Library Director

Library Director – Madison Public Library (WI)

The City of Madison (WI) is looking for an innovative and collaborative leader who can connect the Madison Public Library to people across our community. Our Library is consistently celebrated as a pioneer in creative community-building activities and diverse services.

The Madison Public Library is an award-winning library system, dedicated to celebrating ideas, promoting creativity, connecting people and enriching lives. Working for Madison Public Library means working alongside a highly talented and truly outstanding group of people. The new Library Director we are looking for will lead a staff of approximately 135 permanent employees and 125 hourly employees across 9 (soon to be 10) sites to fulfill the Library’s vision, mission and values.

The Library Director works with the Library Board, City of Madison, Madison Public Library Foundation, staff located at multiple sites and community groups to effectively plan for and implement library services for the City of Madison. This is high-level professional and managerial work overseeing and directing the services, activities and library staff. The Director is responsible for strategy, planning, developing, organizing, implementing and evaluating a wide range of community library services. With dual reporting requirements to the Library Board and Mayor, the Director exercises considerable judgment and discretion in meeting service objectives.

Responsibilities: Oversee the development and implementation of library services that meet the changing needs of people in Madison; plan for and implement strategic initiatives for library services, collections and resources, based on community needs and interests; oversee the effective use of public funds in the development and administration of the Library’s budget; work with the Mayor, Common Council and Finance department to develop operating and capital budgets for approval by the Library Board and Common Council; work with the Madison Public Library Foundation on fund development efforts; serve as a visible spokesperson for the Library to increase support and funding for libraries; manage and support staff in order to provide the highest quality library services to the community; create a positive supportive working environment encouraging diversity in the workforce and a respect for diverse points of view; support an organizational culture that embraces change and is committed to perpetual learning; oversee the planning, design and construction of new and renovated library facilities; and lead Racial Equity and Social Justice Initiatives at the Library to address and eliminate racial and social barriers in Library programs, services, policies and practices. Additional responsibilities can be found here:

Minimum Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Library Science, five (5) years of leadership experience with staff management and development of strategic direction. Such experience will include relationship and coalition building, project management & engagement with various stakeholders and effective & proactive communication. Employment will be subject to a five-year employment contract negotiated by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council. The position requires residency in the City of Madison.

Special Requirements: Possession of or ability to obtain a permanent Wisconsin Librarian’s Certificate, Grade 1 (Wisconsin Stat. 43.09(1)); or ability to obtain said credential before completion of the probationary period. Failure to obtain the certification within the required time period may result in forfeiture of the position, absent extenuating circumstances. Meet the transportation requirement of the position, in order to travel to all Madison Public Library locations periodically. 

Compensation: The salary range for the Director position is $121,516 – $164,046 and is complimented by an excellent benefits package.

The application window closes on December 15, 2023. To be considered for this exciting position, please apply here:

Posted: 11/9/23