Job Posting: Division Chief, Technology Content & Innovation Dept, CPL

16 Sep 2020 9:34 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

The position of Library Division Chief in the Technology Content and Innovation Department for the Chicago Public Library is open for application. The application period is open from September 11th to September 25th.

Duties: Reporting to the Assistant Commissioner of Technology, Content and Innovation, provide leadership, strategic vision, and a unified voice for the Chicago Public Library archives, special collections, digital collections and exhibits which are coming together under a new library division. CPL’s archives and special collections focus on Chicago culture and history, including the largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest. These collections are distributed across the Special Collections and Preservation Division and the Municipal Reference Collection at Harold Washington Library Center, the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library and the Northside Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library. As a member of the senior leadership team, provide direction for system-wide initiatives that showcase special collections and exhibits across the community and beyond. Demonstrate commitment to inclusivity and user-centered service, ensuring that the acquisition, description, exhibit and digitization of archival materials and special collections reflect and support the diversity of library service populations. Directly supervise five (5) curators, archivists, and librarians, with a division total of thirty (30) staff, to foster a collaborative work environment that furthers the work of the division, promotes innovation and creates and enables new initiatives and partnerships. Create a strong team and shared vision with staff across multiple physical locations. Standardize and maintain professional standards and local practices. Lead strategic planning for digitization program for special collections and archival materials. Lead strategic planning for outreach, programming and exhibits at library locations and facilitate traveling exhibits. Identify grant opportunities and work with the Chicago Public Library Foundation to develop, submit and implement proposals. Participate in local, regional and national consortia and professional associations. Exhibit self-motivation with the ability to manage changing priorities and meet deadlines. Participate in the planning and preparation of division budget. Perform related duties as assigned

LOCATION:    400 S. State Street- Technology Content and Innovation Department                     

DAYS OFF: Saturday and Sunday                                                                                 SHIFT: Monday- Friday 9:00- 5:00                                       

HOURS: 35 hours per week to be scheduled during normal unit hours       



 Graduation from an accredited American Library Association college or university with a Master's degree in Library Science or an approved foreign credential evaluation plus five years of professional library experience of which three years are in a supervisory role related to the responsibilities of the position.

More info and application instructions:

Job # 33823

Applications are online only at .  If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may contact the City of Chicago’s Department of Human Resources at 312- 744-4976.

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