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Director of County Library

The Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) system. Subject to the policies, guidelines, and supervision of the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees and under the administrative direction of the Deputy County Executive, the individual plans and directs the overall operation of the Fairfax County Public Library system, and provides results-oriented leadership to address emerging trends in a digital environment. Develops and implements the long-range strategic plans to fulfill the mission of the Library to secure success into the future and optimize support for learning within the library and the community. View a detailed profile of the position here (Download PDF reader).

Additional duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversees allocation of resources and establishes controls for financial systems.
  • With staff, leads and manages strategic plans and changes.
  • Leads the implementation of appropriate technologies to enhance FCPL services.
  • Refines, implements, and communicates policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Provides fiscal oversight, including development and management of the budget. development of grant and other philanthropic funding streams; and provides vision and support for the fundraising efforts of the Friends of the Library and the Fairfax Library Foundation.
  • Ensures that programs, services and functions are designed and operated to deliver the best user experiences; launches initiatives to improve services and expand user base.
  • Markets and promotes the Library to galvanize support and involvement of the community in library services and programs.
  • Builds teams and coalitions between library staff, the Board of Supervisors, county agencies, Fairfax County Public School System, City of Fairfax, and other community organizations.
  • Ensures the Library's resources are accessible through current technology.


Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of public library services, including collection development and support operations. 
  • Knowledge of current trends and issues in public libraries.
  • Knowledge and support of the principles of intellectual freedom. 
  • Ability to promote interest in the library and to generate support and involvement of the community in library services and programs. 
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of administration, including organization, budgeting, Human Resources, capital improvements, and management analysis.
  • Knowledge of management principles.
  • Ability to delegate work appropriately and plan and direct the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts orally, in writing, or in presentations. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with all library staff, County management, other county departments and agencies, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the Library Board of Trustees, external groups such as community groups and officials, and the general public. 
Position: Director of County Library
Organization: Fairfax County Government
Location: Fairfax,  VA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 7/9/2024
Date Posted: 7/9/2024
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; a master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school; plus 10 years of progressively responsible library experience, including experience working as a professional librarian in a public library, and at least five years of supervisory and management experience (i.e., library branch or library system administration level) in an urban or suburban public library system.
Possession of a certificate issued by the Virginia State Board for Certification of Librarians within three months of date of appointment.
The ideal candidate is a progressive, visionary, and customer-focused leader with the capacity to set and achieve high and attainable goals, and an exceptional library management background in order to administer a large public library system within a community of residents with diverse educational, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The best qualified candidate will possess strong interpersonal skills, with proven experience building effective and long-lasting business partnerships by collaborating with elected officials, governing boards, county executive leadership, community representatives, employee groups, and other organizations. The candidate is committed to the professional values of public librarianship and creates a community of engagement and innovation. The successful candidate models entrepreneurship, financial stewardship and strategic thinking; cultivates the development and professional growth of staff, and creates a culture of engagement and innovation.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check and a credit history check to the satisfaction of the employer.
This position requires frequent evening and weekend work and the ability to travel to various locations throughout Fairfax County to attend meetings, events, and trainings.
Work is generally sedentary; however, the employee may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and lifting carrying of items up to 10 pounds in weight with or without reasonable accommodations.
 Panel interview.

Effective July 13, 2024, compensation plans will be increased by 2% (market rate adjustment):  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hr/fy-2025-compensation-plan
The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 38.7% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.  

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov. EEO/AA/TTY.
Status: This listing expires on: 9/7/2024
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Fairfax County Government
12000 Government Center Parkway
Ste. 270
Fairfax,  VA 22035
United States
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