Tuesday, February 14, 2012

State Librarian of New Jersey

State Librarian of New Jersey
The New Jersey State Library
An Affiliate of Thomas Edison State College

The New Jersey State Library (http://www.njstatelib.org/) seeks a dynamic individual with proven leadership qualities to direct and further develop the New Jersey State Library including the State Library Information Center, the Library Development Bureau, and the Talking Book and Braille Center as well as the 2,000-member New Jersey Library Network. The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking leader and change agent, who can shape and communicate a compelling vision for New Jersey’s motivated and engaged library community. In addition, the N.J. State Librarian represents this innovative organization with national and regional library organizations.

The New Jersey State Library is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, (http://www.tesc.edu/)  and the N.J. State Librarian reports to the College President. The N.J. State Librarian works with the College, the Governor’s office and the Legislature as well as with libraries and library organizations throughout the state. With approximately 100 staff and a $17 million budget (excluding grants), the N.J. State Library continues to offer the highest quality service to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. The mission of the N.J. State Library is to connect people with information through its service to libraries, government and people with special needs. The N.J. State library fulfills its mission through its three bureaus and administration. The N.J. State Library offers a fast-paced, innovative, interesting and rewarding work environment focusing on quality customer service. For more information on the N.J. State Library and the local community see   http://www.gossagesager.com/NJlinks.htm.

Responsibilities: Major responsibilities include administering state and federal library laws and funding; annual budgeting including seeking alternate funding streams; legislature presentations; library advocacy; establishing and overseeing policies and procedures; strategic planning including annual goals and objectives; advising Thomas Edison State College on library issues; ensuring that N.J. libraries can access up-to-date and effective technologies; and successfully interacting with the N.J. library community — staff, trustees, government officials and interested citizens. For the detailed job description, see http://www.gossagesager.com/NJSLJobdesc.pdf.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school and at least four years of library experience in a responsible administrative capacity. Desired attributes include proven management expertise, planning ability, budgeting skills, ability to successfully promote library services at the state level; knowledge of organizational theory; knowledge of current library technologies and best practices; and excellent public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Prior administrative experience with a state library agency or multi-type regional library organization is desirable.

Compensation. The position offers a competitive salary with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via e-mail or call (816) 531-2468. Apply via e-mail with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to DanBradbury@gossagesager.com or JobethBradbury@gossagesager.com. The position closes March 25, 2012.

Thomas Edison State College and its affiliate, The New Jersey State Library, are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.

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