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Executive Director

  • Reading Public Library
  • 07/14/18
  • Reading, PA
  • 19602
  • 70,000+ / Yearly
  • Full-Time
The Reading Public Library (RPL), located in downtown Reading, Berks County, PA, is seeking an individual experienced in library sciences and business management to lead the organization as its Executive Director. The Library most directly serves the needs of the eighty eight thousand residents in the City, but also serves the entire Berks County population as the hub of library services for the County. This position offers exciting opportunities to transition our 251 year old library into a 21st Century Library with the support of a full time staff of 14 and part time staff of 43. The Executive Director will take the lead in executing the initiatives of the Librarys strategic plan and will also be responsible for balancing the needs of the Librarys many stakeholders, accommodating the changing expectations and lifestyles of library patrons and could-be patrons, and assuring continuing growth of Library services in an economically challenged and culturally diverse community. This is an exciting opportunity for a charismatic leader who is passionate about the important role libraries play in our communities and who is skilled in both strategy and operations.
Responsibilities include:

Takes the leadership role in executing initiatives of the Librarys strategic plan. Designs and monitors performance metrics to measure progress.

Oversees the planning, design, implementation, coordination, and management of a balanced program of Library services.

Prepares, manages, and monitors the Librarys annual budget. Works closely with the Librarys Board of Directors on matters related to budget.

Identifies new sources of funding and cultivates relationships with corporate, foundation, and individual donors. Oversees the Librarys grant writing and capital campaign activities.

Oversees all aspects of personnel management including hiring, training, supervision, evaluation, professional development, disciplinary actions, enforcement of personnel policies, and succession planning.

Designs, develops, and maintains an organizational structure that optimizes the use of Library personnel and resources in carrying out the Librarys mission.

Represents the Library through frequent interactions with media outlets, community leaders and their organizations, municipal administrators, regulators, other libraries, civic organizations, and the general public.

Provides leadership in the development and maintenance of the Librarys collections, in its various formats.

Maintains a working knowledge of existing and developing technologies in the public library setting. Provides technology overviews and cost-benefit analyses to the Board of Directors, as appropriate.


Education: Masters Degree in Library Sciences. Additional coursework or degrees in Business Management and Public Administration a plus.

Experience: Minimum 5 to 8 years of management experience (with at least 2 of those at a senior level) in a library setting, with financial, personnel, collections, and operations responsibilities. Knowledge of current and emerging library technologies is essential. Proficiency in using Microsoft Suite of products and Polaris, or comparable inter-library software package, a plus.

Personal: Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills. Ability to interact effectively with a variety of audiences including community stakeholders, donors, municipal and community leaders, volunteers, staff, and the general public. Exceptionally strong skills in motivating others, creativity, problem solving, communicating vision, team building, time management, and delegation. Strong commitment to professional development.

This position requires a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance, and FBI Criminal Background Check

Salary commensurate with experience

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