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June 20th, 2014 - Posted in Jobs

Solvay Public Library

Solvay, NY

Job Description:

The Board of Trustees of the Solvay Public Library ( in Solvay, New York, is seeking an individual with a passion for library service to fill the part-time position of Library Director I.  The Solvay Public Library is a municipal library primarily serving the residents of the Village of Solvay and the Town of Geddes with a chartered population of 6,800.  The Library was extensively renovated and expanded in 2006, totaling 11,612 square feet.  The staff consists of two full-time and eighteen part-time employees.  Circulation is approximately 110,000 with 5,000 registered borrowers.  There are eleven computers available for public use.

Position Duties:

The Library Director reports directly to the Library Board of Trustees and the Village of Solvay Board of Trustees.  The Director will serve as the administrator overseeing the daily operations and working closely with activities of the Library.  Duties will include, but not limited to the hiring and supervising of staff; preparing, presenting and overseeing the budget; being actively involved with the collections (mainly the Solvay Process Collection), research and technology; overseeing the maintenance of the building and grounds; and researching and successfully preparing grant applications.  The Director will be expected to maintain an active and visible role within the community and be proactive in regards to pursuing funding sources.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications are a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution, and the candidate must possess a valid New York State Librarian’s Professional Certificate from the New York State Education Department.  The candidate must have five (5) years of professional library experience (post MLS), at least two (2) years of which shall have been in an administrative capacity.  Appointment will be made provisionally* pending a Civil Service examination to be held at a later date.

In addition, the candidate should have excellent verbal and written communicative skills, a working understanding of current library technology, fiscal knowledge, and the ability to develop, administer, supervise and coordinate the work of the Library and staff.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary offered is $510.00 per week requiring a 24 hour work week.  Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday, July 11, 2014, and mail to:

How to Apply: 

          Cynthia A. Cook

President – Board of Trustees

Solvay Public Library

615 Woods Road

Solvay NY 13209

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* The person appointed as “provisional” is expected take the next available NYS civil service exam (analysis of training & experience) for the title and must be reachable (one of top 3 candidates) on the eligible list to continue the employment.  For more information on provisional appointment, see New York State Civil Service Law §65 or call Onondaga County Personnel Department at (315) 435-3537. The general job specification for this position on which the civil service test are based on is available at