DATE ENTERED: May 31, 2024
POSITION: Library Director 
LOCATION: Sanibel Public Library (FL)
APPLY BY: Sunday, July 7, 2024

Library Director – Sanibel Public Library (FL)

The Sanibel Public Library (FL) Board of Commissioners seeks a motivated, outgoing, and capable library leader to become its next Library Director. Sanibel Public Library is a multiple Library Journal star-awarded library serving a population of 6,000 year-round residents and populations exceeding 20,000 during winter months. The Library Director will oversee a $2.4 million budget at a standalone location employing 16.5 full-time equivalent employees and work under the direction of a publicly elected seven-member Board of Commissioners. This visible leader will fully embrace public library philosophies and principles, while effectively translating pertinent recommendations to the board with sound decision-making skills when facing a wide range of circumstances. With excellent interpersonal skills and a keen ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders to develop partnerships in the community, the ideal candidate will positively lead the organization to implement community-specific and innovative library services to a unique service area.

Sanibel Island is on the Southwest gulf coast of Florida. With 12 miles of sandy beaches and award-winning areas, the island's east-west orientation creates a seashell collectors paradise. As a result of its status to remain a barrier island sanctuary, the community embraces the diversity of the population co-existing with the area’s varied wildlife and natural habitats. While the island still recovers from damage inflicted by Hurricane Ian in 2022, restaurants, lodging, and recreational opportunities continue to thrive and entertain both permanent residents and visitors. Sanibel is a short bridge drive away from Fort Myers, Florida which offers even more cultural and entertainment opportunities.

Responsibilities: The Library Director develops and presents a draft financial budget to the board on an annual basis for forecasting, approval and appropriation; identifies, applies for, and appropriately handles any grant funding; recruits, selects, hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates library staff; administratively assists the board with long-range planning and policy development and implementation; prepares state annual report; informs and advises the board on relevant updates and trends in the library field; ensures the maintenance and safety of facilities and grounds; oversees the design and implementation of services and programs for users of all ages; ensures staff are trained to enhance the patrons’ experience by providing access to collections, programs, and services that uplift the overall reputation of the library; prioritizes outreach, serving as the public face of the library, responsible for disseminating public information, acting as liaison with community groups, and promoting the library as a community resource.

Qualifications: An ALA-accredited master's degree in library science plus three or more years of progressively responsible experience in a public library is required. Experience providing excellent customer service, supervising a team, reporting directly to a governing board, and managing a budget are desired skills.

Compensation: The hiring salary range is $130,000 – $140,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. ( Apply with a meaningful cover letter and resume via our application portal by clicking on Sanibel Public Library and the apply button. For full consideration submit and application by Sunday, July 7, 2024.

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