Executive Director - Northern New York Library Network

The Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN), one of New York State's most innovative library systems, invites applications and nominations for an entrepreneurial leader with vision, imagination and enthusiasm to serve as Executive Director. The successful candidate will be able to build alliances, foster networking and collaboration among various types of libraries, and manage significant projects that scale from regional to statewide.

About NNYLN: NNYLN is a multi-type library cooperative covering the seven counties on the northern border of New York. Its members include all types of libraries, including library systems, academic, public, and special libraries. Its service area is 10,637 square miles with a population of 550,436. NNYLN provides members with a wide array of services, including New York State Historic Newspapers, New York Heritage, DueNorth resource sharing, continuing education programs, grant opportunities, and the region's medical information program.

NNYLN's offices are located in Potsdam, NY, in the heart of the North Country, where there is a vibrant blend of outdoor activities, safe, affordable communities and easy access to the advantages of larger cities. The Canton-Potsdam area is uniquely located between the 1000 Islands and the Adirondack Park, two historically famous areas, and features numerous opportunities for both river and mountain recreation. The region's blend of cultural and higher education opportunities (four universities in the immediate area), excellent public schools and very affordable housing make this area an appealing place to live.

About the position: The successful candidate will be able to foster innovation and collaboration among various types of libraries and envision significant projects that reflect the needs of the members. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to advocate on behalf of member libraries; show a commitment to understanding and responding to emerging issues in the library and technology fields; show proven success working with and reporting to a governing board; demonstrate political acumen in working with state government; and document a successful record of human resource administration and fiscal management.

General Description of the Position

The Executive Director:
• Provides leadership and direction to NNYLN, its Board of Trustees, and its member organizations (libraries and library systems and other cultural heritage organizations), addressing members’ needs in an ever-changing information service environment.
• Engages the membership in assessing their needs, developing goals and objectives for the organization, and developing, implementing and evaluating consistently high-quality, efficient, cost-effective and highly regarded programs and services to meet those needs.
• Fosters an environment of collaboration among all libraries and library systems in the region and the state. Provides a forum for member libraries to share resources and best practices.
• Responsibly manages and seeks to enhance NNYLN's public and private financial resources.
• Serves as CEO of the Northern New York Resources Corporation, the NNYLN's supporting foundation.
• Serves as Project Manager for various projects including: New York State Historic Newspapers and NNYLN's statewide newspaper research project.
• Creates and sustains a positive work environment administering all NNYLN personnel operations, including recruitment, training, and evaluation of all staff.
• Develops and maintains strong positive relationships with elected and appointed officials, educating them about the critical and varied roles of libraries and information; advocates persuasively for library service support at the state and national level.
• Represents and advances the interests of NNYLN members in appropriate regional, state and national organizations and associations.
• Promotes library awareness and library support with the media and with all the various library constituencies.
• Represents NNYLN in its relations with the general public as well as with regional, state, and national research and library organizations.



The successful candidate must hold an MLS from an ALA-accredited program, and have eight or more full years of professional library experience (post-MLS), with at least four of those years in an administrative capacity.


• Evidence of entrepreneurial skills and attitude.
• Demonstrated success in initiating and managing large-scale projects.
• Record of collegiality and accomplishment in collaborative, multi-type library activity.
• Evidence of consensus-building skills.
• Commitment to active advocacy and building strong positive relationships with elected officials.
• Skill in promoting libraries and library services.
• Demonstrated success in supervising, motivating and monitoring staff.
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak well in public.
• Flexibility in advancing the organization in changing information services environment.
• Familiarity with the library environment and trends.
• Demonstrated professional development that includes leadership in professional associations and service to the profession.
• Proficiency in general office technology and an understanding of modern library technology.
• Demonstrated experience with financial statements, budgeting and financial planning.



Job Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 19, 2018
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Not in NJ
Job Focus: 
Hours of work: Full-time (35 hours), 12-month professional position; regional and some statewide travel. Starting salary: $90,000-$125,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits: Excellent working conditions and generous benefits, including 12% TIAA retirement contribution, 24 vacation days, 6 personal days, 12 sick days, and health, disability and dental insurance.
How To Apply:: 

To apply: Interested applicants should email, in PDF format, a resume, professional references, and cover letter that specifically addresses the requirements and responsibilities of the position, to search@nnyln.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled, however preference will be given to applications received by January 19, 2018.