Employment Opportunity

Millington Arbela District Library

The Millington Arbela District Library is accepting resumes for the position of Library Director.

Description: The Millington Arbela District Library is a Class III library serving a population of over 7,400 in the Village of Millington and Millington and Arbela Townships. Millington is a charming rural community located in the Thumb of Michigan yet conveniently located to the Saginaw, Flint, and Bay City areas. The Southern Links Trailway trail head is located two blocks from the library and brings a variety of recreational opportunities. The Village and surrounding areas have many quaint antique shops and local eateries.

The library is open 57 hours, six days a week with a staff of 9 and an approximate annual budget of $200,000. The Millington Arbela District Library is a member of the White Pine Library Cooperative.

The Board is seeking a dynamic, positive individual to lead the library. The successful candidate will be a “hands-on” administrator, be visible in the library and in the community, have a vision for library service, and have the ability to articulate that vision to the Board, the staff, and the public. Candidates will have strong technology skills and a vision for the use of technology in providing library services, be an excellent communicator, and have experience in managing and directing employees. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate customer service focus, financial management expertise, and strong Board relations. A complete job description is available at http://millingtonlibrary.info/ .

• Bachelor’s degree
• Ability to obtain a Level 3 certification from Library of Michigan within 1 year of hire date.

• A minimum of 2 years of progressively responsible public library experience.
• Extensive knowledge of current public library principles, methods and practices and will possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, public officials, professional groups, library employees and the general public.
• A working knowledge of budget preparation, use of QuickBooks software, grant writing, and fundraising.

Salary Range: $34,000-$40,000 (depending on qualifications and experience). Benefit package includes paid holidays, vacation, personal days, and health insurance.

Contact: The Millington Arbela District Library is an equal opportunity employer. The deadline for applications is May 20, 2020. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, a resume, and contact information for three references to: millingtondirectorsearch@gmail.com

Employment Opportunity

West Branch District Library

Library Director

The Board of Trustees of the West Branch (MI) District Library is inviting applications for the position of Director.  This gem of a library is in a recently expanded and renovated 10,000 square foot building in the heart of the downtown area.  The West Branch District Library serves a population of just under 10,000 with a budget of about $300,000 and a staff of three (3) full-time and three (3) part-time employees.  As a district library, the Library is an autonomous governmental unit that has a dedicated millage.  A member of the Valley Library Consortium, the Library participates in a shared automation system using SirsiDynix-Horizon   The Library enjoys excellent community support and prides itself on a strong Friends of the Library organization, an active Board of Trustees, and a professional, friendly staff.

West Branch is located in beautiful Ogemaw County in northeast Michigan, which abounds in lakes, streams, hiking trails, and countless recreational activities.  Just off I-75, West Branch is easily accessible.

For additional information about the Library, visit www.westbranchlibrary.org.  To learn more about the community, visit www.westbranch.com and www.wbacc.com.

The position:  Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a Master’s degree in library science or library and information science from an accredited ALA program is preferred.  In addition, a minimum of three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in a professional library position, of which at least two (2) years have been in a position of administration and supervision in a public library, is also preferred.  The successful candidate will be a community – oriented individual who values the opportunity to interact with the public as a hands-on director; is flexible and energetic; has strong communication skills and is comfortable with public speaking; has a comprehensive understanding of library finances and budgeting; and an overall understanding of current public library operations and services.  Successful experience in working with Friends of the Library, in fund-raising, and grant writing is desirable.  A complete position description is available at, www.westbranchlibrary.org.

Beginning Salary: $40,000 – $45,000 dependent on experience and educational qualification, in addition, excellent benefit package included.

Applications Acceptance:    Interested individuals should include a cover letter that specifically addresses the position requirements, a resume, and three references with contact information. All applications will be accepted until the position is filled, through electronic submission to shirey.kathy@gmail.com.



Job Duties:

  • Administers and oversees total library operation
  • Selects and procures materials, equipment, and supplies
  • Handles correspondence and public relations
  • Prepares bills and receipts for accountant to process
  • Prepares annual budget for library board approval
  • Prepares annual state aid report and any other required report
  • Attends monthly Library Board, VLC, and White Pine Library Coop meetings
  • Attends annual MLA conferences and other appropriate meetings / conferences as budget allows
  • Recommends policies and services
  • Oversees building / physical plant
  • Hires, fires and supervises staff; schedules and processes annual evaluations
  • Organizes collection; keeps current and in good condition
  • Oversees technology and circulation procedures; oversees maintenance of patron records
  • Helps plan and oversee library programs
  • Schedules meeting room use
  • Keeps record of memorial donations and sends formal notes of appreciation
  • Notifies library board meetings and prepares Librarian’s Report for monthly meetings
  • Oversees and assists in daily operation of library when and where needed
  • Oversees and encourages volunteers and Friends of the Library activities

Job Requirements:

  • A broad understanding of library services
  • Ability to deal effectively with officials, co-workers, community leaders, and the public with tact and courtesy
  • Bachelor’s degree with several years’ management experience required, Master’s degree in library science or library and information science, from an ALA accredited program, preferred.

 Hours:  Full- time 40 hours a week position

Salary: Negotiable depending on qualifications and education

Benefits:  Vacation, sick, personal and holiday leave.  Health and life insurance. Participation in MERS retirement plan as well as a deferred compensation plan.