The Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to serve as Director of the Menomonie Public Library. This position oversees all aspects of the library’s operations, services, facilities, and programs.   Menomonie is a thriving community of 16,264 people (2010 census) located in western Wisconsin, an hour’s drive east of Minneapolis-St. Paul and thirty minutes west of Eau Claire, WI.

The Menomonie Public Library is an active member of the IFLS Library System and the MORE Library Consortium. Total 2019 circulation was 156,271 with a service population of approximately 35,500 which includes a municipal population of 16,264 and 20,000 rural residents, with a branch location in Elk Mound, WI.  The Library has an annual budget of $1 million with 5 full-time employees in addition to the Director and 13 part-time staff. There are 3 departments: Youth Services, Circulation Services, and Adult Services.  The prairie style 17,000 square foot Prairie style building designed by John Howe sits on the banks of Lake Menomin. The Library enjoys positive relationships and significant yearly financial support from The Menomonie Public Library Foundation and The Friends of the Menomonie Public Library, organizations committed to supporting and enhancing library services.

The Director reports to the Board of Trustees which is made up of 12 dedicated citizens from the City of Menomonie and Dunn County, and is the primary representative of the library. The Director will collaborate with the City and County, continue current partnerships, and seek out and nurture other mutually beneficial relationships within the community. The director will successfully manage annual and capital budgets, implementing and continually adapting a strategic plan, and managing initiatives in addition to daily operations.  The director will be involved in implementing scheduled capital improvements as well as coordinating ongoing evaluation of future needs for the library building and grounds.

This full-time, salaried position requires some evening and weekend commitments. Ideal applicants will be highly motivated to continue to make the Menomonie Public Library an integral part of the community.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in accordance with Wisconsin Law; 3 or more years of progressive management experience which demonstrates continual growth of duties and responsibilities in a public library.

Favorable consideration will be given to applicants with strengths in public administration, budgeting, personnel management, fundraising and outreach.  Knowledge of library materials management systems, materials handling, security systems, RFID, secure payment systems, personal computing, internet, and networking services would be helpful.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume, and names and contact information for three professional references electronically to:  Lisa Murray, Library Business Manager, at murrayl@menomonielibrary.org.

All inquiries will be treated confidentially until finalists are named.

Application Screening will begin on March 29, 2021.

Minimum starting salary is $70,000 negotiable based on experience and qualifications. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including:  a health insurance plan (vision & dental included), retirement plan (WRS), life insurance and income continuation insurance options, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

Desired start date – June 1, 2021 or earlier

An Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

About our Community

Located in the scenic Chippewa Valley region with a regional population base of more than 200,000, Menomonie is a city of more than 16,200, surrounded by lakes, streams, and woodlands.  Our beautiful library overlooking the shores of Lake Menomin is part of what makes our community a great place to live.

Menomonie has been aptly described as traditional yet progressive. It is a community that offers walks along Lake Menomin in the heart of the city, summertime concerts and ice cream socials, a dozen city parks, sporting events, festivals, and many other community traditions and activities.  Main Street offers local boutiques, restaurants, salons, and retailers. Designated as a national Downtown Historic District, this ten-block stretch boasts countless activities throughout the year and is anchored by the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. This National Register of Historic Places Victorian theater annually hosts over 60 events.  Learn more at ExploreMenomonie.com.

Menomonie continues to grow and develop new business opportunities with a strong base of national industry partners including 3M, Ford Motor Company, ConAgra Foods, Walmart Distribution, Andersen Windows, Phillips-Medisize, and other leaders in industry and manufacturing.

Our community is grounded in educational opportunities, serving as home to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a campus of Chippewa Valley Technical College, and the School District of the Menomonie Area (K-12).  We are also privileged to have the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Health

System– Red Cedar hospital and clinic and other regional health care providers in our community.  Menomonie has much to offer and Smithsonian magazine agreed, naming it one of the “20 Best Small Towns in America”.  Learn more at the  Menomonie Area Chamber and Visitor Center.