FERNDALE AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY (MI)
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 Ferndaleís 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 Masterís in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, the
ability to obtain or already hold a Librarianís
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. Itís 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.
BRADBURY MILLER ASSOCIATES
4545 WORNALL RD., STE. 805, KANSAS
CITY, MO 64111