Head Librarian
Open Society Foundations - New York, NY

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

We seek to strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check.

We help to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights.

We implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media.

We build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Purpose of Position
During this one-year term the head librarian will be expected to conduct a needs assessment and present a strategy of how to ensure that the library is being maximized throughout the Open Society network.

The head librarian will also be responsible for the day to day operation of the library services and will be expected to manage, maintain, and maximize all of Open Society’s information resources. These services are available to all projects, departments, staff, and Fellows.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Serve as the main point of contact for information services to staff and Fellows;
  • Acquire articles, books, and reports for projects, departments, and staff, according to their requests, via inter-library loan and/or purchase;
  • Assist staff with their research needs;
  • Supervise maintenance of the computerized library catalog;
  • Manage subscriptions to online databases and periodicals available to all staff;
  • Set up programmed searches in various databases for staff and projects;
  • Orient new staff and Fellows to library services;
  • Manage periodicals subscriptions for projects which request this service;
  • Supervise the associate librarian;
  • Catalog publications into OCLC’s First Search (aka WorldCat) database;
  • Inform staff of memberships in affinity groups of funders;
  • Participate in professional organizations, such as the American Library Association, the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, and/or the Special Libraries Association (SLA);
  • Present papers at conferences such as the Internet Librarian, the National Online Meeting, or Special Libraries Association as needed;
  • Provide training to staff, as needed;
  • Write articles for publication as needed.

Education / Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree (BA) from a four-year college or university with several years’ relevant experience;
  • Master’s in library science or equivalent preferred;
  • General knowledge of Open Society programs.

Skills Required
  • Demonstrated management skills in not-for-profit organizations, foundations, and/or government agencies, particularly in complex organizations;
  • Excellent computer skills, proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Leadership expertise in identifying best practices and improvement of internal systems;
  • Flexibility and willingness to work simultaneously on a wide range of tasks and projects;
  • Experience in managing multiple priorities under pressure and accomplish short- and long- term deadlines with a heavy workload;
  • Demonstrated experience in budget, technical, and financial management functions;
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills;
  • Proven ability to build and maintain relationships with a wide array of people with diverse backgrounds throughout a complex organization;
  • Proven leadership qualities with delivering superior results;
  • Professionally competent to make administrative, procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive and confidential issues;
  • Effectively interact with staff on all levels;
  • Identify and resolve sensitive matters and situations;
  • Professional, diplomatic demeanor with the ability to represent a global organization and interact with colleagues from diverse backgrounds;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated expertise in handling all personnel-related issues and information in a confidential manner.

Program Specific Requirements
  • Must have library and research experience;
  • Candidate should be customer-service oriented, have the ability to work quickly with attention to detail, provide high quality work product, and be able to work as a member of a virtual and centralized research team;
  • A forward-thinking approach to providing research in a fast-paced organization is a must;
  • Knowledge of any of the following: Academic Search Complete, CQ.com, Docline, Foundation Directory Online, HeinOnline, Ingenta, JSTOR, Leadership Library, LexisNexis, OCLC, PubMed.

Work Environment and Physical Demands
Essential functions are typically performed in an office setting with a low level of noise. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Application Instructions
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements by May 19, 2014, to: humanresources@opensocietyfoundations.org . Include job code in subject line: LIB-USP.

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