Highland Park Public Library

Executive Director Search

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The Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Public Library in Highland Park, Illinois, 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 provides services to approximately 29,800 people who reside in the City of Highland Park.

Located in north suburban Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, Highland Park is a diverse community and part of Chicago's "North Shore," a region that is considered one of the most highly educated areas in the country. Residents enjoy a lifestyle that includes top rated schools, a scenic shoreline, a vibrant downtown, and access to plenty of entertainment and recreational opportunities. Highland Park is home to the renowned Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States.

About the Opportunity

The Executive Director will continue to move the library forward with an understanding of both traditional and emerging ways in how the library can best serve the needs of the Highland Park community. Great libraries, with great executive directors, keep evolving. Highland Park is looking for greatness!

Qualifications and Requirements
  • High-level public library leadership experience with financial and planning responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to inspire staff, board and community
  • Advocate and represent the library at public events and community organizations
  • A passion for librarianship with a clear vision of the future
  • 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 "Highland Park" in the subject line of your email.

Salary $120,000 to $170,000/year, negotiable based on experience and qualifications. The library participates in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries. Interviews will be ongoing.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search
highlandpark@johnkeister.com
847-955-0541

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.


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