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Job & Internship Opportunities
The FFL is nationally and internationally renowned for its innovative programs, services, spaces, and collections. It has been named a Library Journal Five Star Library for eight years, and is the home of the first library makerspace in the United States. Through speaking opportunities and innovation tours, the FFL has created partnerships inside and outside of the library industry, and has influenced librarianship on local, national, and international scales.
A member of the Onondaga County Public Library System, the FFL is located in the historic village of Fayetteville, in the suburbs of Syracuse, NY. The library serves a population of 10,314, has an operating budget of just under two million dollars, and a talented and engaged staff of 33 (15 full-time).
Syracuse is located in the geographic center of New York State and offers changing seasons and easy access to beautiful lakes, forests and mountains, making it a perfect spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Other assets include a reasonable cost of living and home ownership, excellent schools and cultural amenities. New York City, Toronto, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia are only hours away.
Anticipated Start Date: March 1st, 2019
The Library Director is responsible for all library operations and reports to the Board of Trustees. Examples of responsibilities:
- Develops and presents an annual budget and monitors and approves expenditures
- Oversees recruitment, hiring, supervision and development of library personnel
- Provides oversight for collection development and maintenance
- Develops short-term and long-range goals in keeping with the FFL’s mission and policies
- Provides the Library Board of Trustees with accurate information and context for decision making
- Seeks out and fosters collaborative partnerships
- Leads a dynamic team of highly-qualified professionals
- Develops policies for consideration and approval by the Library Board of Trustees
- Prepares grant proposals, administers grant funds, and submits all necessary paperwork and reports
- Prepares state, local, and other statistical or narrative reports as needed or required.
- Supervises the maintenance of library property and recommends repairs, alterations and new construction.
Essential skills and qualities:
- Demonstrates ethical leadership and creates an atmosphere of collaboration and open communication among staff members and in the community
- Develops and communicates a shared vision for the library
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- A thorough knowledge of current trends, technologies, and best practices for public libraries
- The ability to build consensus, and to make difficult decisions when necessary
- A strong commitment to public service, inclusion, diversity, and community engagement
- Tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public.
Master’s Degree in Library Science, Information Studies or other graduate library degree accredited by the American Library Association. Possess or be eligible at time of appointment for a New York State Public Librarian Certificate. Five or more years of satisfactory professional library experience with three or more years in an administrative or leadership role. Prior experience as a director preferred. Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
We know that you have unique ideas, skills, and perspectives, and we want your internship experience to utilize all of them. Have an idea? Great! Have lots of interest or enthusiasm, but nothing concrete? That’s great, too! At the FFL you will work one on one with a member of the FFL professional team to create a customized internship plan. If you can dream it, we can do it! We have hosted interns for the following areas:
- STEAM and Making
- Participatory Programming
- Marketing & Publicity
- Partnerships & Outreach
- Grant Writing
- Local history and Digitization
- Archives and Preservation
- Services to Special Populations
- Reference and Instruction
- Collection Development and Access
- Reader’s Advisory and Displays
- Children’s Programs and Services
- Teen Programs and Services
- And more!
To apply, email your cover letter & resume to Leah Kraus at firstname.lastname@example.org
This opportunity is for students interested in unpaid, for credit, experiential learning.
Past FFL Support Staff Members have said:
“Those customer service lessons still serve me well, even though I don’t work in the public library setting anymore. There is no doubt in my mind that it both helped me find a position as a librarian and helped me do a better job from day one than I would have otherwise.” – I.D., Reference & Research Librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi
“I came to know what success meant for a library on the level of the FFL, and found that my own standards had grown to match it. As I neared the end of my graduate degree program and began apply to professional positions it became clear that my experiences at the FFL translated into a tool chest of skills that excited employers, and when I finally received a professional position it was, in large part, because of the work I did during my time at the FFL.” B.B., Branch Manager, Williamsport Memorial Library, MD