Jobs

Executive Director

Application Deadline: April 29, 2018

Learn. Explore. Connect. If you are excited about strategic emphasis on Service, Engagement, Awareness, and Space, the La Grange Public Library invites you to consider becoming its next Executive Director. The seven-member Board of Trustees seeks an Executive Director who will commit to developing, enhancing and supporting new library services and programs for the community. The La Grange Public Library serves 15,600+ residents from a centrally located and highly accessible downtown building (completed in 2007). Key opportunities for the next Executive Director include implementing the current strategic plan, mentoring and working collaboratively with Library staff and community stakeholders, completing the 2018 Library renovation project, and growing new partnerships with external agencies and organizations. With a vital staff (26 FTE), a dedicated Library Board, and a $3 million annual budget, the Library seeks the leadership of a visionary and innovative Executive Director.

La Grange, an award-winning village founded in the 1800s, today bustles with activity including shopping, dining and entertainment. The community encourages and supports a wide variety of independent retailers and creates fun and enriching events that attract young families. Anchored by the La Grange Village Hall, downtown is the vibrant heart of the community offering residents an opportunity to come together, socialize, and celebrate. Some of the buildings date from the 1890s, when retail and commercial businesses began to flourish. In addition to an active and energetic downtown, La Grange is known for its historic residential district, its pedestrian-friendly environment, and its excellent public schools. When people visit La Grange, they want to stay! Two train stations and a public bus system provide easy access to nearby suburbs and downtown Chicago. Additional information on the Library, La Grange and the position can be found at La Grange Links.

Responsibilities. The Executive Director works closely with the Library Board and staff to fulfill the Library’s mission in serving the community. This position administers all library activities and services as directed and outlined in the policies adopted by the Board of Trustees. The Executive Director also plans, organizes, develops and administers the operation of the Library. As the face of the Library in both the La Grange and greater library community, the successful candidate will model the standards and philosophy of service the Library Trustees, staff and community have come to expect.

Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of progressively responsible professional public library experience—at least three years of which demonstrate management ability in administration, budgeting, planning, and supervision—are required. Essential attributes include energy and enthusiasm; personal integrity; excellent interpersonal skills; and collaboration and consensus-building skills. Experience reporting to a governing Board, success with fundraising and development, and experience with facilities/space design are desired.

Compensation. A starting salary range of $80,000-$105,000 (with placement negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an exceptional fringe benefits package.

For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start the application process, send a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Karen Miller on or before the closing date of April 29, 2018.


Children's Services Summer Intern

Application Deadline: open until filled

Do you love working with children and their families? Are you looking to gain more experience in libraries? Join the La Grange Public Library’s Children's Services Department as our Summer Intern! Gain direct experience in programming for children as well as serving them through dynamic readers’ advisory during one of the most exciting times of the year in the library.

The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in an MLIS or LTA program and interested in expanding their knowledge of the latest trends in library services for children and their caregivers. Read the full Position Description for this job.

The La Grange Public Library serves a community of 15,600 in the suburban Chicago community of La Grange, Illinois. The library’s mission is to provide the community the inspiration and the means to learn, explore, and connect throughout their lives.

Hours: 14 hrs/week, from June 4 to August 3

Requirements:
Two years of college coursework in a related field. Must be working on a library technical assistant (LTA) certificate or master’s degree in library science (MLS). At least one year of work experience; experience working with children preferred.

Salary: $12.29/hr

Application:  To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and LGPL application form to:
Rachael Dabkey
Children's Services Manager
La Grange Public Library
dabkeyr@lagrangelibrary.org


Children's Services Associate

Application Deadline: Monday, April 30, 2018

Do the names Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Captain Underpants sound familiar to you? Get excited about helping kids create? Are you interested in technology? Consider joining the Children’s Services team at the La Grange Public Library! We are seeking an enthusiastic, customer-focused individual familiar with children’s literature.  Children’s Services Associates are responsible for a variety of tasks in support of the Children’s Services Department, which serves children birth through sixth grade. Duties include assisting patrons with reference and reader’s advisory, developing engaging storytimes, assisting in weeding the children’s collection, app selection and maintenance of department iPads, and conducting programs both in and out of the library.

We are looking for someone with the ability to engage children and interact with their parents and caregivers in our busy, vibrant department. Read the full Position Description for this job.    

The La Grange Public Library serves a community of 15,600 in the suburban Chicago community of La Grange, Illinois.  The library’s mission is to provide the community the inspiration and the means to learn, explore, and connect throughout their lives.

Hours: 25 hours/week, including some evenings and weekends

Requirements: Two years of college coursework in a related field and at least two years’ work experience, including work with children and/or customer service.  Must be able to drive, hold a valid driver’s license, and have access to reliable transportation. 

Salary: Starting $14.75/hour, final placement DOQ.

Application:  To apply please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and LGPL application form to: 

Rachael Dabkey
Children's Services Manager
La Grange Public Library
dabkeyr@lagrangelibrary.org


Volunteer

The Library does not have any additional job openings at this time.  If you are interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer application and mail it or drop it off at the Library.

Teens interested in volunteering for the summer can download an application from the teen page on our website.