- Working with the Library Director, the Strategist &
Manager of Innovation is responsible for leading the library's activities in a
successful path. As the chief decision maker after the director, the manager
will have both long-range and peripheral vision, be an outstanding project
manager, and have business acumen in planning, coordinating teams and managing
the operations, programs, and services of the library system.
- This individual will be able to improve management and
supervision capacity along with building teams that will understand
cost-benefit efficiencies, apply technological improvements and business
principles with understanding of current trends and best practices; apply
creative solutions, and look for effective and tangible results. The Library is
set to launch long-term goal planning and is looking for someone who has a
long-range vision of the library of the future.
- The successful candidate will also be able to inspire and
motivate people, generate optimism and guide achievement to reach beyond what
is understood or expected. The Strategist & Manager of Innovation will also
assist in the administration and operations of the Library Department; manage
the budget; recommend, develop and implement program and policy
changes, speak before civic groups and organizations regarding library services and policies.
- The Library Department provides a broad range of library services to residents of the City of Santa Barbara and to county residents through branch libraries in Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Los Olivos, Montecito, Santa Ynez and Solvang. The Library Department circulates more than 1.5 million items annually and provides outstanding outreach to the larger community. Assignments may also include directing branch operations.
- Theories, principles and practices of modern library or business management, including current developments in library services and information technology.
- Preparation, implementation, and administration of departmental budget and revenue control procedures, grant reporting and performance benchmarking practices; modern library policies, methods and operations and procedures; supervisory principles and performance evaluation practices; employee motivation techniques; project management principles.
- Provide an understanding and knowledge of principles and new trends in collection management, materials movement, and website and electronic resources access. Knowledge of labor relations, contract and grant administration and purchasing procedures.
- Be informed of new technology applications, information systems and tools, and customer service delivery methods and practices.
- Provide a culture of continuous improvement strategies including communication and promotion of services to the community.
- Prepare and administer complex financial budgets, involving special funds and operating expenditures. Plan, organize and implement division goals, programs, policies and practices and meet deadlines.
- Promote library services programs given assessment of patron needs, available resources, and development programs.
- Evaluate library system, programs networks and financial issues.
- Assess user Library information technology requirements, set priorities, and allocate resources to effectively meet user needs in a timely manner.
- Analyze problems, evaluate programs, consider alternatives and develop sound recommendations for improvement. Select, train, supervise, coordinate and evaluate the work of staff and volunteers.
- Plan, coordinate, and administer projects. Prepare clear, concise and complete reports, and other written materials.
- Exercise independent judgment and initiative within established guidelines. Coordinate multiple projects and meet critical deadlines.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of City management, employees, vendors, contractors, consultants, patrons, volunteers, and the general public.
- Motivate staff towards a common vision that fosters a collaborative, inclusive, and trusting workplace. Project management and supervisory skills a must.
- A Master's degree in Business Management or Administration,
Library Science, Library and Information Science, or similar field from an
accredited college or university; three years of progressively responsible professional
experience, including two or more years in a
supervisory or lead capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
- License Requirements: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license at the time of appointment is required.