Library Director, Mobile Public Library

By IS Lab April 22, 2020

Website Mobile Public Library

Job Details

  • Location: Mobile, Alabama, United States
  • Posted: April 21, 2020
  • Position Title: Library Director
  • Company Name: Mobile Public Library
  • Library or Company Type: Public Library
  • Job Category: Administration/Management
  • Entry Level: No
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master’s Degree
  • Min Experience: 5-7 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%


We are looking for a Skilled, Dynamic, and Collaborative Leader.

The Position: This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic library professional who is ready to take on more responsibility and manage one of the Southeast’s premier libraries. The new director of the MPL will have multiple opportunities and challenges managing the re-opening of the MPL after the Covid 19 crisis subsides.

Compensation & Benefits: The hiring range for the new MPL Director is $91,547 to $114,329. A full range of employee benefits is offered to MPL employees. Relocation assistance is available.


The Mobile Area: The greater Mobile Community has a cost of living 20% lower than the national average, due to affordable housing which is 50% lower than the national average. Check out the cost of living compared to your city with this link: Use these links to get to know the best things about living in the Mobile Bay area: ; ;

The Library:
The Mobile Public Library system has ten branches plus a bookmobile and its Ben May Main Branch, established in 1928, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was recently named as the most beautiful library in the state.

The MPL has 175 employees and boasts an annual circulation of more than 1.55 million and operates with an annual budget of $9.2 million (provided by the City of Mobile, Mobile County, the City of Saraland and the State of Alabama). The Library Director is appointed by and reports to The Mobile Public Library Board, a governing body appointed by the City Council of Mobile.


The Ideal Candidate: The new library director must have a master’s degree in library science accredited by the American Library Association. The MPL is looking for a collaborative and fiscally responsible leader with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience as a director, assistant director or senior manager in a medium to large public library system. The top candidates should have success at managing and developing budgets, personnel, multiple branches, and system wide strategic planning. The MPL is also looking for a leader with experience planning, designing and managing major capital construction projects.


The Selection Process: The candidate evaluation and selection process will begin immediately and is scheduled to be completed when an offer is extended in early July of 2020. In order to be considered, qualified candidates must submit a completed formal application package to the Mobile County Personnel Board by 11:58 PM on May 29, 2020.

How to Respond via Email*: To receive a formal application information package including job description and benefits summary, please email pdf or word files of your resume and a meaningful cover letter outlining why you believe you are a top candidate to become the MPL library director to Tim Shepherd at Shepherd & Associates, LLC.

*Application information package and notice of receipt of your credentials will be sent by return email.

Shepherd & Associates, LLC has been retained by the Mobile Public Library Board (MPL) to recruit a new leader for its busy library system which serves Mobile County (Pop. 370,000+) located on Mobile Bay on the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast.

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