Library and Cultural Services Director
The City of Aurora (CO) is “Worth Discovering!” Aurora seeks a positive, proactive Library and Cultural Services Director to continue to enhance the current exceptional work. The Library and Cultural Services Department is composed of two divisions – Library Services and Cultural Services – and provides 374,000 diverse city residents access to arts, culture, education and entertainment. Main offices for both are located at the Aurora Central Library. This position reports to a Deputy City Manager and works directly with, or through appropriate staff liaisons, several advisory boards/commissions appointed by City Council, to include a 7-member Library Board, 9-member Art In Public Places Commission, 15-member Fox Art Center Board for the Fox Theatre, 11-member Cultural Affairs Commission, and an 11-member Historic Preservation Commission, to lead a committed staff of 88FTE, manage a $9.6 million annual budget, serve 6 library locations plus the Aurora History Museum, Fox Theatre, Bicentennial Arts Center for pottery, and various dance/art class sites. The director will support the Library Division, the City’s Cultural Arts Programs, and collaborate with City Departments, the Friends of the Library and other City stakeholders. Current goals may be found in the 2016-2020 Cultural Plan and the Library’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan. Key opportunities include exploring alternative funding sources, designing department services and programs to support inclusivity and diversity, and developing programs designed to recruit and retain stellar staff.
Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city offering 300+ days of sunshine and many recreation and cultural amenities. Reaching into Arapahoe, Adams, and Douglas counties, Aurora is governed by a council/manager form of government emphasizing livable, full-service neighborhoods with tree-lined streets, open prairies and majestic mountain views. Aurora’s quality of life is enhanced by four school districts and twelve higher learning campuses. The city’s annual Aurora Scholars program honors a student in every grade. Too, Aurora is minutes from the Denver International Airport and is home to a vibrant business environment. Situated on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains, Aurora is a gateway to all Colorado has to offer. For more on the City, the Library and Cultural Services Department, and the region, visit Aurora Links.
Responsibilities. This position provides supervision and direction of the City’s Library and Cultural Services functions. This position plans, coordinates, administers and directs the operations of this department which include, but are not limited to, budgeting, staffing, capital improvements, planning, and representing the City of Aurora. This position provides the highest levels of customer service by fostering positive relationships with internal and external customers and city leadership. The position directs the Aurora Public Library system, the City’s Poet Laureate program under the Library’s advisory board, and all City cultural services programs; including the Aurora History Museum and the Aurora Fox Arts Center. For the complete position description, see Director, Library and Cultural Services.
Qualifications. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. The hiring department may include job related experience, training, education or license and certification preferences at the time of recruitment. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be: (1) an MLS/MLIS from an accredited program; (2) five years of library leadership/management experience in the operation of a medium to large municipal library preferably with some Cultural Services aspect; and (3) three years supervisory experience at a senior management level. The successful candidate will also demonstrate visionary leadership skills, excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to build productive relationships through political acumen and effectiveness, promote collaborative partnerships through civic engagement, and a thorough knowledge of current trends, technologies and “best practices” for library and cultural services.
Compensation. The starting salary range is $127,816 – 159,748 with placement dependent on qualifications. A competitive benefits package is included.
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 Bradbury. This position will close March 3, 2019.