Job Details

Requisition Number 19-0034
Post Date 11/1/2019
Title Program Officer, continuing education/ALSC
City Chicago
State IL
Description The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is seeking a Program Officer, Continuing Education.

This position is ideal for individuals at the program coordinator level looking to advance their skill set and take their career to the next level as a program officer.

Reporting to the Deputy Director, ALSC, the program officer will be responsible for handling the logistics related to the ALSC continuing education portfolio, including quarterly webinars and web courses, and coordinating in-person conference events, including the biennial, ALSC National Institute that welcomes approximately 500 attendees.

Will be responsible for working with ALSC members to identify, develop, and produce continuing education content. Monitors the budget and coordinates venue contract negotiations, logistics for, and evaluation of, online and in-person continuing education and conference events. Acts as staff liaison to multiple member committees such as the Education committee and the Program Planning committee.

Starting salary range from the mid-40s, negotiable based on experience and qualifications. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and a retirement annuity.


Apply online. Submissions must include a cover letter and resume.

(additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Send resume and cover letter to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Ref: progofficerCEALSC
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312/280-5270

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran

Minimum of three years relevant work experience; non-profit, association, adult educational instructional design, and meeting and event planning experience is preferred. Bachelor’s degree required; coursework or master’s degree with an emphasis on youth services, children’s literature or early literacy is a plus.

Project management experience, with the organizational skills necessary to plan, budget, and execute a project within established and sometimes competing deadlines is essential. Intermediate to advanced proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with a variety of project management, continuing education platforms and content management systems including: Airtable, Zoom, Moodle, iMIS, and Drupal, a plus.

Must be a self-starter, innovator, and creative problem solver with a professional demeanor. Able to negotiate and navigate stressful situations with a positive attitude, cultural sensitivity, and a sense of humor. Also, strong written and verbal communication skills and meticulous attention to detail. The successful candidate will work well with ALA leadership, staff, and members, in addition to vendors and publishers.

This position is based in our Chicago headquarters but requires travel to the ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Annual Conference and the ALSC National Institute.
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