Barrington Area Library – Executive Director

Be a vital community catalyst and library futurist as the next Executive Director for the Barrington Area Library (http://www.barringtonarealibrary.org/). The Library’s mission focuses on four key areas: stimulating imagination; supporting information literacy; fostering multigenerational and creative lifelong learning; and creating young readers. A customer-centric and committed staff (65 FTE) successfully fulfills that mission in comfortable physical and virtual settings through the Library’s outstanding digital collections and services, collaborative and vibrant community spaces, and stellar programs and activities for all ages.

In 2013-2014, the Library transformed its public space through a complete redesign and revitalization. Customers now use and explore completely reimagined spaces, including: an interactive Youth Services department with a focus on active play and learning; a Business and Technology Center featuring a MakerLab, digital studio, public computers, technology collaboration spaces, and Business Cubicles; three improved and refurnished smart meeting rooms; and a greatly improved customer service experience. Serving 44,000 residents over a 72-mile square mile area, Barrington Area Library is geographically the largest library district in Illinois. In addition to the main library building, customer service is provided through remote delivery and return services throughout the district. Governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees with a $6.7 million operating budget, the Library annually hosts 358,592 visitors and circulates 975,959 items.

Located in the Village of Barrington (forty miles from downtown Chicago), the Barrington Area Library serves all or part of fourteen communities and unincorporated areas. Each community has its own special appeal which includes fine restaurants, the historic Catlow Theatre, nature preserves, and upscale lifestyle shopping centers. The Barrington area also focuses on family life and community engagement. District 220 schools consistently place among the top in state and national rankings, and residents enjoy a variety of community festivals throughout the year.  A wide network of local non-profit organizations provides an abundance of volunteer and philanthropic opportunities. The Library is easily accessible by car and the Metra commuter train. For more information on the Library and the Barrington area, visit Barrington Links (http://www.bradburymiller.com/barringtonlinks.htm).

Responsibilities and requirements. Minimum requirements include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of professional library experience with at least two years of director or other senior level administrator experience; or equivalent background and experience that will enable the candidate to perform effectively the work required.  Essential skills include (1) knowledge of library principles and practices; (2) commitment to staying well-informed on library district legal and financial issues; (3) currency on technology and trends; (4) sound business and financial judgement; (5) understanding of common personnel management methods to lead an engaged and thriving staff; (6) initiative, awareness and vision in developing library services; and (7) skill in building and maintaining effective relationships with the Library Board, staff and community leaders. Public library experience, including a successful track record of reporting to a governing board, is preferred. For the complete position description, please visit Barrington Area Library Executive Director Description (http://www.gossagesager.com/barringtonjobdesc.pdf).

Compensation. The starting salary range is $120,000 – 135,000, dependent on qualifications with a competitive benefits package.

For further information, please visit Bradbury Miller Associates (http://www.bradburymiller.com/contactus.html).  Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury, jobethbradbury@bradburymiller.com.  This position will close August 20, 2017.