GFJ Library Employment Opportunities

Library Director

George F. Johnson (GFJ) Memorial Library, Endicott, New York

About GFJ: The George F. Johnson Memorial Library Board of Trustees is in search of a dynamic and innovative leader who is forward-thinking and values transformative library experiences, is committed to shared decision-making, and will inspire and empower a creative, dedicated, and enthusiastic staff. We are seeking a visionary who will play an active role in and advocate for library services for our diverse community. The successful candidate will be proactive, innovative and entrepreneurial.

The GFJ Library is located in the Town of Union and Village of Endicott in Broome County. The Library is part of the Four County Library System (FCLS), which consists of 42 libraries located in Broome, Delaware, Chenango and Otsego counties. The GFJ Library, with one of the largest collections in the region, is a vibrant and active library that serves approximately 21,000 patrons in Broome County and the surrounding area. The GFJ Library enjoys secure Chapter 414 funding and benefits from the proximity of the dynamic Union-Endicott School District, as well as SUNY Broome Community College and Binghamton University. The GFJ Library provides materials, programs, and a variety of services to promote creativity and knowledge for the patrons it serves.

Civil Service Position & Classification: Library Director II or Library Director III

Reports To: GFJ Library Board of Trustees

Anticipated Start Date: June 1, 2018

Overview: The GFJ Library Director is responsible for all aspects of the operation of the GFJ Library. The Director oversees six full-time and seventeen part-time employees and an annual budget of approximately $1 million. The Director is appointed by and works under the administrative direction of the nine member GFJ Library Board.

Essential Duties:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate library services and collection.
  • Administer the budget, finances, and personnel of the library.
  • Manage library funding efforts. Coordinate ballot initiatives for library funding every 4-5 years.
  • Seek out and apply for grants, other development and funding sources.
  • Maintain positive relationships with the FCLS, its member libraries, the Village of Endicott, and all local community
  • Promote community visibility and an online presence through website and social media.
  • Develop policies in collaboration with the Board of Trustees.
  • Stay ahead of library trends, the impact of changing information technology, and the amount of acceptable risk the
    Board is willing to take in implementing new ideas.
  • Interact with the public.
  • Oversee maintenance and improvements in the physical plant and grounds.
  • Provide professional librarian services to patrons.

Qualifications: Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science, Information Studies or other graduate library degree from a library science program accredited by the American Library Association; and 4 to 6 or more years of satisfactory professional library experience, 2 or more years of which must have been in an administrative capacity.

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, problem-solving, and project management skills.
  • Acts independently and assumes responsibility.
  • Prior success in leading and managing staff.
  • Able to advance the organization in a changing information services environment.
  • Commitment to providing high-quality service in an ever-changing public library environment, including familiarity with emerging technologies.
  • Demonstrated experience with financial planning, budgeting, and reporting.
  • Demonstrated success in strategic planning and implementation.
  • Strong commitment to community relations.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in program development and implementation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication as well as presentation skills.
  • Successful experience in promoting libraries and library services.
  • Informed about current issues, developments, and trends in the library profession.
  • Familiarity with existing and emerging library technologies.
  • A history of professional development that includes leadership in professional associations and service to the profession.
  • A record of collegiality and accomplishment in collaborative, multi-type library activity.
  • Prior experience as director of a library system or library preferred.
  • Possess or be eligible at time of appointment for a New York State Public Librarian Certificate.

Compensation: Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits package included.

To Apply: Please email your resume and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements and responsibilities of this position, in PDF format, to Chris Ryan (ryancw@operamail.com) with your full name and “GFJ Library Director” in the subject line. Application deadline: February 15, 2018.