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Job Vacancy Notice - Executive Director

Job Title:Executive Director
The Library:The Board of Trustees of the Warren-Newport Public Library District seeks a collaborative and forward-thinking leader to serve as Executive Director. The library is located in the Chicago northern suburb of Gurnee, Illinois and serves the Village of Gurnee and all or part of the surrounding communities. This opportunity is available due to the upcoming retirement of the current Executive Director, Stephen Bero.
Starting Pay:Salary is negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits.

  • Must have a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited school
  • Understanding of current and emerging library technology and trends
  • High-level leadership experience with a Public Library District preferred

Desired Abilities:

  • A sense of humor, intellectual curiosity, and an openness to new ideas
  • Strong leadership with the ability to inspire staff, board, and community
  • Highly effective communication and problem-solving skills
  • Political savviness, coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • Exhibit superior leadership and library operations skills
  • Lead the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork and collaboration
  • Advocate for the library and enthusiastically participate in community events and organizations
  • Solve challenges creatively, with an appreciation for alternative funding and other imaginative options for age-old challenges

For More Information:See John Keister & Associates' Website
Applying for the Position:To apply for the Executive Director position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and three references using this contact form. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files. We welcome inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
374 Marseilles Street
Vernon Hills, Illinois 60061
Phone: 847-955-0540
Position open until filled.