Library Director – Carmel Clay Public Library – Carmel, IN

Connect|Discover a “once in a lifetime library opportunity” in a beautiful Midwest setting. The Board of Trustees of the Carmel Clay (IN) Public Library seeks a visionary, strategic leader with passion, creativity, and innovation to lead a stellar organization and community forward providing quality services and programs. The CCPL seven-member Board of Trustees is searching for that unique candidate who has the energy and enthusiasm and ability to recognize and contribute to the Library’s successes and solid foundation in the Carmel Clay area. The new Director will bring a talent to engage staff and the public in showcasing and expanding the Library’s role in the community to include a “library without walls;” a welcoming, warm physical space for Carmel citizens connecting to each other; collaborative external partnerships; and being a strong, clear voice for CCPL.  The Carmel Clay Public Library staff serves 86,000 residents through a single 116,000 sq. ft. Library (opened in 1999). With a $6.5 million annual budget, the Library circulated 2.1 million items in 2014 and hosted 2,000+ programs.


Carmel, Indiana, CNN Money Magazine’s No 1 Place to Live in America (2012), has transformed itself from a sleepy suburban edge city of Indianapolis to a fast-growing, economically-thriving vibrant city that is no longer simply a place to sleep at night.  Carmel citizens are highly educated and value Carmel’s excellent schools, low taxes, and safe neighborhoods. It is a coveted place to live with distinct areas and architecture. A progressive city government has adopted a new-urbanism approach to planning-attracting a younger population starting out in their careers and a seasoned citizenry who are looking for empty-nester living. The City’s approach to walkability has made Carmel one of the most bike-friendly communities in Indiana. You can live, work, shop, and enjoy a high quality of life without a car. Signature attractions include the Carmel Arts and Design District (galleries, restaurants, and shops); the Center for the Performing Arts under the artistic direction of Michael Feinstein, and home for his Great American Songbook Foundation; and the Monon Community Center-an outdoor nature and water park. For more information on the Carmel Clay Public Library and the Carmel Clay area, see Carmel Clay Links.


Responsibilities. The Library Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Library and is responsible for the administration of all library functions within the goals, guidelines, and policies established by the Library Board of Trustees.  This responsibility includes the organization and dissemination of information and services through the effective utilization of library resources.  The Director is also responsible for the facilities, financial management, and personnel of the library, under the governance and oversight of the Board. The Director is expected to provide a leadership role within the Library, the community, and the library profession.  The Director serves as the official representative of the Library. See Library Director job description for additional details.


Qualifications. Minimum qualifications for the position are an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science and the ability to obtain and retain professional certification in compliance with Indiana state law. Preferred qualifications are a minimum of eight years of library experience with at least four years of administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications skills; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services to the community; political acumen; sound fiscal and budgeting skills; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library service. Proven success working effectively with a policy-making board is highly desirable.


Compensation.  The starting salary range is $95,000-120,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive 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 to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury.   The position closes April 26, 2015.