Friday, July 25, 2008

Library Director - Great Neck (NY) Library

The Board of Trustees of the Great Neck Library, located on the North Shore of Long Island, New York, seeks a proven administrator and dynamic leader as its next director. Great Neck Library is an association library consisting of a main building and three branch facilities serving an increasingly diverse suburban population of 40,000. With a staff of 150 (92 FTEs) and an annual budget of $8.2 million, the Library loans 700,000+ items a year and offers unique components, valuable resources, and outstanding community programming and services.

Responsibilities. The Director reports to an elected, seven-member Board of Trustees and will collaborate with Board, staff and community to provide leadership in developing and implementing a shared vision for the Library’s service program and facilities. Responsibilities/challenges include: moving a new renovation/expansion plan through a successful public referendum and completion; positioning the Library as an active participant in the cultural life of the community; leading staff development to foster a consistent customer-focused environment; willingness to challenge the status quo and initiate change; and building and maintaining effective collaborations and partnerships. Additional details and information about the position, the Library and community can be found at Great Neck Links.

Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program; a minimum of eight years of progressively responsible public library experience; and at least five years of experience as a director (or an assistant or associate director in a library comparable to Great Neck). Essential skills and attributes include: prior success in working with a governing board; superior written and oral communications ability; strong interpersonal skills; strategic planning experience; energy, creativity and enthusiasm; knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library services; and strong collaboration and consensus-building skills. An advanced degree in management or public administration is preferred.

Compensation. Starting salary range $120,000-140,000 (placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an excellent fringe benefits package.

To Apply Or Obtain Further Information. Contact Dan Bradbury, Gossage Sager Associates, or 816.531.2468. The closing date for applications is September 26, 2008. To apply, send a cover letter and current resume as attachments to:

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