DATE ENTERED: August 20, 2020
POSITION: Library Director
LOCATION: Baltimore County Public Library (MD)
APPLY BY: October 4, 2020


Library Director                            

Are you the next leader for the Baltimore County Public Library (MD)?  Do  you value customers and communities, equal access and intellectual freedom, flexibility and collaboration, and diversity and inclusion through continuous improvement? You may be the perfect candidate to work with a committed seven-member appointed governing Board of Trustees, 493 (FTE) dedicated staff, and the Friends and Foundation to serve the 832,000+ Baltimore County residents. Operating with a $44 million annual budget, BCPL hosts 9 million visitors a year at its 19 locations, 4 bookmobiles, and its virtual branch.

Located in the geographic center of Maryland, Baltimore County is a collection of vibrant, thriving suburban and rural communities offering something for everyone. Surrounding the City of Baltimore, the County has 214 miles of waterfront with endless recreational opportunities, wineries, arts and cultural opportunities, and historic sites and museums. Nationally recognized public schools, 20 colleges in the region, and strong neighborhoods create a vision for the future while honoring its past. The County’s dynamic economy spans every major industry and is Maryland’s second largest job center—home to more than 20,000 businesses.  In addition to its wonderful neighborhoods, strong and diversified economic base, attractions, and educational opportunities, Baltimore County is part of the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area with Washington, D.C.—a short drive or train ride away. Baltimore County offers an unbeatable quality of life. For additional information, see BCPL Links.

Responsibilities. Reporting to the Board of Trustees and working closely with County Administration,  the Library  Director has administrative responsibility for Baltimore County Public Library.  The Director is responsible for managing library  services and programs that respond to community needs; communicating a vision of public library service to the public, staff, Library Board of Trustees, and public officials; submitting an annual budget to Baltimore County government; and overseeing all areas of the Library’s operations.  This includes developing and establishing partnerships throughout the County working collaboratively with local, state, and federal government, including elected officials, as well as agencies, community groups, and businesses.

Qualifications.  Minimum qualifications are: a Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and a comprehensive knowledge of public library operations normally acquired through a minimum of five to seven years of management experience in a complex library or nonprofit organization including a minimum of three years supervisory experience.  Must have or the ability to acquire and maintain librarian certification from the State of Maryland.  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; skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Board, staff, Friends and Foundation, local officials, and community leaders; experience in strategic visioning and planning; sound fiscal management; and successful experience implementing services and programs.  Proven experience reporting to a policy-making board and success in collaborating with county or municipal officials are highly desirable. Please see BCPL Director Position Description for additional details.

Compensation. The starting salary range is $170,000 – 190,000 dependent on qualifications with a competitive benefits package.

For further information, please visit Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and résumé as Word or PDF attachments to Karen Miller. This position will close October 4, 2020.