; experience in strategic planning, facilities and space planning, fiscal management, library technology, fund development, and working with library trusts and foundations.

Compensation: The salary range is $130,000-150,000 with a competitive benefits package.

For further information: Contact Dan Bradbury, or at 816-531-2468. To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume as Word attachments via email. This position will close February 14, 2010.

Tulsa City-County Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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