KALAMAZOO PUBLIC LIBRARY (MI)
The award-winning, highly successful Kalamazoo (MI) Public Library seeks its next Library
Leader—a leader who will serve both the Library and the community as an engaged, active participant and contributor. The seven-member elected Board of
Trustees and the staff (81FTE) are pledged to core values and social justice
principles through its strong programs and services supporting 116,000 community residents. The library has an $11 million annual operating budget,
with a Central Library, four neighborhood branch locations, and a supportive Friends of the Library organization. The Library emphasizes preschool
literacy as a Family Place Library and with a Ready to Read program and hosts innovative services including ONEPlace—a management support center for
nonprofits; the County Law Library; and a comprehensive Local History Collection (2011 State History Award). In addition to being Library Journal’s 2002
Library of the Year, the Kalamazoo Public Library also received the 2012 State Library’s Citation of Excellence Award for superior customer service.
Kalamazoo voters have a long history of support and love for their Library culminating in successful twenty-year levy elections in 2009 and 2014.
Key opportunities for the new Director include leading a new strategic planning process, innovating through digital technologies,
enhancing staff development through coaching and mentoring, developing new programs to serve underserved populations, and upholding the Library’s
commitment to social justice.
Kalamazoo, a medium sized city equidistant from the metro areas of Chicago and Detroit,
is home to the nationally recognized Kalamazoo Promise, Kalamazoo College, and Western
Michigan University with a new School of Medicine, outstanding healthcare systems, and many recreational and cultural amenities. Kalamazoo also
recently recognized a new partnership—Foundation for Excellence—between private philanthropy and the City to provide a forward-looking community
benefiting everyone. Kalamazoo has a lively theater and music scene, including the Gilmore Keyboard Festival and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra;
microbreweries, restaurants, and specialty retail create a vibrant Downtown energy. Recreational amenities include stellar parks, inland lakes,
bike trails, and proximity to Lake Michigan. Equally enticing is Kalamazoo’s low cost of living and affordable housing. For more information
on the Kalamazoo Public Library and Kalamazoo, visit Kalamazoo Links.
Responsibilities. The Director has overall responsibility for the planning, development, implementation and
evaluation of all Library operations and works successfully with staff, Board, governmental officials and community stakeholders. Primary
responsibilities include, but are not limited to, implementing Board policies and program decisions; developing the annual budgets tied to
Library goals; implementing and evaluating the strategic plan; hiring, developing and retaining Library personnel; developing and implementing
long-range capital improvements plans; and advocating for the Library in the local, state and national community. For the complete position
description, see Kalamazoo Public Library Director.
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 (requires four (4) years of full-time employment or an equivalent time period of paid professional library work
following the completion of the MLS degree), and five (5) years professional library experience at a management level. Preferred qualifications
include sound fiscal management skills; the ability to mentor and inspire a strong, creative staff; knowledge of best practices and trends in library
technologies; and proven success in community engagement and partnership development. Prior Library Director experience reporting to a governing
Board in a multi-branch environment and experience working with collective bargaining units are also desirable.
Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $105,000-130,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller
Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury.
This position closes April 23, 2017.
BRADBURY MILLER ASSOCIATES
4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS
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