Brooklyn Public Library

  • Executive Vice President, Finance & Administration

    Posted Date 4 days ago(12/7/2018 9:50 AM)
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    CFO & Finance Administration
  • Overview

    Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), the nation’s fifth largest public library, is committed to providing the borough's 2.6 million residents a vibrant learning environment with free access to quality programs, services and resources through a Central Library, 58 neighborhood libraries located within a half mile of every Brooklyn resident, an outstanding Business and Career Center, the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons and the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Cultural Center.  Founded in 1892, BPL today has over 650,000 active cardholders and annual circulation of nearly 14 million items. Over 1 million attendees participated in nearly 70,000 educational and cultural programs, with nearly 8 million visits to its 59 locations.


    The Library’s annual operating budget is $125 million, supporting nearly 1,100 employees and a collection of nearly four million books.  It is in the midst of its largest rebuilding effort in fifty years, with 1/3 of the system slated for significant capital improvements within the next five years.  It is also expanding the size of the system for the first time in nearly forty years.  The Library is the largest provider of broadband services in Brooklyn, through a network of 1,600 public computers and high-speed WiFi.


    BPL seeks a strategic thinker and creative problem solver for the role of Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration. Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the EVP, Finance and Administration is responsible for managing the operations of the Library system, including its departments of Finance, Capital Planning, Facilities Management, Real Estate, Human Resources, Information Technology, Investment, Safety and Office Services. 



    • Collaborate with the President & CEO and members of the Senior Executive Management Team to develop overall organizational strategy
    • Engage with BPL Board of Trustees, including staffing its Finance, Audit, Investment and Capital Planning committees. 
    • Work with officials in the City’s Office of Management and Budget, Department of Design and Construction, Mayor’s Office, Comptroller’s Office, and other City government officials
    • Provide strategic financial input and leadership on resource allocation decisions affecting the organization.  Evaluate and advise on the impact of new programs/strategies and legal/regulatory actions.
    • Manage long-term investment through external investment manager
    • Provide broad oversight for the design and construction efforts for multiple library redevelopment projects
    • Ensure facilities are effectively and efficiently maintained
    • Evaluate real estate opportunities, including opportunities for service expansion
    • Establish a cultural environment where  effective talent management practices are key
    • Support  BPL’s continuous learning environment
    • Continuously evaluate and improve safety policies and procedures
    • Champion new technologies for patron and/or staff use to provide better user experiences
    • Collaborate with internal stakeholders and negotiate with external  actors on  contractual and legal matters
    • Drive innovation and broad change initiatives resulting in improved patron and staff facing services
    • Collaborate on proposals to secure funding from philanthropic individuals and organizations to finance various aspects of the Library’s operations


    • Ten or more years of experience in a financial or administrative role, with progressively increasing responsibility
    •  Bachelor’s Degree required
    • Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related field is a plus
    • Ability to oversee complex capital projects
    • Ability to plan and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; foster and participate in cross functional groups; and integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals
    • Experience in managing professional staff in a complex, multi-site organization
    • Demonstrated competencies in leadership and motivation, innovation, negotiation and team building
    • Excellent relationship builder, compelling communication and advocacy skills
    • Experience developing strategic plans and managing their implementation
    • Track record of implementing appropriate technology that improves the customers’ experience 
    • Capacity to adapt to changing and competing needs, and make timely decisions
    • Sense of humor


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