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Assistant Director Job Opening
Ithaca and the Finger Lakes Region
The Finger Lakes Library System (FLLS) is located in “gorges” Ithaca, NY on the southern shore of Cayuga Lake. Ithaca is a unique, small city in central NY and is known for its excellent restaurants and shopping opportunities, beautiful waterfalls, nature trails, and panoramic views, numerous artistic and cultural events and venues, Ivy League Cornell University, Ithaca College, and close proximity to over 100 Finger Lakes area wineries and vineyards.
The Library System
The Finger Lakes Library System is a New York State chartered, cooperative public library system serving 33 mostly small and rural public libraries. The system’s mission is to stimulate, coordinate, and strengthen library and information services in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins counties through leadership, education, resource sharing, technology support, advocacy, and a wide variety of consulting and support services for member libraries. FLLS has 15 full time and three part time employees and is currently located in downtown Ithaca, with plans to relocate 5 miles northeast into a completely renovated and expanded building at the end of 2014.
Assistant Director Position Overview
The Finger Lakes Library System is seeking an experienced, organized, enthusiastic professional librarian, who is passionate about working with small libraries. In addition to working closely with the Executive Director in the administration and management of the system, the Assistant Director will be responsible for acting as a consultant to member libraries, acts for the Director as assigned or in the Director’s absence, and has wide latitude for independent judgment, decision making, and action.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Assists in maintaining and administering an effective and efficient staff.
- Works with Executive Director to continually assess system services and ensure that they meet the changing needs of member libraries.
- Advise the staff and trustees of member libraries in many aspects of library operations such as policies and best practices, laws and regulations pertaining to public libraries, planning, administration and governance, and sustainable funding options.
- Provide library use data to library boards, municipalities, governing bodies, and other external sources to help them make informed decisions about library issues and funding.
- Serves as liaison to the Division of Library Development on behalf of member libraries.
- Plans and conducts continuing education opportunities for member library staff and trustees.
- Supervises one or more employees and is responsible for hiring, training, and evaluating performance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Resourceful, enthusiastic, flexible, diplomatic, and cooperative
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Administrative experience in a public library or library system
- Experience working directly with library trustees
- Knowledge of New York State laws and regulations pertaining to public libraries
- Willing to work evening and weekend hours and travel to meetings as necessary; valid NYS driver’s license
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
- Familiarity with web content management systems such as WordPress and Polaris or other ILS
Education and Experience
- MLS degree from an ALA accredited school of library and information science
- Five or more years of relevant professional public library or library system experience, or its equivalent
- Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate
Compensation and Benefits
- $55,000+ dependent upon qualifications
- 24 vacation days, 12 holidays, 12 sick days, health insurance, New York State Retirement System, AFLAC, TIAA-CREF, enhanced disability benefits.
How To Apply
E-mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional references in PDF to Amy Starr Zuch, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Library System at email@example.com. Position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by March 7, 2014.
The Board of Trustees of the Lodi Whittier Library is currently seeking applications for a new library director. Our library is very small, serving a rural population of 1,500 community members. Our director is solely responsible for running the library on a daily basis for 20-23 hours a week (including care of our 700 sq. ft. building, with cleaning, shoveling snow, and monitoring the water, heating and cooling systems). In addition to staffing the library and working with our program coordinators, our director is also responsible for some after-hours work, such as preparing for attending monthly board meetings, attending system meetings, and collaboration with neighboring libraries. We are also in the process of planning for an expansion of the library with the need for fundraising and grant writing skills for our new building construction.
Unfortunately, with limited funding, we are only able to pay $14.00 hour. No other benefits are provided.
As you may see on our web site (lodilibrary.net), the library area is very small with a single table area occupied by our seven laptop computers where adults and children work side by side. Since we have no school in town, our library operates as a main community center for children in Lodi.
We take pride in providing a warm, welcoming environment where individuals can gather to feel part of our great community! We look forward to meeting the perfect person to join our team!
High school diploma with strong organizational, communication and office/computer skills, and an ability to easily make every patron feel important and welcome in our library!
Please send your cover letter and resume to us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.