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COSLA : Executive Director



Job Title:                   COSLA Executive Director

Level:                         Director                                                                                          

Department:              Client Services

Reports to:                 Executive Vice President

FLSA Status:             Exempt                                                                                   

The Executive Director is responsible for the following: provides strategic leadership guided by the organizational plan for COSLA; implements policies set by the Board of Directors as well as annual goals and objectives including financial, program, and fund development; represents the organization at conferences, advisory groups, working groups, partner meetings, and in discussions with policymakers; provides the leadership and direction necessary to sustain the viability and influence of COSLA and that strengthen AMR.

Major Responsibilities

  • Assists the Board in fulfilling its responsibility in leading the association; to implement policies established by the Board; develops strategies and programs to achieve annual and long-range strategic goals; follows industry trends, assesses member needs, and allocates resources accordingly; informs officers, executive committee members, and/or committee chairs of matters or developments that warrant their attention; and ensures organizational work is organized around and advances the established policies, goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Leads a team of AMR association professionals to ensure that programs, activities, and services needed to fulfill COSLA’s service agreement with AMR (contracts, workplans, expense fees and reimbursements, etc.) are executed promptly and at the highest standard.
  • Serves as the public face of the association by working with COSLA leaders to identify strategic opportunities for the advancement of association goals and/or greater visibility for the association, including speaking engagements and other activities that will positively promote the image and mission of the association.
  • Engages frequently with the COSLA membership to provide information and updates, foster participation and communication, and maximize the value of membership in COSLA.
  • Manages independent contractors on a project basis to ensure effective communication and resource deployment, successful project execution, and evaluation of performance expectations, measures, and results
  • Lead or coordinate projects of national scope that include external partners to accomplish shared goals, as needed.
  • Sustains key partner relationships on behalf of the organization, coordinates with member liaisons to other key partners, and works with the COSLA leadership to identify additional organizations of strategic importance and build alliances with those groups.
  • Tracks national library policy and legislative initiatives and works cooperatively with key partners to advance COSLA priorities as established by the Board.
  • Oversees the association budget to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
  • Working with the Board, creates and implements annual and long-term fund development plans, including identification of corporate sponsors and potential sources of grant funding that share, support and enhance COSLA’s strategic goals.
  • In accordance with AMR procedures and timelines, oversees the development of workplans that advance the goals of COSLA’s strategic plan in the next year of association work for review with AMR leadership.
  • Remains current on the events in the association industry and the marketplace in order to take advantage of short and long-term opportunities that enhance the goals of COSLA.
  • Identifies and recommends services to expand the scope of work for the association and AMR that enhance the goals of COSLA.
  • Participates in AMR staff meetings and activities with other Executive Directors and colleagues to share and leverage expertise on association management for the advancement of COSLA and AMR.
  • Serves as a leader within AMR supporting company initiatives, culture, and policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Energy, innovation, and ability to articulate enthusiastically the value and mission of COSLA, state library agencies, and libraries.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with boards, professional organizations, committees, contractors, and vendors on a national basis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the current landscape of national library funding, policy, trends and services.
  • Ability to cultivate positive and productive relationships with AMR colleagues and members nationwide.
  • Ability to represent COSLA effectively and dynamically to current and potential partners, including federal agencies, and other organizations within and beyond the library field.
  • Experience managing remote programs and staff, liaising with Board members, and expanding and developing the influence of the organization.
  • Ability to guide, direct and manage multiple projects with internal and external partners to achieve project goals on time and within budget.
  • Excellent skills and demonstrated success in fund development, especially corporate sponsorship management and solicitation, and grant writing.
  • Creative, entrepreneurial, highly motivated and well organized with strong written and oral communication and presentation skills, knowledge of business math, and analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including: teamwork, coaching, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • Capable of developing new initiatives from concept through implementation.
  • Demonstrate the core competencies of communication, productivity, quality, responsiveness, and leadership.
  • Willingness to travel regularly (up to 50%).

Training and Experience

  • Masters degree in library science or equivalent work experience.
  • Ten or more years of senior level management experience; director level experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record of helping to build and lead an association or organization, with preference given to organizations in the library field.
  • Past experience and success in working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing Board member relationships.
  • Demonstrated history of professional involvement at state and national levels.

Work Environment and Time Standard:

  • The physical environments are those of remote office environment, actual and potential client venues. Employee may work remotely anywhere within the United States, but must be available to interact with organizations and members during regular business hours.
  • The employee must have a full range of body movements including the use of his/her hands to handle and feel objects such as computer equipment and reports.
  • Air travel and overnight stay will be required.  Travel may be by auto, plane, train and other common forms of transportation.  For this travel, all normal forms of travel hazards will apply.
  • This is an exempt position and often requires more than 40 hours per week to accomplish duties assigned.  In addition, there will be times when night and weekend work will be required.  A director is required to work the number of hours and days necessary to accomplish the assigned tasks.  There is flexibility in the work schedule and leave policy to offset some of the inconvenience. 


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  • 16 June 2021
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