The Lee County Library System (Southwest FL) seeks a dynamic, innovative and collaborative team leader as its Deputy Director. The successful Library professional will join an extraordinary staff—committed to delivering exceptional library services and programs to the 700,000+ citizens of Lee County through its services, six regional libraries and seven branch locations. Circulating six million items annually, the LCLS operates as a County Department, has 253 employees, and is supported by a $30 million annual operating budget. The Deputy Director reports to the Library Director and is a member of the library leadership team. Key areas of focus include library operations management, leading and mentoring staff, developing and implementing strategic initiatives, budget planning, and project management. The Deputy Director assists the Director in the administration and supervision of the public services operations, which includes policy development, efficient use of resources, the planning and organization of service delivery, development of administrative procedures and motivating staff to achieve new goals.  Establishing high standards of library service is integral to this position.

Located along the Gulf Coast of Florida, Lee County offers exceptional quality of life and active lifestyle opportunities, boasting beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine, numerous golf, tennis and marina facilities plus a thriving arts and culture scene. In addition to an outstanding Lee County Library System, various historical sites (estates of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and the Fort Myers Historical Museum), and the Lee County School District, residents also have easy access to wildlife, hiking, biking and paddling at various national, state and local parks such as J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail. The cost of living in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro is less than half the price of living in New York City and is less expensive than in cities such as Miami, Boston, Atlanta, Minneapolis or Baltimore. Lee County is midway between Miami and Tampa along Interstate 75 and boasts a world-class international airport. For more information on the Library and the region, visit – Lee County Links.

Responsibilities. The Deputy Director will play a key role in library management and administration. As part of the library leadership team, the Deputy will provide direction, oversight, management, and innovation for excellent programs and services.  This position provides oversight of public services operations, human resources, and system-wide programs and outreach.  The Deputy supports and participates in intra-county departmental cooperation.  A collaborative leadership style, an openness to change, a commitment to customer service and sound knowledge and experience for fulfilling community expectations are core to this position.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science or a closely related field, five years of progressively responsible experience supervising the operations of a multi-branch library system, and three years of supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work. Desirable attributes and skills include project management experience; public service and administrative policy/procedure development and implementation; grant administration experience; personnel management; experience working with Library Advisory Boards and Friends groups; and collaborative community partnership development. The Deputy Director will also exhibit creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications skills; collaborative and consensus building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current library trends, technologies and best practices.

Compensation. A hiring range of $87,840-120,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, please visit – Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth BradburyThis position will close June 2, 2019.