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Library Director - Manhattan Public Library

Location: USA - KS - Manhattan

Manhattan Public Library and North Central Kansas Libraries System located in Manhattan, Kansas is seeking to fill the position of Library Director. Manhattan Public Library’s service population is over 54,000 people in a university town with amenities for educational, cultural, and recreational activities. The university enrollment is approximately 20,000. The library receives strong support from the community, as well as from an active friends’ group and a foundation. The architectural award-winning building includes state-of-the-art technology equipment.

The Library Director is responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and directing all phases of library operations in accordance with the goals, policies, and budgetary decisions of the Manhattan Public Library (MPL) Board of Directors. MPL’S current annual budget is approximately $2.8 million. The Library Director serves as the principal administrator for the North Central Kansas Library System (NCKLS) to develop member libraries through consulting and training programs, as well as grant distribution. NCKLS members include 40 legally established public libraries, four college/university libraries, seven school districts, one special library, and four outlets. The NCKLS current annual budget is approximately $1.2 million.

A Master's Degree or equivalent in Library and Information Management from an American Library Association-accredited university is required. Minimum eight years of experience as a professional librarian with progressing levels of library management responsibility including two years of full-time experience in an administrative position. Demonstrated commitment to service excellence with strong communication and interpersonal skills, knowledge of current practices in and the ability to apply that knowledge in a public service setting. Must be collaborative, service-oriented, and skilled in the application of new technologies to library services. Salary depends on qualifications and experience and ranges from $86,477 to $102,000

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Apply online at the link provided or send a letter of application, resume, and three references to Director Search Committee, Attention: Teri Belin, Administrative Services Associate Director, Manhattan Public Library, 629 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, KS, 66502. Applications accepted until July 31, 2021.


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