Lansing Public Library

The Trustees of the Lansing Public Library are looking for a creative and compassionate new Director. The ideal candidate will possess business acumen, advocate for the Library, connect with local stakeholders, and build on the strengths of an excellent staff. Key to this role is commitment to being the face of the Library in the community.

The Village of Lansing is a south suburb of Chicago on the Indiana border. The Library serves an increasingly diverse population of 28,000; candidates reflecting this diversity are encouraged to apply. The light-filled, 30,000 square foot building has been recently renovated and the annual operating budget is $2.6 million. The Library employs 15 full-time and 23 part-time staff members.

The Director reports to a 7-member, elected Board of Trustees. Requirements for the position include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program, 5-years of related work, and 3-years of supervisory experience. The candidate must have highly developed interpersonal skills, awareness of municipal budgeting and fiscal matters, and strong leadership capabilities. They will provide the proper setting for the recruitment, development, and evaluation of patron-centered employees and maintain a healthy work environment where staff are valued for their contributions and encouraged to produce their best work. They must also have top-notch communication and listening skills and set a good example for professional development through attendance at workshops, conferences, and continuing education opportunities. 

As liaison to the Friends of the Library and the Lansing Historical Society, they will participate in events outside the building and beyond the regular work week The Director will build on developed partnerships and serve as a member of civic organizations. The incoming Director will also be responsible for coordinating the development of the next strategic plan.

This is a full-time, exempt position with a minimum annual salary of $80,000.00, based on experience and accomplishments. The Library also offers a generous benefits package including participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. Final candidates will be given a thorough background check.

Please apply by sending a thoughtful cover letter, a concise resume, and at least 3 professional references to by Friday, July 16, at 5pm. For further information, go to or contact Jim Deiters at