Learn. Explore. Connect. The La Grange Public Library (IL) invites you to consider becoming its next Executive Director.The seven-member Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director who will commit to developing, enhancing, and supporting new library services and programs for the community. The La Grange Public Library serves 15,600+ residents from a centrally located and highly accessible downtown building. With a vital staff (26 FTE), a dedicated Library Board, and a $3 million annual budget, the library seeks the leadership of a visionary and innovative Executive Director. Highlights include excellent children’s programs, the Digital Studio, and a dynamic collection that provides current traditional materials as well as Library of Things equipment. Key opportunities for the next Executive Director include implementing the new strategic plan; filling a newly created Assistant Director position; mentoring and working collaboratively with Library staff to create a positive, service-oriented, and welcoming work culture; championing equity, diversity, and inclusion; revamping current workspaces; and growing new partnerships with external agencies and organizations.
La Grange, an award-winning village founded in the 1800s, today bustles with activities including shopping, dining, and entertainment. The community encourages and supports a wide variety of independent retailers and creates fun and enriching events that attract young families. Anchored by the La Grange Village Hall, downtown is the vibrant heart of the community offering residents an opportunity to come together, socialize, and celebrate. Some of the buildings date from the 1890s when retail and commercial businesses began to flourish. In addition to an active and energetic downtown, La Grange is known for its historic residential district, its pedestrian-friendly environment, and its excellent public schools. When people visit La Grange, they want to stay! With quick access to three major highways, two train stations, two airports, and a public bus system, La Grange provides easy access to nearby suburbs, downtown Chicago, and the rest of the nation.
Responsibilities. The Executive Director works closely with the Library Board and staff to fulfill the library’s mission of serving the community. This position administers all library activities and services as directed and outlined in the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director also plans, organizes, develops, and administers the operation of the library. As the face of the library in both the La Grange and greater library community, the successful candidate will model the standards and philosophy of service the Library Trustees, staff, and community have come to expect.
Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of progressively responsible professional public library experience—at least three years of which demonstrate management ability in administration, budgeting, planning, and supervision—are required. Essential attributes include energy and enthusiasm; personal integrity; excellent interpersonal abilities; and collaboration and consensus-building skills. Experience reporting to a governing Board, success with fundraising and development, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, and experience with facilities/space design are desired.
Compensation. A starting salary range of $83,239 – $115,000 (with placement negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an exceptional fringe benefits package.
For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start the application process, send a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Brian C. Hare on or before the closing date of Sunday, October 9, 2022.
A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of progressively responsible professional public library experience—at least three years of which demonstrate management ability in administration, budgeting, planning, and supervision—are required.