Salt Lake City Public Library seeks an energetic, community-engaging leader and outstanding motivator to be the next Executive Director.

Salt Lake City is a growing, vibrant, and diverse community. The area is home to over two million residents and will grow by 60% in the next 30 years. The city has a rich cultural climate and is surrounded by countless recreational activities, making it a top tourist destination and fantastic place to call home. Salt Lake City enjoys pleasant, temperate weather year-round, free of humidity and temperature extremes. Whatever your taste, whatever your style, whatever your season, whatever your passion, whatever your idea of fun, Salt Lake City is the city where you will find your niche.


The Library Board of Directors seeks candidates that are willing to make a long-term commitment to Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City Public Library with the following attributes to fill the role of Executive Director:


Strategic Thinker

Skilled in strategic plan development, implementation, and measurement.
Using a variety of information sources, makes sound decisions under pressure that advance the Library's mission.
Strong knowledge of current trends and best practices in libraries.


Effective Communicator

Serves as an effective spokesperson for the Library with a variety of stakeholders, including governmental leaders and organizations, community partners, and the public.
Effectively communicates the vision and mission of the Library to a broad range of audiences.
Communicates authentically, openly, and clearly with staff and all stakeholders.


Relationship Builder

Builds positive relationships with staff and all stakeholders based on honesty, integrity, and reliability.
Able to work effectively with school districts, locally elected officials, community groups, and other Library administrators.
Actively builds relationships through participation in professional organizations and community groups.



Proven track record of identifying potential future industry directions and developing strategies to embrace them, including alternative service delivery initiatives for the non-traditional library user.
Encourages Library employees to take innovative approaches to their daily work.
Proven record in managing change.
Good knowledge of emerging technologies.
Can resolve complex problems while ensuring all stakeholders are on board with the solution.



Maximizes the effective use of Library resources through active collaboration with local government, community groups, and other libraries.
Encourages a culture of collaboration among employees.
Ability to build consensus and to negotiate effectively.



Skillful in motivating employees to take on challenges.
Is open to ideas from employees that improve Library services and operations.
Mentors and encourages the professional development of employees.
Has knowledge of process or program evaluation, including measures of program performance.
Proven track record of process and program evaluation, including the development of outcome measures.
Makes decisions that are well thought out and factually based.
Has background in budget development and financial management.
Pushes decision making to the lowest appropriate level while ensuring that executive level decisions are made at the executive level.
Strong ability to address and resolve conflict.
Knowledge of human resource management including supervision, training, and staff utilization.
Knowledge of legal and political issues affecting public libraries.


This is an Executive Leadership position as Library Administrator of an urban library system comprised of a Main Library and seven community branches. The position is appointed by the Salt Lake City Public Library Board of Directors, an independent policy making body that is responsible for the planning, implementation, oversight, and evaluation of all library services and programs. The position is responsible for financial management, identifying and implementing operational efficiencies, and evaluating library programs and processes. Responsibilities also include maintaining productive intergovernmental and community relations, strategic planning, promoting team-building, creating positive employee relations, planning and budgeting for all operational needs, and implementation of appropriate technologies in a public library environment.


Executive level management experience with five years progressively responsible positions in the public sector, preferably in an urban environment.
Master's degree in library science, public administration, business administration, human resource management, or related field.

Library management experience or library policy experience.

Main Library, Urban Room

The Salt Lake City Public Library System consists of a Main Library and seven branches, serving over 190,000 people. Almost four million people visit the system annually, making it the second-largest attraction in the state of Utah. The Main Library opened in 2003 with much praise for its ground-breaking architecture. The building embodies the idea that a library is more than a repository of books and computers—it reflects and engages the city's imagination and aspirations. The six-story curving, walkable wall embraces the public plaza with local shops and services at ground level. The building offers a 300-seat auditorium and meeting rooms for community use. A rooftop garden offers a 360-degree view of the Salt Lake valley. Special spaces inside the Library have been designed for use as a teen library, children's library, Technology Center, and art gallery.



Marmalade Branch

Each of The City Library's seven branch libraries serve their communities with special features, services, and collections tailored to the neighborhood. Anderson-Foothill Branch's outdoor amphitheater and large meeting room space are ideal for community gatherings. Sprague Branch, in the heart of Sugarhouse, has formed strong partnerships with local businesses. Sweet Branch's family-friendly design is a comfortable venue for lifelong learning. Chapman Branch in Poplar Grove is a striking Carnegie Library and features a playful children's room. Day-Riverside Branch's grounds are home to a community eco-garden that teaches sustainable food production. The Glendale Branch reflects the diversity of the Glendale neighborhood, offering easy accessibility to area students. The branch is located just one block from two schools and a community center. The Library's newest branch, the Marmalade Branch, serves as a gateway to the city from the north and acts as an anchor for a thriving and growing community in this part of the city.


Our Services

Rooftop Yoga

The City Library's collection represents more than 80 languages and includes materials covering nearly every interest in our community. Beyond books, periodicals, and audiovisual items, The City Library provides access to more than 40 online databases.

