MELSA Seeks Director

Melsa web logoMELSA is currently pursuing a search for an Executive Director who will be responsible for the successful leadership and management of our organization according to the strategic direction set by our Board of Trustees and Advisory Board. The Executive Director of MELSA is responsible for implementation of policies, goals and objectives, as well as the financial management, program, and administrative management of the organization, operating within guidelines set by state statute. Specifically:

  • Implement, accomplish and enhance the MELSA Strategic Plan as developed by both MELSA Boards and approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Lead MELSA teams and staff in the development and implementation of the organization’s goals, policies and programmatic activities.
  • Manage MELSA staff including hiring, training, supervision, evaluation, discipline and termination.
  • Manage the financial health of the organization, including budget creation, expenditures and control along with grant seeking and management.
  • Provide information, advice, and counsel to the Presidents of the Boards, Board Committees, and the Advisory and Governing Boards in the creation of policies, programs, and strategic directions of the organization.
  • Scan the environment for trends and represent MELSA’s interests with the State Library Agency, Metronet, the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA), and other appropriate metro, state and federal agencies.
  • Communicate effectively and develop relationships with state and federal legislators, working with member libraries and the Minnesota Library Association’s Legislative Committee on development and support of library laws and funding.

Candidates must possess a Master’s Degree in Library and Informational Science (MILS), from a library, education program accredited by the American Library Association and have five to ten years of public library administrative experience. Preferred qualifications are: experience in strategic planning for library services, working with regional public library systems and past experience working with Governing and Advisory Library boards.

Note:  This position is being posted by Dakota County as a service for MELSA. Any applications submitted for this position are an expressed interest of employment with MELSA and will in no way be considered an expressed interest of employment with Dakota County.

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State Library Recruiting Program Specialist

An update from State Librarian, Jennifer Nelson, on recruiting efforts for a new State Library Program Specialist:

State Library Services is accepting applications to fill a State Library Program Specialist position. Based in Roseville, this is a great professional employment opportunity for librarians interested in working in a leadership role in the state. Primary position responsibilities include administering state aid programs for regional public and multi-county multi-type library systems, coordinating the state-certified level of library support process, and managing the Library Accessibility and Improvement grant program. This position also serves as Minnesota’s e-rate coordinator.

Minimum qualifications include three years of professional library experience, a background in program and grants management/administration and experience in planning, budgeting and financial reporting. Candidates with a background in data analysis and reporting are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on the State Jobs website through February 18, 2014.

For more information, please email  Jennifer Nelson at 651-582-8791

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Seeking Project Manager for Minnesota One Book

MN Library Legacy Logo SmallThe Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators (CRPLSA) seeks an Independent Contractor to manage the newly created One Book project across the state beginning in 2014.The Minnesota One Book program highlights the importance of reading and sharing books with children, especially toddlers through early elementary school age by focusing on a single book for a one year period. Under general direction of CRPLSA, the position of One Book Project Manager exists to assist with providing efficient program services throughout the state. Plans, implements and conducts a variety of programs and services for children, parents, caregivers and administrative agencies including Head Start. Deadline for application is January 31, 2014. Interviews will be scheduled for early February.

For more details, One Book Project Manager job posting