Deputy Director

Recruitment #191008-NALC-17


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ODL is seeking a talented individual to join a team of professionals dedicated to serving the information needs of Oklahomans.

ODL is the official state library of Oklahoma. The agency serves the information and records management needs of state government, supports public library development, coordinates statewide information technology projects, and serves the general public through its specialized research collections, including state and federal document depositories and a State Archives. ODL has a collection of nearly 700,000 volumes and an annual budget of approximately $7.6 million. The agency operates with a lean staff, with only 35 FTE funded out of 82 allocated employees (43%). A seven-member board of directors governs ODL. The Deputy Director is appointed by the Director and approved by the Board. Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate.

The Deputy Director will lead agency staff in fulfilling its statutory duties by managing the day-to-day operations and supervising fiscal services and technology operations. Other responsibilities are as follows: assisting in long-range planning which includes studying the agency’s opportunities to make the greatest impact on behalf of public and special libraries, monitoring and actively guiding preparation of the agency’s budget, and coordinating statewide online information services for Oklahoma libraries. Attention to detail is of utmost importance. The successful candidate will inspire teamwork, empower and trust staff to work toward common goals, communicate clearly and effectively with internal and external customers, and project enthusiasm and a positive attitude. May be called upon to represent the director before the legislature or in public settings.

Applicants must possess an MLS from an ALA-accredited program. Ten years of progressively responsible supervisory experience, including management of professional and support staff as well as supervising supervisors is desired. Experience in public library administration is a plus. An understanding of political and legislative relationships and processes and knowledge of how state government operates including the budgeting and purchasing process is also desired.
Salary: Hiring range will be up to $70,000 with the possibility of a 5% increase at the end of the first year.
ODL is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


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