Great Neck (NY) Library—Library Director
A Leader for Great Neck Library
The Great Neck Library seeks an experienced leader to bring vision and patron-centric approach needed to guide this historic library system into its next phase. The library’s community on the North Shore of Long Island is home to prestigious public schools, an abundance of parks, restaurants, shopping, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Local history is rich with architectural gems and anecdotes both literary and maritime. The community is a suburb of New York City, which is a short train ride away.
Established in the 1880s as an association library, the Great Neck Library system consists of the main library building and three branches. The library has a service population of over 45,000 residents with a 2019 operating budget of $9.8 million and a current staff of 47 full-time and 47 part-time employees. A major renovation of Main was completed in 2016 after the building was closed for two years, and branch renovations are underway.
Responsibilities. The Library Director has responsibility over the operations of the library and is accountable to keep the library evolving and progressive. Further, the library director will assess the scope and direction of the in-house collection, maintain state-of-the-art facilities, and continue to evolve the library’s role as an ever-enlarging online portal to a world of information. The Director is charged to shape a strategic vision and implement that vision; to develop successful staffing while working in a unionized environment; to be fiscally prudent and resourceful when faced with limitations; to foster and guide a great team at every level of the organization; and to advocate for the library at all times. The Library Director delivers inspiration, innovation, and partnerships to meet our complex community’s aspirations.
At least eight years administrative experience, five of them as Library Director, Assistant Director or equivalent supervisory level, as well as experience working with a Board of Trustees and a diverse range of stakeholders.
Must be highly knowledgeable about current library trends and best practices, as well as emerging trends that will likely impact the direction of the library in the future.
Must be a team builder, internally and externally, and adept at meeting the demands of the position in an engaged community.
Must be available for evening meetings and external events for public outreach.
Demonstrated fiscal prudence, vision implementation, staff development, and meeting facilitation.
Competitive salary and benefits; commensurate with experience.
Eligibility for a New York State public librarian’s professional certificate at the time of application; possession of certificate at the time of appointment.
For more information
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Director Search Committee chair Chelsea Sassouni at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2020.