Wilmette Public Library has an exciting opportunity for a collaborative, innovative, compassionate, and goals-driven individual to lead and manage our public service departments (Adult Services, Youth Services, Digital & Maker Services, and Circulation departments). This forward-thinking individual will understand the “big picture,” embrace the library’s mission and vision, and apply this knowledge to our daily operations while also applying their talent and passion for quality, dynamic services to build and support a strong and equitable library community.

Wilmette Public Library is a Library Journal “5 Star Library” committed to supporting a welcoming environment, connected community, and sustainable future.

Core Essential Functions:

  • Plan and develop goals that correlate with the library’s strategic goals and mission for each department supervised.
  • Work on library-wide projects, initiatives, and issues as a key member of the Administration Team in collaboration with the director and human resources manager.
  • Assist with the annual budget preparation process as well as assist with creation, evaluation, and revision of mission-critical documents such as: tax levy, budget & appropriation ordinance, strategic plan, disaster plan, and library policies.
  • Create reports, surveys, manuals, and other informational documents.
  • Attend regular and special meetings of the Board of Library Trustees.
  • Work collaboratively and meet regularly with managers and others to coordinate the provision of public services.
  • Recommend, develop, and implement solutions to improve and enhance district-wide services and operations.
  • Oversee, coordinate, and manage budget for both print and digital collections for library.
  • Oversee and coordinate learning experiences and curriculum for patrons and staff.
  • Ensure that staff provide accurate, friendly, courteous service and provide a positive, welcoming library experience for all.
  • Participate in overall planning processes as a member of the library’s Leadership Team.


  • Demonstrated ability to:
    • develop and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and community members.
    • anticipate and creatively solve problems with a flexible mindset.
    • positively adjust to change.
    • think strategically about the library’s role providing services to the community.
    • gather, analyze, and use meaningful data in decision-making processes.
    • demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and conduct fair and impartial treatment to all patrons and staff.
    • coordinate and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines with excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.
    • work independently while also flexible to work collaboratively in a team setting.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated success discussing, integrating, and promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Understanding of, and commitment to library values and ethics.
  • Ability to demonstrate thorough knowledge of library services and operations.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects concurrently and efficiently organize work.


  • Master’s Degree in library science from an ALA-accredited university.
  • Minimum of 5 years related experience in a public library, including a minimum of 3 years of managerial experience required, preferably in a public library.
  • Schedule includes daytime hours, with occasional weekends and evenings. Must be available to attend monthly Board meetings.
  • Starting salary dependent on qualifications. Salary grade range:
    • Minimum: $90,240 – Maximum: $135,361


This is a full-time, exempt position scheduled for 37.5 hours per week. This position is eligible for both paid time-off, IMRF participation, as well as a generous healthcare package including medical, dental, and vision.


For full consideration, by Friday, July 26, 2024, please submit an application, resume, and cover letter with salary expectations to:

Attn: Michael Boone, HR Manager

Applications can be downloaded from our website: https://www.wilmettelibrary.info/about/about-us/employment

Wilmette Public Library is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all qualified candidates to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status or veteran status.

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