The Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library is looking for a dynamic and inspiring leader to guide the organization into its next exciting chapter. The ideal candidate will have proven experience in community collaborations, strategic planning, and millage campaigns. We are seeking a leader who can guide our team toward growth and empowerment as library professionals. The Library has an operational budget of just over $1.4M that provides services to 28,000 Alpena County residents. This newly renovated Class V library is located in vibrant downtown Alpena, mere blocks from Lake Huron in Northeast Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. The Library offers robust community programming in a wide variety of formats and is the home of the Thunder Bay Research Collection and treasured local history collections.

Alpena, Michigan is the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, boasting four seasons of activities- cross-country skiing, ice-fishing, diving, bird-watching, hiking, boating, biking, and more. The city has two live theatres- community and professional, art galleries, restaurants, craft breweries, award-winning cidery, a winery, and is home to the first freshwater National Marine Sanctuary and Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center.  Live your best life in Downtown Alpena - YouTube

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Qualifications: Must meet and maintain the requirements set by the Library of Michigan for a Class V library (Level 1 Certificate), MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, 4-5 years of management experience in a public library setting, Michigan Librarian I certification, up-to-date with current issues and trends in libraries, and familiarity with small-town libraries. The candidate must possess excellent interpersonal written and verbal communication skills, excellent attention to detail, and be able to develop and manage the operating budget.

Salary: The starting rate will range between $70,000-$85,000, based on experience and as negotiated. Additionally, a generous benefits package including health insurance, paid time off, and participation in the Michigan Municipal Employee Retirement System is included.

About the library: Located in downtown Alpena, the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library was established in 1967 as a county library. Dedicated to serving as a regional gathering place for learning and quality cultural experiences, the Library also acts as a primary resource for historical research, enrichment opportunities, and educational support. The Library is committed to building a reading community while providing quality humanities programming unique to this area of the state.

To apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter with three professional references to

Relocation expenses reimbursement negotiable.
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