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The Catskill Public Library, with its branch in Palenville, is seeking applicants for the position of Library Director. Our Catskill building is housed in a 1901 Carnegie Building in the village of Catskill, home to the Thomas Cole National Historic Site.  Our Palenville Branch is located in Palenville, NY, known for being the first art colony in the USA.  We are a School District Public Library, currently with an annual operating budget of $887,000.

The successful candidate will hold a Masters of Library Science or a Masters of Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program.  This position is Civil Service Library Director I or II (dependent upon experience) with a minimum of ten years of experience as a librarian, five of these in administration/management. Your experience should include a broad background in management, administration and human resources, operations, fundraising, and finance, as well as a thorough knowledge of library services, collection development, and operations.

The ideal candidate will welcome the challenge of guiding the library through a strategic planning process, embracing principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. We are seeking a director committed to expanding the role of the library in our community and effecting positive change through collaborative programming with Catskill’s many cultural and civic organizations.

In addition to the above, the candidate should have a demonstrated interest in professional development through workshops, conferences, and participation in continuing education.

Essential Responsibilities:

Manage Staff by selecting, training, supervising and evaluating, fostering a team environment
Supervise all library services, operations, activities, programs and outreach
Oversee the development of the Library’s collection with a focus on community input
Oversee and control the expenditures of funds according to approved Financial Policies
Keep up-to-date with new technology in order to monitor and enhance library services
Preparing annual reports to the state and community, and an analysis of same to define areas of strength and weakness

Programs & Outreach:

Begin working with Community Organizations to find and serve our residents
Grant writing to achieve these goals
Collaborate with our community to develop year-round library events and programs
Supervising (pre-release) public relations and marketing materials
Board of Trustees:

Work closely with our Trustees and community members on committees and projects, especially in the development and implementation of short and long-range planning.
Review current policies and make recommendations for change to the Trustees
Prepare and present to the Trustees the annual budget
Prepare reports and participate in monthly Trustee meetings
Essential Traits:

The ability to create a welcoming environment for our patrons, recognizing that each building has its own individual style and needs
Excellent oral and written communication skills
A willingness to continually reach out to the community, asking what is needed from the Library and how we can fulfill those needs
Proficiency with social media, Sierra software, internet, and digital communications.
A “Yes we can” attitude, with a strong emphasis on staff team building
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.  Individual health, vision, and dental insurance, participation in the NYSLR retirement program, and generous vacation, personal and sick leave allowance are included.

As an equal opportunity employer, all qualified applications will be considered.

TO APPLY:  Send a letter of interest and resume to Gil Bagnell, President, Board of Trustees, Catskill Public Library, via email [email protected]

Catskill Public Library

1 Franklin St.

Catskill, NY  12414


Palenville Branch

3303 NY-23A,

Palenville, NY 12463

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