Communication and Administrative Coordinator

The Pioneer Library System is a state-chartered library system providing cost-saving services to its 42 small and rural libraries. We help libraries achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

We are looking for a dynamic individual whose initiative, attention to detail, and drive to see what’s coming around the corner (and plan for “what ifs”) will allow us to focus on what’s important- making libraries strong, vibrant, and sustainable.

Primary Objectives: Through effective execution of wide-ranging administrative duties, this position supports two critical areas of our work: 1) Member Library Communication and Engagement; and 2) Administration. The position is full-time and reports to the Executive Director. The responsibilities of the position will require you to work closely with staff members from across the organization and specifically to support the Administrative Department.

Personal Attributes and Strengths of the Successful Candidate:

  • Keen ability to work independently, show initiative, and take ownership.
  • Enjoys solving problems.
  • Excellent judgment, poise, and professionalism; able to represent the System to its partners.
  • Able to re-prioritize tasks and support the organization based on frequently changing needs and move forward even when faced with ambiguity.
  • Appreciates and enjoys bringing a high level of detail to tasks.
  • Enjoys communications, social media, and graphic design projects.

Essential Duties

Administrative Support for Executive Director (50%):

  • Anticipate, plan, and support the Executive Director for upcoming meetings, events, and other calendar commitments. Schedule appointments, meetings, travel arrangements, conference calls, and other events as needed.
  • Draft reports, letters, presentations, etc. on the Executive Director’s behalf.
  • Prepare and distribute monthly information packets for the Board of Trustees.
  • Provide support in responding to communications for the Executive Director.
  • Greet visitors and provide back up support for office reception.
  • Prepare weekly cash deposits, support some basic accounting functions, and provide back up support for Business and Personnel Manager.
  • Maintain and organize System files and documentation.
  • Provide administrative support for advocacy initiatives, including the scheduling of legislative appointments and the preparation of policy and advocacy documents.

Member Library Communication and Engagement (50%):

  • Manage and distribute all electronic newsletters and mass emails for the System.
  • Prepare, design, edit, and distribute reports, invitations, fliers, and other communications to support member library engagement.
  • Set up and coordinate logistics for System events, conferences, workshops, and site visits.
  • Maintain and update the System website and events calendar.
  • Maintain member library directory and communication databases.
  • Communicate to member libraries and the community-at-large through social media channels.

Education and Experience

A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Experience in, and knowledge of, social media, website administration, email systems administration, and Great Plains/Dynamix accounting software is strongly desired. However, technical skills can be acquired on the job through training and development provided for motivated candidates. The ideal candidate will have strong qualifications in:

  • Written and verbal communications skills
  • Administrative and project management
  • The ability to work independently and with others
  • The ability to communicate with diverse audiences
  • Basic accounting principles
  • Graphic design 

Computer Skills:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be proficient in the full suite of Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and Photoshop. The individual must have a general comfort level with cloud computing systems and content management systems.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary range $35,000-$38,000 depending on experience. Benefits include vacation, sick leave, holidays, health insurance, and membership in the New York State Retirement System.  Many opportunities for continuing education. 

How to Apply

Email a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references as a PDF to careers@pls-net.org. Position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by November 26, 2018.

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