Great Neck Library: Library Director

Great Neck Library

Position: Library Director

Deadline: Applications requested by September 26, 2008.

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: