Lead the Bergen County Cooperative Library System, a dynamic, forward-thinking consortium of 76 public libraries in northern New Jersey (headquartered in Hackensack) as its next Executive Director. Implementing BCCLS’s first strategic plan, the new Executive Director, in collaboration with member libraries, will focus on the core values of efficiencies and stewardship of public monies, shared leadership, the wisdom of peer member libraries, and the public it serves. The successful candidate will exhibit superior leadership, communication, advocacy and problem-solving skills, have an intellectual curiosity and be open to new ideas and innovation. With a dedicated, motivated staff of 11FTE and a $3.2 million annual operating budget, the Executive Director will serve BCCLS’s member libraries representing four counties (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, and Passaic) in the areas of marketing, technologies, content creation and political advocacy. Understanding the unique needs of the members and envisioning the future of the organization are vital roles of the next Executive Director.
Bergen County is in the northeastern corner of New Jersey in the heart of the New York Metropolitan area. The County is home to nearly one million residents and enjoys vibrant and diverse business and residential communities. The County includes 9,000 acres of land dedicated to cultural and recreational opportunities including 21 parks, horseback riding areas, 38 museums and historic sites. Bergen County offers an outstanding quality of life, an educated workforce, diverse housing stock, and award-winning schools. For additional information on BCCLS and Bergen County, visit BCCLS Links.
Responsibilities. The BCCLS Executive Director is responsible for all administrative aspects of BCCLS services, staff, and operation. The Executive Director reports to the BCCLS Executive Board and the position is governed by the BCCLS Personnel Manual and an employment contract. Key areas of responsibility are: staff administration; all fiduciary responsibilities; and services and operations with member libraries, vendors, staff, and other key stakeholders. For a complete description, see BCCLS Executive Director Position Description.
Qualifications. Minimum requirements include a Master’s Degree in Library and information Science from an ALA-accredited program and a minimum of five years of experience working as a professional librarian in a managerial position in a public library. Preferred qualifications include a demonstrable record of achievement in public library work, proven acuity in financial planning, familiarity with ILS systems, the ability to manage a diverse and talented office staff, the ability to bring together a large group of library directors and trustees to work together for the best interests of the consortium, vision and creativity regarding the changing landscape of library services, and experience reporting to a governing board. Consortium experience is desirable.
Compensation. The starting salary range is $130,000-155,000 with an attractive benefits package.
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 February 11, 2018.
The BCCLS Executive Director is responsible for all administrative aspects of BCCLS services, staff, and operation. The Executive Director reports to the BCCLS Executive Board. Executive Director position is governed by an employment contract and the BCCLS Personnel Manual.
Recruits, trains, supervises, administers personnel policies for all BCCLS employees.
Makes recommendations to the BCCLS Executive Board for the establishment of positions, compensation, and policies.
Develops programs which enhance the staff understanding of member needs and member understanding of what BCCLS can do.
Develops teams required for ongoing and special BCCLS projects.
Oversees all fiduciary responsibilities of BCCLS.
Prepares annual budget for BCCLS.
Manages and monitors approved budget, providing regular statements on the financial status to the BCCLS Executive Board.
Ensures that strategic partnerships and membership development enhance the long-term financial health of BCCLS.
Services and Operations
Oversees effective member relations including communication, customer service, and training.
Maintains the quality and effectiveness of the BCCLS online catalog.
In close liaison with relevant BCCLS committees, recommends and implements appropriate policies for selection and retention of materials available to all BCCLS library patrons.
Maintains an awareness of innovations in library services and technology, promoting them to the membership as appropriate.
Represents BCCLS to other organizations and government entities at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Acts as an advocate for public library service, locally as well as on the state and national fronts.
Maintains the balance between developments in information technology, effective business practices, and the expectations of BCCLS patrons and members in terms of service, training, and maintenance of strong public libraries.
Guides the strategic planning process and implementation.
Maintains the quality and effectiveness of the integrated library system and collateral software programs.
Negotiates contracts with vendors, monitoring contact compliance, and service agreements.
M.L.S. from an ALA accredited library science program
Five to ten years of experience working as a professional librarian in a managerial position in a public library
Demonstrable record of achievement in public library work
Proven record of acuity in financial planning
Knowledge of the workings of the New Jersey public library community
Familiarity with ILS automated systems
Ability to manage a diverse and talented office staff as well as the ability to bring together a large group of library directors and trustees to work together for the best interests of the consortium
Vision and creativity regarding the ever-changing landscape of public library services
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