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Library Director - Wilmette Public Library

Wilmette Public Library invites applications for the position of Library Director. The successful candidate will embrace the community through an appreciation of its traditions and understanding of its character. The Board of Trustees and staff seek a team player with demonstrated leadership and coaching abilities who can continue the Library’s long history of excellence. The next director of the Wilmette Public Library will be a talented people connector who can articulate, support and promote the library’s mission as chief advocate and spokesperson for the Library. The director must excel in building collaborative relationships with staff, patrons, the board, its volunteers and other units of local government in a community that has treasured and supported its public library.

Wilmette is located alongside Lake Michigan 14 miles north of Chicago’s business center. The library serves a community of approximately 27,000 and has an operating budget of $5.7MM.  Approximately 1,000 people visit the library each day and the Library circulates over 700,000 items annually. Wilmette benefits from and contributes to the many resources of metropolitan Chicago as a community of academic and business leaders and professionals.

Education and Experience:  Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Library and Information Science, 5-7 years of professional experience with progressively responsible work, and at least three years in a leadership role. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of budgeting and finance, facilities management experience, leadership, vision, mentoring, staff development, consensus-building and outstanding customer service skills.

Salary: Salary beginning at $110,000 based on qualifications and experience, plus a full benefits package.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and the names of three professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . First consideration will be given to candidates who make submissions by August 31, 2016. Email and phone inquiries to Lynn Elam Consulting are welcomed.

A detailed job description follows and the annual report along with other information is available on the Library's website - About the Library.

Duties and Responsibilities of the Director

1.    The Director provides professional counsel to the Board and has sole responsibility for the administration of the Library within the framework of policies adopted by the Board.  The Director recommends policies for Board action as occasion demands.

2.    The Director attends all official meetings of the Board other than those in which the Director's own salary or tenure is under discussion.  The Director may speak on all subjects under discussion but does not have the right to vote.

3.    The Director shall be in charge of all properties belonging to the Library and shall be responsible for the Library's operational efficiency.  The Director shall be responsible for the direction and professional development of the Staff.

4.    The Director shall be responsible for the selection and purchase of all books and other materials as set forth in the policy statement on Selection of Books and Other Materials.

5.    The Director shall maintain files of minutes, policies, statistical reports, and other material useful to the Board, the Director and the Staff.

6.    The Director acts as representative of the Staff in matters pertaining to salaries, working conditions or other areas concerned with the welfare of the Staff.  The Director is the spokesman for suggestions from the Staff which may lead to the improvement of Library service.

7.    The Director suggests and carries out plans for extending and improving Library services and keeps up with changing conditions and new methods of Library procedure.  The Director reports to the Board and to the general public on the progress and needs of the Library and prepares regular reports as required by law.  The Director participates with the Board in maintaining an active public relations program.

8.    The Director shall know local and state laws concerning libraries and shall keep abreast of current changes and developments in Library legislation.  The Board acknowledges the right of the Director in his or her official capacity to take a position on legislation directly affecting the Library or the Staff. The Director shall keep the Board informed of any such position taken.  The Director shall be encouraged to affiliate with local, state and national library associations, shall attend professional meetings and cooperate with the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

9.    Complaints, petitions, and suggestions from the public are first subject to the Director's review and disposition.  If the situation is not resolved at that level, a written statement of the situation and a request for a Board hearing may be made by the person or persons involved.  This procedure is to be made known to the individual by the Director.  The Board will then take whatever action is deemed necessary.

Financial duties and responsibilities of the Director are set forth in the Financial Policy.  Responsibilities regarding hiring and termination of employees are set forth in the Personnel Policy.                   

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