Executive Director, Southern Tier Library System
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Responsibilities. The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the Library System, and under the general direction of the 15-member Board of Trustees, has overall responsibility for general administration of System operations. The Executive Director supervises Department Heads, the Youth Services Consultant and administrative staff—and works with the Board, staff, member libraries, and major stakeholders to establish the strategic vision for the System aligning its mission, with member library and community needs and priorities. This is complex executive work planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operations of the System. The Executive Director has wide latitude for independent judgment, decision and action. See the Executive Director Job Description for additional details.
Qualifications. An ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain and retain a New York State Public Librarian Certificate 1; and a minimum of eight years of experience in public libraries or public library systems, including three years of which must have been in an administrative capacity. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior written and oral communications skills; demonstrated success in effectively promoting library services; thorough knowledge of library technology innovations and efficiencies; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a thorough knowledge of current trends and “best practices” for library and system services. Eight years of post-MLS library experience and proven success working effectively as a director with a policy-making board are highly desirable.