Waukegan Public Library

Director Search

Congratulations to Selina Gomez-Beloz on her appointment as the new Director of the Waukegan Public Library! We were honored to assist the library with the search and enjoyed working with the library staff and board of trustees.

The Board of Trustees of the Waukegan Public Library in Waukegan, Illinois seeks a strong and visionary leader to serve as Library Director. This opportunity is open due to the upcoming retirement of the current Library Director.

Waukegan Public Library won a 2013 National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. This is the nation's highest honor for such institutions, and it is given to those serving their communities in extraordinary ways.

This Library Director opening is a terrific opportunity for a leader who is ready to guide a library that plays a significant role in the community!

The Waukegan Public Library provides services to a diverse community of approximately 89,000 residents. Waukegan is located in Lake County, Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan and approximately halfway between Chicago and Milwaukee. This opportunity is open due to the upcoming retirement of the current director.

The Waukegan Public Library Director will be expected to:
  • Lead and inspire the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork, collaboration and trust
  • Advocate for the library and cultivate community partnerships
  • Continue to move the library forward to best serve the needs of the community
This opportunity requires an individual with the following qualities:
  • Leadership experience in a public library that demonstrates the ability and skill to work in an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse environment
  • A sense of humor, intellectual curiosity and an eagerness to explore new ideas
  • Political savvy with well-developed skills at building and strengthening relationships with the community
  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school
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 “Waukegan” in the subject line of your email.

Salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits.

Questions? We welcome and encourage phone and email inquiries.

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


Our firm is 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.

Photos courtesy of Waukegan Public Library