Strategic Leadership: The ED promotes and incorporates strategic thinking to bring the organization’s mission and vision to life in the form of concrete initiatives. The ED has a firm grasp of local, state, regional and national trends in library funding and library foundations. The ED executes the goals of the BLF and implements systems and procedures that capture and track key indicators of performance. The ED also recommends to the board of directors any changes or enhancements regarding resource allocation, organizational structure and HR policies.
Organizational Management: The ED is responsible for day-to-day management of the BLF. ED responsibilities include: staff management, hiring and performance reviews, contract administration, and overseeing board of director meetings and board relations. The ED also serves as a professional role model for staff and is committed to their professional development by fostering growth, learning, and experimentation.
Development: Working closely with the Board of Directors and staff, the ED takes an active leadership role in identifying, cultivating and securing major donors; applying for and obtaining significant grants; and cultivating and engaging sponsors for events. Development will constitute a significant portion of the ED’s job responsibilities and encompass duties often associated with a development director since BLF does not currently have a dedicated development director.
Financial Management: Working closely with the Executive Committee, the Treasurer, and the Finance Committee, the ED establishes and maintains strong accounting and financial management protocols and procedures. The ED will provide the Board with regular financial analysis, cash flow, and P&L reports. In consultation with the Board of Directors and the Finance Committee, the ED hires the auditor, oversees audits, and implements auditor recommendations for improving financial controls and management practices.
Community Engagement: The ED develops and maintains collaborative relationships and communications with the library director and library staff, governmental, civic, business, academic, and cultural leaders and organizations in the Boulder area in particular, but also in metropolitan Denver. The ED seeks to grow and expand BLF’s role in the community, enhancing support for its programs and funding initiatives, and achievement of near-term and long-term objectives.
Advocacy: The ED actively advocates for BLF and BPL, and also more generally for sustainable library funding., Coordinating with appropriate community groups and individuals seeking to further that goal and augmenting their activities through collaborative efforts with BLF will also be critical.
Governance: The ED should have a comprehensive understanding of, and experience with, legal and regulatory issues relevant to nonprofit enterprises. The ED will be responsible for identifying and guarding against risks to BLF, preventing liabilities and assuring compliance with BLF’s bylaws. The ED is responsible for the regular submission of corporate, tax, and other required filings and licenses.