Seeking Executive Director to Lead Bernardsville Public Library

Bernardsville Public Library strives to be “a world at your doorstep” for all borough residents. It has been recognized in New Jersey as the second-highest-ranked library in its budget category ($1 million to $4.9 million) for the past five years. Nationally, Bernardsville Public Library placed fourth among libraries in this budget segment. The library has 15 staff members, including 4 departmental managers, provides 1,170 programs attended by more than 23,000 visitors annually and houses a print collection of 73,094. The 2013 operating budget is slightly over $1 million and annual circulation is over 211,000. The 17, 000 square foot library, located in the heart of Bernardsville, hosts 191,000 visitors per year. Recognized with a five-star rating by The Library Journal, Bernardsville Public Library is one of only 30 libraries nationwide to receive its top rating for five consecutive years.

Bernardsville encompasses 12 square miles in Somerset County, New Jersey, with 2,685 households (7,770 residents) residing in the borough. Of 514 towns in NJ, Bernardsville was ranked 27th in September, 2013 in New Jersey Magazine’s ranking of “The Best Places to Live in New Jersey”. With an estimated average household income in 2012 of over $163,000, the library receives significant financial and volunteer support from borough residents and benefits from the efforts of the Bernardsville Library Foundation and the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library. Three schools make up the Somerset Hills School District and are located in Bernardsville. The Superintendent of Schools sits on the Library’s nine-member Board of Trustees, along with the Borough Mayor, or his designated representative, and 7 Mayoral appointees.

The Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director candidate with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited institution, with relevant supervisory or administrative library experience. The candidate must communicate effectively and possess impressive interpersonal and social skills. Professional certification in compliance with state law is required, as well as continuing education in the areas of library services and technology.

This leadership position requires superior organizational skills and a willingness and ability to work independently. The Executive Director is responsible for all library functions; the implementation of library policy as determined by the Board of Trustees and the supervision of all library personnel. This individual is expected to assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges for the library and develop strategies for recommendation to the Board. The Executive Director must deal with day-to-day issues independently, within the scope of his/her authority and library policy. Salary is commensurate with experience and skills.

Confidential letters of interest, with accompanying materials, may be sent to by Monday, November 4, 2013, for the Search Committee’s consideration. To review the formal description for this position, click here.