Charleston County Public Library System Seeks a Dynamic, Innovative Executive Director

Charleston County Public Library System seeks a leader to continue blending the area’s historical connections to education with an innovative, collaborative vision that focuses on excellence and growing opportunities for lifelong learning. The CCPL offers rewarding and exciting career challenges for the successful candidate thanks to a $108.5 million building and renovation program funded through a 2014 bond referendum—overwhelmingly approved by three quarters of County voters. The new library leader will expand and improve the system’s superb services, outstanding programs and exceptional customer experiences.

The new Executive Director will work with the Board, staff and County officials to complete the construction of five libraries—two new buildings and three replacement facilities—as well as an administrative center and renovations at 13 existing locations. The successful candidate will lead the System’s continuing efforts to grow virtual services, overhaul technologies, create innovative content and build sustainable partnerships with businesses and community organizations. Currently, CCPL’s 16 locations serve more than 389,000 county residents. In 2019, the Library will have an annual budget of $18.9 million provided primarily through a county appropriation, a staff of 298 FTEs, a dynamic Friends of the Library organization, and a recently formed foundation—the Library Foundation of the Lowcountry—helping position it to achieve even greater excellence.

Founded in 1670, Charleston established an early commitment to fostering literacy and literature with the first public lending library in the American Colonies in 1698. With a healthy respect for heritage and tradition, the Charleston community is growing in diverse ways thanks to a high quality of life recognized by residents and visitors, who make Charleston one of the world’s top destinations. Charleston offers something for everyone. It has charming, preserved neighborhoods with historic forts, homes and churches as well as world-class art galleries, inviting beaches, world-famous golf courses, award-winning restaurants and fun activities that draw thousands of new residents and visitors annually. The community also offers high-quality health care, an involved business community and solid educational opportunities that make it a great place to live, work and play. For more information on Charleston County, the Library and the region, please visit Charleston links.

Responsibilities. Planning and directing all phases of library operations—financial, personnel, facilities and business for the library system; advising and guiding division heads on successes and solutions; working closely with the Library board, Charleston County administrator, and elected county and municipal officials; understanding and contributing to Charleston’s community, culture, lifestyles and interests focusing on active civic engagement; promoting best practices, library services and programs consistent with community expectations; understanding and supporting innovative library technologies; experience working with capital projects; and proven experience mentoring and developing staff.

Qualifications. Minimum requirements include an MLS from an ALA-accredited program and five years of library experience in increasingly responsible library positions, or an equivalent combination of education, background and experience to enable the candidate to perform the work required effectively. The ideal candidate will have: excellent administrative, financial planning, communication and personnel management skills; the ability to inspire and lead staff; the initiative and vision to develop library services; and skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the board, staff and community leaders. Successful experience reporting to a governing board, working in a multi-branch environment, and building/renovating libraries are highly preferred.

Compensation. The starting salary range is $121,409 to $165,131 (with placement dependent on experience and qualifications) with a competitive benefits package.

For further information, please visit Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Dan Bradbury, [email protected]. This position will close January 6, 2019.