Library Director Search

The Newport (RI) Public Library is seeking a proven professional leader to fill the position of Library Director. The Board of Trustees is looking for a creative, energetic, forward thinking problem solver who can implement a long range plan that calls for the reorganization of our facility, and can successfully lead the library through the changing needs and community expectations of the twenty-first century. This position will be available August 4, 2014.

Newport, founded in 1639, is a world class tourist destination known for its beauty, history, and connection to sailing and the sea, is located at the southern end of Aquidneck Island in Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay. Newport is a city of close to 25,000 residents. It is visited by more than a million people each year and remains proud of the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of its population.

The Newport Public Library, a 501c3 non-profit organization, has an annual budget of $2.2 million with significant support coming from the City of Newport. It also has an active Friends group with a dedicated corps of volunteers that contributes to the library each year. It has an annual circulation of approximately 200,000 items and attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year.

Reporting to a fifteen-member Board, the Director is responsible for all library operations, including planning, budgeting, public relations, and all aspects of personnel administration. He or she will work closely with a dedicated and service-oriented staff, local non-profit leaders, professional organizations, and other library directors in the Ocean State Libraries network. The successful candidate will have proven experience as a library administrator, including the ability to articulate a vision for 21st century public library services and inspire others within the library and throughout the Newport community.
Demonstrable leadership and skills in the areas of current and emerging technologies, strategic planning and personnel management are essential. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as integrity, energy, an entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm.

Minimum requirements are an MLS from an ALA accredited program, and five years supervisory/management experience in a public library. Some experience with facilities renovation, knowledge of fund raising, and of the operation of a 501c3 desirable.

A full job description can be viewed at Please submit a cover letter specifying salary requirements and a resume, including the names of three professional references to as a Word or PDF document. Salary is commensurate with experience, and a generous benefit package is included. Maximum consideration will be given to applications received by April 30, 2014. The position is open until filled.