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Client success story – Ohio Library Council

Client success story – Ohio Library Council

By on Jun 24, 2019 in Blog, Non Profit, Success Stories, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

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. Do you need assistance with a strategy for effective recruitment? Contact us to learn how we can help and check out our blog for more...

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OA to speak at the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System June Meeting

OA to speak at the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System June Meeting

By on Jun 12, 2019 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, HR Consulting, In the News, Presentations and Conferences, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

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. If you need assistance with HR projects and want to learn more about our human resources consulting, contact us and check out our blog for more...

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We partner with Public Library systems in solving their HR challenges

We partner with Public Library systems in solving their HR challenges

By on Apr 19, 2019 in Blog, Compensation Consulting, Government and Public Sector, HR Consulting, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

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 If you need assistance with other HR projects and want to learn more about our human resources consulting, contact us and check out our blog for more...

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Executive Director search for the Ohio Library Council

Executive Director search for the Ohio Library Council

By on Mar 5, 2019 in Blog, Non Profit, Openings, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

We are pleased to assist another organization with their search for an executive leadership position.  Our client the Ohio Library Council is seeking an Executive Director to lead the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s public libraries, their trustees, associates, and staff. The Ohio Library Council is the singular statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s public libraries. 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. The OLC’s mission is to be the forum by which Ohio’s public library community is strengthened through advocacy, education, collaboration, and innovation. The Executive Director serves as the organization’s chief administrator by providing management and oversight for all OLC’s programs and initiatives. S/he acts as the key spokesperson and the face of the organization. As such, the Executive Director is the primary liaison to all internal and external partners/stakeholders, government officials, and the larger community of library-oriented organizations, professionals, and associates. Additionally, as a principle advisor and strategic partner to the Board of Directors, s/he also ensures that strategic action plans are successfully implemented and that outcomes are thoroughly reported. As the top executive officer, the organization’s goals and objectives are, in essence, the charge of the Executive Director. By creative and judicious usage of the OLC’s collective resources and capital s/he will: Advocate the interests of Ohio’s public libraries, with a focused commitment to ensure adequate state funding. Develop high-quality public library administrators, staff members, Trustees, and Friends through unsurpassed education and training. Position the OLC as the collective voice for Ohio’s public libraries and the authoritative source of information on issues impacting Ohio’s public libraries. Sustain an organizational structure that is flexible and responsive to members’ needs, inspires member engagement, and reinforces organizational success. You should bring the following education, experience and qualifications to the role: 10 or more years of relevant career experience [including supervisory experience] is required. Experience as a leader in a small- to medium-size professional association or not-for-profit organization is required. Experience with the principles and practices of association management is required. Experience interacting with donors, grantors, senior level executives, community stakeholders,...

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Client success story – Cleveland Public Library

Client success story – Cleveland Public Library

By on Jan 22, 2019 in Best Practices, Blog, Government and Public Sector, Success Stories, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

It has been our privilege to work with several public libraries, and this month’s success story is about our latest collaboration. Cleveland Public Library is the driving force behind a powerful culture of learning that will inspire Clevelanders from all walks of life to continually learn, share and seek out new knowledge in ways that are beneficial to themselves, their community and the world. They are the People’s University, the center of learning for a diverse and inclusive community. OA was recommended to CPL based on the work we had done for another large system.  CPL needed to recruit a Chief Talent Officer, and wanted to work with a firm that understood the landscape of both top HR talent and also the public sector. The team of Mark Fiala and Ryan Sheehan worked together on behalf of the selection committee at CPL. Our project partner was Tena Wilson, Deputy Director and Chief of Staff for Cleveland Public Library.  She said: OA was recommended to us by trusted colleagues in the public library space. We were aware of their success sourcing and screening public sector HR talent, and their strategic approach to recruitment.   Like most recruiting consultants, they spent time with us to understand our expectations for the role, the characteristics we sought in the ideal candidate, as well as drafting for the job description, job posting, and screening questionnaire. Of great significance, they provided valid and reliable benchmark compensation data.   Just as important to us is how they treated candidates.  CPL has a sterling reputation in the community and we wanted our values demonstrated in the recruitment process.  The OA team worked hard to make the candidate experience meaningful and respectful.  No finalist candidate wants to find out that they will not be offered the position, but Mark and Ryan made sure that communication was open and direct.   On top of all of that, they were fast!…they jumped on this project and soon we had a number of quality candidates to choose from. It made our final selection easy, and we are excited to welcome our new leadership team member. Do you need assistance with a strategy for effective recruitment? Contact us to learn how we can help and check out...

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Chief Talent Officer search for Cleveland Public Library

Chief Talent Officer search for Cleveland Public Library

By on Sep 30, 2018 in Blog, Government and Public Sector, Openings, Talent Acquisition | 0 comments

We are pleased to assist another public library system with their search for their Human Resources leader.  Our client the Cleveland Public Library is seeking a Chief Talent Officer to lead its Human Resources strategy and service delivery to its over 700 employees in 27 locations throughout Cleveland. The Chief Talent Officer is responsible for leading all Human Resources activities including employee relations, performance management, succession planning, training and development, talent management, and more.  This includes leading a staff of Human Resources professionals engaged in these activities.  The Chief Talent Officer will be part of the Executive Team and report to the Deputy Director. We are seeking candidates who display a high level of skill in the competencies required for senior level Human Resources professionals, along with the following: Innovative with an eye toward process improvement and enhancing effectiveness and efficiency. Entrepreneurial with the capacity to seek new ways to create demand for the services provided by Cleveland Public Library and help develop new offerings to serve our patrons. Strategic thinker who can develop staffing plans to serve our patrons now and in the future. Tech-savvy and adept at using MS Office effectively and comfortable using multiple social media and social networking platforms. You should bring the following education, experience and qualifications to the role: 10 to 15 years of experience in all Human Resources disciplines [employee relations, performance management, training and development, recruitment, compensation, benefits, compliance, personnel administration, etc.]. A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a related field. SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP or PHR/SPHR certification. Experience leading the Human Resources function in a large, multi-unit organization with a distributed workforce. Experience in pubic-sector organizations at the municipal, county, or regional level. Experience with the requirements of transparency and openness in all matters required of public organizations. Experience working with bargaining units. Experience with capturing metrics and producing various employment-related reports. Experience with developing and managing affirmative action plans. Experience developing and driving diversity and opportunity for all employees. Experience collaborating with and influencing board members or trustees. If you are interested in any of these roles, please send your resume and cover letter to ryansheehan@oahumanresources.com.  If you have a colleague who may be interested, please feel free to...

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