Library users engaged in activities around the building.Library Director

We’re seeking a progressive, experienced library professional to join a dedicated and talented staff of 14 FTE in providing excellent, community-responsive service to the Sussex area. This position is open due to a retirement.

The Pauline Haass Public Library, located in Sussex, Wisconsin, has a service population of over 20,000 and draws from a wide area.  It serves 129,000 visitors annually, with a projected 2018 physical-item circulation of 312,000 and total circulation of 333,000. The library enjoys strong support from the Village Board, Friends of the Library, and Bridges Library System; and a good partnership with the Hamilton School District. A library expansion is included in the Village’s 2021-2030 Capital Improvement Plan, and preparation for that will be one facet of the director’s responsibilities.

The ideal candidate is a:

skilled leader who demonstrates outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, proven analytical program management experience, and a commitment to professional development for staff.

strategic thinker skilled in planning and tactical implementation who makes sound decisions under pressure.

communicator who provides timely, accurate, and relevant information on critical issues to library board, staff, stakeholders, and the public and is able to develop and communicate a shared vision of library services.

relationship builder who acts with a high level of integrity and honesty to develop relationships based on trust and mutual respect; is able to work collaboratively with library board, staff and other key stakeholders to achieve the library’s mission

customer service-oriented librarian committed to diversity, inclusion, friendliness, and authentic community engagement.

A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution is required.  A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional public library experience is preferred, including at least three years in a supervisory role as a department manager, assistant director, or director.

References and background check will be required for finalists.

Starting salary: $70-82,000 depending on qualifications
Application deadline: Monday, January 14, 2019

Please read the job description for this position thoroughly before filling out the job application.

To apply, send the following materials in a single e-mail to Library Board President Lisa Bougie

  1. Cover letter discussing your job qualifications and interest in this position
  2. Resume
  3. Signed job application (completed regardless of overlap with resume information)
  4. Your written response to this request:

The Pauline Haass Public Library believes the ideal candidate is a skilled leader, strategic thinker, communicator, relationship builder, and is customer service-oriented. Please provide specific examples of how you have demonstrated these characteristics in your work experience.

Application materials are due Monday, January 14, 2019.  If we are interested in interviewing you, you will be contacted after that date. Please keep the job description for your records, and bring it with you if you are scheduled for an interview.