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Executive Director, Massachusetts Library System, Inc. (Marlborough)

Position Overview

This is a professional position with administrative and supervisory responsibilities reporting to the MLS Executive Board.  

The Executive Director will:

●  Provide organizational leadership, management, planning, program evaluation, and strategic direction to fulfill the MLS Mission and provide high-quality services to member libraries.

●       Support, develop, and maintain a strong and cohesive MLS Executive Board. Serve as an ex officio member of the MLS Executive Board and all committees.

●       Lead, coach, and sustain a leadership team to strive for organizational excellence.

●       Employ partnerships, efficiency solutions, and other opportunities, e.g., grant funding and revenue generation, to enhance capacity.

●       Ensure compliance with all requirements as a recipient of state funding as well as all local, state, and federal legal requirements.

●       Work with the MLS Executive Board, MLS leadership team and staff, committees, members, auditor, legal counsel, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, automated networks, vendors/contractors, professional associations, elected officials, and others.

●       Collaborate with MLS members to develop and strengthen relationships within the MLS community. Engage in strategic advocacy for libraries.

●       Develop budgets and maintain strong financial practices.

●       Maintain working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field.


·        Education: Master's degree in library and/or information science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent master’s degree.

·        Experience: Minimum of five to eight years of relevant leadership experience in libraries, library services, or library systems, with four to five years of supervisory experience.

·        Essential attributes and skills include: demonstrated leadership skills; informed understanding of services and programming needs for all types of libraries; ability to respond to the needs of diverse library environments; excellent listening and communication skills; substantial fiscal and resource management experience; fundraising and grant writing; ability to lead and develop a diverse workforce; demonstrated dedication to innovation; short and long range planning skills; thorough knowledge of current trends and best practices for library service.

·        High level of competence in legislative processes, consensus building, and advocacy.

·        The ability to develop and communicate a strategic vision for MLS, as well as the ability to design and implement solutions to day-to-day problems. A strong focus on members and their needs.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Salary begins at $118,500, based on experience.

Closing Date

Job will remain open until filled.

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