CEO / Library Director - Orange County Library System (Orlando FL)
The Orange County Library System (OCLS) Board of Trustees seeks a Chief Executive Officer to lead their innovative, award winning library system. Located in Orlando, Florida, OCLS serves over 1.4 million people in Orlando and the surrounding areas of Orange County. OCLS is an independent special taxing district with its own millage. With an annual budget of $65 million and over 355 employees, the Orange County Library operates a main library in downtown Orlando and has 14 branch libraries.
The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for establishing, implementing, and communicating strategies, direction, plans, and programs for the operation and growth of the Library System to suit the needs of the community and to direct the efforts of subordinate Division Administrators under the policies, guidance, and at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees.
The Ideal Candidate / Job Functions
The ideal candidate will be an innovator with a unique blend of administrator, civic engager, and staff sponsor. Applicants must possess excellent library management skills including a working knowledge of technological resources and advancements in the field, a knowledge of budgeting and long-range planning, and a background of successful cooperation with elected officials, boards, commissions, other community agencies, other non-profit groups, and citizens. For a complete list of the job functions, the job description is available athttps://www.ocls.info/libraryceo
The Compensation / Benefits
Hiring Range: $155,000 - $185,000 based on experience and qualifications. OCLS does not participate in social security nor the Florida Retirement System. Click here for a listing of the extensive benefits offered.
For nearly 100 years, the Orange County Library System has been a source of enrichment for its community. From its humble origins in the 1920s, when retired police Captain Charles Albertson donated 20,000 books to the city of Orlando to establish a permanent lending library for its citizens, the library has existed to improve the quality of life in the greater Orlando area by providing people with resources that can help them lead more fulfilling, and productive lives. The library circulates a collection of more than 1.6 million items, and while core services like providing access to reading materials and supporting literacy in the community are still vital, the Orange County Library System focuses on anticipating the needs of customers to help them adapt to the changing world. It challenges people to think of a library as not just a place for children or college students – it asks them to think of the library as a place where everybody can come to learn, grow, and connect with the community. The Orlando Public Library, which is the Orange County Library System’s main location, is home to the Melrose Center, an innovative hub that is home to state-of-the-art audio, photography and video studios, as well as collaborative workstations and public computers loaded with design software. The Orange County Library System’s focus on innovation in library service earned it a 2018 National Medal from the IMLS, as well as numerous awards and accolades over the years from local, regional, and national organizations.
The County / Community
Orange County, Florida, is one of the nation’s fastest-growing metropolitan regions. Its estimated population for 2021 is over 1.4 million people, and its best-known city is Orlando. U.S. News and World Report named the area one of the best places to live in 2020 - 2021, citing its growing job market, quality of life and recreational opportunities as some of its most notable qualities. While most people who think of Orlando immediately think of its theme parks, there’s far more to be explored than many people are aware. From its James Beard-nominated restaurants to the stunning Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to the wealth of outdoor opportunities, Orange County has something for everyone. In addition, the millions of visitors who flock to the region each year to visit the attractions help sustain the area’s economic development and lay the foundation for a booming future.
How to Apply
Please apply on-line at https://ocls.applicantstack.com/x/openings. Preliminary candidate review will begin on July 12, 2021. Candidates must be available for interviews Nov 9 – 10 (via zoom which will be a public meeting), and Nov 16 – 17 for in-person interviews with individual Board members. Anticipated start date, January 2022.
OCLS is subject to broad and strict public records laws and open meeting laws, designed to guarantee that the public has access to the public records and meetings of governmental bodies in Florida. Please keep this in mind when submitting an application.