The Board of Trustees of the Oak Park Public Library
(OPPL), a recently designated "5-star" library, seeks an experienced,
collaborative and innovative leader to serve as Executive
Director. The OPPL serves a diverse population of 52,104
with a main library and two branch facilities.
The Executive Director is responsible for managing a staff of more than 100
(75 FTEs) employees with an annual budget of
$7,900,000. The Executive Director is
expected to support and expand a level of public library service viewed by the
Oak Park community as exemplary. Proven collaboration with
a Friends of the Library organization is an asset.
Excellent communication skills;
Strategic planning and organizational skills;
Willingness to be flexible and ability to readily adapt to change;
Ability to work collaboratively with community organizations, municipal
bodies, library networks and professional organizations;
Demonstrated passion for public library service;
A history of advocacy for public libraries and funding;
Proven record of innovation.
The Village of Oak Park is a diverse community adjacent to Chicago's western
border. From the 1870s, Oak Park was one of the city's
earliest suburban communities, formally established as a village in
1902. The village was home to Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest
Hemingway, both of whom continue to have an enduring presence in the Village.
In 2010, the American Planning Association named Oak Park one of the top ten
neighborhoods in the nation (number 3), "striking the perfect balance between
lively city and historical hub."
Oak Park River Forest High School has enjoyed an excellent reputation since
its founding in 1873 and is consistently ranked among the top 500 high schools
in the United States.
Oak Park has an active arts community, and is home to numerous theater, music,
dance and fine arts organization and professionals.
ADDITIONAL QUALICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Masters of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA-accredited
A minimum of seven to ten years of managerial experience with a high level of
Understanding of emerging library technologies and service trends;
Active participation in state, regional and national library organizations.
SALARY: negotiable from $100,000.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 31, 2013;
position will remain open until filled.
A cover letter, resume and names of three professional references should be
sent to: [log in to unmask]
Alice Calabrese Berry, Primary Consultant
719 William Street
River Forest, Illinois
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