Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa
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Senior Manager

Senior Management Salary comparision chart

 Figure 1 Remuneration comparison for senior management roles

The senior management roles illustrated the largest salary gap (up to 16%) when compared with both local government and general job market salaries (Figure 1). The data also shows that across the board, the LIS sector does not currently reach the average remuneration of the other sectors.

Differences between high and low level managerial responsibilities

There are two main differences between salary grades 16-18 (see description below) and lower level management roles. 

  1. The first is in the planning tasks required of the position.  Managers at this level no longer just manage budgets but are expected to deliver them.  
  2. The second is in the interaction with key stakeholders.  At lower management levels these interactions tend to be purely transactional, whereas at higher levels the manager is expected to be building ongoing relationships.  

Within the grade 16-18 range the task most likely to impact the grading of a position is in the size of the library and team as larger teams provide greater complexity.

Individuals operating at level 16 can expect to be paid at the lower quartile, while individuals working at level 18 can expect to be paid in the upper quartile.

The salary gap between senior managers in different library sectors is most noticeable when pay scales are compared between senior school librarians on the topmost grade and comparable peers in local government and the general job market. In both instances there was a sizeable gap.

A full position description for senior managers can be found here

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