Executive Director- Jackson County Law Library, Inc.

  • 03 Jan 2020 11:02 AM
    Message # 8465178
    Lacy Rakestraw (Administrator)

    The Jackson County Law Library, Inc., (JCLL) serves the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County and subscribing attorney members.  Founded in 1871, JCLL became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and subscription library in 1976.  The library is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of attorneys and judges.

    JCLL provides access to modern and traditional legal research resources, in both print and electronic formats.  Throughout the year, JCLL also provides CLE programming on a variety of topics; many of these programs are free.  The library has an active social media presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter @JacksonCoLawLib.  Visit JCLL online at www.jcll.org.


    Executive Director


    The Executive Director is responsible for the administration of the library and related services to member attorneys and firms and for the judges and all court personnel of the 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County. In addition to the Kansas City location, there is a small branch library in the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse in Independence (MO). The Executive Director works from the main library in Kansas City (MO).


    The Executive Director supervises one part-time librarian and reports to the library’s Board of Directors. In addition to the duties outlined below, the Executive Director often works on special projects as necessary or as requested by the Board of Directors or its committees.

    Library Management

    • long-range planning
    • policy development and implementation
    • hire, supervise, and evaluate professional library staff
    • maintain relations with vendors, library members, and outside agencies and organizations
    • negotiate contracts for all products and services
    • plan and manage library space and facilities
    • provide recommendations to the Board of Directors on fiscal, technical and other matters
    • execute decisions made by Board of Directors
    • prepare and propose an annual budget to the Board of Directors and Court en Banc
    • manage annual membership and membership database
    • prepare monthly reports
    • facilitate board meetings (scheduling, generating reports, assisting committee chairs with reports, and attending meetings to provide answers and clarification for the Board of Directors)
    • assist committees with specific initiatives
    • represent the interests of the library staff before the Board of Directors
    • provide material support to board committees


    • budget development, implementation, and management
    • day-to-day financial operations (accounts receivable and payable)
    • maintain financial records in preparation for annual pension and independent audit
    • payroll
    • prepare checks for treasurer’s signature
    • prepare, audit, and make bank deposits
    • reconcile bank statements
    • maintain general cash and check journal
    • manage signature card for treasurer, president, and executive director
    • annual and quarterly financial report preparation

    Reference, research, and member services

    • provide accurate and customized legal reference and research
    • assist and train patrons on use of research products
    • back-up front desk staff
    • answer phone and email
    • back-up assistance for technical services (processing mail, shelving, and loose-leaf filing)

    Information technology

    • create and manage content for the library’s web site and social media presence
    • manage library’s internal local area network
    • provide general technology support
    • assess technology needs, research options, and purchase solutions
    • work with outside technology consultant to maintain hardware, licensing, and network

    Collection development

    • balance electronic and print acquisition to reduce redundancy, manage cost, and maintain collection integrity
    • serve as a liaison with library members to ensure the collection meets their needs
    • develop and maintain appropriate materials collection within budgetary limits
    • ensure the continuing growth and currency of the resources of the library
    • weed collection as necessary

    Marketing and CLE Programming

    • develop, administer, and present continuing legal education programs to court personnel and member attorneys
    • provide professional consultation to judges, other court personnel, and member attorneys
    • outreach to related legal organizations
    • involvement with and representation on governing board committees and professional associations
    • provide user services, such as training, password management, and reference guides
    • corresponds on behalf of the library with the library membership, other libraries, and the public


    Required:  MLS from an ALA-accredited library school. 

    Preferred:  JD from an ABA-accredited law school, with a minimum of five years of professional experience in a law library with increasing responsibility, including two years of supervisory and management experience.

    In addition, strong organizational, analytical, and communication skills with a comprehensive understanding of library operations and systems, management concepts, and legal research are necessary. Must be experienced in event planning. The Executive Director will foster effective working relationships, integrate current and future technologies, and have excellent analytical, organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. A customer service orientation is essential, and experience with integrated library systems, Westlaw and Lexis, and general computer skills are required.

    To Apply

    Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@jcll.org 

    Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

    Last modified: 21 Jan 2020 10:29 AM | Lacy Rakestraw (Administrator)
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