Executive Director/ CEO


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The Opportunity:  The Executive Director/CEO leads the identification, creation, delivery and assessment of high quality, cost-effective programs and services that solve OhioNET members’ problems and needs. This is achieved by building collaborative relationships across the library community in the state and region to improve members’ delivery of library services.

As the public face of OhioNET, the Executive Director/CEO maintains a positive image of the organization. The Executive Director/CEO provides management oversight of OhioNET business operations, including membership growth and retention efforts. The Executive Director/CEO reports to OhioNET’s Board of Trustees (board) and serves as the board’s liaison to OhioNET’s staff and members.

The Executive Director/CEO will join OhioNET amidst a changing landscape in the library sector. This leader will be expected to implement a strategic planning process that looks ahead to the future and enables both sustainability and capacity building. The position will require the ability to rise above the various silos that can exist and unite to service libraries across all sectors (academic, public, K-12, etc.).

Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Creates a shared vision for the organization that includes input from members, staff and the board
  • Identifies strengths of staff and empowers them to act by removing barriers
  • Leads the strategic planning process with staff to propose clearly defined goals, objectives and action plans to the board
  • Implements, monitors and assesses board approved strategic plan and regularly communicates progress to the board
  • Stays abreast of legislation and other political developments that will impact Ohio libraries and identifies innovative solutions to these challenges
  • Creates a culture of innovation and collaboration among the organization's staff, the board and the member libraries it serves

Planning and Development:

  • Develops and maintains contact and collaborative relationships with other library consortia and related organizations
  • Monitors library and technology developments and assesses impact on programs, services and finances
  • Discovers program and service needs by visiting current and prospective members’ libraries on a regular basis
  • Recommends the establishment, modification and/or deletion of programs and services to the board
  • Markets and promotes programs and services by attending library conferences

Financial Management:

  • Implements changes to grow revenue and minimize expenses
  • Presents the proposed annual operating budget to the board for approval
  • Makes capital expenditure recommendations to the board for approval
  • Monitors and controls the approved operating budget
  • Seeks grant funding opportunities for innovative new services and programs or collaborative initiatives that benefit the membership
  • Ensures the security and record-keeping of property and assets


  • Represents OhioNET in negotiations with other agencies, businesses and organizations
  • Plans and maintains staffing levels that allow for strategic plan execution relative to a balanced budget
  • Recommends to the board the creation, revision and elimination of staff positions, including salary range recommendations
  • Hires and terminates employees for approved staff positions
  • Provides regular feedback to direct reports and ensures all staff have opportunities for professional development
  • Provides relevant, timely and accurate management reports to the board
  • Recommends, implements, evaluates and revises policies
  • Sustains an effective board through communication and development activities, including orientation of new board members


  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science, Business Administration, Nonprofit Management or Public Administration is required. Note: The organization is open to individuals with library background or those without who have strong nonprofit leadership skills and a sincere interest in the mission and future of libraries
  • Five years of successful administrative leadership experience, including significant strategic and financial management required
  • An appreciation of the inter-connectedness of the Ohio library community, working knowledge of non-profit membership organization operations and understanding of how information technologies are applied in libraries is preferred
  • Futuristic mindset and ability to assess various strategic paths to enable OhioNET to achieve sustainability and enhanced capacity
  • Adaptable to change
  • Ability to lead an organization in an evolving environment
  • Collaborative and transparent in decision-making
  • Ability to foster positive working relationships and motivate others to obtain organizational goals
  • Effective written and oral communication skills

The Organization:
Since 1977, OhioNET has been a reliable resource and trusted partner to librarians (collaborating as a team), helping to better serve its members and their communities. As professional librarians, OhioNET understands the barriers faced as well as the opportunities. That’s why OhioNET strives for continuous innovation in discovery and sharing of best practices that will strengthen each library, responding to member needs with experience, knowledge and creativity to support effective resource management so as to meet the needs of diverse populations.

Serving as partners for progress with more than 300 members and a network of more than 4,000 libraries and information centers (no matter how big or small), OhioNET is impacting millions of people throughout Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania, by providing innovative technology solutions, products and training. Through a long history of partnership with other organizations like the State Library of Ohio, OhioLINK, OPLIN, INFOhio, OEMLA, ALAO, the Ohio Library Council and Kent State University's iSchool, opportunities are explored for pooling resources, sharing skills and creating collaborations to help all libraries become indispensable resources for their communities.

OhioNET is a member-funded, 501(c)(3) corporation governed by a 12-person Board of Directors. These individuals, professional librarians from member institutions, are elected at-large by the membership and serve three-year terms.

As a membership organization, OhioNET provides value to libraries and information centers through innovative technology solutions, programs, products, training and consulting. OhioNET responds to member needs with experience, knowledge and creativity to support effective resource management. To learn more:

Application information:
While confidential review of applications will begin immediately and are welcomed until the position is filled, interested parties are encouraged to apply by July 16, 2018.

Applications should include a resume or CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in and suitability for this position.

For nominations or further information:
Stephanie Fowler,  Senior Consultant Summit Search Solutions, Inc. Direct: (530) 677-9945

OhioNET provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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