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Winfield Public Library Director

Winfield Public Library, located in south central Kansas, seeks an innovative, energetic and collaborative individual to serve as its next Library Director.  The Library has a service area of more than 12,000 people in Winfield and surrounding area. The Library is a place where all are made welcome.

The Library Director carries out the mission of the Library under the general direction of the Library Board of Trustees, providing strategic leadership in planning, organizing and directing services and activities to meet community needs.  Click here for a full WPL Director Job Description. 

About the Library

The Winfield Public Library, with a yearly budget exceeding $600,000, was newly renovated in 2016, is well trafficked with patronage counts averaging 250 daily visits and well supported by the community in its role as the community learning hub.  Library staff actively seeks and participates in various community collaborations, coalitions and initiatives.  The library has a long tradition of fostering partnerships with local nonprofits, businesses, the school district, college and other learning institutions, healthcare, fine arts, government and area service organizations.  WPL is a member of the South Central Kansas Library System (www.sckls.info). The Library was a recent recipient of the “Chamber Champion” award and has an impressive history of providing unique learning opportunities by securing and hosting national and statewide traveling exhibits. Through its resources of community, facility, staff and partnerships, the Winfield Public Library demonstrates it is “the little library that can”.

About the Community

Located within an hour’s drive of Wichita, KS, Winfield, pop. 12,000, is a progressive-conservative, multicultural, vibrant and active community well known for its opportunities, community events, beautiful parks and small town living. Comforts and advantages include accessible schools, recreation opportunities, concerts in the park, fine arts, unique and friendly businesses, local coffee shop, dog park, farmer’s market, public pool and a safe and friendly atmosphere. Winfield is home to Southwestern College, William Newton Memorial Hospital, the annual Walnut Valley Festival (of international bluegrass music fame), the annual Isle of Lights (a community-driven, destination-worthy Christmas lighting display), the Cowley County Fairgrounds and the Broadway Sports Complex. Located on the northeastern side of the community on the campus known as Baden Square (formally St. John’s College), the Library neighbors the Winfield Arts and Humanities, Winfield Recreation Center, Winfield Community Theater and residential housing apartment complexes.

Candidate Expectations:

The preferred candidate will hold a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited university, have three years of professional public library experience, supervisory and budgetary experience, a current knowledge of technology including Integrated Library Systems, electronic information technology, data management and their uses in libraries.  

Compensation:

Salary range for the position is $60,000-$86,000 with a benefit package that includes Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, sick leave, health insurance and vacation leave. Pay will be determined by education and experience. This is a regular full-time salaried position, exempt for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Application Information:

The Winfield Public Library Director recruitment is open until Friday, June 3, 2022. The Winfield Public Library values diversity in the workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Applicants who are finalists must successfully complete health and physical screenings including drug and alcohol screening, a background check, a credit check and must have or be able to obtain a Kansas Driver’s License.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to winfieldlibrary@gmail.com .