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Available Positions at the White Plains Public Library:

Library Director, Opening

 
The White Plains Public Library seeks an energetic library professional with stellar administrative and management skills and the proven ability to successfully lead a dynamic and continually evolving urban public library. The current library director will retire in August 2024 after 13 years in the position.

The Library is the municipal library of the City of White Plains and serves a diverse and vibrant community of 56,000 residents, of which more than 30,000 are registered borrowers. It is a member of the Westchester Library System, a cooperative public library system serving the 38 public libraries of Westchester County.

White Plains is the County seat of Westchester and home to extensive governmental, educational, medical, legal, retail, transit, business, and corporate facilities. Situated 25 miles north of Manhattan, White Plains is a suburban city with a full accompaniment of urban amenities. Its population soars during the day. With its excellent school system, recreational facilities, premier business market, major mall and a dynamic downtown featuring outstanding restaurants, boutiques and nightlife, White Plains is thriving. It is viewed by residents and visitors alike as one of the most attractive and desirable cities in the state in which to live, work, shop and play.

The Library has a strong service profile and is known for its excellence, innovation, and customer service. The Library Director, staff, and Trustees sustain the Library’s close working relationships with the municipality, local schools, and a wide range of community partners.

The Director is responsible for the implementation of the Library’s strategic plan. This includes promoting equity, diversity and inclusion; expanding community engagement; renewing the Library’s infrastructure, both physical and technological; improving sustainability; and learning from COVID-19.

The Library Director reports to a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the municipality, and is a member of the White Plains Library Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is a separate non-profit incorporated to raise funds for enhanced library services. The Library Director also serves as liaison to the Friends of the Library, a dedicated organization of volunteers who support Library initiatives with book sales and membership.

The Library Director oversees a $7.4 million municipal budget, a staff of approximately 30 full-time and 29 part-time employees, and an 82,000 sq. ft. facility. The Library has been engaged in a renovation of the building beginning with the creation of the Trove, a library for children and families, in 2005; followed by the Edge, a library for teens with a media lab; the Hub for adult services; a thriving cafe; a renovated gallery and auditorium; and abundant spaces for meeting and learning. The Library is initiating a new capital program that will refresh and reinvent the Trove.

This position requires a candidate with a passionate belief in the power and importance of the public library and a compelling vision for community library service. The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate that vision and engage stakeholders at all levels to achieve it. This candidate will have experience with planning, budgeting, analysis of usage, budget and trends; human resource management; service development, implementation, and evaluation; fiscal management; and the creative use of leading edge technology. This candidate will bring experience, skill, and commitment to the development and management of capital projects, with the ability to adapt with creativity as circumstances change.

Minimum qualifications are possession of a Master’s Degree from an American Library Association accredited masters program in library and/or information studies, and seven (7) post graduate years of professional library experience and at least three (3) years at the supervisory level. Eligibility for a NYS Public Librarian’s Professional certificate.

Salary: $182,400. Excellent benefits package.

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume, preferred format PDF or Word by 5 pm on June 5, 2024 to:
librarydirectorsearch@whiteplainslibrary.org
Please put “Library Director, Opening” in the subject line.

The City of White Plains is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Librarian II Adult Services, Position Opening

 
The White Plains Public Library has an opening for a Librarian II to grow our successful marketing and public relations program while also providing public service through reference work and programming.

This Librarian II will develop a public relations program to create positive relationships between the Library and its public; publicize library activities through social media platforms, a digital newsletter, and other channels; promote specific events; and nurture engagement between the Library and White Plains’ communities through marketing. In addition, you will provide reference and reader’s advisory services, instruction, assistance with technology, and plan and implement programs for adults.

The successful candidate must be an excellent collaborator, overseeing all aspects of library marketing and is responsible for maintaining brand consistency and standards. She or he must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, expertise with social media, be creative, and enjoy working independently. Experience in public service, marketing or public relations is a plus. Finally, she or he needs to be outward looking, focused on the needs of White Plains.

The Library, in conjunction with our stated goals in our strategic plan, is actively looking to create more equitable and inclusive programs and experiences for our patrons. In its 2022-2024 Strategic Plan, the Library committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, holding them as core values. We welcome all people and provide equitable access to Library services, programs and resources. We offer programs, services, materials, and resources that respect, support, and represent the diversity of White Plains and are informed by engagement with our community. We provide a diverse and inclusive workspace and seek to attract and retain staff that reflect the diversity of White Plains. For the Library’s complete Strategic Plan, visit https://whiteplainslibrary.org/policies/plan.

The City of White Plains is located 25 miles north of New York City in Westchester County. Home to 57,000 residents, the City’s population expands to 150,000 every workday as thousands of people travel to the City for work or school. The modern downtown has enjoyed ongoing revitalization with expanded shopping, dining and residential options. With a Metro-North commuter railroad station–the busiest in the lower Hudson Valley–and a bus transit center, people from all over Westchester County and beyond make White Plains a destination for work, leisure and study.

Starting salary is $73,346; excellent benefits.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree in library or information science (MLS/MSIS) from a program that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following accepted education practices. Two or more years of professional library experience. Supervisory experience preferred. Applicants must be available to work evening as well as weekend hours.

Special Requirements: Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate at the time of application; possession of certificate at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will also be required to submit a training and experience questionnaire and be reachable for permanent appointment.

Additional Considerations: Fluency in language(s) other than English is a plus.

If interested, please email cover letter and resume by Friday, July 26 to:
Tim Baird, Manager of Adult Services, tbaird@whiteplainslibrary.org
Please put “Librarian Opening” in the subject line.

The City of White Plains is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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