Position Opening – Library Director of the La Crosse Public Library (LPL)
The Board of Trustees is seeking a leader with an abundance of enthusiasm and passion to serve as Library Director of the La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse, WI. This unique position oversees the library in the vibrant city of La Crosse with over 50,000 residents and serves those residents through one central library and two neighborhood branch locations. LPL is the resource library for Winding Rivers Library System (WRLS). The library is also afforded the benefit of an excellent partnership with the Friends of the Library and the Washburn Board which continually works to assist the library.
The Director will supervise a team of talented managers as well as an entire staff of 72 full time and part time employees in three physical locations, an award-winning Archives department and a recently implemented pop-up library van. The Director reports to a Board of Trustees made up of 9 dedicated citizens from the City of La Crosse. The Director is the primary representative of the library. The Director will collaborate with the City, continue current partnerships and seek out and nurture other mutually beneficial relationships with the community. Director will successfully manage a 5+ million dollar budget, implementing and continually adapting a strategic plan, and managing several major community initiatives in addition to daily operations.
This exciting position affords applicants an opportunity to engage in an established library that is in the midst of many innovative initiatives.
This full-time, salaried position requires some evening and weekend commitments. Ideal applicants will be highly motivated to continue to make LPL an integral part of the La Crosse community.
The City of La Crosse is a beautiful small sized city located in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin on the majestic Mississippi River. Home to the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, Viterbo University and Western Technical College and a short drive from St. Mary’s University and Winona State University, the city is bustling with students throughout the year while also being home to a diverse and dedicated community of year-round residents. The City of La Crosse is home to several national employers such as Trane Company, Ashley Furniture, Kwik Trip and Logistics Health Inc. In addition we have two national leaders in health care established in our community, Gundersen Health System and Mayo Clinic Health System.
With an abundance of outdoor recreation activities, incredible access to the river, bluffs and marshes, as well as an outstanding public-school system with which the Library has been recognized as a Partner in Excellence, and a vibrant downtown with an array of diverse neighborhoods throughout the city, La Crosse offers a beautiful and unique location to call home.
Although it’s not a requirement of the position the Library Board encourages the Library Director to reside in the City of La Crosse. By living in the City the Director becomes a known part of the community. They are directly affected as a taxpayer by Library financial decisions; served as a resident by the Library and other City Departments; are able to respond quickly to needs at the Library; and are perceived by local elected officials to be part of the community.
We look forward to hearing from all qualified applicants.
- Master’s degree from American Library Association accredited program in accordance with Wisconsin Law
- 3 or more years of progressive management experience which demonstrates continual growth of duties and responsibilities in a Public Library.
- Be eligible for Grade 1 Certification from Wisconsin DPI
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume, and three professional references to BoardChair@lacrosselibrary.org. The successful candidate will be required to fill out a city of La Crosse application before hiring is finalized.
All inquiries will be treated confidentially.
A first review of applicants will begin on May 6, 2019.
Minimum starting salary is $88,379.20 and actual salary is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical benefit plan, Wisconsin Retirement Plan, deferred compensation, life insurance, income continuation insurance, voluntary dental and vision plans, Roth IRA, flexible spending, paid holidays, vacations, and sick leave.
The complete job description is attached to this post.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace