Take a leadership role and help northern New York libraries maintain sustainability with core needs of adequate funding and compliance as well as explore innovative services and resource sharing.
The North Country Library System (NCLS) seeks a visionary leader responsive to member library and community needs, and skilled in focusing the efforts of a talented staff to be its next Executive Director (ED). NCLS is a cooperative of 65 public libraries covering Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, and St. Lawrence Counties of New York State. With a $2.6 million budget and 15 FTE staff, NCLS is a member focused organization with a mission to provide collaborative services that strengthen our libraries. NCLS’s 14,000 square foot, solar supplemented headquarters is situated on a beautiful eleven-acre wooded lot bordering the Black River in Watertown, NY.
The North Country region offers a vibrant blend of outdoor activities, safe and affordable
communities, and easy access to the advantages of larger cities. Watertown is a growing small
city that is a few miles from Lake Ontario and the Thousand Islands region. The Adirondacks,
Kingston and Ottawa, Ontario, and Syracuse are all nearby. The area is a recreational
playground with numerous opportunities for boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking,
fishing, skiing and much more. The blend of recreation, cultural opportunities, educational
opportunities with six colleges in the area, good schools, and one of the lowest costs of living
in the state make this a great place to live.
Responsibilities. The Executive Director, under the general direction of the Board of
Trustees, is responsible for the administration of system operations. The ED supervises the
department managers and works with the board, staff, and library directors to align system
services with the member libraries’ needs and priorities. For the complete position description,
see NCLS Executive Director Responsibilities.
Qualifications. An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science; the ability to obtain a
NY State Public Librarian Certificate; a minimum of eight years post MLS experience, three
years in an administrative capacity – with all requirements to be met by the end of
calendar year 2021. Essential abilities and experience include creativity, enthusiasm,
superior written and oral communications skills; political acumen; consensus-building skills;
experience in recruiting, evaluating and mentoring staff; a thorough knowledge of library trends
and best practices; an understanding of evolving library technology as well as budget and
finance issues; proven success working with and reporting to a governing board.
Compensation. The hiring salary range is $85,000 – $100,000 (with placement being
dependent on experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.
For further information, please view the NCLS Director Responsibilities. To start the application process, submit a cover letter, resume, and references to NclsDirectorSearch@ncls.org by September 17, 2021 for full consideration. The minimum requirements must be met by the end of the year, December 31, 2021.