Director of Education

Lexington, Kentucky
$56,794.90 - $92,355.35, dependent on experience and education. Excellent benefits.
Feb 22, 2021
Job Type


The Director of Education provides leadership and oversight of all aspects of educational, arts, and workforce development programs, services, and spaces. This position ensures diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of those programs, services, and spaces and works collaboratively as a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  This position has responsibility for administrative and professional work of considerable difficulty. Duties may also include responsibility for other assigned initiatives.

As a member of the Executive Director’s senior team, this position plays a key role in developing and carrying out the Library’s comprehensive vision and strategies and works closely with all library divisions to carry them forward and ensure that organizational effectiveness is maximized.


Work is performed under the administrative direction of the Executive Director with considerable latitude for professional discretion and judgment.


Provides direct supervision of the Community Services Manager and Community Relations Manager and by extension their departments.


LPL Strategic Plan, LPL Long Range Facilities Plan, LPL Policies and Procedures, Executive Director’s Strategic Priorities and instructions, and professional library procedures.


Wide range of LPL staff and Boards, community groups, governmental agencies, schools, donors, businesses, and media.


  • Provides leadership, management, and guidance for system-wide educational programming, services, spaces, and initiatives (including early childhood and kindergarten readiness, school age and teen, learning disabilities and accessibility, arts and enrichment, adult education and workforce development, and assistive technology).
  • Directs research and special studies to assess community educational needs and design equitable and optimal service delivery methods. Coordinates change management, project management, and evaluation for educational services that will address current and future needs.
  • Engages and partners with organizations and businesses to expand the Library’s ability to serve the community.  Ideally such associations should enable richer services, faster or more efficient allocation of resources, and/or avenues to underserved populations.
  • Works closely with the Director of Development to identify and build public and private support and identify and report on metrics.
  • Represents the Library at various conferences and public meetings, explaining Library programs and resources. 
  • Assists in the development of the annual budget in coordination with senior team to support the strategic goals of the organization. Oversees the budget areas within Education Department.
  • Participates in library facilities planning and development.
  • Maintains an awareness of developments in the library, education, and administrative professions.
  • Selects, supervises, trains, evaluates and coaches/counsels Education Department staff.
  • Ensures compliance with professional and legal standards for public library utilization.
  • Attends and participates at a high level LPL Board meetings and Board committee meetings, appropriate public meetings and participates at a high level.
  • Works closely with the Director of Access and Strategic Initiatives to develop services and collections in support of the Library’s strategic plan.

Note:  This job description reflects Lexington Public Library’s assignment of essential functions for this particular job; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned at a later date or as may be needed.


  • Excellent leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to develop staff in a collaborative environment.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of educational program design, management, and evaluation, including knowledge of special education, ELL, and assistive technology.
  • Ability to modify and adapt existing programs, services, policies, and processes to meet changing needs and expectations.
  • Demonstrable understanding of data interpretation and trends analysis.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously, being organized and results oriented.
  • Ability to implement strategic plans and priorities and collect and interpret metrics.
  • Demonstrable understanding of LPL mission, vision, and strategic plan and strategic priorities.
  • Knowledge of and experience with project management methods, including budgeting, project coordination, project planning and analysis and communications.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills to inspire excellence with a diverse staff in an ever-changing environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of customer-focused service philosophy.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Library employees, administrators, and Boards as well as with public officials, donors, community partners, and civic leaders.
  • Experience in planning, budgeting, and executing public library programs.
  • Understanding of the changing demographics of Lexington and Fayette County and how those changes impact library services and programs.
  • Ability to exercise discretion, make administrative decisions, supervise, train, evaluate, and coach/counsel professional, paraprofessional, and clerical staff.


Possession of a Master’s Degree in education (i.e., special education, educational administration/leadership, curriculum, assessment, cross-cultural studies, English language learner (ELL), psychology (i.e., school psychology, educational psychology), educational guidance/counseling, child development, social work, public administration, or a closely related field. Five years of experience in any combination of the following in program development or administration, education administration, curriculum development, special education, teaching, or education/training and demonstrated ability of successfully managing concurrent program and service efforts, large-scale planning, coordination and execution of these efforts, measuring and evaluating program input and outcomes; or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience that provides the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities.


  • Must have a valid driver’s license with a safe driving record.
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation.


  • Work requires normal physical attributes required for walking, standing, sitting, operating computer for considerable periods, operating other office equipment, communication equipment, lifting, moving, carrying light equipment, supplies, etc.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Many activities require travel through the Lexington, Fayette County community and require incumbent to have or arrange for own transportation.
  • Most of the time, work involves only exposure to normal, everyday risks encountered in an administrative office environment.  Work is subject to changing requirements.  It includes responding to demands from customers.
  • Work is subject to deadlines and inherent in designing and delivering library services to meet the needs of many diverse groups.


Annual Salary Range: $56,749.90 - $92,355.35 (starting salary will depend upon experience and education)


Monday through Friday 8:30a - 5:00p (exact hours are flexible) and evenings and weekends as required for events and activities.

Applicants must be available for this primary work schedule and help fill in schedule gaps occasionally.


Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Section 125 & Flexible Spending Account, Deferred Compensation Plans, Short-term & Long-Term Disability, Employee Assistance Program, Vacation, Sick, Holiday, Personal Days.

Full Time employees are also required to participate and contribute to the Kentucky Retirement System.

Applications for this position will be accepted until 5pm, Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Applications must be completed online at

If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact the Human Resources Office at (859)231-5550.

Lexington Public Library is an equal opportunity employer.

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