Chief Administrator, Mount Vernon Public Library, Mount Vernon, NY

Position Description

To achieve excellence, the Mount Vernon Public library is guided by the principles of support for intellectual freedom, literacy promotion, patron confidentiality, respect for and inclusion of the entire community, fostering a healthy democracy, the formation of strong partnerships, adaptability, and innovation. As the Central Library of Westchester, the Mount Vernon Public Library focuses on developing unique collections, providing staff that can help other libraries, as well as offerings that are new and can expand to other libraries in the system, that can build on technological advances including social media, computer classes, and eReaders, and that serve the diversity of patrons throughout the county

The Mount Vernon Public Library seeks a Chief Administrator to carry out coherent policy as determined by the Library Board of Trustees. The Chief Administrator will report to the Board of Trustees and supervise the work of subordinate supervisors, including professional and clerical personnel. The Mount Vernon Public Library Chief Administrator is also the Director of the Central Library of Westchester, which involves administration and coordination with other county libraries.

Job Duties

The Chief Administrator will be expected to:

– Define a vision for acquisitions and public programming that supports the principles of the library.

– Develop programming responsive to the interests of library community, including young people, seniors, leadership, and neighbors.

– Oversee fundraising planning and implementation, including identifying resource requirements, researching funding sources, establishing strategies to approach funders, submitting proposals and administrating fundraising records and documentation

– Oversee logistics including scheduling, promotion, partner relationships, and budgets.

– Review external proposals for public programming and make recommendations based on quality and connection to library principles.

– Draft talking points, introductory remarks, and commentary and questions for library leadership and representatives.

– Manage on-site details including data and coordination with library security, and facilities staff.

– Collaborate with staff on all aspects of marketing, including media relations, print and digital collateral, and preservation of content for digital dissemination and archiving.

– Direct adoption of a central system to capture patron/visitor information for recruitment, marketing, and development initiatives.

– Supervise all library staff, including CSEA members.

– Monitor effective benchmarks for measuring the impact of public programming.

Typical Work Activities:

  • Direct and supervise the budgeting and expenditure of library funds and the collection of library revenues
  • Develop and evaluate plans for library services, measuring the effectiveness of the library’s services and programs in relation to the changing needs of the community
  • Supervise the work of library unit heads and administer personnel policies
  • Recommend appointments, transfers, promotions, dismissal and staffing patterns of personnel; review and/or develop for board approval, policies for the operation of the library
  • Represent the library before governmental agencies and community groups in seeking resources and support for the library
  • Review and/or develop new procedures for library services
  • Administer personnel policies, prepare and/or review performance evaluations of staff members; conduct regular staff meetings
  • Recommend and administer policies on the purchase of library materials (in conjunction with the Library Board of Trustees)
  • Recommend and/or administer public relations programs, including public outreach and education in conjunction with annual budget referendum process
  • Coordinate library program operations with municipal departments support services, in areas such as personnel, legal, financial, public works and data processing
  • Supervise the maintenance of library property and recommend repairs, alterations and new construction
  • Keep informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and professional materials
  • Attend and participate in library Board of Trustee meetings

Full performance, knowledge, skills, abilities and personal characteristics

Must have comprehensive knowledge of library administration practices, modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services, and modern principles and practices of library science. Must have thorough knowledge of applications of computer technology in library operations. Must have ability to retain and supervise library staff, to plan and coordinate the work of others, to exercise leadership and to motivate others, to evaluate situations, meet people easily, and work effectively with other community groups or government agencies, to read and comprehend library research, to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to groups and individuals.


Master’s Degree in Library Science from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association and recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable education practices; and at least six (6) years of satisfactory professional library experience. Two or more years of experience should have been in a management capacity.

Special Requirements

Must be eligible for a New York State public librarian’s professional certificate at the time of application with possession of certificate at time of appointment.


Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Board of Trustees
Mount Vernon Public Library
28 South First Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550

Deadline for Applications extended to March 10, 2012

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