Executive Director - Slover Library
City of Norfolk, VA - Norfolk, VA

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The City of Norfolk and the Norfolk Public Library are seeking a forward thinking and innovative Executive Director to lead the new Colonel Samuel L. Slover Main Library.

The Executive Director will act as a liaison between the City and the Slover Library Foundation to assess, evaluate, and plan for effective delivery of library services. Develops and manages strategic plans providing for a structured system for fundraising, donor accounts and solicitations and related technological programs. Integrates these programs with the goals and mission of library public service delivery. Works with various City agencies and community groups.

Scheduled to open December 2014, the 108,000 square foot Slover Main Library will connect to the interim Norfolk Main Library, the Seaboard building, by a glass atrium. The new facility will provide approximately 70,000 additional square feet of space for meeting rooms and a technology center and will be a LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) 'green building', one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the world.

This is position is unclassified and serves as the will of the City Manager. City of Norfolk residency is required within six (6) months of hire.

Essential Functions:

Essential functions include:
  • Manages the effective delivery of library services by developing goals and objectives, developing and ensuring performance of staff, develops policy; identifies and evaluates contemporary trends and recommends ongoing opportunities for improvement to the City Manager and Foundation; coordinates facility maintenance with the Norfolk Public Library System and the Department of General Services.
  • Oversees the implementation of planning and processing tools by analyzing trends and issues using performance measures, engaging staff and the community in planning discussions, designing and promoting capital and operational budgets, acting as a liaison with the Foundation, outside agencies, citizen leaders, groups and trustees; serves as an Executive team member.
  • Prepares the membership plan; establishes partnerships with businesses, other organizations, and the public; networks to locate potential donors or investors by attending meetings of various business, civic, and professional groups, trade shows, and continuing education seminars; stays abreast of the history of potential donors, including net worth, patterns of investment and amounts invested; uses the internet and social media.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert and point of contact for donors; stays informed on the progress of operations or activities in which donors have contributed or invested; provides relevant information to donors and the Foundation concerning the use of money; coordinates record keeping with applicable City and Foundation financial organizations.
  • Prepares proposals to obtain grants or to secure endowments; prepares and recommends the budget for the fundraising area; prepares and delivers presentations to Foundation members, potential donors, and key stakeholders.


Work requires specialized knowledge in a professional or technical field which is generally acquired through a Masters degree in Library Science (from an ALA accredited university), MBA, MPA or related degree and equivalent course work/experience related to fundraising.

Seven (7) years of related experience, including proven track record of revenue generation and prior experience with direct mail campaigns, endowments, or other donor/investor campaigns.

Additional Information & Requirements:

Valid driver’s license; ability to travel outside the local area, as needed.