Thursday, February 12, 2015

Library Director - Great Neck Library, New York

Library Director - Great Neck Library, New York. The Great Neck Library, located in Great Neck, New York, seeks an experienced, strong, enthusiastic leader to assume the role of Library Director to fulfill the Library’s mission to provide access, ideas, information and a variety of educational, cultural, recreational and intellectual resources to our broad and diverse community. With a main building, currently undergoing a major renovation, and 3 branches, an annual budget of over $9 million, and 85 (60 FTE) employees, the Library Association serves the 43,000 residents of the Great Neck School District with proven programs and creative services. Great Neck is a community on Long Island that covers a peninsula on the North Shore of Long Island, which is made up of nine villages and the unincorporated areas in the town of North Hempstead, of which Great Neck is the northwestern quadrant. Residents value public education and have high expectations for their school system and library. Great Neck is a 25-minute commute from Manhattan's Penn Station on the Port Washington Branch of the Long Island Rail Road via the Great Neck station, which is one of the most frequently served in the entire system. Summary: Manage the library and supervise all library personnel. Serve as administrator in the areas of fiscal management, communication, technology, continuing education, library services and personnel. Oversee the management of property and operations. Act as liaison for all parties involved in the current renovation project. Assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges to the Library and develop strategies for dealing with them effectively and without compromising vision and values. The successful candidate must have demonstrated leadership skills and a vision for the future, and will be a hands-on administrator of operations and a skilled manager of staff, budget, programs, collections, and facilities. Candidates should have public relations talent, including the ability to forge strong community partnerships, as well as a sense of humor, a productive customer service orientation and excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with the board, staff and township officials. Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: 1. Thorough knowledge of the theories, principles and techniques of librarianship, library administration and management. 2. Thorough knowledge of the functions and responsibilities of a library board and the library director’s role as executive director of a philanthropic association. 3. Ability to analyze, comprehend and use current approved public library standards, methods and techniques. The same ability would apply to library budget systems, performance appraisal, job classification and compensation. 4. Ability to oversee a basic collection development plan, which includes approved selection methods, classification, cataloging and related technical administration. 5. Ability to prepare and present accurate, informative statistical/technical reports. 6. Ability to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others. Qualifications: 1. Masters Degree in Library Science or Master of Science in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution required. 2. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible library experience including management and supervision, as well as considerable knowledge of the principles and practices in general and fiscal administration. 3. Demonstrated continued education in the areas of library services and technology. 4. Active participation in community organizations and professional library associations. 5. Current knowledge of library trends and innovations. Compensation: The starting salary is up to $150,000 with full benefit package commensurate with experience and qualifications. For consideration, please send/email cover letter, resume and references to:, Angela Dzikowski, Pro Libra Associates, 800-262-0070.