The Executive Board of the New Jersey Library Association (NJ) seeks a politically astute, determined, and inspirational individual to serve as its next Executive Director. The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA) has been serving library professionals across the state since its inception in 1890. Headquartered in Bordentown, NJ, the organization serves over 1,700 members providing advocacy, professional development opportunities, scholarships, and showcasing what New Jersey libraries have to offer. The Executive Director will manage two part-time staff and an $880,000 budget in support of the organization’s goals. Key initiatives include continuing the dialogue around increased state aid for NJ libraries, bringing professionals together through the Association’s annual conference, helping to create a more diverse and inclusive membership, advocating for intellectual freedom at the state level, and impressing upon the legislature why libraries should be a priority.
Responsibilities: The Executive Director will be responsible for responding to and supporting the needs of NJLA membership; collaborating with and reporting to the Executive Board; serving as the Association’s legislative agent maintaining relationships on the state and federal levels; monitoring legislative and regulatory activities related to the association; preparing testimony and public policy statements on behalf of the Association; defining staff duties and establishing performance standards and work schedules; completing business arrangements for conference and other major meetings of the Association including site selection, contract negotiation, exhibits management and general oversight; serving with the President as chief spokesperson for the Association; developing and recommending the annual budget to the Executive Board for approval; and working with the Executive Board to develop, implement, revise and evaluate policies. The Executive Director may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in the job description.
Qualifications: Minimum qualifications include five years of progressively more responsible experience in professional library work; three years in an administrative position; or any combination of training or experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities; and residency in the state of New Jersey within one year of employment (unless exempted by law). A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited college or university is preferred. The ideal candidate will possess excellent communication skills, strength in advocacy as NJLA’s registered lobbyist, an ability to collaborate with existing library-focused state organizations, and be self-motivated to envision a plan for the organization. A commitment to diversity and excellence is a must.
The hiring salary range is $115,000 – $130,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter, your resume, and your personal equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) statement as Word or PDF attachments to Karen Miller. This position closes on December 11, 2022.
Five years of progressively more responsible experience in professional library work; three years in an administrative position; or any combination of training or experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities; and residency in the state of New Jersey within one year of employment (unless exempted by law) is required..