In addition to traditional library services, The City Library provides an array of programs both in and outside of the Library that teach and inspire people of all ages. Employees from the Main Library's Technology Center teach basic computer skills at community and senior citizen centers, as well as staffing a Creative Lab that offers equipment and software to create and edit digital media projects and produce 3D prints.

The City Library is able to bring high quality, high impact programs and events to our community with the help of countless partner organizations and community experts. Civic leaders host town-hall style discussions of pertinent community issues. People learn about various religious celebrations and cultural tolerance. Films are screened weekly with the help of the Utah Film Center, various science and discovery activities are presented in partnership with the Natural History Museum of Utah, weekly art workshops for children are put on by CUAC, a local contemporary art organization, and much, much more.

By the Numbers
Annual Circulation: 3,288,164
Collection Size: 825,704
Annual Number of Programs: 2,767
Full-Time Equivalent Staff: 191.5


Our Staff

Walking a patron through the benefits and features of their new Library Card

The City Library staff is made up of over 300 employees who are committed to serving Salt Lake City, including a full-time equivalent of over 190 employees and 40 librarians, as well as 100 volunteers to supplement staff work.

Every year, our team partners with hundreds of community organizations to provide programs at Library locations and around the city, and find new opportunities to connect the Library with events happening around Salt Lake City. The Library has a team of Service Coordinators who are dedicated exclusively to programming and partnerships. The City Library is also represented at dozens of community festivals, fairs, and outreaches, with enthusiastic staff who are excited to promote the Library's services.

Serving a diverse and vibrant community requires a diverse staff. Our team represents a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. Our employees are prepared to offer library services in over 20 languages.



Chapman Branch

The Salt Lake City Public Library System is governed by a nine-member volunteer Board of Directors. The Salt Lake City Mayor recommends potential board members to the City Council for their approval. The City Library's primary source of income is from a property tax levy specifically for the Library. While the City Council approves the Library's annual budget, the Board of Directors acts autonomously on matters of Library policy.

Downtown Salt Lake City


Sports, Recreation, and Attractions

Year-round fun is never hard to find in Salt Lake City. Ski or snowboard the Greatest Snow on Earth at one of 12 world-class resorts all within 30 minutes of the Salt Lake City International Airport. Go for an afternoon jog up City Creek Canyon, next to the State Capitol near downtown Salt Lake City, or take a day hike up Mount Timpanogos to see an alpine lake, waterfalls, and fields of wildflowers only 45 minutes from downtown.

Devil's Garden, Arches National Park

In Salt Lake City's backyard, you will find 43 spectacular state parks, five breathtaking national parks, and six national forests. Explore over 2,000 natural arches in Arches National Park. Mountain biking in Moab, river rafting in the Yampa River, flyfishing in the Provo River—from the day enthusiast to the hard-core extremist, there is something for everyone.

If professional sports are what you're into, you won't be disappointed. Salt Lake City is home to the Utah Jazz (NBA), the Salt Lake Bees (Triple A Minor League Baseball), Real Salt Lake (MLS), and Utah Grizzlies (East Coast Hockey League).



Utah Pride Festival

Salt Lake City celebrates varied cultures, lifestyles, and religions. Our Hispanic population accounts for approximately 22% of residents, while the Asian population makes up approximately 4.5% and the Pacific Islander population, mainly comprised of Samoans and Tongans, represent roughly 2% of the population of Salt Lake.

Events and festivals that highlight the many groups that are part of the "Crossroads of the West." Throughout the year, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a long list of multi-cultural and multi-ethnic events, from Pioneer Days, which features one of the largest and oldest parades in the nation, to the Salt Lake Greek Festival, various Cinco de Mayo and Pacific Island celebrations, and many others. Every year, tens of thousands of people come together to celebrate their diverse lifestyles at the annual three-day Utah Pride Festival, one of the largest Pride Festivals in the West.

Languages in Salt Lake City
26.4% of Salt Lake City residents speak a language other than English at home:
19.6% Spanish
4% Indo-European languages
2.3% Asian/Pacific Island languages


Entertainment and Culture

South Temple Street

You will find a broad variety of cultural experiences, from theatre and opera to modern dance and indie rock. Year round, residents and visitors enjoy a variety of festivals celebrating music, film, literature and every type of expression in the visual arts. Salt Lake City offers a rich cultural experience, with a solid foundation of established arts organizations such as Utah Symphony | Utah Opera, Ballet West, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre, and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Salt Lake City is home to a number of professional cultural facilities, including Abravanel Hall, Capitol Theater, Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, and the brand new Eccles Theatre. Salt Lake City is also a film buff's paradise as host to the Sundance Film Festival, Utah Film Center, Salt Lake Film Society, Spyhop Productions, and more.

In the summer months, enjoy outdoor festivals that celebrate music, culture and community, including the Twilight Concert Series, Red Butte Garden Concerts, Brown Bag Concert Series, the Utah Arts Festival, Craft Lake City, and the Living Traditions Festival.

Utah is also home to a strong local food scene with diverse, award-winning restaurants, more than 20 local breweries, and a community that values sustainable agriculture with a prominent Downtown Farmer's Market and numerous community gardens.