The work involves planning, directing, and administering library operations and budgets in accordance with policies determined by the Library Board of Trustees. The Library Director should exhibit working knowledge of 21st century public library trends, emerging technologies, have demonstrated leadership skills, and be able to provide evidence of forward thinking and successful implementation of new ideas. The successful candidate will be capable of developing strong relationships with staff, city leadership and departments, the North Country Library System, the Friends of Flower Library, and the Library Board of Trustees. Additionally, the Library Director is expected to represent the library and publicize its resources and services at community meetings and events.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Comprehensive knowledge of library administration practices; comprehensive knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims, and services; thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science; ability to carry out library policies; ability to prepare the library budget and monitor expenditures; ability to train and supervise library staff; ability to exercise leadership and motivate others; ability to comprehend users’ needs quickly and accurately; ability to evaluate situations, meet people easily, and participate effectively in the cultural and intellectual activities of the community; ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A full description can be found on the library website at https://flowermemoriallibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/Library-Director-Job-Search-advertisement.pdf
Salary range: $68,425-$86,282 depending on experience. Information on benefits can be provided.
How to apply: Applicants must apply to take the Civil Service test. A $15 fee is required to apply. Civil Service test applications and fees are due by February 15th. To apply, go to https://watertown-portal.mycivilservice.com/exams.
Only applicants that have applied and submitted their fee will be eligible to take the test. The online Civil Service test will be from March 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022.
Resumes should also be emailed to [email protected] by March 1st.
Minimum qualifications: An MLS from an ALA accredited school, eligible for certification by the New York State Education Department and six (6) years of professional experience in a library of recognized standing, two (2) or more which must have been in an administrative capacity. Experience in a public library preferred.
More about the library: Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library, Watertown, New York, located near Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, is searching for a Library Director III. This administrative position directs a library chartered to serve the city population of 24,000. The Library is the central library for the North Country Library System and provides services and resources for a large part of Jefferson County. Housed in a beautiful, recently restored historic building, Flower Library serves as a regional cultural center for the Watertown area. The Library operates with a budget of $1.2 million and has an annual circulation of 70,000. Flower Library is a vibrant community center, open 55 hours per week, six days per week. This position supervises 11 FTE, including four professional librarians in a union environment. Currently children’s and teen programming has been thriving and adult programming is also growing. The Library has an active genealogy department run by volunteers and an accomplished Friends of the Library organization. The Library also houses one of 35 SUNY Attain Labs which provides free courses in technology skills for community members.