Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Executive Director Search

Arlington Heights Memorial Library announces the appointment of Mike Driskell as the new Executive Director. Congratulations Mike!

The Board of Trustees of Arlington Heights Memorial Library in Arlington Heights, Illinois, seeks a dedicated and visionary leader to serve as Executive Director.

This opening presents an opportunity to lead an outstanding library that is dedicated to serving the public. Located in northwest suburban Chicago, Arlington Heights Memorial Library provides service to approximately 75,000 residents of the
Village of Arlington Heights. The village offers a strong sense of community while also providing the convenience of easy access to a larger metropolitan area.

Arlington Heights Memorial Library has earned Library Journal's 5-star rating for 10 consecutive years and is one of the busiest single-building libraries in the United States. The library is a recipient of the 2018 John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award.

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library Executive Director will be expected to:
  • Lead the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork, collaboration, and trust
  • Advocate and represent the library at public events and with local government agencies and community organizations
  • Serve as a visionary and innovative leader, responding to the needs of the Arlington Heights community and adapting to the changing role of public libraries
This opportunity requires an individual with the following qualities:
  • High-level, proven public library leadership skills, with the ability to inspire staff, board, and the community
  • An understanding of both traditional and emerging ways in how libraries serve their communities
  • Well-developed skills in building and strengthening relationships with the community
Additional qualifications:
  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited school preferred; however, an equivalent combination of experience and education would be considered
  • High-level managerial and leadership experience with financial and planning responsibilities
To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume, and three professional references using the contact information below. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files and “Arlington Heights” in the subject line of your email.

Salary $130,000/year or higher, negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits.

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search
John Keister & Associates
p: 847-955-0541


We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunities, and will not discriminate against any candidate because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

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