DATE ENTERED: April 10, 2024
POSITION: Director
LOCATION: Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD)
APPLY BY: Sunday, May 12, 2024

Director – Montgomery County Public Libraries (MD)

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) seeks an engaging and experienced executive leader who, through effective leadership, will model excellent customer service skills and deliver 21st century library service to the residents of Montgomery County, MD. The ideal candidate for this position will possess experience as a leader in a complex organization and demonstrated success as a manager and supervisor in a diverse and high impact environment.

MCPL serves approximately 1.2 million residents from 22 locations with a $49 million budget and 384.6 FTE. In 2022, MCPL had 554,892 active users, 189,168 attendees at 7272 programs, and circulated 7.7 million items, ranking it among the highest circulating libraries in Maryland. As a principal department of the County Government, the Director reports to and is directly supervised by the Chief Administrative Officer of Montgomery County, while also working closely and cooperatively with the advisory Montgomery County Library Board, local Library Advisory Committees and Friends of the Library, Montgomery County. The Director continuously collaborates with these library-supportive organizations to ensure Montgomery County Public Library serves the needs of all people accessing its services, collections and programs. Montgomery County’s award-winning Library Refurbishment Level-of-Effort initiative has funded recent branch renovations, buildings, and grounds upgrades for 14 county libraries. Through this initiative, all 21 library locations will be refurbished by FY 2029.

Montgomery County, located adjacent to Washington, DC, has over one million residents and is one of Maryland’s most populous and affluent counties. The County is also the most diverse in the State and ranks among the top ten most diverse counties in the nation. Many families seeking a high quality of life and excellent schools are attracted to the County for its employment offerings, livable neighborhoods, safe communities, inclusion, and diversity. With a variety of cities, towns, and urban districts, Montgomery County’s communities include Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Rockville (the County seat), and Silver Spring. Montgomery County is home to many major U.S. government offices, scientific research and learning centers, and business campuses. The County’s workforce is one of the most educated in the nation. Higher education is further exemplified by Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County Campus, Montgomery College, and the University of Maryland Global Campus – creating a thriving center for advanced educational opportunities. The County’s public school district is the largest in Maryland and in the top 20 largest school districts nationwide. Its 210 schools, including 42 national Blue Ribbon Schools, serve over 160,000 students.

Responsibilities: demonstrating excellent leadership, administrative and management skills; a strong and positive commitment to embracing social justice and racial equity, diversity and personnel practices, ensuring the encouragement of individual opportunity and excellence; a commitment to communicating with all levels of the organization consistently, accurately and in a timely manner; a commitment to the principals and ethics of the profession, including access, intellectual freedom, confidentiality, diversity, and social responsibility; address and collaborate with community partners on eliminating the increasing illiteracy rate in the county for Black and brown students; and a willingness to appropriately confront issues and make difficult recommendations and decisions. Valuing transparency, trust, and collegiality, the Director will lead a large, complex, and innovative organization that is ready for a leader to tap into the potential of its dedicated and talented people.

Minimum qualifications: seven or more years of experience in libraries with at least four years of experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity that includes funding and budget administration, program planning, implementation, and administration. Candidates are required to hold a master’s degree in library and information Science from an ALA-accredited college or university and meet the requirements for certification through the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services. Experience in a public library with multiple locations, embracing a multicultural environment, and collective bargaining experience are desired qualifications.

Compensation: The hiring salary range is $200,000 – $220,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package. Montgomery County offers a generous total rewards program for executive level staff.

For further information visit Bradbury Miller Associates ( Apply with a meaningful cover letter and resume via our application portal ( by on clicking on Montgomery County Public Libraries and the apply button. This position closes on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

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