Job: Executive Director

7.28.16 – Executive Director
National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS)
Port of Spain, Trinidad/Tobago

Sarah P’s comments:  A very rare public library position…

The Executive Director is responsible for the management of the strategic and operational activities of the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) Trinidad and Tobago, in accordance with governmental policies and strategic direction, determined by the Board of Directors.

The Executive Director is the liaison between the Board and management of the organisation, leading in the development and execution of NALIS’ goals and objectives.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Formulates and develops the organisational strategy (strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation)
  • Monitors and implements the strategic imperatives of the organisation, proposing solutions for system wide matters needing attention
  • Monitors all library services and participates in the development and implementation of professional standards across the NALIS network of Libraries
  • Ensures adherence and compliance with all legislative requirements in the work environment.
  • Provides information and advice to the line Minister and the Board on matters pertaining to the national library and information services and matters of literacy
  • Leads and oversees the development and implementation of the organisation’s action plans in accordance with its strategy
  • Ensures that the organisation’s Human Resource is managed according to approved policies and procedures and fully conforms to respective laws and regulations
  • Ensures that the Financial Resources of the organisation are utilized in accordance with the required financial regulations and allocations

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND ATTITUDES

 EXTENSIVE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Policy formulation and development
  • Strategic Planning and Management

CONSIDERABLE KNOWLEDGE OF:

  • Library development standards and quality assurance
  • Information Communication Technologies and their applications in library networks
  • Current library principles and practices, professional library policies, library rules and regulations

ABILITY TO:

  • Lead and manage a diverse group of workers within the organisation
  • Work effectively to prioritize and multitask within tight deadlines and respond to changing demands
  • Work outside of normal working hours on a regular basis
  • Establish positive working relationships with employees, other agencies and the general public locally, regionally and internationally

SKILLS IN:

  • Leadership
  • Decision making
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Presentation
  • Problem-solving/ Analysis
  • Negotiation
  • Human Relations and Communication

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Maintains high standards of ethics, honesty and integrity in personal and professional relationships
  • Tact and Diplomacy
  • Maintains poise and emotional stability in the full range of professional activities
  • Responds well when faced with unexpected/disturbing situations
  • Remains open to ideas, suggestions in the face of criticisms

ATTITUDES:

  • Must be a transformational leader with strong strategic critical thinking skills, with the ability to transfer enthusiasm to forge a dynamic team
  • Remains positive and focused with an emphasis on a can do, hands on approach and philosophy

QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

Essential qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Library and Information Science or any other recognised qualification in Library and Information Science
  • A minimum of five (5) years managerial experience in Library and Information services, including three (3) in a senior management position
  • A Post Graduate qualification in management or a related field will be an asset

For consideration, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, together with names and addresses of two (2) references should be submitted by August 25, 2016 to:

Chairman, Board of NALIS

National Library and Information System Authority

National Library of Trinidad and Tobago, Hart and Abercromby Streets,

Port of Spain,

Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED

Any qualification from a non-regional institution must be accompanied by certification from the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT).


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