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.
The Library strives to be a change agent in making New Haven a vibrant, creative metropolis, alive with collaboration, passion, ideas and opportunity. The City Librarian will serve as an enthusiastic advocate for this mission and will have the experience and skills to work with the staff and Board to assure that the Library continues to marshal resources. The City Librarian will work with the staff, Board of Directors, the Foundation Board, and its many community partners to build on prior successes, to secure new financial resources, and increase services for the future. There will be significant opportunity to build on existing programs and an expectation to experiment and innovate -- we will welcome and support creative thinking. The candidate must also be able to effectively present that vision to key stakeholders, partners and funders. Importantly, the City Librarian will be the public face of the organization at a myriad of community events, large and small, and must be able to convey our vision and inspire engagement across our diverse community.
Responsibilities. 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.
Qualifications. 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.
Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $96,000-$116,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and 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 on or before the closing date of November 10, 2019.
New Haven, one of America’s most dynamic small cities, combines New England charm with global cosmopolitanism. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the Ives Main Library. The local economy has a lot of STEAM – with science, technology, education, arts, and medicine as key drivers. Bioscience is growing, fueled by university research and the presence of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the fifth largest hospital in the United States. New Haven has always been and continues to be a city of innovation, and today also boasts a diverse demographic community. Its professional theater, world-renowned architects, music scene, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums are unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has more than 375 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture – and nature is always nearby, with beaches, hiking trails, parks and farms not far from the walkable, pedestrian-friendly city center. The region is also known internationally for its cuisine, from high-end restaurants and classic New Haven-style pizza restaurants to food truck and cocktail festivals. On the northern shore of Long Island Sound, New Haven is close to Boston and New York City which are accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links.
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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 on or before the closing date of November 10, 2019.