FAIRFIELD (CT) PUBLIC LIBRARY
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Fairfield Public Library – You Belong Here! The Town of Fairfield (CT) seeks a Town Librarian to lead the Library to new levels of excellence. Reporting to a six-member Board of Trustees and the First Selectman (as Town department head), the successful candidate will serve a community of 60,000+ residents from two locations – a Main Library (renovated in 2006) – housing the Bruce S. Kershner Gallery and an innovative children’s space – and a busy, popular neighborhood Branch Library. The new Town Librarian will work with a committed staff, an energetic core of volunteers, an established Friends of the Library, and a proposed $3.6 million budget to deliver quality library services and programs. Key opportunities include building strong external partnerships with community agencies and organizations; developing alternative service models while sustaining core library services; exploring new funding streams for program development; working closely with the Town of Fairfield as a contributor and collaborator; and supporting a strong, dedicated staff committed to change and innovation.
Fairfield, Connecticut is a charming and thriving town featuring five miles of shoreline on the Long Island Sound. Fairfield has five town beaches, two universities, many parks and ball fields, two public golf courses, and a vibrant array of restaurants and stores. Family-oriented Fairfield also has top-notch, high performing public schools with rich academic programs. Only 50 miles from New York City, Fairfield is easily accessible to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway and has three train stations on the Metro North line that extends from New Haven, Connecticut to New York’s Grand Central Terminal. Fairfield is in Fairfield County, Connecticut, between the cities of Bridgeport and Stamford. Additional information about the Library, Fairfield, and the surrounding area can be found at Fairfield Links.
Responsibilities. The Town Librarian of the Fairfield Public Library reports to a six-member Library Board of Trustees, serves as a Town department head (reporting to the First Selectman on administrative matters), and works with the Board, staff, First Selectman, and major stakeholders to support and implement the strategic vision for the Library, aligning the Library’s mission, goals and objectives with the community’s needs and priorities. Overall responsibilities include: developing and maintaining effective internal and external communications; building and leading a diverse team of talented professionals to manage Library operations; planning, evaluation and oversight of the library budget; strengthening current governmental funding sources; and developing additional revenue sources.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are a master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible administrative library experience including a minimum of three years supervisory experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications ability; exceptional people skills; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services to the community; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for libraries. Proven success working effectively with a policy-making board, unions, and collaboratively with Town officials is desirable.
Compensation. A starting salary range of $115,000 – 125,000 (with final placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) and the Town offers an attractive benefits package.