[Michlib-l] Van Buren (MI) District Library closes August 9

Marianne Hartzell marianne at hartzell-mikaconsulting.com
Mon Jul 31 10:10:48 EDT 2017

Don't miss this great opportunity!


The Board of Trustees of the Van Buren District Library is seeking an 
individual with proven financial and administrative skills as well as 
both the vision and commitment to lead a multi-branch library system in 
beautiful southwestern Michigan.The Van Buren District Library consists 
of the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur, which serves as the 
headquarters library, and six branches located throughout Van Buren 
County.The staff takes pride in assuring the branches work together as a 
community to serve their patrons’ diverse needs. The system serves a 
population of almost 45,000 with a current budget of $2.1 million and a 
staff of 52.The library system is autonomous and has a millage/levy, 
providing a secure funding base.The system also enjoys additional 
support from the Webster Trust.

Van Buren County is located in southwest Michigan, half way between 
Chicago and Detroit, allowing access to big city amenities, while 
providing all the benefits of small-town living.The county is renowned 
as the "fruit basket of Michigan" and produces everything from apples, 
to blueberries, to award-winning grapes and wines.Twenty miles of Lake 
Michigan shoreline and 133 inland lakes help provide relaxation, 
fishing, boating, and bike trails.To learn more about the Van Buren 
District Library visit: www.vbdl.org; for more information about Van 
Buren County visit: www.vbco.org.

Position requirements:a graduate degree in Library and Information 
Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association; a 
minimum of five (5) years of post-degree employment in a public library, 
of which at least three (3) years have been in a management/supervisory 
position.In addition to excellent financial management abilities, the 
successful candidate will have outstanding verbal and written 
communication skills; be able to articulate a vision for library service 
and inspire others; have a thorough understanding of library technology 
and applications; and an open, inclusive management approach.The ability 
to work effectively with multiple constituencies and an understanding of 
small and rural libraries is essential. Experience in a building project 
would be a plus. For a complete position description visit 

Compensation: $82,000 - $90,000 dependent on qualifications; 
comprehensive benefit package including health, dental and vision 
insurance; life and long-term disability coverage; a 401 (a) retirement 
plan with a 457 deferred compensation option.

Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is 
filled, but those received by 5 o’clock pm (ET) on August 9, 2017 will 
receive first consideration. _Electronic submissions required_.To apply, 
submit a cover letter, specifically addressing the position 
requirements, your resume, and the names, and contact information 
(including email address) of three (3) professional references to 
Marianne at hartzellmikaconsulting.com.

Marianne Hartzell, Consultant
marianne at hartzell-mikaconsulting.com
Hartzell-Mika Consulting, LLC
P.O. Box 4396
East Lansing, Michigan  48823
phone: 517-719-3487
fax:   517-324-3637

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