Library Director - North Chicago Public Library


North Chicago Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
40 hours week

Under the direction of the North Chicago Library Board of Trustees, the Library Director develops, administers, supervises, and coordinates the work of the Library and staff, performs managerial duties related to personnel, budget, collection development, building maintenance, and library operations and services in conformity of the policies established by the Board of Trustees. The Library Director is responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain the library, that is responsive to the community's needs for information, education, and recreation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all oversight related to library administration, including establishing the direction of the library, including promoting a user-centered library culture within the community
  • Supervises the library staff, collaborates, and delegates appropriately to create a harmonious team environment
  • Creates and maintains library programs and plans for providing services to the community
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of library personnel.
  • Prepares and presents library budget proposal for approval to the Board of Trustees
  • Monitors and approves expenditures from the official operating budget including preparation of invoices and payroll
  • Creates monthly and annual reports for the Board of Trustees
  • Oversees collection and accounting of fees and charges
  • Develops goals for services and programs in keeping with the library's mission statement and operating policies; plans development of library services to meet present and future community needs
  • Assists in preparing meeting reports and materials and participates in Library Board of Trustees meetings
  • Carries out duties as assigned by the Board of Trustees
  • Participates in outreach to the community, public relations efforts and publicizes library services
  • Maintains knowledge of new developments in the library profession, including technological advances, through professional development opportunities, including participation in activities of professional organizations and networks


  • Thorough knowledge of the principles, theories, objectives, and practices of library management and library science
  • Committed to excellence in customer service
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Ability to organize work for efficient use of time
  • Ability to prepare administrative reports in a clear, logical manner
  • Ability to understand and interpret library policies, procedures, and rules
  • Ability to interact courteously and effectively with library staff, board members, library business contacts, and general public
  • Considerable knowledge of supervision, training, and staff utilization principles
  • Ability to plan, organize, supervise, and evaluate the work of employees in diversified library activities
  • Ability to initiate, organize, and follow through on programs, services, and projects
  • Solid knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession
  • Thorough knowledge of library resources: print, non-print, and electronic
  • Working knowledge of public relations procedures
  • Ability to represent the library at professional and community meetings

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university plus 5 years of increasingly responsible library experience as a librarian in a public library, including 3 years of supervisory experience

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to perform duties in an office environment
  • Ability to work in an environment subject to continuous interruptions and background noises
  • Ability to operate computers with proficiency using library software, word processing, and the Internet
  • Ability to view a computer monitor and/or operate a keyboard for extended periods of time
  • Ability to move and/or lift materials up to 25 pounds
  • Regularly required to stand, walk, bend, kneel, crawl, reach, climb, balance, and sit
  • Ability to read printed materials and information on computer screens
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via the printed word
  • Ability to file books, periodicals, files, reports, notebooks, etc. on shelves
  • Ability to work flexible hours to observe the library during all hours of public operation
  • Ability to travel to attend meetings both inside and outside of the library

Salary is $70,000 depending on qualifications. The position also offers medical, dental vision, and time-off benefits including vacation and sick time. This position includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMFR) pension. The Library is located at 2100 Argonne Drive, North Chicago, IL.

Library Board of Trustees

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Interested applicants can apply by forwarding cover letter, resume, and professional references to the North Chicago Human Resources Director at or by mail at 1850 Lewis Avenue, North Chicago, IL 60064.

Application Contact: 
Elizabeth Black, Director of Human Resources
Apply To: 
North Chicago
1850 Lewis Ave
North Chicago , IL 60064
Phone: 847-596-8642
Fax: 847-596-8649
42° 19' 32.3004" N, 87° 51' 24.1272" W