William P Faust Public Library of Westland (MI) – Director
The William P Faust Public Library of Westland (MI) (http://www.westlandlibrary.org/) Board of Trustees seeks a confident leader who prioritizes relationship-building and teamwork to re-connect the Library to its community creating a unified vision for the future. Serving 84,000 people with an annual $2.9 million operating budget and 42 staff, the Library provides excellent services to the citizens of Westland in a lovely 33,450 sq. ft. building located in a park-like setting. The community supports its Library—over seventy percent of voters supported a .99 mill operating levy in 2012. New opportunities include initiating a strategic planning process, potential expansion of the facility, and building relationships with city officials and community organizations.
Westland, MI, an “All American City,” is urban in appearance but has that quintessential “small town” feel. Neighbors know their neighbors. Westland exudes Midwestern hospitality and a warm welcome to all. Westland has embraced the Compassionate Cities movement by supporting Relay for Life to fight cancer, recycling to be good stewards of the planet, and maintaining a vital community garden. Westland residents connect with others, lend a helping hand, and create a kinder, better place to live. (Mayor William Wild). Family, friends and neighbors are important in Westland. Westland is also known for its abundant city parks and historical district and participates in the “Passport to a Healthy City” campaign. Being sixteen miles west of Detroit, this City is a diverse, family-friendly community with a low cost of living with easy access to the amenities in an urban metropolitan environment. For more information about the position, the Library and the community, please visit Westland Links (http://www.bradburymiller.com/westlandlinks.htm).
Responsibilities. The Library Director acts as the Executive Officer of the Library with authority for organizing and managing the library operations. The Library Director prepares and submits the library budget to the Board and advises the Board on policy matters.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, the ability to obtain or already hold a Michigan Librarian’s Permanent Certificate. Additional qualifications include: at least 4 years of professional library experience in a public library, of which at least two years have been in a management or supervisory position; a thorough knowledge of public library service; proven experience in successful financial management and budgeting; an understanding of technology and its application in public libraries; strong management skills; excellent communication and interpersonal relationship skills; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with many diverse groups. A degree in business or public administration, prior successful experience reporting to a governing board and union experience are desirable.
Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $70,000-$90,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates (http://www.bradburymiller.com/contactus.html) via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments Karen Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org. This position closes March 4, 2018.