Library Director - Grand Rapids Public Library (Mich.)

Lead the Grand Rapids Public Library is its efforts to connect people to the transforming power of knowledge. The Grand Rapids Public Library ( seeks a successful, responsible Library Director to provide innovation and inspiration for the library and the City of Grand Rapids. Working with a seven-member Board of Library Commissioners, the successful candidate will have a strong background in developing collaborative external partnerships, and continue to move the library forward as a vital civic institution. GRPL is uniquely positioned through its inherent neutrality and belief in equitable access and envisions a community that is resilient and thriving. Impact priorities include preparing young learners to be successful in school; growing cultural communities to access and use the library; maximizing partnerships; and developing collections of information and thinking for different groups using the library's successful Local History model.

The Grand Rapids Public Library serves 196,000 residents with eight locations and a $11.1 million annual budget. This fall, GRPL successfully passed a 20-year millage with the support of 71% of voters. The supplemental millage will be used to enhance early literacy initiatives, digital and streaming services, and asset management. The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation provides significant support for library programming including Music in the Stacks; One Book, One City for Kids (part of the DigiBridge partnerships with the public schools, which won a ULC Innovation Award); Día de los Muertos; and Taste of Soul Sunday, a celebration of African American heritage and culture. In 2016, 1.5 million people used the library and circulated 1.6 million items.

Responsibilities. The Library Director is responsible for the efficient overall administration and operation of the library system which includes, but is not limited to, strategic planning; human resources and labor relations issues; public and support services; budget and finance; maintaining effective relationships with local government and legislative bodies, the Board of Library Commissioners, staff, state and national library associations, and the community at large; and compliance with all pertinent federal, state and local laws, regulations and ordinances as well as library policies and procedures.



The ideal candidate will have a Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and ten years of executive experience in institutional library leadership, four of which must include experience in a library or similar setting; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work required. This includes: millage and/or election experience; knowledge of current trends and best practices in executive leadership, public administration, finance, fundraising, and development; ability to develop and sustain significant collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders and local elected officials; and proven success in project management. Prior experience in a public library, library directorship, experience reporting to a governing board, and prior work in a union environment are preferred qualifications. To review the full position description, visit Director Position Description (


Job Application Deadline: 
Sunday, January 14, 2018
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Not in NJ
Job Focus: 
The position offers a hiring salary range of $117,000 - $136,469 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.
How To Apply:: 
For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury,, before the closing date of January 14, 2018.