Library Director & CEO

  • Sacramento Public Library Authority
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Aug 25, 2021
Full time Libraries

Job Description


Library Director & CEO

Salary: $185,803 - $258,303


The Sacramento Public Library Authority (SPLA) seeks a Library Director & CEO (Director) to provide exceptional leadership and comprehensive oversight of the SPLA, its 28 locations, and growing mobile services fleet. The Director is appointed by and reports to the 15-member Authority Board and provides both internal and external guidance to ensure the highest quality of library services and to promote the Library as a service essential to the quality of life in Sacramento. The ideal candidate will bring extensive knowledge and experience in a professional public library leadership, administration or operations setting and possess a strong skillset for leading and inspiring the community and library workforce. The success of the candidate is highly predicated on their ability to balance the interests and priorities of the seven member agencies and their respective board members, while ensuring the SPLA’s mission and vision is fulfilled. This is a great opportunity to create your legacy, join an organization at the forefront of the library industry, and make a difference in the lives of many!




The Sacramento Public Library is the fourth largest library system in California with 28 locations and growing mobile services fleet serving 1.47M urban, suburban, and rural residents over 974 square miles. The award-winning Sacramento Public Library and its team offers an expansive collection of books, materials, streaming media, and learning resources as well as services and programming focused on early learning, technology, and creation. Sacramento Public Library is steadfast in its belief that the library remains the heart of the community and is committed to meeting the needs of its diverse populations and responding to ever-changing interests.


The Sacramento Public Library Authority is governed by a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement (JPA) which includes the County of Sacramento and the Cities of Citrus Heights, Galt, Isleton, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, and Sacramento. The purpose is to provide outstanding and innovative public library services to deliver open access to diverse resources and ideas, and to inspire learning, promote reading, and enhance community life for all citizens in the member jurisdictions. SPLA’s priorities are: (1) Connectedness, (2) Service, (3) Empowerment, (4) Stewardship, and (5) Advocacy.

The Authority's governing board is comprised of representatives from each member jurisdiction based on population and includes all five members of the County Board of Supervisors, five council members from the City of Sacramento, two members from the City of Elk Grove, and one member from each city council for the cities of Citrus Heights and Rancho Cordova. The cities of Galt and Isleton are co-represented by a single council member currently from the City of Galt, with the City of Isleton serving as the alternate. To learn more about the Authority Board, visit:


Our Mission: To inspire our communities to discover, learn and grow


Our Vision: To be the essential resource for our communities




Sacramento County is the central county of the Greater Sacramento metropolitan area spanning across 975 square miles where you will find cultural attractions to inspire you, cutting-edge cuisine to impress you, and history to enrich you. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers, Sacramento provides an abundance of rivers, trails, and parks for recreational activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, and much more. Sacramento County is centrally located and has a diverse population, a wide array of year-round activities, and is an ideal location to work, live, and raise a family.




The Library Director (Director) must provide exemplary leadership and comprehensive oversight of the 28 locations, and a growing mobile services fleet. The Director acts as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Sacramento Public Library Authority and is appointed by and reports to its 15-member Authority Board. The Director is responsible for the management of the Authority’s approximately 300 employees (seven direct reports) and $55M annual operating budget. This position provides both internal and external guidance to ensure the highest quality of library services and promote the Library as a service essential to the quality of life in Sacramento. The Director must lead the management team, engage with the community, and demonstrate courage, creativity, and integrity in all actions.


The Director works closely with the Authority Board to identify, develop, implement, and update policies and strategies that are essential to effective library operations and services that meet the community’s needs. Ensuring effective administration and operations of the Authority is critical to the success of the Director and the Sacramento Library. Areas of administrative and operational oversight include:


  • Budget and financial accountability
  • Recruitment, hiring, training, retention and discipline of staff
  • Internal and external communications to the Authority Board, staff and community
  • Planning, building, maintenance of oversight of facilities
  • Technological infrastructure to best meet operational and community needs
  • Library collections, as provided by California Code of Regulations, Section 19146 (or California Education Code, Section 19146

Compliance with Federal, State and local laws, regulations and ordinances as well as Library policies and procedures

  • Advocacy for staff to ensure that they receive the training and development required to be effective, efficient and engaged employees


