A change in executive leadership is inevitable for all organizations and can be a very challenging time. Therefore, it is the policy of Worthington Libraries to be prepared for eventual changes in leadership either planned or unplanned to insure the stability and accountability of the Library. The Board of Trustees (Board) shall be responsible for implementing this policy and its related procedures.
It is also the policy of the Board to assess continually the leadership needs of the Library. This analysis will be useful in a succession process to help insure the selection of a qualified and capable leader who is representative of the community, a good fit for the library's mission, vision, values, goals and objectives, and who has the necessary skills for the Library. The Board's goal will be to conduct this assessment and search for a new Director in time to have the new Director in place as the former Director leaves. However, to insure the library's operations are not interrupted while the Board assesses the leadership needs and recruits a Director, the Board may appoint a staff member or consultant to assume the responsibilities of Director, if necessary, as described below. This person shall ensure that the Library continues to operate without disruption, that policies are implemented, and that all commitments previously made are adequately and effectively executed. A person selected as interim director should accept the position knowing that he/she may not be considered for appointment as director.
It is also the policy of Worthington Libraries to develop a diverse pool of candidates and to conduct a thorough review of at least three professional candidates. Worthington Libraries shall implement a national external recruitment process, while at the same time encouraging the professional development and advancement of current employees. Interested internal candidates will be encouraged to submit their qualifications for review and consideration according to guidelines established for the search and recruitment process.
In the temporary absence of the Director (i.e., illness or leave of absence), the Deputy Director shall perform the duties of Director. In the event the incumbent Director is no longer able to serve in this position (i.e., leaves the position suddenly and permanently), the Board shall do the following:
The Board should use similar policies and procedures in case of an executive transition that simultaneously involves the Director and other key management. In such instance, the Board may also consider temporarily subcontracting some of the organizational functions to a trained consultant or other organizations.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees 11-20-07, effective 11-21-07