Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Executive Director

The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), the country’s largest offsite library shelving facility, is jointly owned and operated by Columbia University, The New York Public Library, and Princeton University. ReCAP’s Board of Trustees is seeking an Executive Director to manage the facility and to work with the Board in planning for the growth of collaborative activities, positioning ReCAP to play a leadership role in a network of shared print repositories and implementing technical innovations to improve cross-institutional sharing and management of collections.

ReCAP occupies seven high-density, environmentally-controlled shelving modules capable of housing 18,000,000 items; it is staffed by 20 employees and is located on Princeton University’s Forrestal campus. ReCAP’s current holdings number over 10,000,000; roughly 150,000 items are trucked, mailed, or delivered electronically to users every year. For more information on ReCAP, see

Major Responsibilities: The Executive Director’s responsibilities include working with the Board and ReCAP staff, and with staff at partner libraries, on planning and operational issues and service improvements; acting as spokesperson for the facility; leading the staff; developing and managing the budget; overseeing the technology system and website; managing construction and renovation projects; and ensuring that ReCAP’s operation meets the expectations of the three partner libraries and their users.

The successful candidate will be a creative problem-solver who is skilled in fostering teamwork and who enjoys planning for the future. He or she will be a results-oriented self-starter who builds relationships easily with a wide variety of librarians, vendors, and visitors.

Essential Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree and five or more years of progressively responsible management experience in a library and/or a library storage facility.
  • Familiarity with basic research library operations such as collection development, preservation, technical services, and delivery and interlibrary services.
  • Three or more years of experience leading staff, and demonstrated team-building skills, including the ability to motivate, develop, and mentor others.
  • Strong record of outstanding service delivery.
  • Demonstrated strong consulting, negotiation, problem resolution, mediation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and information.
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage budgets, and familiarity with processes for procurement, billing, and invoicing. Proficiency with office productivity software, including but not limited to spreadsheet, word processing, database management, and other office administrative software.
  • Experience with project management.

Preferred Qualifications: ALA-accredited master’s degree, M.B.A., or a master’s degree in a relevant subject area.

Compensation and Benefits: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The Executive Director participates in Princeton’s comprehensive benefits program, which includes health and life insurance coverage, pension benefits, flexible spending accounts, income protection in the event of short- and long-term disabilities, benefits for employee education, children's tuition grants, as well as 24 vacation days a year, 9 holidays and 2 personal days.

Nominations and Applications: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information

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