Executive Director Job Description

Library Board approved December 18, 2001, Revised December 20, 2012.


Administrative and management position with responsibility for the overall operation of the library.  Serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Oak Park Public Library. Plans, coordinates, directs and evaluates all functions of the public library.  Exercises supervision of the work of library personnel either directly or through subordinate supervisors.  Works independently in accordance with policies of the Board of Library Trustees.


Works with the Library Board and staff to plan and develop library services to meet the library needs of the Oak Park community.

Prepares the annual budget for consideration by the Board and administers the budget as approved by the Board.  Approves all expenditures and oversees investment of library funds.

Interviews, hires, and evaluates professional and non-professional employees; administers the library classification and pay plan; reviews staffing positions and work schedules.

Works with the Library Board, officials of the Village of Oak Park, the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, and other library and community organizations and individuals in planning for library development and financial support.

Conducts staff meetings and encourages continuing education and professional growth of staff members.

Oversees the upkeep of library property.

Serves as liaison with Friends of the Oak Park Public Library.  Serves as liaison to agencies that promote business and economic development in Oak Park.

Maintains an active involvement in professional associations.

Performs related work as required.


Thorough knowledge of library principles, practices, techniques, materials and technology in the field of library management and administration.

Ability to direct, coordinate and evaluate the work of all library staff.

Ability to develop and implement plans for the improvement of library service.

Ability to meet, communicate and work effectively with members of library staff, the Library Board, officials of the Village of Oak Park, professional and community organizations, and members of the general public.

Ability to speak and write accurately and effectively.

Ability to analyze complex professional, technical, and administrative problems and develop appropriate solutions.


Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited graduate library school.

A minimum of seven to ten years of managerial experience with a high level of financial responsibility.

Must have access to a vehicle for use on library business in performance of position requirements or hold a valid driver’s license.

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