Director, Summit Free Public Library, Summit
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 10:00 AM

Director of the Summit (NJ) Free Public Library

The Summit Free Public Library (SFPL) Board of Trustees seeks a dynamic, action-oriented library professional to lead its vibrant public library following the retirement of its well-respected director. The new director will have the challenge to lead the library into the future including reorganizing our children’s and teen spaces and aligning the library with Summit’s wider redevelopment plans. The Director will lead staff and collaborate with the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Summit Free Public Library and the Summit Free Public Library Foundation, City Council, School District and the Superintendent of Schools, community organizations, and other stakeholders to bring high-energy leadership to help fulfill the library’s mission to “inform, enrich and inspire the community”. The director should be knowledgeable about library trends, technology and its use in libraries and be able to manage a facility and staff of 13 FT and 18 PT employees with an annual budget of $2.5 million. The SFPL’s recently completed long range plan provides a roadmap for the library’s future with a continued commitment to community engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and continuous improvement. The library’s vision is to be the community’s “focal point for knowledge, entertainment, social gathering, and the exchange of ideas,” The Summit Free Public Library is at the heart of our 22,000-person community and enjoys city-wide support. The library offers a wide variety of popular programs and services including a diverse collection, outstanding early literacy and adult programs, and technology training provided by a dedicated and talented staff team.

The City of Summit, New Jersey is often high on lists of best places to live in NJ and in the US. Summit has consistently ranked high in NJ Monthly's biennial listing of NJ’s Top 100 Towns. In 2019, Summit was ranked the second-best place to live in NJ. Within 20 miles from New York City, with easy bus or train connections, Summit offers top rated schools, the Visual Arts Center, the Summit Playhouse, the Summit Community Center, the Reed-Reeves Arboretum, Watchung Reservation and numerous local parks along with a bustling downtown of many local and national retailers and restaurants. We offer a highly competitive salary that is commensurate with leadership experience and a proven record of results. The library provides comprehensive health coverage, paid vacation time, a retirement plan, and pre-tax spending accounts.

Qualifications: An ALA accredited master’s degree in Library/Information Science is required as well as eligibility for a NJ State Public Librarian Certification. Experience in public or academic library leadership, administration and management with a minimum of five years’ experience working in a library setting. The director is required to become a NJ resident within one year of employment.

For consideration, please email a pdf cover letter, resume and three references to: [email protected]

Questions and inquiries may be addressed to Alan Burger at [email protected] or Leslie Burger at [email protected].

Confidential review of applications and interviews will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

MLS or Library School Required:

Salary Meets NJLA Minimum:

Job Focus:
Public/Adult Service