“Shaping the Future”-if this speaks to you, the Wilmette Public Library (IL) invites you to apply for the Library Director position. Be a part of a Library that has re-envisioned its future through its 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. The next Director will pioneer library services and programs into the future, shaping the strategic plan, while preserving valued traditions. The Wilmette Public Library, governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees, is an active, vital piece of the Wilmette community. Serving more than 27,000 residents, the Library has 18,000 active cardholders, an operating budget of $5.5 million dollars, and nearly 100 staff members. More than 1,000 people visit the library each day and the library circulates more than 700,000 items annually. The ideal candidate is a team-builder with a track record of leading libraries through times of transition, implementing new technologies, and connecting staff, board, and other stakeholders. The Library values both innovation and tradition, and the Board seeks a candidate who can integrate new initiatives and services into a respected and beloved community institution.
Responsibilities. The Director is responsible for implementing the Library’s mission, overseeing Library operations, and providing leadership to staff. This position serves as the head of a 10-person leadership team, and will oversee Library operations including finances, personnel, facilities, services and programs. The Director will supervise the implementation and evaluation of current and future strategic plans. The Director reports to the Board of Trustees in accordance with policies set by the Board.
Wilmette, located alongside Lake Michigan, is a vibrant community that values education and lifelong-learning, and is highly invested in library service. The community has deep ties to culture, arts, and life-long learning, benefiting from local theater groups, an involved arts community, being two suburbs north of Chicago, and nearby Northwestern University. Recreational opportunities include twenty parks and swimming/sailing beaches, lively shopping and excellent restaurants. In 2015, Wilmette was ranked the best place to live in Illinois based on a variety of factors including its low unemployment rate, median income, low housing vacancy rate, high education expenditures per student, low crime, and short commute times. For more information on the Library and Wilmette, please see Wilmette Links.
Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and a minimum of five years of professional progressively responsible work with three years in a leadership role. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of coaching and mentorship, budgeting and finance, facilities management, and an outstanding customer service philosophy. Experience as a director in a comparable library is preferred.
Compensation. A starting salary range of $110,000 – 135,000 (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 Karen Miller on or before the closing date of July 15, 2018.
Wilmette Executive Director Announcement: http://www.bradburymiller.com/wilmettead.htm