Director of Ramsey County Libraries (Unclassified)
Full-Time Director of Ramsey County Libraries (Unclassified) at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Library
Pay Type: Salary
Compensation: $118,809.60 - $176,300.80
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function

Provide the overall vision, long-range strategic planning, leadership and direction for the Library Department; support the Library Advisory Board; forge and maintain partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders. This position reports directly to a Deputy County Manager and is part of the Economic Growth and Community Investment (EGCI) Service Team.


An ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of leadership, management, administration and leadership with specific knowledge in the delivery of library services.
  • Knowledge and experience in creating a diverse, successful workforce in a large organization and respect for the diversity of residents and county employees. 
  • Skill in promoting innovative, forward thinking ideas.
  • Skill in fostering a welcoming culture that engages the broad diversity of the community.  
  • Skill in fostering a participatory work environment in which individuals collaborate in pursuit of a common mission and shared goals.  
  • Skill in written and verbal communication and the ability to make presentations before the public, staff and various boards.
  • Ability and skill in visioning, strategic planning, proactive community engagement and project implementation.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan, organize, coordinate and manage the personnel and programs of a large and diversified organization.  
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage and motivate staff and develop positive labor management relations.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, prepare and manage a comprehensive department budget including revenue forecasting.
  • Ability to develop and identify creative solutions and opportunities to increase available resources.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and situations and develop and implement effective solutions.

Flexible Workplace
This position is identified under the designation of ‘flex work eligible’, meaning that the employee can formally opt to be in-office full-time or work a flex schedule in which at least two-days per week are performed in office and other days can be performed in a remote-first environment. Regardless of selection, the position carries expectations regarding on-site responsibilities and will require schedule flexibility beyond the minimum expectations set forth in the county’s flexible workplace policy. To view Ramsey County’s Flexible Workplace policy, go to: Flexible Workplace policy (Download PDF reader).

If an internal candidate is selected, salary will be set in accordance with the personnel rules (i.e., promotion, transfer, or voluntary reduction).

To view or print a copy of the complete Ramsey County job (class) description for this position, go to: Job Descriptions. Once at this page, you can browse the alphabetical list or search for a job description.

Exam/Screening Process Information

This is an unclassified, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official.   This position requires an open screening and selection process.  There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will, position.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration.  Please read below for further instructions.
Definition of Unclassified from the Ramsey County Personnel Act:
Subdivision 1. General. "The appointing authority may discharge employees in the unclassified service with or without cause. Employees in the unclassified service have no right to a grievance appeal from discharge or other disciplinary action under sections 383A.281 to 383A.301. An employee in an unclassified position shall not have tenure but shall be entitled to all benefits associated with tenure such as vacation leave, sick leave, health insurance, and other benefits as determined by the county board."
***Interested candidates should apply by completing the online application and attaching a resume and cover letter detailing their experience including the size of the organization(s) and scope of responsibilities. The cover letter should include any experience in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace or community.***
Criminal Background Checks:  All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
 E-Verify Participation:  Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
Equal Opportunity Employer:  Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs, and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, familial or marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance status, place of residence, political affiliation, or national origin. Ramsey County is deeply committed to advancing racial equity and promoting diversity and inclusion within all areas of our workforce.
To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader). You will need to print this posting and answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them with your completed paper application.
For questions regarding this posting, please contact Brittany Diamond at   


Examples of Work Performed

  1. Promote a diverse, culturally competent and respectful workplace.
  2. Administer and direct the delivery of department services, ensuring high quality, culturally diverse and respectful services that provide equitable outcomes and that meet the needs of the county’s  residents. 
  3. Direct the development of strategic goals, objectives and long-range planning for library programs and operations. Establish measurable program outcomes and oversee the development of continuous improvement and quality assurance measures.
  4. Direct and manage personnel operations in the department including hiring, supervision of staff and performance management in consultation with the Human Resources Department.
  5. Direct the development and management of the department's operating budget including managing the submission and presentation of the budget to the County Board for approval. 
  6.  Supervise the preparation of requests for County Board action, and attend, as the Department’s representative, weekly meetings of the County Board and its subcommittees to provide information and explain department proposals. 
  7. Lead interdepartmental efforts and proactively engage in countywide initiatives as a member of the EGCI Service Team to improve county service integration, promote efficient, effective and collaborative service delivery and meet the strategic goals and objectives of the county. 
  8. Develop department goals and strategies that align with countywide strategic priorities to include advancing racial equity and inclusive services and initiatives.  
  9. Participate in the countywide Senior Management Team and perform related duties as assigned. 
  10. Direct, manage and oversee the selection of contractors, the negotiation and execution of contracts and agreements with vendors, and the monitoring of contracted services performance to ensure the delivery of effective services in compliance with applicable laws, rules, regulations and policies.
  11. Represent the county before the news media, elected officials, state and federal officials, local government officials, and the community to present the county position on pending changes in laws, rules or regulations, to explain county policies and procedures and to negotiate satisfactory problem resolution.


(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this work and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position’s management approved work schedule is required.)


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, Business Administration, Public Administration or a related field.


Experience: Six years of progressively responsible experience in library services, or related experience in management or administration with at least two years of supervisory experience.


Substitution:  Any equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute.



Ramsey County

Contact: Brittany Diamond
All Suburban Ramsey County Library Locations
Ramsey, Minnesota
Transit: On bus line