Director Allegan District Library, Allegan Michigan
An exciting opportunity to take a well-respected library to the next step in providing outstanding service as the result of the current Director’s relocation. The Board of Trustees of the Allegan District Library seeks a visionary leader who will continue the tradition of a positive, collegial culture to become the Library’s next Director. The Allegan District Library is an independent governing unit, serving a patron population of over 17,000 with an operating budget of $1.1M and a staff of 4-FTEs (2 with MLIS degrees) and 10-PTE. The library has just undergone a spectacular Renovation and Improvement Project that added 12K square feet of floor space on three different levels. Included in the project were technology and programming additions. For more details visit https://alleganlibrary.org .
Allegan, located in southwest Michigan, is a charming community with an unbeatable combination of historic atmosphere, and a civic-minded approach to life. The renovated downtown with a riverfront boardwalk, zip-line, splash-pad, fire pit, and two river-front performance stages enhance the small town ambiance. Comfortable driving distances to Kalamazoo, Holland, Grand Rapids, Chicago and Detroit allow easy access to the amenities of larger cities.
The position requires a Master’s degree in library science or library and information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association and a minimum of four (4) years post-Master degree experience in a professional public library position, of which at least two (2) years have been in a position of administration and supervision in a public library.
The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of all facets of public library service; an enthusiasm for and understanding of small-town librarianship; the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects; excellent communications skills; strong financial management abilities; the ability to work effectively with other governmental entities, civic and community groups, and the general public; and the ability to address challenges in a collaborative and creative manner. Familiarity with district library governance and knowledge of Michigan library law would be a plus.
A full position description is available here: https://alleganlibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2020/01/ADL-Library-Director-revised-Dec-2013.pdf
Compensation: From $60,000, dependent on experience and educational qualifications. Excellent benefit package.
Electronic Submission Required. Applications received by 5pm EST on February 18, 2020 will receive first consideration. Interested individuals should forward a cover letter that specifically address the position requirements, a resume, and three professional references (a supervisor, and community leader are recommended), and complete contact information.
Electronic submissions and requests for additional information should be directed to Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org The subject line should contain the words Search Committee and your full name.