Great Neck (NY) Library—Library Director
A Leader for Great Neck Library’s Renaissance
The Great Neck Library, which takes its name from the Great Neck peninsula where it is located on the North Shore of Long Island, seeks an experienced leader to bring the vision and patron-centric approach needed to guide this historic library system into its next phase. The library’s community is home to prestigious public schools, an abundance of parks, restaurants, shopping, and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Local history is rich with architectural gems and anecdotes both literary and maritime. The community is a suburb of New York City, and Manhattan is a short train ride away.
Established in the 1880s as an association library, the Great Neck Library system consists of the main library building and three branches. The library, serving a diverse population, has approximately 41,000 members and an annual budget of $9.6 million. At the heart of the Great Neck Library is Main, an architectural gem originally designed by Gibbons & Heidtman and opened in 1970, which is set apart on a picturesque inlet of Long Island Sound. A major renovation of Main was completed in 2016 after the building was closed for two years.
The new director, while providing traditional library services, will need to focus on revitalizing and invigorating library use through innovative programs for all ages. Importantly, the director will help rebuild a trusting connection with the community and foster existing partnerships while forging new ones. At the same time, the library director will assess the scope and direction of the in-house collection, maintain state-of-the-art facilities, and continue to evolve the library’s role as an ever-enlarging online portal to a world of information.
Responsibilities. The Library Director has responsibility over the operations of the library and has the decision-making latitude to accomplish a job with many facets. The Director is accountable to keep the library evolving and progressive. The Director is charged to shape a strategic vision and implement that vision; to develop successful staffing while working in a unionized environment; to be fiscally prudent and resourceful when faced with limitations; to foster and guide a great team at every level of the organization; and to advocate for the library at all times. The Library Director delivers inspiration and positive partnerships to meet our complex community’s aspirations.
At least eight years administrative experience, five of them as Library Director, Assistant Director or similar supervisory level, as well as experience working with a Board of Trustees and diverse interest groups.
Must be highly knowledgeable about current library trends and processes, as well as coming trends that will likely impact the direction of the library in future years.
Must be a team builder, internally and externally, and adept at meeting the demands of the position in an intelligent and engaged community.
Must effectively manage the work/life balance to model leadership in this area of professionalism, incorporating evening meetings and external events for public outreach.
Competitive salary and benefits; commensurate with experience.
Eligibility for a New York State public librarian’s professional certificate at the time of application; possession of certificate at time of appointment.
For more information
To apply, please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Director Search Committee chair Rebecca T. Miller via Holly Coscetta at
Application deadline Oct. 20, 2017. Please include salary requirements with submission.