• Full Time
  • Garrison, NY
  • Salary: USD$68,000-$78,000
  • Masters in Library Science or equivalent required

Website Desmond-Fish Public Library

Hudson Valley


We seek a dynamic Library Director with a passion for community service to oversee all activities and operations of the Library. The successful candidate will manage and expand library services and programs for community members of all ages to ensure that the Library effectively meets the cultural, informational and social needs of this vibrant Hudson Valley community that has valued and supported its Library for 40 years. The Director will be responsible for leading a dedicated staff of nine full- and part-time employees, working with a committed Friends group and an active 25-member Board of Trustees, overseeing extensive building and grounds improvements and other elements of the institution’s long-range plan for achieving sustainability, raising funds and managing the library’s finances, and innovating new programs and services to meet the changing needs of Library patrons. The Director is responsible for a $650,000+ annual budget.

Essential Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Staff and Operations

Supervising all library services, operations, activities, programs and outreach
Selecting, training, supervising, and evaluating personnel while creating a harmonious team environment
Developing and maintaining the Library’s collection in accordance with collection policies and best practices
Controlling expenditures of funds and maintaining accurate financial records
Supervising the purchase, utilization and maintenance of technology to deliver, monitor and enhance library services
Preparing annual reports to the state and the community with extensive data tracking
Working with Buildings and Grounds Committee to maintain all areas of the Library and its beautiful surroundings
Programs & Events:

Working with the Development Committee on individual and institutional solicitations, fundraising events and campaigns; grant writing and reporting
Overseeing year-round library events, programs and community outreach
Preparing and distributing public relations and marketing materials
Board of Trustees:

Developing, implementing and evaluating long- and short-term goals and objectives
Working with the Board in an ongoing planning process that identifies and addresses community and library needs
Making policy recommendations to the Board and implementing adopted policies
Preparing annual budget recommendations for Board approval
Preparing narrative and data reports for all and participating in all Board meetings
Essential Traits include but are not limited to:

Ability to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for staff and library patrons
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to build relationships with diverse stakeholders
A commitment to social justice and fostering an equitable community
Thorough knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession
Ability to organize and prioritize work
Proficiency with computers, popular library software, internet and digital communications

Minimum Qualifications: A master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of experience in library administration

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health care and 401K contribution. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected] by May 25.

To apply for this job email your details to searchcommittee@desmondfishlibrary.org