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Executive Director

Ocean State Libraries, Inc.
Executive Director Position Description


The Executive Director is responsible for administering the operation of Ocean State Libraries, Inc. and its services. Participates in the development of consortium goals and policies and provides leadership in implementing those goals and policies as authorized by the Steering Committee. Reports to the Steering Committee.


  1. Responsible for the overall efficient operation of the OSL organization and its services.
  2. Provides leadership in achieving consortium goals. Evaluates consortium needs; develops plans; proposes services, activities, and changes in operations.
  3. Works directly with the Steering Committee in an administrative, technical and advisory role.
  4. Implements and oversees consortium policies.
  5. Develops a knowledgeable, informed, and committed staff. Manages recruitment, selection, employment, development, and evaluation of consortium personnel.
  6. Administers all business, financial, and legal obligations of a nonprofit organization.
  7. Prepares the annual budget working with the Treasurer and the Finance Committee. Directs and monitors expenditures of consortium funds.
  8. Keeps abreast of current and emerging technological developments. Evaluates and recommends improvements to the consortium.
  9. Provides technical assistance to committees and direction and technical assistance to the working groups.
  10. Communicates effectively with all OSL constituencies keeping members informed of current and future developments.
  11. Develops a continuing education program for the membership, conducting specific classes and workshops as appropriate.
  12. Interacts with consortium vendors exploring new services and negotiating contracts.
  13. Works with vendors to insure smooth and timely acquisition and transition to new and upgraded products and services. Monitors compliance and implementation of all vendor contracts.
  14. Oversees grant proposals, including project selection, development of grant applications, and project implementation.
  15. Represents consortium at various state, regional, and national groups. Provides various staff development opportunities as needed, including attendance at conferences and special meetings and classes.
  16. Seeks and accepts other responsibilities consistent with the position as required.


Qualifications and Requirements:

A Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution is preferred. At least three (3) years of executive management level experience is required. A Master’s degree in a related field and management experience in government, business, higher education, or non-profit enterprises will be considered.

Must possess a valid driver's license and have use of an automobile.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.