The Board of Trustees of the Crystal Lake Public Library is seeking a progressive, community-focused leader to serve as Executive Director. This opportunity is open due to the retirement of the previous Executive Director. The library is a municipal library that provides services to approximately 40,300 people who reside in the City of Crystal Lake.

Located about an hour northwest of Chicago, Crystal Lake is a friendly community where residents enjoy a lifestyle that includes excellent schools, a lively downtown, and access to plenty of entertainment and recreational opportunities.

About the Opportunity

The successful candidate will be someone who excels in seeing the big picture — an individual who understands the needs of the Crystal Lake library community while also possessing the ability to adapt to change, be responsive to needs, and confident enough to guide the library as it continues to move forward with the latest in services and resources.

The Executive Director should be an individual who embraces their role as an advocate for the library, whether participating in community events, working with other community leaders, or conversing with people one-on-one.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • High-level public library leadership with financial and planning responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a commitment to fostering a collaborative work environment that embraces creative problem-solving and shared decision-making
  • An understanding of current and emerging trends in library operations, including customer service, technology, and programming
  • A well-developed business sense coupled with an intellectual curiosity and willingness to explore new ideas
  • Prior experience as a library director is desired but not required
  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school
To apply for this opportunity, 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 "Crystal Lake" in the subject line of your email.

Salary $115,000/year or higher, negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits. The library, through the City of Crystal Lake, participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Plan (IMRF).

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search

We are 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 Crystal Lake Public Library