Southwest Kansas Library System                                   

Title:  System Director

Reports to:  Southwest Kansas Library System Board

FSLA:  Exempt

Status: Full Time (40 hours/wk)

Compensation:   The hiring salary range is $70,000-80,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package including full health care coverage including family members by the System.

Company Values

  • Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision
  • Interact professionally with other employees, customers, and peers throughout the state
  • Work effectively as a team contributor
  • Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations

Position Summary:  Responsible for all facets of a 21 county multi-type library system to include fiscal, personnel, programming, and legislative functions and provides vision and leadership to the Southwest Kansas Library System, its Board, and staff.

Primary Functions:

  1. Serve as technical advisor for the System Board to frame, implement and evaluate System services, operations and policies.
  2. Develop annual budget with the advice of the Budget Committee and maintain System’s financial integrity. Work with auditors to prepare budget publication and ensure timely publication of System budget.
  3. Work with SWKLS committees to develop and manage programs, services, and related policy.
  4. Keep member libraries apprised of staff goals and long-range System plans.
  5. Employ, supervise and evaluate personnel required to carry out the services of the System, including but not limited to creation and review of annual goals and objectives. Review departmental reports.  Assist in planning and implementation of staff continuing education.
  6. Monitor trends in librarianship to ensure that System services are vital and that the current and future needs of member libraries are met.
  7. Ensure System compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations, including knowledge of and familiarity with Kansas statutes and library standards.
  8. Inform the Executive Committee of the needs and status of member libraries.
  9. Oversee care and maintenance of system facilities and operations.
  10. Communicate effectively to System Board and members.  
  11. Represent System on local, state and national issues relevant to library legislation and concerns.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this position. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time.


  • Strategic Thinking – Recognize future trends and appropriately revise or create services and programs
  • Customer Focus – Work with a positive, service oriented attitude, focused on current and future customer needs
  • Leadership – Support staff in developing innovative ways to assist libraries in creating and maintaining relevant services and programs. Take a leadership role in state-wide activities for the benefit of member libraries and general library service.
  • Problem Solving  – Recognize patterns, consider risks, and use sound judgement to identify, solve, and prevent problems
  • Decision Making – Gather, utilize, and interpret relative information to make informed decisions
  • Financial Management – Successfully manage all income and expenditures, develop annual budget, and oversee grant-funded projects.
  • Presentation Skills – Inform and educate small and large groups through a variety of presentation methods including online and in-person venues.
  • Communication – Convey and receive information effectively in writing and when speaking, keeping staff, customers, and stakeholders apprised of System services and programs
  • Dependability – Take appropriate action to meet goals, schedules, and demands while accepting responsibility for actions, results, and risks


Supervises  Consultant, Interlibrary Loan/Reference, System Administrator, Technology Consultant, Technology Trainer, Office Manager


Full responsibility for decision-making and implementation of all System policy and procedures as established by law and System Board.


Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited university, plus at least five years progressively responsible administrative experience.


Regular hours are M-F, 8:00am-5:00pm; Flex time and/or comp time may be applied if travel disrupts regular hours.

Physical Requirements:  Must have the ability to:

  • Drive own vehicle, with a valid driver’s license, to System libraries and in-state meetings
  • Lift and/or move 30-40 pound loads over 100 feet multiple times in a 3 hour period
  • Bend, stoop, crouch, kneel to floor multiple times in 3 hour period
  • Stand for 3 hours without sitting
  • Carry a 2 pound load overhead to the height of 6 feet multiple times in a 3 hour period
  • Read 6 pt. type font
  • Hear individuals in a conversational voice at a distance of 10 feet and on the telephone
  • Speak clearly and audibly to individuals at a distance of 10 feet and on the telephone
  • Use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects or controls
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and office equipment


Southwest Kansas Library System provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Southwest Kansas Library System complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Selection Guidelines:

Written application, oral interview, reference and background check.

For further information, contact Jobeth Bradbury. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes December 31, 2017.