HARBOR TRANSIT DIRECTOR: RECRUITMENT PROFILE
This Recruitment Profile provides community background, outlines Harbor Transit structure, and identifies challenges and priorities considered particularly important over the next several years. It lays out the candidates’ qualification criteria identified as crucial for the next Director. This Profile will be used as a guide in the recruitment process, providing criteria by which applications will be screened and individuals selected for final interview and appointment consideration.
The Grand Haven area and Northern Ottawa County is one of the most historically significant areas in the state of Michigan, with its history dating back over 300 years. This lakeshore town has a 1.5-mile boardwalk that spans from downtown Grand Haven to Lake Michigan. The service area of Harbor Transit has a population of almost 50,000 and the surrounding area is estimated to have grown 11% since 2010.
Each year this area welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors to its vacation playground. Grand Haven boasts the name “Coast Guard City, USA” as it hosts an annual Coast Guard Festival that attracts 580,000 people each year. The convenient location and never-too-warm summer climate have made it a mecca for sportsmen and vacationers. Even though the area comes alive in the summer, there is plenty to do in the fall, winter, and spring through the thousands of acres of parks, including downhill skiing at Mulligan’s Hollow. Grand Haven is truly a pleasant place in which to live and visit.