Assistant Director of Patron Services - Scarsdale Public Library

Posted on May 16, 2019


The Scarsdale Public Library seeks a dynamic and inventive Assistant Director of Patron Services who is passionate about the role public libraries play in individual lives and the community. The successful candidate is a forward-thinking, strategic thinker who is willing to take thoughtful risks and implement new ideas. He/she is aware of emerging trends in library services, works collaboratively, and is able to inspire and motivate co-workers.

The Assistant Director must be enthusiastically focused on public service, with a “patron-centric” philosophy and ability to develop services and programs that support this philosophy. He/she must be able to coach, mentor and evaluate the performance of subordinates. Organizational and managerial skills are essential. The Assistant Director is actively engaged in short- and long-term planning, as well as helping the Library meet its strategic goals.

The Scarsdale Public Library is a bustling and lively hub of a community that values education and supports its library. It is a leading public library in Westchester County, consistently at the top of annual statistical rankings for numbers of visitors, programs and circulation of its collections. It is a member of the Westchester Library System, a consortium of 38 member libraries. The Library is in the midst of a major physical transformation to create more welcoming, flexible spaces that will allow the staff to be more responsive to present and future community needs, and is currently operating from a temporary space, the Scarsdale Library Loft.


This position reports to the Library Director, and oversees public services and programs; supervises the managers of Adult/Teen Services, Children’s Services and Circulation services, which includes hiring, mentoring, training and evaluating; develops goals and objectives, and contributes to furthering the Library’s mission; coordinates collection development; helps formulate policies and procedures; coordinates public communications via multiple formats; and, creates and implements programs and services to foster community engagement.


The successful candidate will have an ALA accredited Masters’ of Library Science, and a minimum of five years of professional library experience subsequent to receiving the MLS, at least one year of which must have been in a supervisory or administrative capacity. Desired qualifications include, but are not limited to: proven project management skills; demonstrated problem-solving skills; strong computer and technology skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; grant-writing experience; flexibility and proven change-management skills; a history of responsiveness to customer and community needs; and knowledge of public library trends, issues and emerging technologies. This position must work evenings and weekends when required.


Salary commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package.


Scarsdale, NY


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Elizabeth Bermel, Director, at [email protected] by June 10, 2019.