Come be a regional system director in Nebraska


The Nebraska Southeast Library System (SELS) seeks a creative, energetic individual with a strong public service orientation. Enthusiasm, flexibility, and self-motivation are essential. A dynamic leader with a strong vision of the future of libraries is desired. The successful candidate will support and lead service-oriented, user-focused, and collegial systems working collaboratively with each other and their communities to promote and advance the impact of libraries in the state of Nebraska. The Executive Director works in cooperation with the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Regional Library Systems. The candidate should have a record of proven successes in supervision, budget management and staff development activities as well as familiarity with developing and assessing library educational programs. Our successful candidate will embrace emerging twenty-first century tools and technologies and will have the ability to adapt to a wide variety of local and consortia procedures and projects. The SELS Executive Director will supervise one part-time administrative assistant.

Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited institution and (3-5 years) experience in a variety of areas in  library operations.  A track record of progressively more responsible administrative experience, preferably with a breadth of knowledge in various types of libraries (public, academic, school, and special, rural and urban) with an emphasis on visioning, budget management, and staff development is required. Strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. Demonstrated knowledge of information technology as it relates to libraries and the ability to effectively communicate with technologists, administration, and library staff about technology. Valid driver’s license with a clean driving record.  This position is bonded.

Essential knowledge, skills and abilities include: knowledge of contemporary best practices for libraries; knowledge of budget preparation, maintenance, forecasting and organizational skills; knowledge of electronic resources and technology; excellent interpersonal and communication/listening skills; collaboration and consensus building skills; and skill in leading a diverse team of library professionals in setting and achieving goals.

Broad knowledge of technology. Working knowledge of laws and policies relevant to libraries and to non-profit organizations.

$45,000/yr., plus 17% stipend for benefits.

Applicants must submit electronic application materials online to

Applications should include: letter of application, resume, statement of philosophy of librarianship and names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references. Review of applicants begins May 21, 2013. Questions can be directed to

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