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Sunday, January 22, 2017

[LIBJOBS] United States, Ferndale, Library Director

Ferndale Area District Library (MI)-Library Director Position Open-Please share with your colleagues!


Do you have what it takes to be the new Director for the Ferndale Area District Library? Can you build and sustain a strong library mobilizing ideas, stimulating innovation, and celebrating diversity with a creative and committed staff and Board of Directors? If so, you may be the successful candidate for Ferndale’s directorship. The seven-member Board of Directors seeks a Director who will focus on the Library as a center of cultural vitality and participation that enhances the quality of life for all Ferndale residents. Serving 19,900 people with an annual $1.2 million operating budget and 25 staff, the Library strives to deliver stellar programs and services in its recently expanded and renovated building and outside its walls through community engagement efforts. New opportunities include initiating a new strategic planning process, an enhanced funding stream through the success of the 2016 millage election, continued and expanded partnerships with the Friends of the Ferndale Library (FFL), and partnerships with the Ferndale School District, the City of Ferndale and other community organizations and agencies.

Responsibilities. Appointed by the Ferndale Public Library Board of Trustees, the Library Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Library and plans, directs and coordinates all activities of the Library. The Library Director is expected to develop his or her own methods and to demonstrate resourcefulness, initiative, creativity and mature judgment in the performance of duties. The Library Director works with considerable freedom of action, subject to board policies and directives. Key areas of responsibility include (1) identifying and hiring all staff; (2) supporting professional staff development; (3) advocating for the Library through external community partnerships; (4) preparing and managing the annual budget; (5) maintaining and upgrading of facilities and library technologies; (6) marketing the Library and increasing patronage; and (7) participating professionally on a local, state and national level. See Ferndale Director Description for details.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, the ability to obtain or already hold a 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 three (3) years professional supervisory public library experience.  Preferred qualifications include the ability to mentor and inspire a strong, creative staff, sound fiscal skills, ability to focus on vision moving the library forward; skill in analyzing, streamlining and developing efficient workflow processes, and proven success in community engagement and partnership development. Prior successful experience reporting to a governing Board is desirable.

Centered on the iconic intersection of Woodward & Nine Mile, Ferndale is a favorite local and regional destination with a mindset that embraces the diversity of culture, class and creativity.  Ferndale is known for its public art collection, pocket parks, inviting streetscapes, and businesses owned and operated by inspired entrepreneurs. Ferndale is family-friendly, bike and pedestrian friendly and hosts events throughout the year including Ferndale Pride, the Blues Festival, DIY Street Fair, and the Funky Ferndale Art Fair. It’s also the birthplace of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Located in Oakland County, Ferndale is a short drive to downtown Detroit making it a truly livable combination of a residential urban/suburban environment with easy urban center access. See Ferndale Links for additional information about the Library and the community.

Compensation. The position offers a hiring salary range of $70,000-82,000 (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 Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes March 12, 2017.


Jobeth Bradbury

Bradbury Miller Associates

4545 Wornall Rd, Ste. 805

Kansas City, MO 64111

816-803-7087 (cell); 816-531-2468 (office)

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