Director, Libraries & Historical Resources - Job Code #4146

Sarasota County Government
Job Description

Director, Libraries & Historical Resources:  Professional work directing activities of the Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Department with an emphasis on customer service philosophy and delivery, providing information and educational opportunities, preservation of significant historical resources, community engagement, employee and leadership development through continuous learning and public relations  The employee in this position will ensure that other team members participate in setting and achieving Departmental goals by contributing to strategic and operational planning, developing policies, participating in decision making and evaluating progress.  

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Customer Service

  • Establishes the tone and service philosophy of the Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources.
  • Maintains awareness of technological advances relating to services.  Oversees the development and implementation of updates and enhancements to customer service through the utilization of technological innovations.
  • Maintains awareness of operational best-practices to deliver exemplary public library and historical education/preservation services.
  • Supports the services of Sarasota County Departments by remaining informed of opportunities for collaboration and providing information resources and technical expertise.
  • Resolves escalated issues.

Community Engagement

  • Plans and implements public relations activities to ensure the Department mission and services are effectively represented to the public and internal customers.
  • Builds and maintains active community partnerships with organizations, agencies and individuals.
  • Acts as liaison with Advisory Boards, Foundations, Friends organizations and other support groups.
  • Acts as chief spokesperson for the Department through media communications, participation in community events, speaking engagements, membership and participation in community services, civic and professional organizations.  . 

Staff Development

  • Provides leadership and fosters a work environment that encourages employee participation and problem solving to achieve the vision and goals of Sarasota County Government.
  • Facilitates organizational planning to ensure sustainable succession-management practices.
  • Oversee the development of training programs for staff and volunteers. Allocates resources for staff development.
  • Assigns, schedules and evaluates the performance of direct-report employees.


  • Defines Department vision and mission and plans long and short-term strategies, programs, and practices to achieve established goals and objectives.
  • Ensures that all elements of the Department and Division operations are in compliance with all core service, county, state, and federal policies and regulations. 
  • Prepares and presents periodic and special reports to the Board of County Commissioners, various advisory boards, and County Administration relating to Department operations and issues.
  • Selects key professional personnel and oversees selection, training and evaluation of Department employees.
  • Manages the Department’s capital resources. Ensures the appropriate construction, renovation, maintenance, location, and utilization of facilities.
  • Develops, supports, controls, and administers the Libraries and Historical Resources annual budget.
  • Acts as a steward of the Department’s collections, establishing the goals for the selection, control, dissemination, management, and disposition of Department resources.
  • Seeks and develops alternative sources of funding, including grants and private/corporate donations to supplement county funding and enhance library services.
  • Manages proactive assessments of fraud awareness, prevention, detection and risk mitigation activities in area of responsibility; oversees financial, compliance, operational and performance  audits; reviews audit findings and ensures appropriate controls are established and implemented.


Minimum Qualifications:  Master’s Degree in library science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association. Eight (8) years progressively responsible professional experience in a public library system, six (6) years of supervisory/management experience. 

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience in Historical Resources, including services, programs, and partnerships. Ability to develop and articulate the vision for Historical Resources and implement the activities to achieve the goals and objectives. Experience creating strategic partnerships to achieve specific community outcomes for history-related education and historical preservation of built and natural environment.

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