APL Board Hires Firm to Conduct Executive Director Search

January 14, 2022 | Library News

The Albany Public Library Board of Trustees is moving forward in its search for a new executive director by contracting with a consulting firm to conduct the nationwide recruitment effort.

After interviewing three executive search consulting firms, the board approved hiring John Keister & Associates at a meeting on Jan. 11. The professional recruitment firm specializes in executive searches for libraries and non-profit organizations and has been in business for more than 30 years.

For a fee of $22,500, John Keister & Associates will consult with key staff and stakeholders, create a search website and advertise the position nationally, recruit a pool of candidates and conduct preliminary interviews, present applicants to the search committee, schedule interviews and advise on the interview process, assist in final interviews and possible in-person visits, conduct reference checks, and present the offer to the board-selected candidate.

The search process is estimated to take between four and six months to complete. The library board’s three-member Ad Hoc Executive Director Search Committee is leading the recruitment effort. The full board will interview and approve the final candidate to be hired.

APL’s previous executive director, Scott C. Jarzombek, left Albany in October 2021 to take another library leadership position out of state. Melanie Metzger, assistant director for more than eight years, has been serving as interim director since that time.

Stephanie Simon

Stephanie Simon is APL's public information officer, and manages the library's communications, public relations, and marketing efforts. No, she isn't a librarian, but feels as if she's among her people here at the library.