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)

Classification: Exempt

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

Essential Duties
 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.

New Operating Hours

Curbside Pickup and Building Open
Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Vulnerable Patrons

(55 and older, patrons with pre-existing health conditions, pregnant women)
Monday-Saturday, 9am-10am

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