It has been our privilege to work with several public libraries in Ohio, and this month’s success story is about our latest collaboration with the professional association for Ohio’s libraries.
The Ohio Library Council is the forum in which Ohio’s public library community is strengthened through advocacy, education, collaboration, and innovation.
The membership of the OLC is composed of public library systems, library trustees, Friends of the Library groups, library staff members, other library institutions, and library-related commercial vendors.
Earlier this year, OA was contacted by the OLC board of directors to assist with the search for their new Executive Director upon the retirement of the Executive Director who has led the organization for the past seventeen years.
Our project partner was Selection Committee Chair Nicholas Tepe of the Athens County Public Libraries. He said:
We were aware of Organizational Architecture because of the work they had performed for other public libraries, particularly their recruitment projects. Upon the retirement of our Executive Director, we began the process of assessing partners that understood both public libraries and not-for-profit organizations.
We selected OA and the project team of Mark Fiala and Ryan Sheehan to work with us based upon their experience and understanding of the needs of Ohio’s libraries.
We had to ensure that we had our new Executive Director in place by the time our current Executive Director retired. The OA team was quick to start the process of defining the role and expectations, developing a candidate sourcing strategy, and providing guidance on an appropriate compensation package using valid and reliable benchmark compensation data.
OA provided a slate of highly qualified candidates that were exactly what we were looking for and facilitated the screening and selection process for us. Ultimately their work helped us select our new Executive Director. We could not have been more pleased with their help and guidance on this project, the quality of the candidates, and the timeliness of their work.
We’re excited for the opportunity to present at the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System’s upcoming Fiscal Officers and Human Resources Network Meeting. We’ve been asked to discuss Human Capital Management and have a great program that will be interactive, informative, and fun.
The Northeast Ohio Regional Library System [NEO-RLS] is a partially state-funded membership organization that provides continuing education, professional development, emerging technology support, group purchasing and many other benefits and services to all of the academic, school, special and public libraries in 22 counties of Ohio.
The session will be held on Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10.00a at the Westlake Porter Public Library.
OA was privileged to present its workshop Employee Compensation Basics at the Northern Ohio Chapter of IPMA-HR Spring Conference.
The International Public Management Association for Human Resources [IPMA-HR] is the leading public sector human resource organization in the world. Their mission is to enhance public sector performance by providing human resource leadership, advocacy, professional development, and a community of HR professionals for the sharing of resources and ideas.
The conference was held at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Branch on May 15, 2019.
This annual conference brings together public sector Human Resources professionals to learn current trends and best practices in an environment that fosters collaboration and networking.
We appreciate the opportunity to be part of the program and to be a sponsor. We are looking forward to next year’s conference.
Are you a Human Resources consultant or contractor?
Are you interested in consulting or contracting engagements?
Organizational Architecture is always looking for talent to assist with consulting engagements or working as onsite HR contractors for our clients.
Our clients have needs for
- Part time HR generalists
- Are analytical, detail-oriented, effective at solving problems, and finding solutions
- Are effective working autonomously
- Possess an understanding current tools and technology and can use them effectively
- Have above average skills using MS Excel
- Have at least 10 years of experience with HR disciplines such as Employee Relations, Compensation, Benefits, Training/Development, Recruitment, Organizational Design, HRIS, or employment law
…we’d love to connect!…please send your current resume or practice summary to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can learn more about your project work and experience.
It’s our TWELFTH anniversary today! We couldn’t have done it without the help of some great people in our corner!
Thank you Amanda, Alex, Heather, Cody, Melissa, Ryan, and all the others who have been a part of our success over the years. And of course, thank you to all of our great CLIENTS…you’re the best! ~Mark
Just a quick note to let you know that Ohio’s Minor Labor Laws poster has been updated.
These postings should be displayed in a conspicuous place in the workplace for all employees to see, such as a break room, copy room, or other common areas for employees. If your organization has multiple facilities in Ohio, postings must be displayed in each facility. For employees that work remotely from an office location, these policies and regulations should be sent to the employees, provided in hard copy form, or provided electronically for these employees to access as well.
You can download your own copy here.
Your payroll company may provide posters as part of their service at little or no cost. Check with them to see if they can provide these to you.
There are paid services you can use that provide these posters. An internet search should be able to turn up a number of options…just be aware that while it may be more convenient to pay a service to provide these posters, especially if you operate in multiple jurisdictions, you can always find them for free at the local, state, and federal agencies.
This month’s success story features our work with Stark County District Library. We were pleased to have the opportunity to work with another public library after successful projects with Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library.
Seeking better ways to structure the Library for the benefit of the patrons and define jobs and career paths better for the employees, the Library contacted OA to help revise job descriptions and then provide insight into how competitive their base compensation is.
Shanna Springer, Senior Director of Operations and HR:
Based on work they had done in the past for other public libraries, it was actually our bargaining unit leadership that recommended OA as a partner for this project.
We needed help with a revision and update to our job descriptions to help us convey expectations better and provide clearer career paths for our staff. We were also considering alternative organizational structures to support this and to be more effective serving the community.
OA worked with our management and staff to understand jobs and provided us with tools to document jobs in a more consistent fashion. With this information they were able to provide us with information on how our jobs compare to the market and strategies to help us stay competitive.
Additionally, they provided insight into current compensation trends and strategies for implementing better approaches to attract, retain, and motivate our staff. The OA team was helpful in assisting with consensus-building with our leadership team so that we could implement the program we needed to reach our goals.
This information also helped us with own work to define career paths and organizational structures that fit the needs of our staff and patrons. Like most libraries we are working hard to make sure we provide needed services that the community needs now. OA was a great partner on this project and really helped us serve our community better.
Public libraries and public sector employers are one of our specialties. Whether you are a municipality, agency, or public library system, we can help with your HR programs, including compensation benchmarking and pay structures.
Public libraries have unique challenges. Public sector employment rules and collective bargaining make your job as Executive Director or HR leader all the more challenging.
Our public library and public sector expertise incorporates data from the American Library Association, regional public library and public employer organizations, and more than TEN YEARS of HR consulting experience with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations.
Whether you are a small public library or one of the largest in Ohio, Organizational Architecture is your partner for helping you meet your Human Resources challenges.
Our public library clients include:
- Cleveland Public Library
- Cuyahoga County Public Library
- Stark County District Library
- Westerville Public Library
Find out how we helped them here.
Our public sector commitment is reflected in the certifications we have earned to do public sector work:
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Owned Small Business
- State of Ohio Veteran Business Enterprise
- Cuyahoga County Small Business Enterprise
- City of Cleveland Small Business Enterprise
- Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District Small Business Enterprise