Defiance Public Library System

Director Search

Congratulations to Cara Potter on her appointment as the new Director of the Defiance Public Library System!

Defiance Public Library System seeks a dedicated and creative leader to serve as Library Director. The library serves more than 39,000 residents of Defiance County through four library locations.

The City of Defiance is the county seat of Defiance County and is located in Northwest Ohio, about 45 miles northeast of Fort Wayne, Indiana and 55 miles southwest of Toledo, Ohio. With a wide variety of cultural activities, recreational opportunities and scenic vistas, the Defiance area is a great place to work and live!

About the Opportunity:

The successful candidate will be a leader with an approachable, honest, confident and respectful style. This individual should be visionary with an awareness of both traditional and emerging trends in how libraries serve their communities.

The Director will be an advocate for the library and enthusiastically participate in community events and organizations. As a consensus builder, the Director will understand that the Board of Trustees, library staff and community members all have roles in making their library both relevant and irreplaceable.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • Superior leadership, administrative and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to continue moving the library forward to best serve the needs of the community
  • Intellectual curiosity and openness to new ideas, coupled with good business sense
  • Experience in a high-level public library leadership role with financial responsibilities
  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and three professional references using the contact information below. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files and “Defiance” in the subject line of your email.

Interviews will be ongoing. Please don't wait to apply.

Salary $75,000/year or higher, negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits.

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search for Libraries
p: 847-955-0541

Photos courtesy of Defiance Public Library System

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