Ascension Parish Library

Director Search

The Ascension Parish Library, with four locations in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, seeks an energetic and visionary leader to serve as Library Director.

Ascension Parish, a suburban area adjacent to Baton Rouge and 45 minutes north of New Orleans, has a population of about 124,000 and is one of the fastest-growing parishes in the state. The largest city in the parish, Gonzales, is celebrated as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World".

Residents of Ascension Parish recently voted to renew the library tax millage. With this approval, the library has plans to renovate the branch library in Donaldsonville and to build a new library in St. Amant.

The Director will be expected to:
  • Exhibit superior leadership, administrative, and organizational skills
  • Lead and inspire the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork and trust
  • Act as a consensus builder and work collaboratively with the library board of control, staff, and community
  • Continue moving the library forward to best serve the needs of the Ascension Parish community
About the Opportunity:

This opportunity requires an individual with:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an approachable, honest, and respectful leadership style
  • A sense of humor, intellectual curiosity, and an eagerness to explore new ideas
  • A passion for librarianship with a clear vision of the future
  • The ability to see the “big picture,” and the capacity to follow through with plans
Additional requirements:
  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school
  • Experience in overseeing, planning or working with architects in designing and construction or renovation is desirable but not required.
  • Leadership experience in a public library that demonstrates the ability and skill to work in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse environment
  • Certification by examination with the State Board of Library Examiners will be required
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and three professional references using the contact information below. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files and “APL” in the subject line of your email.

Salary $100,000/year or higher, negotiable based on qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits.

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search for Libraries
p: 847-955-0541

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Our firm is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities, and will not discriminate against any candidate because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Photos courtesy of Ascension Parish Library