Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0024
Post Date 9/14/2018
Title Deputy Director, ALCTS
City Chicago
State IL
Description The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of The American Library Association, with membership of over 3,000, is seeking a highly skilled and innovative Deputy Director.

ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources.

The ALCTS Deputy Director serves as chief operations officer in support of the continuing growth and efficient operations for ALCTS. The position will advance strategic priorities with staff and volunteers and will supervise two direct reports. This role will require a balance of strategic collaboration, project and personnel management, and budget oversight. ALCTS seeks a candidate who will serve a critical role to support innovation, leadership and management for the division. The ALCTS Deputy Director will work collaboratively with staff, the ALCTS Board of Directors, and members in all areas of the Association.


• The ALCTS Deputy Director serves as the chief operations officer for the unit and represents the division in the absence of the Executive Director

• Budget oversight including management of ALCTS annual budget and grants; grant and board budget reports; and fiscal planning

• Responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan, including comprehensive needs assessment plan to develop programs and services to advance the plan; and the development and implementation of innovative strategies and appropriate budgets to meet organizational goals

• Managing the ALCTS team by providing goal-focused and outcomes-based direction to staff; assisting in unit goal setting and performance review processes; convening regular staff meetings; and facilitating cross training and professional development of staff

• Creating opportunities to enhance and advance internal and external relationships and collaborations with partners and stakeholders by evaluating potential external relationships and partnerships, and supervision of partnership officer position

• In conjunction with ALA’s Development Office, the administration of development programs, both through sponsorships and individual giving

• Oversight of ALCTS communications, member recruitment, member retention, marketing, publishing, continuing education, e-learning, and professional and leadership efforts

This is an opportunity to work in a fun and fast-paced environment that is mission-driven and empowers staff to creatively carry out responsibilities. The successful candidate will play a significant role in enhancing ALCTS’s programs and increasing its impact and member capacity “to shape and respond nimbly to all matters related to the selection, identification, acquisition, organization, management, retrieval, and preservation of recorded knowledge through education, publication, and collaboration.”

The ALCTS/ALA office is conveniently located in downtown Chicago with numerous public transportation options nearby.

Starting Salary: Negotiable from the mid-60s, based on experience. ALA offers a comprehensive and valuable benefits package that includes generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.

Closing Date: Consideration of candidates will begin on September 17, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Process

In addition to sending in your resume, candidates should include a cover letter outlining the strategic value that they will bring to ALCTS, drawing upon past successes and experience.

Apply online including your cover letter, resume and salary expectations,

(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as the resume)


Send your cover letter, resume and salary expectations to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Mary Pullen, Sr Human Resources Manager
Ref: depdirALCTS
50 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran
The successful candidate will have a minimum of 7 to 10 years of experience in a professional member association or non-profit organization, with 3 to 5 years of experience managing professional level staff. This will include demonstrated success in leading effective teams and a deep understanding of building well-trained, empowered, highly collaborative, mission-driven staff.

Other requirements include:

• Exceptional management skills and aptitude for and a record of successful financial management and oversight

• A verifiable track record of success with program planning and management, including implementation and assessment, and budget oversight

• Demonstrated ability to articulate positively, clearly, and professionally, both orally and written, to diverse audiences effectively influencing internal and external stakeholders, as well as key constituents.

• The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with elected Boards of Directors, members and volunteers, staff and colleagues, funders, vendors and cooperating organizations

• A builder of community, of partnerships, of successful working relationships with staff, partners, donors, and other stakeholders

• Must be a self-starter, innovator, collaborator, problem-solver, and highly organized

• Adept at anticipating problems and proactively developing solutions

• Ability to work well under pressure, to meet deadlines while making sound decisions for ALCTS, even if unpopular, and to accommodate shifting priorities as required

• Aptitude for providing excellent customer service, work and communicate effectively with co-workers, member leaders and groups, and external customers

• Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Office applications

• Prior experience with email marketing (e.g., Informz), HTML coding or content management systems, and social media platforms (including management platforms (Hootsuite and Buffer) is a plus

• Working knowledge of association management system (AMS), such as iMIS or similar, is desirable

• This position does require travel to our annual and midwinter conferences and occasional additional travel


Bachelor’s degree required, MLIS or master’s degree preferred.
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