2021-06-22 library sign at night

The Board of Trustees of the Vernon Area Public Library District (VAPLD) in Lincolnshire, Illinois, seeks an experienced leader with vision and enthusiasm to serve as Executive Director.

The library is located in Lake County, Illinois, about 30 miles north of Chicago. It serves approximately 42,000 people who live in an area known for its top-rated public schools, diverse population, strong business environment, and easy access to the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a library that is supported by an excellent staff, dedicated board of trustees, and engaged community. This opportunity is open due to the upcoming retirement of the current Executive Director.

About the Opportunity:
The successful candidate will be an innovative thinker who can guide VAPLD as it continues to provide materials and resources to meet the educational, recreational, and social needs of the community.

The new Executive Director should be a collaborative leader who is committed to nurturing an inclusive culture that encourages and celebrates the diverse community that the library serves.

Qualifications and Requirements:
  • A passion for librarianship along with an openness to new ideas that allows the library to pursue both traditional and progressive ways of serving the public
  • A resourceful leader who possesses excellent interpersonal skills and the capacity to embrace creative problem-solving and shared decision-making
  • The ability and enthusiasm to advocate for the library and serve as an ambassador to the Vernon Area community
Additional Qualifications:
  • High-level public library managerial and leadership experience including demonstrated financial and planning expertise; VAPLD is an Illinois District type of library
  • Master of Library Science degree or equivalent degree with relevant library experience
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume, and three professional references using the contact information below. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files and “Vernon Area” in the subject line of your email.

Salary $113,300 to $170,000/year, negotiable based on experience and qualifications.

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search for Libraries

Our firm is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities, and will not discriminate against any candidate because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Photos courtesy of Vernon Area Public Library