Executive Director -LibraryLinkNJ-The New Jersey Library Cooperative

Moving Forward Together-Connection, Community, Opportunity

The Executive Board of LibraryLinkNJ seeks a creative and innovative leader—responsive to member, staff and state-wide needs and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next Executive Director.  LibraryLinkNJ is the single, statewide, multi-type library cooperative in New Jersey, working in partnership with its 2,600 multi-type member libraries and the New Jersey State Library to provide access to excellent library services for 8.79 million residents in twenty-one counties.   With a $2+ million annual budget and 5 FTE system staff, LibraryLinkNJ is a member-focused organization with a reputation for providing effective continuing education, strong outreach services, high-level support for innovative technologies, and statewide delivery to its multi-type library membership. The Cooperative has over 1100 voting representatives from over 2,600 public and private school, public, academic, institutional, corporate, health sciences and special libraries and library-related agencies.  A member-elected Executive Board meets monthly to oversee the programs and services of the organization. LibraryLinkNJ is a 501(c)(3) organization formed from the 2010 consolidation of the four regional cooperatives and is funded by the New Jersey State Library; members join at no charge and pay no dues.

From the mountains of High Point to the shore areas of the Atlantic Ocean, New Jersey is a model of geographic diversity. It is the 11th most populous and the most densely populated of the 50 states. Bordering New Jersey on the north and east are the metropolitan areas of New York and on the west and southwest by Pennsylvania and Delaware. Known as the Garden State, the state still lives up to its name, and continues to have major cities and industries, pleasant suburbs and rural areas located throughout the state and easily accessible through a wide network transportation system. The LibraryLinkNJ office is in Ewing, NJ. For more information on LibraryLinkNJ, the area, and the State, please visit LibraryLinkNJ Links.

Responsibilities. The Executive Director’s primary role is to provide leadership and initiative for LibraryLinkNJ. The ED works with the Executive Board and members of the Cooperative in the development and implementation of programs to enhance library services in New Jersey; manages the headquarters office; makes recommendations to the Executive Board concerning the hiring of office staff; and supervises and motivates staff in accordance with policies adopted by the Executive Board. The Executive Director works collaboratively with the New Jersey State Library and with Board committees drafts the annual strategic initiatives and budget for review and approval. The ED also serves as a liaison to local, county, state and national library organizations and is dedicated to “Moving Forward Together.”  Key opportunities include exploring and developing alternative funding streams through fundraising and development, continuing to look for and implement cost-savings strategies, developing an ambitious year-round continuing education program, developing and evaluating an RFP for continued statewide delivery service, and reinventing and reimagining LibraryLinkNJ for 2021 and the future.

Qualifications.  Required qualifications include an M.L.S. degree from an A.L.A. accredited institution and five years of professional library experience, including three years of experience in an administrative/managerial position in a library, nonprofit organization or private corporation. Additional qualifications include a comprehensive knowledge of library and networking services and trends, budgeting and financial management, experience reporting to a governing Board, and a strong commitment to the evolving role of technology in the successful management of organizations and in library services. Extensive travel within the state is expected when deemed safe to do so and experience with multi-type library cooperation is desirable.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $115,000 – 130,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact  Bradbury Miller Associates via email or phone.  To start the application process, send a cover letter that supports your candidacy for the position and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes April 11, 2021.

Posted: March 16, 2021