Assistant Director, Central Library - Brooklyn Public Library

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Assistant Director, Central Library


Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the nation’s 5th largest public library system, with an operating budget of over a hundred million dollars, is committed to providing the borough’s 2.5 million people with quality services, programs, and a vibrant learning environment through a network of 60 neighborhood libraries. At 352,000 square feet, BPL’s landmark Central Library is the largest library in the system. Each year, Central receives over 1.3 million visits, materials from its collections circulate over 1.7 million times, and its staff and partners host several thousand public programs.


Under the guidance of the Central Library Director, the Assistant Director of Central Library will be responsible for many aspects of Central Library operations, including oversight of its circulation services and the management of its Adult Subject Divisions. The Assistant Director will ensure the professional delivery of library services by facilitating collaboration between librarian and clerical staff; devising improvements to operational workflow; and spearheading projects relating to Central Library collections, programs and partnerships. As part of the Central Library administrative team, the Assistant Director will be part of the planning and development of budgets, policies and procedures; establishing and reporting building-wide goals; and evaluating staff, programs, and services. The Assistant Central Library Director will collaborate extensively with the Central Library Director and public and non-public service departments to ensure that Central Library’s collections, technology, and services are accessible in a safe, clean and dignified environment.


 Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the administrative leadership of Central Library’s Adult Services and Clerical Operations departments
  • Facilitate collaboration between librarian and clerical staff  to ensure that collections are properly organized and managed
  • Oversee departmental schedules to confirm service points are covered and sufficient time is allocated to projects and other assignments
  • Collaborate with the Central Library Director and librarian staff to spend Central Library collections budget in adherence to BPL and Central Library collection policies
  • Spearhead projects relating to Central Library collections, programs, and partnerships
  • Work with Central Library staff to devise improvements to workflow and operations
  • Oversee staff development through training and coaching
  • Inform Central Library Director of problems and recommend solutions
  • Work collaboratively with Department of Public Safety to uphold safety and security standards
  • Work with Capital Planning and Facilities Management teams to ensure Central Library spaces are comfortable and functioning properly
  • Participate in cross functional teams, projects, and initiatives
  • Represent the library in professional and public forums
  • Serve as in-charge supervisor for Central Library when the Central Library Director is absent.
  • Serve as system wide Weekend Supervisor on a rotating basis
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills & Qualifications:

  • M.L.S. from an ALA accredited library school
  • Qualified for a public librarian’s professional certificate issued by the State of New York
  • Minimum of five years demonstrated supervisory & management experience
  • Minimum of five years’ experience as a librarian in a public library setting
  • Experience working in a multicultural urban environment
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
  • Must strive to maintain positive internal and external customer service relationships
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, sound judgment, and problem solving
  • Demonstrated expertise in budget principles and practices
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and coordinate work efficiently
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for cultural differences and treat people with respect
  • Working knowledge of the library’s electronic reference resources and the Internet, Millennium, and Microsoft Office Applications
  • Successfully demonstrated public library experience working in a variety of responsible roles displaying administrative, supervisory, and leadership skills appropriate to the position
  • Proven outreach experience, including but not limited to working with advisory boards, community groups as well as city appointed and elected officials
  • Knowledge of fundamental principles and practices of modern library management
  • Involvement in professional organizations


This is a non-union, exempt position. Interested applicants can submit a cover letter and resume to: Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.