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).


Job: Deputy Campus Librarian

10/23/14 –  Deputy Campus Librarian
The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Qualifications and Experience
The successful candidate must possess a Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science with at least seven (7) years of managerial and administrative experience in positions of increasing responsibility in a university or research library.

Knowledge of/experience in:

  • Strategic planning, financial management and human resource management
  • Integrated library systems, information literacy and digital initiatives
  • Developing a quality management system
  • Expansion/renovation projects and in the marketing and promotion of information services

Special Responsibilities

  • Overseeing daily operations and administration of the Alma Jordan Library
  • Assisting/Collaborating with the Campus Librarian on the following:
    • Overall management, planning and decision-making of the Campus Libraries
    • Coordinating the Campus Libraries’ network
  • Preparing and monitoring of the Campus Libraries’ budget
  • Development and Maintenance of library facilities
  • As a member of the Libraries’ Senior Management Team, working collaboratively to articulate the vision and strategic direction of the Libraries
  • Participating in the development and advancement of Special Projects
  • Personal Attributes
    The Campus Libraries places high priority on individuals who can work well in a team environment. Candidates should also possess good communication and interpersonal skills. A good command of English is essential. Candidates must also possess:

    • demonstrated leadership and people management skills
    • excellent skills in budgeting, management and planning
    • a good record of contribution and service to the profession
    • understanding of both information technology and information literacy and their changing roles in higher education
    • understanding of and commitment to the many facets of academic life.

    Detailed application (two copies) and full curriculum vitae should be sent to the University Registrar, Office of Administration, The University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Mona, Jamaica, W.I., Fax No. 1-876-977-1422; e-mail: oadmin@uwimona.edu.jm. Three (3) referees (one of whom should be from your present organization) must be indicated. Application forms can be obtained at http://www.uwi.edu/hrd, Job opportunities section. Further particulars including remuneration package can be obtained at the above address. In order to expedite the appointment procedures, applicants are advised to ask their referees to send their references under CONFIDENTIAL cover DIRECTLY to the University Registrar at the above address without waiting to be contacted by the University.

    Deadline for application: 2014 December 11

     

    Sarah P’s comments:  I do not personally know anywhere who has been employed here but here the Glassdoor reviews which are generally positive.