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Director of the St. Charles Public Library District

The Trustees of the St. Charles Public Library District are looking for a compassionate and creative new Director. The recently renovated and expanded, art-filled Library is situated in downtown St. Charles, near the beautiful Fox River.  The Library serves 55,000 patrons from in town and across the District. The ideal candidate must be both empathetic and resolute. They must have a sense of humor, strive for transparency, be flexible, and build on the strengths of an excellent staff. The majority of the 100 team members are in the midst of union negotiations and the next Director needs to prioritize establishing and strengthening these relationships. Key to this role is continuing connections with civic partners and an open dialogue with community stakeholders. The Library is also supported by active Friends and Foundation groups. 

The Director reports to a 7 member, elected Board of Trustees. Minimum qualifications for the position include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program with 5 years of related work and 3 years of supervisory experience. The candidate must possess a high level of emotional intelligence, keen awareness of library fiscal matters, and strong leadership capabilities. They must provide the proper setting for the recruitment, development, and evaluation of patron-focused employees and they must maintain a healthy work environment where employees are able to be their best selves. The Director must have top-notch communication skills and set a good example for professional development through attendance of workshops, conferences, and continuing education opportunities. The Director will also take the lead in sunsetting the current strategic plan and set the vision for developing the Library’s next strategic plan.

This is a full-time, exempt position at a minimum salary of $115,000.00, flexible with past accomplishments and experiences. The Library also offers a generous benefits package including participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Please apply by sending a thoughtful cover letter, a concise resume, and the contact information for at least 3 professional references to saintcharles@deiterstodd.com by July 24. For further information, go to www.deiterstodd.com/saintcharles or contact Jim Deiters at jim@deiterstodd.com.