The Fremont Area District Library’s seven-member Board of Trustees seek a Library Director excited and ready to lead a great Library in a great community. Serving a District of 13,000 residents who love their library, the 42,000-square foot Library (expanded in 2000) has a staff of fifteen, a collection of 139,000+ items, a Local History room, and an annual operating budget of $830,000. FADL is an independent taxing District funded by a perpetual mill levy based on property tax. The new Director will provide quality leadership, direct and support staff, work well with an established Friends of the Library, collaborate with local organizations and agencies, and bring new ideas and exciting change to the Library. Opportunities include representing the Library externally to community stakeholders, developing new funding streams for additional revenue, planning and implementing increased operating hours, facility and space redesign, and supporting continuing education for a strong team of dedicated staff.
Fremont, Newaygo County, is one of Western Michigan’s finest communities. Fremont has a wealth of resources, including 300+ area businesses and civic-minded organizations that continually invest back into their community to make it one of Michigan’s greatest places to live, work, and play. Proud of its heritage and home to Gerber Products, the world’s largest baby food company, Fremont is located less than an hour from large metropolitan areas and Lake Michigan. Fremont offers the charm of small town living with excellent schools, many churches and a thriving downtown business community. Fremont is also known for its wealth of natural beauty—residents enjoy year-round recreational opportunities that include 234 natural lakes and ponds, and 356 miles of rivers and streams that provide the ideal setting for boating, camping, fishing, or just relaxing. For more information about the Library and the area, see FADLLinks.
Responsibilities. Under direction of the Library Board, the Director is responsible for the administration and management of the Library. Key areas of responsibility are personnel, budget including development and fundraising, facilities planning, representing the Library in the community and at the Lakeland Library Cooperative, and development and implementation of strategic goals.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and three years’ responsible library experience or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the skills and abilities necessary to perform the work. Additional qualifications for a successful candidate are (1) strong interpersonal skills serving both internal and external stakeholders; (2) ability to develop and implement a clear vision with community/staff/Board input; (3) mentoring and coaching skills; (4) knowledge of current library trends and technologies; and (5) prior success as a vital community collaborator. A willingness to live in the District and successful experience reporting to a governing board in preferred.
Compensation. The starting salary range is $60,000 – $70,000 with an attractive benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury before the closing date of August 18, 2019.