Future Challenges & Opportunities


  • Establishing new libraries in member jurisdictions and finding creative solutions to the rising costs of construction and supply chain issues
  • Implementing new and innovative approaches to developing local pipelines for a diverse library workforce
  • Remaining agile in an industry where the needs and interests of its diverse populations are ever-changing and finding new and effective ways to engage the community and its youth
  • Managing and maintaining the budget as the after-effects of COVID-19 are actualized
  • Renewing two City of Sacramento parcel taxes in 2024 that provide significant funding for the library system




The ideal candidate possesses proven experience as a future thinker, entrepreneur, and a visionary leader. They bring extensive knowledge and experience in public library leadership and possess a strong skillset for leading and inspiring the community and staff. A successful candidate can balance the interests and priorities of the seven member agencies and their respective board members, while ensuring SPLA’s mission and vision is fulfilled. The SPLA represents a wide range of multilingual and multicultural communities. The next Library Director will understand and recognize those challenges and will demonstrate a proven track record of championing an inclusive workforce and providing an array of services that best fit the community’s needs. The ideal candidate contributes to long-term strategic planning and nurtures an organizational culture that fosters collaboration among jurisdictions and engages the community. The next Library Director is tech-savvy and willing to pilot innovative strategies to engage the community and its youth in order to position our libraries as active and essential public spaces.


The next Library Director will also have the following technical/operational skills:


  • Management experience in a public library system with multiple service locations
  • Experience in developing innovative programs and services
  • Strong contracting and budgeting experience, including public funding
  • Knowledge and understanding of writing and securing grants
  • Experience with fund development for public agencies
  • Outstanding experience with strategic planning
  • Human Resources management including recruitment and personnel matters
  • Significant experience with facility planning and management, and capital projects
  • Experience in community, board, labor, and media relations
  • Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State and local laws, regulations and ordinances
  • Familiarity of current industry trends and developments
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation communications skills


The next Library Director will also have the following interpersonal/leadership skills:


  • Experience providing library service to diverse communities
  • Demonstrated ability as a consensus builder and negotiator
  • Proven commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to establish, articulate and model the values, vision of the Library
  • Strong multi-agency negotiation skills
  • Ethical and moral leadership, integrity, honesty, and professionalism
  • Demonstrated enthusiasm, and a commitment to high standards and a willingness to perform all tasks necessary for successful operations
  • A strong vision for the future of library services and ability to turn vision into reality
  • Ability to inspire others to be resilient, strategic and able to develop solutions to challenges
  • Lead through collaboration, team building, and consultation; mentors, coaches and models these behaviors for others
  • Build and maintain effective professional relationships with the Library Authority Board, local, state and federal government agencies, legislative bodies, staff, professional and institutional organizations, and most especially the community




  • 10 years of public library experience, including three years of administrative experience
  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles and practices of public administration, including county government, and of the laws applicable to library service in the State of California
  • Possession of a valid Class C California Driver’s license and proof of satisfactory DMV clearance
  • Personal transportation for job-related travel


SALARY AND BENEFITS: Annual Salary $185,803 - $258,303, and an attractive benefits package that includes:


  • Retirement/Pension: 2% at age 55 retirement formula for Classic PERS members; or 2% at age 62 based on provisions of the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA)
  • Health Insurance: Medical, Dental, and Vision Care, and FSA benefits
  • Other Insurance: Basic life and long-term disability insurance
  • Deferred Comp: Authority-sponsored deferred compensation plan not to exceed salary limit; option to participate in an Authority-sponsored 401(A) plan with an employee contribution of 5% and Authority contribution of 4%
  • Paid Time Off: 182-280 hours per year; accrual rate based on years of service
  • Leaves: 60 hours of management leave at the beginning of each fiscal year
  • Holidays: 12 designated days and 1 floating holiday per year.
  • Vehicle Stipend: $400 per month


HOW TO APPLY: for first consideration APPLY by September 23 at:



Interviews will be held virtually on October 15, October 21, and October 22 (candidates invited to interview will need to be available for all three days)


Please contact your recruiter, Sam Sackman, with any questions:

541-630-0657 (direct) 866-929-9227 (Toll Free)