Matteson Area Public Library District

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The Board of Trustees of the Matteson Area Public Library District (MAPLD) in Matteson, Illinois, seeks a dynamic, community-focused leader to serve as Library Director. The library serves nearly 20,000 residents of the Village of Matteson. This opportunity is open due to the retirement of the previous Director.

Matteson is a thriving community located about 32 miles southwest of Chicago's "Loop" in a region known as Chicago Southland. This area is home to diverse communities that offer a mix of urban, suburban, and rural landscapes with vibrant shopping districts, plentiful green spaces and forest preserves, excellent transportation options, and strong community spirit.

The library is renowned for its friendly staff, supportive library board, and engaged community. The next Director will be someone who continues to nurture an inclusive culture that encourages, celebrates, and values the diverse community that MAPLD serves.

About the Opportunity

The successful candidate will be an individual who is aware of the needs and interests of the MAPLD service population, but who is also a big-picture thinker: able and willing to take the next steps to ensure that the library continues to move forward with new ideas and the latest in services and resources. The Director should exhibit an approachable, honest, and respectful style that blends leadership with vision, collaboration, curiosity, and dedication.

The Director will be an advocate for the library, enthusiastically participating in community events and forging strong bonds with community leaders, staff, the board, and the public.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Strong leadership qualities with the ability to guide the library and engage with staff in a professional manner that promotes trust and teamwork
  • An understanding of current and emerging trends in library operations including customer service, technology, programming, and funding
  • High-level managerial and leadership experience with a demonstrated ability to make sound financial and planning decisions
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

This position requires a Master of Library Science degree or equivalent 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 specify "Matteson" in the subject line of your email.

Salary is $85,000 to $110,000/year, negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits.

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries. First consideration will be given to applications received by September 24, 2021.

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

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


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