Library Director

Highland Falls NY
Posted 4 months ago

The Highland Falls Library is committed to providing our community of more than 4000 residents with access to the highest quality of materials, services, and programs. The Library serves the Town of Highlands (which includes Bear Mountain, Fort Montgomery, Highland Falls, and West Point) in the beautiful Hudson River Valley and holds an important place in the heart of this unique community. The Library Board of Trustees seeks a leader to be the visible, professional representative to direct our Library and develop and monitor programs, mentor the staff, manage the facility, maintain fiscal responsibility, and engage with the community. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated individual who has the ability to work and communicate effectively with diverse groups and is prepared to develop the library’s budget.

Responsibilities: The Library Director is responsible for all library functions, implementation of library policies, and supervision and evaluation of all personnel. Duties include, but are not limited to, supervision, recruitment, hiring, management, professional development, coordinating services, managing the physical property, attending professional meetings and training, developing an annual operating budget and capital budgets in conjunction with the Board of Trustees, and serving as a spokesperson and advocate for the Library in person and via social media.

The Board is seeking an individual who demonstrates exceptional leadership, establishes working relationships with the schools and other organizations, researches and prepares grant applications, reports regularly to the Board, possesses excellent communication skills, recommends information technology strategies, develops programs for all age groups, and has a strong interest and desire to serve our community. Additionally, this individual must ensure collection of library materials and services that meet the needs and interests of the community and gather usage statistics throughout the year to complete the NYS Annual Report.

The Work Schedule: May include one evening per week, some Saturdays, and attendance at off-site professional meetings during the work day.

Qualifications: Optimally, a Master’s degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from a college or University accredited by The American Library Association and professional library experience. However, college-educated candidates with library and administrative experience who desire to continue professional development in the field of Library Science will be considered.

Compensation: The hiring salary range for the position begins at $65,000 and is negotiable based upon experience. No medical or retirement benefits are offered.

Please forward your resume, cover letter and three references to: Preference will be given to submissions received before July 30, 2023.

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