The City of Albany seeks a community-focused and dynamic director to lead its library system during an exciting time in its 106-year-old history. Key opportunities will include completion and rollout of a strategic plan, thoughtful and creative solutions for building a sustainable financial future, enhancing the library’s partnerships, and challenging a highly educated and experienced staff.
The mission of the Albany Public Library is to provide exceptional public service to a diverse community, in partnership with organizations who share a love for Albany and a commitment to its well-being and prosperity. The Main Library has been in its current 41,000 sq. ft. home since 2009. The beautifully restored Carnegie Library has been in continuous operation since 1914, and this crown jewel of a neighborhood library is a contributing member to the Monteith National Register Historic District of Albany. The Library is and has continued to be the city’s center of information and knowledge, where patrons of all ages and backgrounds come to learn, grow, and think for themselves. The Library embraces the concept of being the community’s living room and seeks to offer its spaces for fun, cultural enrichment and a lifetime of learning.
The Library Director is directly accountable to the City Manager and is responsible for providing leadership and management oversight for all divisions within the department. The Library Director will be responsible for a biennial budget of $6 million and 21 FTE, as well as disbursements from three significant endowments. The chosen candidate will be expected to work collaboratively as part of a City management team under the direction of the City Manager. The new Library Director will communicate directly with the Library Board, City staff, citizens, businesses, and others regarding practices and policies.
Candidates should have an extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs, as well a working knowledge of current professional trends in public library services and management. The Library Director will be adept at effective public relations and skilled at building relationships with community groups, employees, city officials, private businesses, non-profit organizations, and other levels of government.
The new Library Director will be an experienced administrator who possesses outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and leadership skills. The ideal candidate will demonstrate and promote the highest standards of personal and professional conduct. The candidate will be transparent and practice an open style of management to work collaboratively with members of the department, fostering a positive working environment that encourages individuals to excel in their areas of responsibility.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated track record of forming effective partnerships. The candidate will possess a balance between assertiveness and diplomacy, be a good listener, and be willing to discuss matters candidly and openly. The Library Director must possess a strong management presence combined with the flexibility necessary to reach compromise for the benefit of the City of Albany, its employees, and the entire community.
The selected candidate will be a person of imagination and vision who will ensure continued progress for the City of Albany and who will appreciate the city for its quality of life, sound leadership, and its skilled and dedicated employees.
Education and Experience
The successful candidate will possess a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in library science and have five years of progressively responsible experience in library operations, including four years at a supervisory and management level; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.
The Library Director holds a vital public position within the community, and the new director will be expected to become actively involved in and engaged with the community upon arrival. This will include the requirement to establish residency within the Albany Urban Growth Boundary within six months of hire should the new director currently live outside of commuting distance. A director who, upon hire, lives within commuting distance shall, upon moving residences, agree to establish and, thereafter, maintain residency within the Albany Urban Growth Boundary while employed by the City.
Opportunities & Challenges
A variety of operational and administrative issues await the new Library Director’s attention. Briefly summarized, some of those issues include:
Applications will be accepted until October 27, 2019, or until a suitable candidate is selected for appointment.
If you are interested in applying for this career opportunity and want to work in a community that has tremendous public support, as well as a supportive city manager and city council, please visit hr.cityofalbany.net, to complete an application. Please attach a statement of qualifications and a list of five professional references to your application.
Screening Process & Timeline
Application screening will begin the week of October 28, 2019. Video interviews are anticipated for November 8, 2019, and formal interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 6, 2019. Once a finalist has been determined, the City will conduct a full pre-employment background investigation to begin by the week of December 16, 2019. The anticipated start date for our new Library Director is February 1, 2020.
All inquiries relating to the recruitment and selection process are to be directed to the City of Albany Human Resources Department.
Human Resources Programs Coordinator
Human Resources Director