Arlington, Virginia
Jun 20, 2017
Aug 28, 2017
Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Title: CENTRAL LIBRARY DIVISION CHIEF Closing Date/Time: Continuous Salary: Negotiable Job Type: Full-Time Location: 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       The Position

Arlington's next Central Library Services Division Chief will have the opportunity to supervise the Library system's busiest and largest facility. With responsibility for overall management of Central Library Services, this Division Chief is a member of a dynamic and dedicated senior management team and works collaboratively with the Branch Services Division Chief to coordinate overall service delivery to the public.

The major duties of this position include:
  • Providing long range strategic planning of library policies, programs, procedures, and initiatives as a member of the senior management team
  • Spearheading the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of Central Library's public services
  • Identifying efficiencies, best practices, or gaps in current services, recommending and implementing new service strategies and leading change
  • Providing policy interpretation, training, and guidance to Central Library staff
  • Serving on committees and special project teams
The Central Library Services Chief reports to the Department of Libraries Director and works closely with the Deputy Director. The Department of Libraries has a budget of $14.48 million and 134.85 full time employees. The Central Libraries Services Division Chief manages a staff of 36. 
The Central Library Services Division includes Central Adult Services, Central Youth Services, Central Circulation, and Central Shelving. There are seven branch locations in addition to the Central Library. Arlington's Central Library has been recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as the "Best Place to Get Lost in Thought" for its welcoming environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and "inspires roaming."

Arlington County Government
The County has a County Manager form of government, which is governed by a five-member County Board. Each board member is elected at large and serves staggered four-year terms. The board elects a chair and vice chair annually. The chair is the official County head and presides over the board meetings. The Clerk of the Board, County Attorney, County Auditor, and County Manager are appointed by the County Board. The County has a total FY 2018 budget of $1.6 billion and approximately 3500 full-time employees. The County Manager serves as the principal administrative officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of a broad range of services provided by Arlington's various departments. The County Manager is assisted by four Deputy County Managers and three Assistant County Managers. There are thirteen departments within the County.

The Community
Arlington, Virginia is an attractive, well-planned community in which to live, visit or conduct business. Arlington has a unique blend of excellent location, desirable living standard, and effective, pro-active government. Arlington is located just five miles from the heart of the nation's capital. Arlington is an urban county that encompasses about 26 square miles and is geographically the smallest self-governing county in the United States. It is located directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. No incorporated towns or cities lie within Arlington's boundaries.

Although geographically small, 222,800 residents call Arlington County home. These residents are also quite intelligent as Arlington is ranked the most educated county in the nation. In 2015, 72.9 percent of adults age 25 and older had a bachelor's degree or higher and 38.4 percent had a graduate or professional degree. Quality education is easily accessible with 39 public schools and programs including 23 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools, and one secondary school (grades 6-12). The diversity of the County is reflected in Arlington Public Schools children who speak 104 languages and hail from 116 countries. Arlington residents are also actively involved in the community through a variety of civic and citizen associations, advisory boards and committees, and community service organizations.

Residents also enjoy the presence of several amenities. The County has 89 miles of biking/jogging trails, 167 parks, 14 community centers, seven live stage theaters, eight libraries, and over 600 restaurants and shops. Arlington is home to the famous Pentagon Building and Arlington National Cemetery. Getting around the County is easy as there are 11 Metrorail stations, 17 ART bus routes, and 85 Capital Bikeshare stations. Arlington's top private employers are Accenture, Deloitte, Virginia Hospital Center, Booz Allen Hamilton, Corporate Executive Board, and Marriott Corporation.

Arlington has won recognition as an innovative, progressive, and dynamic organization that is well-known for its community-driven processes with significant and meaningful opportunity for public participation.

Arlington has received national recognition for its forward-thinking policies and practices. Since the 1930s, the community has viewed itself as a learning organization, one that strives to constantly improve for the benefit of all its residents. That culture is infused throughout the workforce and community.

The Arlington Public Library provides access to information, creates connections among people and promotes reading and culture--for every Arlingtonian.

The Arlington Public Library is committed to building a sustainable community by providing information, promoting the pleasure of reading and providing welcoming facilities for learning and discourse.
  • For every Arlingtonian and other patrons
  • On any subject
  • Delivered in a variety of ways
  • At any time
To achieve this end, our energy and efforts will be far-reaching, diversified, innovative and multifaceted.
 Selection Criteria: Requirements
Requirements for this position include a master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university, plus extensive experience in direct public service supervising library personnel and programs.Preferred qualifications include experience in one or more of the following areas: strategic and operational planning; fiscal management; leading a workgroup of peers in a team environment; and/or program or project management. Experience working in an urban, culturally diverse community and evaluating staffing and workflow changes is also preferred.

The Ideal Candidate will:
  • Have experience in an urban, multi-cultural community with strong public service and community outreach experience.
  • Bring excitement and a fresh approach to the Library system with creative ideas to best utilize and train existing staff to meet evolving community needs.
  • Build bridges between internal staff teams, and between the Library and the community it serves.
  • Be a change agent in a strong, healthy work culture and a catalyst for improving workflow for staff and services for the community.
  • Know when to push the boundaries to change old systems and patterns, yet be resilient and patient working with staff and within the framework of a collaborative local government environment.
  • Represent the library in a variety of complex situations, and communicate effectively in meetings and via email.

 Additional Information: Compensation The salary range is $98,155 - 184,246 depending on qualifications, with an excellent benefit package, generous telework policy, and a family-friendly work environment. How to Apply

Apply Online

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Apply at thenovakconsultinggroup.com/jobs and submit just one document (Word or PDF) that includes a cover letter, resume with salary history, and list of 3-5 professional references. Open until filled with first review of applications July 31, 2017. Questions Please direct questions to Catherine Tuck Parrish or Chelsey Gordon at apply@thenovakconsultinggroup.com or 513-221-0500.

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