City Librarian - New Haven Free Public Library (CT)

Posted on September 20, 2019


Growing Together – One City – One Future. The New Haven Free Public Library Board of Directors seeks an exceptional and dynamic leader to guide this 2019 National IMLS winner to further realize its Mission, Vision and Values and to build on its positive growth and that of the City. Recent visitors to the historic Ives Main Library are delighted by the transformation of an iconic main floor quadrant into a luminous, buzzing hub—Ives Squared—which opened last year as the welcoming front door for entrepreneurs, creatives, non-profit leaders, and community members. The successful candidate will lead the Library as it serves as a powerful catalyst for energizing neighborhoods through strong branch services for both children and adults, relationship-building with the City and many non-profit community partners, and workforce development. For additional details, see the NHFPL Strategic Framework 2018-2023. The Library, with a $5 million operating budget, a strong senior management team and a dedicated full-time and part-time staff (65FTE), provides services and programs through the Ives Main Library, four branches and impactful outreach services, including a bookmobile. Challenges and opportunities include completing fundraising for and overseeing the opening of the re-imagined Stetson Library branch, launching the design phase for a renovated Young Minds & Family Learning (YMFL) department, implementing the 2019-20 Technology Plan, and developing a Master Plan while completing essential facility upgrades.


Committed to the highest levels of public service, the City Librarian is responsible for the overall administration and operation of all New Haven Free Public Library functions. This position provides leadership and vision in the creation and administration of a city library system committed to public service that shares, cooperates and collaborates with other educational, cultural and social agencies in the community. The City Librarian reports to the Library Board of Directors on policy, strategic planning, advocacy, and budgetary and financial stewardship and to the Chief Administrative Officer of the City of New Haven on administrative, personnel and city budget issues. The City Librarian also leads the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation (the Library’s fundraising arm). Additional information including essential functions can be found in the official position description.


A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent degree in business, non-profit management, or other related fields and a minimum of six (6) years of progressively responsible administrative and leadership positions, including working with unions/labor relations and human resources on effective personnel development and management, and working with a board of directors. This position requires an enthusiastic, service-oriented leader; well-versed in urban library trends and new technologies. The ideal candidate will have a combination of training, proven experience with concrete results, a proven track record in fundraising and development, and high cultural competency. Previous experience working in a multi-branch system, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing board are highly desirable. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.




New Haven, CT


To Apply

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury, [email protected], on or before the closing date of November 10, 2019.

Contact Information

Jobeth Bradbury, [email protected]