Monday, May 16, 2016

Executive Director

The Institute Library Founded in 1826, The Institute Library in New haven, Connecticut, a member supported library,  seeks an Executive Director.  The position reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President, is responsible for overall adherence to the Library’s mission, and oversees all Library operations. The Executive Director will have a proven track record for successful management and development of membership and programs at an organization like the Library,  particularly in a community similar to the greater New Haven community.  In addition, the Executive Director, together with the applicable Board committees, will be the principle fundraising advocate for the Library, responsible for grants, annual fundraising efforts, and donor cultivation. The effective Executive Director will demonstrate leadership skills and will possess excellent communication skills to the Library’s diverse and engaged membership.  Communicating the Library’s goals and programs in oral and written form is critical.   The Executive Director will be a “self starter” for various initiatives and recurring programs, and will also motivate staff and volunteers whose positions allow the Library to operate successfully.This position is full time,  and has a salary range of $50,000.00 to $52,000.00 annually.  A copy of the Executive Director job description is attached to this posting.  A bachelor’s degree is required.  Interested applicants are encouraged to review the materials posted on the Library’s web site, and should send a letter of introduction and resume to gpepe@npmlaw.comno later than May 27, 2016.  If confidentiality with one’s current employer is required the introductory letter should state so. The Young Men’s Institute Library Job Description Position Title:  Executive Director and Librarian Status: Full Time Reports to:  Board of Directors Date:  May 2016 JOB SUMMARY Perform professional and administrative library work directing all activities and operations of the Institute Library. DUTIES:Plan, organize, direct, and coordinate Institute Library programs and activities; determine member interests; make and implement plans to develop the services of the library; Lead the development of fund raising activities. Develop, maintain and promote the public identity of the Library;Prepare the budget for approval by the Board of Directors. Maintain Institute Library records. Approve all expenditures and exercise appropriate control of Institute Library funds; Recruit, select, evaluate, and direct staff; Oversee the planning and implementation of Institute Library building maintenance, repair, and renovation activities; Meet with municipal, civic, community and other interested groups to explain and promote Institute Library services and to seek their support. Stimulate and guide public relations activities and staffs planning for programs. Participate in library programs and functions; Develop Institute Library policies, rules and regulations, and submit reports on activities for consideration by the Board. Provide information and advice at Board and Committee meetings; Provide leadership for the development of membership recruitment programs. Select books and other materials that will meet the needs of the membership and the community; Maintain the collection by periodic weeding, binding, and replacement of titles that have been lost or damaged, but are still useful; Keep abreast of current trends in the library field by attending professional meetings and reviewing professional literature; Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants; Prepare letters of inquiry, proposals, and contracts to new and existing foundations; Formulate budgets to support funding proposals; Manage existing grants by tracking, developing internal reporting systems; writing reports, maintaining excellent historical records, and work with staff to ensure each project or program is meeting proposal conditions and expectations; Work with the Development Committee to effectively communicate progress on goals and initiatives to donors; Assist with other fundraising projects as requested; Manage the care and conservation of old and rare materials. Some of these responsibilities may be delegated, but are the ultimate responsibility of the Executive Director. JOB FACTORS Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:Extensive knowledge of professional library principles, practices, and procedures.  Extensive knowledge of member and community needs and interests in relation to services.  Thorough knowledge of library administrative principles, practices, and methods.  Ability to analyze administrative and professional library problems and to devise appropriate measures for their solution.  Knowledge of issues related to collection development, and the care and maintenance of special collections. Basic knowledge of computer-based systems for libraries. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with board members, committees, and staff, as well as with public officials, community leaders, prospective donors, and the general population.  Ability to speak effectively to varied public groups in interpreting library policies, explaining services, and encouraging participation.  Ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals. Strong editing skills, attention to detail, demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team; superior organizational, interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; professional attitude and strong work ethic. Supervisory Controls: Work with considerable freedom of action in administrative and technical library activities, subject to general administrative and program policies of the Board of Directors. Scope and Effect: Recommendations and decisions have a direct and fundamental impact on the adequacy of the Institute Library’s collections, services, and programs in meeting member and community needs.  Recommendations are usually consented to by the Board of Directors. Nature and Purpose of Personal Contacts: Contact with members of the Institute Library, members of the Board of Directors and library committees, the general public, municipal officials, civic and community leaders and groups, other library directors, state agencies and officials, etc., in and outside the library, for the purpose of exchanging information pertaining to Institute Library fund raising, policies, services, and programs. Work Environment and Physical Demands: Work is performed in a library environment. The work involves sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, and some physical effort to lift and move books. Supervision and Management: Responsible for hiring, firing, and evaluating all staff.  Plan, assign, and evaluate the work of staff members.  Provide staff and volunteers with training, and delegate authority when appropriate and desirable.DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: A master's degree in library science; at least five years of appropriate experience, two of which are in an administrative capacity; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and education that demonstrates the necessary knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the work.   Minimally, a bachelor’s degree is required.