[Michlib-l] New Salary & New Close Date! Library Director, Branch District Library (MI)

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Fri Feb 26 14:51:15 EST 2016



Manage six unique libraries as a single, unified system in South Central
Michigan! The Branch District Library
<https://www.branchdistrictlibrary.org/>  Board of Trustees seeks a
progressive and original leader who can and will capitalize on the Library's
2015 millage success and create a sound forward-thinking plan for the
Library's future. The Library staff (37 employees,  23 FTE) serves the
46,905 citizens of Branch County and Allen Township in Hillsdale County with
a $1.6 million operating budget.  The Branch District Library was formed in
1991 by combining the resources and services of individual public libraries
in Coldwater, Algansee, Bronson, Quincy, Sherwood, and Union Township.
Branches of the District Library remain active in those communities, each of
which has its own unique character, community support, programs and
services. The challenge for the new Director will be to help the Library and
its services flourish with its communities, move forward with innovation to
restore hours and services and become recognized as the community resource.
The District collaborates with the Woodlands Library Cooperative
<http://woodlands.lib.mi.us/>  and other agencies to provide technology,
special programs and much more.


Branch County <http://www.countyofbranch.com/>  is located in southern
Michigan, half way between Chicago and Detroit along the Old Sauk Trail,
also known as the U.S. 12 Heritage Route. With warm small town hospitality,
Coldwater (the county seat) and the surrounding communities offer festivals,
shopping, restaurants and more than 100 area lakes for fishing and
recreational activities-all amid very diverse and affordable housing
options. Cultural amenities include the historical Tibbits Opera House in
Coldwater-the second oldest theater in Michigan-offering near perfect
acoustics in an intimate 499-seat setting. The theater offers a fine array
of performances throughout the year and has developed an outstanding
reputation for its Summer Theatre performances. Branch County is served by
five school districts and two colleges-Baker College and Kellogg Community
College. The area has a healthy and expanding economy, including the
recently announced Clemens Food Group's $225 million investment in a new
pork production facility. For more about the communities and the Library see
Branch Links <http://www.gossagesager.com/branchlinks.htm> .  


Responsibilities. The Director reports to a seven-member Library Board of
Trustees and under the broad policy guidance and direction from the Board,
performs professional and administrative duties in planning, developing,
implementing, and directing public library services for the Branch District
Library.  These duties include personnel management, budget preparation and
financial management, policy and project development, facilities management,
and community relations. The Director will work effectively with elected
officials at the local, township and state level; and with the media,
stakeholder groups, and the communities to enhance the Library's image as
the heart of the county.


Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master's Degree in Library
Science from an ALA-accredited program; four years of experience as an
administrator/director or as a department head for a public library (or
equivalent); and the ability to obtain and retain Michigan Certification
Level 1. Essential attributes and skills include: excellent communication
and organizational skills; the ability and desire to plan, develop, and
administer the activities of a public library; supervisory experience;
demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with the Board, staff and community stakeholders; and an
understanding and appreciation of public library best practices in the areas
of intellectual freedom, collections, and library technologies. Successful
experience as a library director reporting to a governing board, experience
leading and implementing a strategic planning process and experience with a
successful millage campaign are highly desirable.


Compensation.  The salary range is $70,000 to $82,000 (with placement
dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits


For further information contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates
<http://www.gossagesager.com/>  via email or telephone. To start the
application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word
or pdf attachments via email to Dan Bradbury
<mailto:danbradbury at gossagesager.com>  on or before the closing date of
April 10, 2016.



Jobeth Bradbury

Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates <http://www.gossagesager.com/> 

4545 Wornall Rd, Ste. 805

Kansas City, MO 64111

816-803-7087 (cell); 816-531-2468 (office)

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