Library Director IV — Finkelstein Memorial Library

Library Director IV
Finkelstein Memorial Library seeks an experienced, dynamic full-time director to serve as chief operating officer of the library, reporting to and responsible for carrying out the policies established by the publicly-elected five-member Board of Trustees.  The director serves as the chief spokesperson for the library and is the principal liaison to the community, government, and the media.

The library (, founded in 1917, serves the multi-ethnic community of 113,000 residents of the East Ramapo Central School District in Spring Valley, N.Y. with a budget of $8,276,561.00.  The library, a member of the Library Association of Rockland County and the Ramapo Catskill Library System, is open seven days a week.  The library has a collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME. 

This position involves carrying out policies determined by the Board of Trustees by establishing operational policies and procedures and delegating duties and responsibilities; it also requires   coordination and managerial skills due to the size of the library facility itself, the quantity of books and materials in the library’s collection, the size of the budget, the volume of programs offered and the size of the staff.  Supervision is exercised over the work of library personnel through supervisory staff.   

Typical work activities include, but are not limited to:
Developing long range plans for library service development; evaluating the effectiveness of the library’s services and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community; recommending necessary library services, personnel policies and policies and procedures for the operation of the library to the Board of Trustees; administering policies of the Board; developing the library budget and supervising the  expenditure of library funds and the collection of library revenues; obtaining and implementing grants to improve library service; supervising the work of library department heads and administering personnel policies; planning and installing new types of services; administering and/or performing any and all professional and technical library routines including the purchase and selection of books and other media materials; recommending appointments, transfers, promotions, dismissals and staffing patterns of personnel; preparing and/or reviewing performance evaluation of staff members; conducting staff meetings; representing the library at community and group meetings and before government agencies; administering public relations programs; keeping informed of professional developments and trends through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading professional materials; supervising the maintenance of library property and recommending repairs, alterations and new construction.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Comprehensive knowledge of library administration including supervision; be current on principles, practices, technology and trends in public library sciences; knowledge of current library organizations, procedures, policies, aims, initiatives and services; knowledge of the application of computer technology to library operations;  ability to carry out library policies and procedures, plan and coordinate the work of others, exercise leadership and motivate others, train and supervise library staff, relate users’ needs to existing facilities and policies; ability to get along well with others, participate effectively in the cultural and intellectual activities of the community, and express oneself clearly and concisely both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and the public.

This position is classified as Library Director IV by the Rockland County Personnel Department in compliance with New York State Civil Service Law.  A Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS), Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) or similar graduate library degree from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association and eight (8) years of professional library experience in a library of recognized standing, four (4) years of which must have been in a public library as a director, are required.  A valid New York State Librarian’s Professional Certificate is also required.  Experience must have been attained after either receipt of the certification or receipt of a Master's degree from a library school recognized by the New York State Department of Education.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Erica Grodin, Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St., Spring Valley, NY 10977.