Director of the Library and Arts & Culture - Chapel Hill Public Library, NC
The Town of Chapel Hill is seeking a mission-driven, values-based leader for the Chapel Hill Public Library, which includes the Town’s division of Community Arts & Culture. The next Director of the Library and Arts & Culture
will be a strategic, visionary professional who can skillfully engage the staff and community with a focus on equity.
About the Chapel Hill Public Library and Community Arts & Culture:
CHPL is a 64,000 square foot municipal public library situated within a 34-acre public park. The facility underwent a $14 million renovation and expansion in 2013 that added meeting rooms and expanded all areas of the building. The Library welcomes approximately 1,500 visitors daily and circulates over 1,400,000 items annually. In addition to the usual slate of public library programs and services, CHPL has several strategic programs of service, including community history and environmental education. Recognized locally and regionally for its focus on user experience and its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, the library was a finalist for the IMLS National Medal in 2022.
The Library is supported by three stakeholder groups – the Library Advisory Board, the Friends of the Library, and the Library Foundation. The Board advises the Town Council on policy matters related to the Library, while the Friends and Foundation raise additional funds to supplement the Library’s collections, programs, and services.
Community Arts & Culture was formed in 2017 to advance Town Council and community interests in creating a more vibrant and inclusive community through public art, special events, and arts programming. The four-person division collaborates with a variety of internal and external partners to produce the Town’s major events including parades, art markets, and concerts, as well as a growing collection of public art, including various mural programs. The division also coordinates the Town’s Poet Laureate program and a new arts award program for area non-profits. The Community Arts & Culture Advisory Board advises Council on matters related to the arts and its members serve on public arts selection committees.
The Director of Library and Arts & Culture
will lead a highly regarded public library through its next season of growth and continue to grow its Community Arts & Culture division. Building upon past successes, the Director will continue to nurture the department’s efforts to broaden its outreach and explore additional ways to welcome and serve all individuals within the community.
Reporting to the Deputy Town Manager, the next Director
will lead the department’s team of 55 staff members (33.5 FTEs plus part-time, seasonal support staff). The Director is responsible for a departmental budget of over $4.6 million.
The following are required:
- A Master of Library Science (from an American Library Association accredited institution), Public Administration, or a related field.
- Public Library certification (or ability to secure N.C. Public Librarian Certification within 18 months).
- Significant experience in a library serving populations of 60,000 or more, with an organizational focus on diverse public and cultural programs.
- Work history across library service divisions with five (5) or more years of successful and progressive levels of responsibility in Library administration.
Salary and Benefits
- Work history demonstrating ability to advance a more vibrant and inclusive community through arts and events.
: The hiring range
for this position is $140,000.00 - $170,000.00
. Compensation is negotiable based on experience and qualifications. View the Town’s excellent benefits package here
please visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/developmentalassociates
and click on the Director of the Library and Arts & Culture – Town of Chapel Hill, NC
title. Please note the following:
- All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal (link above) – NOT the Town’s employment application portal or any other external website.
- Resumes and cover letters must be uploaded with the application.
- Applicants should apply by February 2, 2024.
- The hiring team will invite successful semi-finalists to participate in virtual interviews and skill evaluation on March 5 - 6, 2024. Candidates are encouraged to reserve these dates for virtual meetings should they be invited to participate.
The Town of Chapel Hill is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Developmental Associates, LLC manages this position's recruitment and selection process.
To learn more about our selection process, visit https://developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/
, select “Client Openings," and scroll down to “Important Information for Applicants.”