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Tompkins County Public Library: Business Manager

Re-posted May 8, 2024

Application Deadline:

Tue, 05/07/2024 – 12:00 to Tue, 05/28/2024 – 12:00

Brief Job Description:

The Tompkins County Public Library (TCPL) is seeking qualified, inclusive, and collaborative candidates for our Library Business Manager role. The Business Manager position is a provisional, full-time, 35 hour-per-week position, and is part of the Tompkins County Civil Service system. TCPL has 43 FTE and is in downtown Ithaca, NY.

Successful candidates enjoy working with diverse people to serve a diverse public that includes urban and rural constituents. The Business Manager is a senior administrative position that is responsible for the supervision and coordination of the fiscal, human resources, and other operational functions of the Library. Currently, the position is responsible for supervising the principal account clerk and providing guidance, support, and direct coaching. The Business Manager is a contributing member of the Library Leadership Team, helping to support the mission, vision, and goals of the Library by providing insight and guidance from a financial and human resources perspective. Staff rely on the Business Manager for guidance, critical benefit information, and consider them an essential leader. Proven organizational, communication, listening, and teamwork skills are necessary for success. While this position is fiscal in nature, successful candidates understand that people are the job.

The Library Business Manager guides the various aspects of the budget cycle of the Library. TCPL receives funding from Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, and the Town of Ithaca, each with their own budget processes. TCPL also has two fundraising support organizations – the TCPL Foundation and the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library – and the Library receives collection funding annually from both groups. The budget cycle begins in the Spring and budgets are generally adopted in November. The Business Manager also coordinates the annual Library audit and works closely with auditors and staff to ensure the audit is completed on time. The position is directly supervised by the Library Director and works closely with the Director, Administrative Manager, Board Treasurer, Foundation Executive Director, and Friends Board. Sustainable and relevant library service to the community relies on the cooperation, communication, and camaraderie of staff, Trustees, the Foundation, and Friends in partnership with the County, City, and Town.

The Library Business Manager position requires evening hours for attendance at various meetings and other related events.

The salary range for the position is $70,000 to $85,000.

The position is open until filled.

Tompkins County Civil Service

The Library Business Manager is a provisional appointment. A provisional appointment is a non-permanent appointment pending examination and permanent appointment to a competitive class position. For a permanent appointment, a reachable score on the Business Manager Civil Service exam is required.

Additional information about the Tompkins County Civil Service and this position can be found at

About Tompkins County Public Library

Tompkins County Public Library (Ithaca, New York), founded in 1864 by Ezra Cornell, serves the over 100,000 residents of Tompkins County and is the Central Library for the Finger Lakes Library System, serving libraries and users in Tompkins, Tioga, Cortland, Seneca, and Cayuga counties. Tompkins County Public Library strives to meet and celebrate the aspirations of our community. We foster opportunities for people of all ages to discover, connect, and create throughout Tompkins County. Tompkins County Public Library believes that the library is for everyone. We value diverse opinions and respect free speech. Different points of view are allowed and welcomed.

For questions about TCPL, please contact Administrative Manager Mary McKeon at

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Cortland Free Library Circulation Desk Assistant

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, compassionate, problem-solving, tech-literate, customer-facing Circulation Desk Assistant who is available to work an average of 20 hours / week. (some evenings (approx. 4-8 PM), and Saturdays (9-3). Must be confident working in both Adult Services and Youth Services, after a training period. Responsibilities include greeting patrons and making them feel welcome; closing and opening the library during your shift; helping patrons find items, checking out items, and placing items on hold; helping patrons with computers; etc.

Prior library experience including familiarity with Polaris is highly preferred but not required. $16/hour.

To apply, email a brief letter of interest, resume, and 2-3 references to or mail them to 32 Church Street, Cortland NY 13045.

Ovid Library Programming Specialist

POSITION TITLE:  Programming Specialist

REPORTS TO:                 Library Director

 FLSA STATUS:             Full time, non-exempt (35 hours/week)

 Date:                           April 2024


Provide programming to meet the needs of our community as well as supporting the Library Director and Board of Trustees. This position includes occasional evenings and weekends for the purpose of programming and outreach. 


Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter by Monday, May 20, 2024 to Andrea Tillinghast, Director,, using the subject line Programming Specialist.


Patron Services:

·         Provide and/or supervise programming for all ages (children, teens & adults), in-person or virtually in partnership with other staff members. Organize and/or lead programs.

·         Actively build partnerships with community groups to promote programs and services. Lead community outreach. Advocate for the library in the community and in the library.

·         Supervise and recruit volunteers.

·         Provide monthly and annual reports related to library programming statistics.

·         Marketing of programs & collection directly to patrons. Share with community organizations, schools, local businesses and interested groups.

·         Provide program details for use in marketing and PR created by Marketing Associate – social media, e-newsletters, advertisements, etc.

·         Provide Reader’s Advisory to patrons of all ages.


·         Maintain regular shifts at the Circulation desk using library catalog software. Register new patrons, prepare daily hold requests, circulate materials to patrons. Assist with training staff and volunteers on how to use the circulation software.

·         Assist with grant-funded and patron led programs by providing collection related recommendations.


Education:High School diploma or equivalent required. Associate’s degree in related field preferred or minimum 1 year of library experience preferred.
Experience:Experience using Google products required. Experience with MS Word and MS Excel or equivalent (Google Docs, Google Sheets) required. Experience with Polaris or library catalog equivalent preferred.
Skills:Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information and records. Work effectively and collaboratively as part of a small team. Friendly, courteous personality. Familiarity with current technologies. Supervisory skills. Socially conscious and able to work with all types of people. Skilled in written and oral communication.
Physical Activity:Occasional lifting boxes of books, storage materials. Occasional snow removal.


Ability to lift 50 lbs.

Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Sitting – 50%

Periods of standing to lead groups, present information and give reports. Standing – 20%

Ability to reach, squat, and climb – 20%

Walking – 10%

Valid Driver’s License

COMPENSATION:  This position pays between $19 – $23 per hour for 35 hours per week. Vacation, Holidays and Sick time available immediately. Monthly reimbursement toward health insurance and toward a Health Reimbursement Account available. Optional enrollment in employer matching retirement plan.

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