Create opportunities, empower people, and inspire ideas as the next Executive Director for Onondaga County Public Libraries! The Onondaga County Public Libraries (OCPL) Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director accomplished in building and maintaining productive partnerships, working with local governments, managing budgets, and leading change. Working with an eleven-member appointed Board of Trustees, a committed staff (156FTE), and a $14 million annual operating budget, the successful candidate will provide meaningful, quality library services and programs to 466,000 residents in a socio-economically and ethnically diverse county—over 10% speak a language other than English at home. OCPL is also supported by the Friends of the Central Library (Syracuse) through its fundraising efforts—the #1 Public Library Series in the U.S.—hosting 17 Pulitzer Prize winners, a Noble Laureate and Five Poets Laureate. A complex organization—OCPL includes a Central Library (renovated in 2016), eight branches, and two community center outlets—and is also the federated public library system providing services to the 21 independent member public libraries in the county with a total annual circulation that was 3.7 million in 2018. Key opportunities for the new Executive Director include understanding the changing needs of Onondaga County residents; strengthening partnerships and relationships with internal and external stakeholders; developing and implementing a strong staff development program focused on collaboration, trust, integrity and respect; exploring new services and programs for OCPL and its member libraries; and creating additional funding streams.
Our Community. Located in the center of New York State, Onondaga County is home to the City of Syracuse. Syracuse serves as the focus for commercial and business activities and is home to world-class educational and cultural institutions, including LeMoyne College, Syracuse University, and the Everson Museum (designed by I.M. Pei and considered one of his six most important buildings). The City is also home and birthplace of Literacy Volunteers and Laubach Literacy (now Proliteracy). Syracuse has the cultural amenities of a large urban area—a thriving downtown, college and professional sports, world class medical institutions, music and ethnic festivals, parks, and other activities enjoyed by residents year-round including professional theater, opera and symphony (Symphoria). Work commutes are minimal and housing costs are quite reasonable. Located less than one hour from the Finger Lakes region and close to the Adirondack Mountains and Niagara Falls, Onondaga County, home of four seasons, is also a 4-6 hour drive to New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Montreal, and Toronto. Visit OCPL Links for more information about the System and the County.
Responsibilities. Under the direction of the governing Board of Trustees, the Library Executive Director is responsible for the planning, implementation, supervision, and evaluation of all library services and programs for the Onondaga County Public Libraries-a multibranch system serving urban, suburban and rural populations linked with a common Integrated Library System. This is a leadership position that is accountable for all OCPL functions and performs all related work consistent with the policies established by the Board of Trustees and the laws of the state of New York. The successful candidate will also model a collaborative, positive style of leadership ensuring proper management of personnel and encouraging a climate of inclusivity. In addition to internal collaboration and team building, the Executive Director will be the primary spokesperson and ensure that the Library is successful in partnership development, working with underserved populations, and developing alternate funding resources. Working with member libraries, community leaders and elected officials is a critical part of the position. See OCPL Executive Director Position Description for details.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s in Library Science or Information Studies from an ALA-accredited program; eight years of satisfactory professional library experience with three years of progressively responsible experience in a senior administrative capacity; and eligibility for a NYS Public Librarian’s certificate at time of application for employment with possession of the certificate required at time of appointment. The Executive Director will have a record of innovation, experience with financial planning, budgeting, and reporting, a problem-solving approach with successful results, project management experience, previous work with security issues ensuring a welcoming and safe place for customers and staff, the ability to work well with stakeholders through strong interpersonal skills, and a commitment to the ALA Code of Ethics. Prior experience as a library or library system director, experience with facilities renovation, experience working in a union/civil service environment, and experience working in libraries with diverse communities is preferred.
Compensation: The salary for this position is $106,900 and is subject to increase based upon County Executive and Legislative approval. Competitive benefits include health and dental insurance, NYS Retirement, long term disability insurance, and the opportunity to participate in a deferred compensation plan.
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 before the closing date of August 18, 2019. OCPL is committed to promoting an environment that models and celebrates principles of diversity and inclusivity and welcomes applications from individuals who represent the populations that we serve. OCPL is an AA/EOE Employer.
Onondaga County Public Libraries (NY)
Jobeth Bradbury, [email protected]