State Librarian

State Librarian
New Jersey State Library

The New Jersey State Library seeks a dynamic individual with proven leadership qualities to direct and further develop the New Jersey State Library including the State Library Information Center, the Library Development Bureau, and the Talking Book and Braille Center as well as the 2,000-member New Jersey Library Network. The successful candidate will be a forward-thinking leader and change agent, who can shape and communicate a compelling vision for New Jersey’s motivated and engaged library community. In addition, the N.J. State Librarian represents this innovative organization with national and regional library organizations.

The New Jersey State Library, located in the city of Trenton, is an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, and the N.J. State Librarian reports to the University President. The N.J. State Librarian works with the University, the Governor’s Office, and the Legislature as well as with libraries and library organizations throughout the state. With 100 staff and a $17 million budget, the N.J. State Library continues to offer the highest quality service to the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government. The mission of the N.J. State Library is to connect people with information through its service to libraries, government, and people with special needs. The N.J. State library fulfills its mission through its three bureaus and administration and offers a fast-paced, innovative, interesting, and rewarding work environment focusing on quality customer service. For more information on the N.J. State Library and the local community see New Jersey Links.

Responsibilities. Major responsibilities include administering state and federal library laws and funding; annual budgeting including seeking alternate funding streams; legislature presentations; providing library education and information; establishing and overseeing policies and procedures; strategic planning including annual goals and objectives; advising Thomas Edison State University on library issues; ensuring that New Jersey libraries can access up-to-date and effective technologies; and successfully interacting with the New Jersey library community — staff, trustees, government officials and interested citizens. For the detailed job description, see State Librarian.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited school and at least four years of library experience in a responsible administrative capacity. Desired attributes include proven management expertise, planning ability, budgeting skills, ability to successfully promote library services at the state level; knowledge of organizational theory; knowledge of current library technologies and best practices; and excellent public speaking and interpersonal communication skills. Prior administrative experience with a state library agency or multi-type regional library organization is desirable.

Compensation. The hiring range for this position is $160,000 – $180,000 with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury. This position will close November 8, 2020.

BRADBURY MILLER ASSOCIATES
CANTON, OH