Library Director – Saint Paul Public Library

Salary: $105,248.00 – $143,728.00 Annually
Location: Saint Paul, MN
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Mayor’s Administration
Job Number: 17-09186UNCL
Closing: 12/7/2017 4:30 PM Central Extended: December 11th, 4:30 CST.

General Duty Statement
The City of Saint Paul is seeking a Library Director to lead its nationally recognized Library System.

The Community We Serve
Life in Saint Paul flows deep with tradition, wide with talent and diversity, and strong with economic and cultural vitality. As an employer, the City of Saint Paul is a leader in promoting inclusion and equity, preserving culture and traditions, and providing quality public services. City employees take pride in creating strong communities and addressing Saint Paul’s most challenging issues.

The City of Saint Paul values a workforce that reflects the community. Be a part of a workforce that genuinely cares and supports you and the community. Together, let’s to strive for a more prosperous and equitable future for us all.

City Government
Incorporated in 1845, the City of Saint Paul is a place of opportunity, offering an amazing array of career paths. With more than 600 job classifications from 16 operating departments and nearly 3,000 employees, you can find your next career with us. Employees enjoy competitive pay and benefit packages, generous leave programs, and the satisfaction of doing work that makes Saint Paul the most livable city in America!

The Charter provides for a strong-mayor form of government. The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the City and serves a four-year term. The seven members of the part-time City Council are elected by ward. Saint Paul’s 2017 operating, capital and debt service budgets total just over $690 million. This number includes the Saint Paul Library Agency and Saint Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS).

Racial Equity Strategic Framework
The City of Saint Paul has established a Racial Equity Strategy with goals of ending racial disparity in the City as an organization, achieving racial equity in city services and engagement, and eliminating race-based disparities in our community. This citywide effort is designed to ensure that race does not predetermine opportunities in education, employment, housing, health and safety. Learn more about the City of Saint Paul and the Mayor’s Racial Equity Strategy.

About the Saint Paul Library
The Saint Paul Public Library system is the third largest in the state of Minnesota with a Central Library, 12 branches and a bookmobile, and a collection of nearly 1.15 million items.

The Library Director is responsible for an annual operating budget of close to $18 million with a current staffing complement of 151 full time employees (FTEs).

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will serve as an ambassador within the community, advocating and promoting the library’s mission by demonstrating enthusiasm, creativity, and an understanding and respect for the needs, interests and demands of the community. S/he must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; a thorough working knowledge of modern library policies, practices, technologies and trends; and strong people and task management skills.

The Library Director will be a champion for racial equity and will work closely with the department’s leadership to enact sustainable change.

For more detailed information, see the Library Director advisory job description.


Education and Experience
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Library Science, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
• A Master’s Degree in Library Science, Public Administration, Business Administration or related field is preferred.
• Must have seven years of professional library experience, three years of which must have been in a responsible administrative position.

Compensation and Benefits
This is an unclassified, at-will position appointed by the Mayor. The salary range is up to $143,728 with starting salary dependent upon experience and qualifications. In addition, the salary is supplemented by Saint Paul’s outstanding benefits package:

Pension – City contribution to MN Public Employee Retirement Association.
Vacation – Vacation time is accrued at a minimum of 17 days per year.
Other Leave – Employees receive ten paid holidays and six personal leave days every year.
Deferred Compensation – $2,000 minimum employer match available (match may vary).
Medical Insurance – single medical coverage is fully paid for by employer; significant City contribution for family coverage.
Dental Insurance – Preventive dental coverage is provided. Optional dental is available at cost.
Short-Term and Long-Term Disability are provided.
Life Insurance – Saint Paul pays for 100% of premium cost for an amount of coverage equaling one and one-half times the employee’s annual salary.

By Closing Date, you MUST
1. Submit a City of Saint Paul online application, including answers to the Supplemental

2. Upload or submit the following documents via the online application system, mail, in person, email, or fax. (Zip files and web links will not be accepted. Each uploaded attachment is limited to 10 MB.)

A resume
A cover letter

Selection Process Information

This posting is open to anyone who meets the position requirements.

This is an UNCLASSIFIED position and is therefore not governed by City Civil Service Rules.

Final Selection Process: A hiring panel comprised of St. Paul community members will begin the interview selection process for this position the week of December 11th. Once the community hiring panel completes the interview and evaluation process, their recommendations and evaluations will be submitted to Mayor-elect Carter for final consideration and selection.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Toni Newborn, Office of Human Resources
25 W. 4th Street, Room 200
St. Paul, MN 55102
HR fax: (651) 266-6490
Phone: (651) 266-6493

Information about data you provide: The information you supply will be used to assess your qualifications for this position; to distinguish you from other applicants; and to contact you for an interview. The following information will be considered private data pursuant to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act: your name, home/work/email address, and home phone number. If you are considered a finalist for an employment vacancy, your name, education, training, and previous work experience will become public data. Private data is available only to you and to other persons in the City who have a bona fide need for the data. Upon court order, data may be disclosed in legal proceedings. Public data is available to anyone requesting it and consists of all data not designated in this notice as private.

Condition of Employment: This position will require a background check which may include criminal history, employment history, credit check, and proof of education as a condition of employment. The City of Saint Paul encourages individuals to apply for positions regardless of criminal history.

The City of Saint Paul is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Veterans, women, persons of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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