Job Opportunities At The Sycamore Public Library
It is the policy of the Sycamore Public Library to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ancestry, citizenship, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, age, unfavorable military discharge (for non-fiduciary positions), genetic information, or any other protected status based on local, state, or federal law. We will provide reasonable accommodations to allow you to participate in the application process (i.e., accommodations for a test or job interview) if you indicate such a need.
The Sycamore Public Library employs 27 staff members and has an operating budget of just under $1.3 million. Sycamore Public Library is a municipal library governed by a nine-member Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor and City Council for three-year terms.
The mission of Sycamore Public Library is to promote curiosity, encourage development of 21st century skills, and foster a sense of community through engaging and responsive collections, programs, services, and spaces while being careful stewards of our resources. The Sycamore Library’s Board of Trustees is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. We are looking for a dynamic leader who excels in building collaborative relationships with staff, patrons, and members of the community to drive the library forward while maintaining the hometown values and traditions that make Sycamore special. Sycamore is located 60 miles west of Chicago in the DeKalb metro area, near Northern Illinois University. Sycamore Public Library serves just over 17,500 residents with 26 staff members. The library has an annual operating budget of $1.3 million.
Oversees day-to-day library operations including budget, collections, programs, services, human resources, and facilities. Drives positive workplace culture and empowers team to deliver outstanding customer service to patrons. Represents library in community at key functions and events. Works collaboratively with the Board of Trustees to develop library mission, set strategic direction, and fulfill short-term and long-range goals.
Status: Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)
Reports to: Board of Trustees
Schedule: Varies; flexible based on business needs and outreach activities
Pay Range: $75,000 – $82,000 based on qualifications and experience
Coaches, develops, and mentors team of 26, 5 of whom are direct reports
Partners with the Board of Trustees to create strategic priorities and set policies for the library
Collaborates with staff and community partners to develop new programs, collections, and services
Promotes library offerings within the community and engages in networking opportunities with patrons and key community stakeholders
Works in conjunction with the library board as needed for the creation, implementation, and execution of fundraising through capital and endowment campaigns, grant support, and any other public or private fundraising.
Establishes processes and procedures and ensures compliance with all legal guidelines
Oversees library finances including budget, payroll, banking, fundraising, grants, and capital improvement projects
Oversees human resources matters including hiring, onboarding, development plans, annual evaluations, pay increases, personnel matters, and corrective action, when needed
Engages in and promotes professional development activities for self and staff
Completes and files annual reports including IPLAR, Per Capita Grant, and ILL Certification
Oversees completion of monthly reports and attends all Board meetings
Master of Library or Information Science from an ALA-Accredited program or equivalent experience
Minimum five years’ experience in public libraries with reference, collection development, programming, reader’s advisory, outreach, user instruction, and/or customer service
This seasoned leader not only understands current trends in the library world, but has proven experience developing a fundraising plan and implementing it.
Minimum three years’ experience coaching, mentoring, and leading a team
Experience working with vendors, contractors, state agencies, and grants a plus
Proficiency with Microsoft Office software applications, OPAC’s, electronic databases, online reference tools, and electronic devices
Excellent oral and written communication skills Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Knowledge of ALA’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom to Read statements
Able to work independently and adapt to change
Able to project a professional image as a representative of the library
Able to develop and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers
Able to comprehend, follow, and enforce library policies and procedures
Able to exercise good judgment and handle emergency situations in a calm, capable manner
To apply: Email your resume, cover letter and three professional references that are familiar with the applicant’s job performance and potential success in this position to the Board President at Trustees@sycamorelibrary.org.
Please include name, position, email address, and phone number for contacting references.
Status: Open until filled.