Executive Director

Executive Director – Pueblo City-County Library District (CO)

The Board of Trustees of the Pueblo City-County Library District (CO) – a Library Journal 5-star Library – seek an experienced administrator to become the organization’s next Executive Director.  The Library serves the City and County of Pueblo, Colorado from its gorgeous Rawlings Main Branch downtown and 11 additional locations across the region.  The Library is financially stable with a $14.8 million budget generated from a 5.85 local millage in perpetuity which was passed by 60% of voters in 2019.  The 7-member board of trustees is appointed and ratified by a joint commission of the Pueblo County Commissioners and the Pueblo City Council and is actively engaged in ensuring the Library is a dynamic resource for its community. Groundbreaking initiatives like Reading Pays are making a direct impact in the community while Books in the Park provides library resources and experiences to the most underserved Puebloans. The ideal candidate will provide vision to the organization by tapping into the talents of PCCLD’s staff (108.3 FTE), build morale through active listening, be an active participant with local government and donors, and fully embrace the responsibility the public library has to its residents.  Key initiatives include maintaining established community ties, continuing to provide open and transparent communication across the organization, completing the ongoing renovation projects, seeing through the 2021-2026 strategic plan, and ensuring that the Library is reaching all of the communities in Pueblo County.

The citizens of the City and County of Pueblo appreciate the amenities of a big city with a small-town feel.  Incredible weather, a growing food scene, and an established arts culture are just a few of the reasons over 167,000 people call the County their home.  This diverse community honors its traditions and heritage through the Pueblo Chile & Frijole Festival, Pueblo Creative Corridor, Colorado State Fair, and the Pueblo Heritage Museum.   The area is home to nationally and internationally exhibited artists who thrive in the dynamic arts community supported by the Pueblo Arts Alliance. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Pueblo is paradise – boasting some of the state’s best river and mountain trails.  The Arkansas River is a top destination for fly fishing and Lake Pueblo State Park provides all types of water recreation.  Rather than using geographical boundaries to assign students, both Pueblo City and County school systems allow parents and students to choose the educational pathway that suits their individual learning style, while Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College offer higher education opportunities close to home.  With an outstanding quality of life, 300 days of sun per year on average, and an incredibly affordable community, Pueblo is Colorado’s best-kept secret.

Responsibilities:  The Executive Director plans and directs the overall operation of the District; Reports on activities of the District to the Board of Trustees and other external agencies; submits recommendations to the Board of Trustees for consideration in establishing policy; provides vision and direction for all major change initiatives and organizational development projects; represents the District in the community and serves as an active community leader for the furtherance of District goals; directs the preparation of an annual budget and presents it to the Board of Trustees for approval; has responsibility for developing community, industry, and governmental support and partnerships, including financial, for district programs; encourages open communication, collaboration and sharing of information pertinent to PCCLD employees; and serves other roles and functions as directed by the Board of Trustees.

Qualifications:  A master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited university and five years of professional library experience (including three years of progressively responsible management experience) are required.  Institutional library leadership experience in a public library is preferred.  Residency in Pueblo County is strongly preferred.

Compensation:  The position offers a hiring salary range of $108,160 – $155,000 (with placement negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates (https://bradburymiller.com/). Apply by email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Karen E. Miller (karenmiller AT bradburymiller.com). This position closes on August 7, 2022.

View this announcement in its entirety along with accompanying links and information at https://bradburymiller.com/job/pueblo/.

Posted: 6/30/22