As the Orion Township Public Library continues to welcome its patrons both in person and virtually, the Library welcomes a new Library Director—one who will continue the Library’s strong trajectory of service to its community. Working with 44 staff members and a $2.5 million annual budget, the six-member Board of Trustees, representing 39,500 residents, is interested in the candidate who is committed to serving both the Library’s patrons and the community. Contributing to the Township of Orion, actively participating professionally for the betterment of Orion, supporting the Library’s commitment to children and young adults, and supporting the Library’s mission, “to be known for more than books,” are key attributes of the next successful Library Director. Ongoing initiatives include a focus on technology innovations for improved service, expanding external partnerships, and developing and implementing a branding/marketing program resulting in increased outreach to the community.
Orion Township, “where living is a vacation,” was established in 1835 as a popular destination along the Detroit United Railway for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of Detroit—a short 48- minute drive. 184 years later, Orion Township is a thriving community in Northern Oakland County (MI). The Township includes the Village of Lake Orion and is a neighbor to Independence Township, Oxford Township, Oakland Township, and the City of Auburn Hills. At 36 square miles, Orion Township is a slice of the best of Michigan’s lakes, parks, highly rated schools, and communities – boasting more than 4,200 acres of parks and open spaces, including 42 lakes larger than five acres, more than 10 square miles of recreation, and more than 50 miles of paths and trail ways—earning the designation, “A Pure Michigan Trail Town.” Living in Orion Township offers a quality suburban lifestyle with local cultural activities, restaurants, coffee shops, and outdoor recreation opportunities. There is something to appeal to everyone!
Responsibilities: Under administrative supervision and policy direction from the Library Board of Trustees, the Director manages and directs all operational and professional activities of the public library. This includes, but is not limited to, preparing and administering operating and capital budgets, overseeing personnel administration, directing the development of the library collection, overseeing the delivery of library services, and recommending policy and financial considerations to the Library Board. The Library Director models exceptional service expectations and supports staff in achieving those standards of service.
Qualifications: The minimum qualifications are the ability to obtain or currently have a Level 1 Professional Library Certification (an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library science and four years of full-time employment or an equivalent time period of paid professional library work experience following the completion of educational requirements) through the Library of Michigan and three years supervisory experience in a public library. Preferred qualifications include strong interpersonal communication skills, a commitment to diversity and inclusion, a thorough knowledge of library administration “best practices,” knowledge and support of innovative library technologies, experience in budgeting and finance, facilities management, and demonstrated ability to lead and mentor staff. Levy experience, experience reporting to a governing board, and additional courses in public administration or business are desirable.
Compensation: The hiring salary range is $75,000 – $97,000 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package.
For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller. This position closes September 26, 2021.