Job Details

Requisition Number 18-0039
Post Date 12/14/2018
Title Project Manager, Public Library Assoc
City Chicago
State IL
Description The Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is seeking a grant-funded, full-time Project Manager for a two-year term.

Reporting to the Deputy Director of Programs, PLA, the project manager will be responsible for the development of products and programs based on existing or new PLA initiatives. We are looking for a strategic and entrepreneurial thinker committed to supporting public libraries.

The position is charged with researching and identifying new opportunities and potential partnerships, with emphasis on grants and revenue-generating programs and services. The PM will grow PLA’s library-facing portfolio of products and services supporting library engagement with families, lifelong learning, and school partnerships. The PM will lead other initiatives to create innovative, relevant, robust, and sustainable programs and resources that align with the needs of public libraries.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

• Outstanding project management skills, including planning and budgeting

• Experience developing continuing education products, from the concept stage to market readiness

• Knowledge and understanding of public librarianship and educational trends, research and practice

• Experience with grant research and writing

• Success building relationships and partnerships with a range of staff, stakeholders, consultants, and volunteers

• Excellent communication skills, comfort with public speaking, and ability represent PLA at conferences and meetings

• Willingness to learn and adapt

• Experience working with volunteers in association or other non-profit setting

There is approximately 20% travel for this position.

Starting salary range from the low 60s; negotiable based on experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.


Apply online including 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: projmgrPLA
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Fax: 312/280-5270

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran
Minimum of seven to ten years of similar work experience, preferably with an association. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred in project management, library science or early literacy/early childhood education.

Sophisticated communication skills, both oral and written. Ability to respectfully work with various constituencies. Attention to detail, ability to exercise independent judgment, discretion, and problem-solving skills. Ability to successfully handle multiple on-going projects while adapting to changing (or unexpected shifts) in workflow. Must be good humored and collaborative.

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