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Executive Director @ Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System (Kosciusko, MS)

01 Feb 2018 10:51 AM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)



Executive Director

Kosciusko, MS



Description:  The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System Administrative Board of Trustees seeks a creative and innovative Library System Executive Director who can continue to grow a large, vibrant public library system.  The Library System serves Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery and Winston Counties. We have had 42 years of stable and progressive leadership that has developed our staff, funding and community image. It is an ideal opportunity for an experienced library director or assistant director to build upon a successful service base. The top applicant must have directorial experience, be enthusiastic, forward thinking, and possess strong leadership skills along with demonstrated social and business/financial acumen.


System headquarters is located in the Attala County Library in Kosciusko. Situated in Central Mississippi off the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway, Kosciusko is one hour from the State Capital of Jackson and the largest state university, Mississippi State University.  Attala County offers a multitude of outdoors, cultural, educational and leisure opportunities.  Attala County is home to a branch of Holmes Community College and offers educational financial aid to local residents to attend Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Holmes Community College, and Millsap College through the E.H. Sumner Endowed Scholarship Fund, www.sumnersgrant.com .  Attala County is the ideal blend of small town living with access to the urban and university services.  Attala County is an ideal place for families to live.


The Public Library System has a staff of 40 (33 full-time); (7 part-time) in 13 branch libraries; an annual operating budget of $1.8 million and reserve/designated funds of $1.14 million; a collection of 376,955 items and electronic resources; and a county population of approximately 19,000 and System population of more than 93,000.


Responsibilities:  Reports to five-member Administrative Library Board of Trustees •Directs Library System operations •Develops plans to effectively meet current and future community needs •Oversees a staff of 40 full and part-time employees •Plans and directs personnel development •Develops, presents, and administers annual budget and reserve/designated funds •Seeks and administers outside funding •Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with 5 counties and 13 communities including elected officials, other agencies, and civic/community groups  •Oversees Library System facilities and collections, physical and electronic.


Job Requirements: 


·         Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.

·         Additional background in public administration and/or business administration is desired.

·         Minimum of at least three (3) years’ experience as a public library director or four (4) years as an assistant public library director.

·         Strong interpersonal relations and communication skills.

·         Days, nights, and weekend hours at times.

·         Must relocate to Attala County within 3 months and become part of the community.



·         Minimum six (6) years’ experience with increasing administrative responsibilities in a public library system with multiple outlets.


Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities:  Knowledge of library philosophies, practices, procedures, and technologies •practical experience and knowledge of Library budgetary and fiscal practices and library law Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Ability to work effectively with various personality types Ability to think analytically and to exercise initiative Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, delegate duties, and attend to detail Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously Skilled in public speaking and professional writing Ability to effectively encourage, support, and work in a team environment.


Salary:  Range - $ 70,000 to $ 80,000 depending on experience and skill levels.


Benefits:  Personal/medical leave, State holidays, Co-paid State health & life insurances; employee funded cafeteria plan for dental, cancer, and optical insurance, and participation in Mississippi Public Employees' Retirement System.  Job-related travel expenses paid and/or reimbursed.


Submit:  Cover letter, resume including 3 professional references with contact info, and brief statement of public library service philosophy to:



Search Committee

Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

201 South Huntington Street

 Kosciusko, MS 39090




Application deadline:  Open until filled.



The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System

 Is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



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