Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Officer will manage and implement YALSA’s continuing education programs and development initiatives.

Key responsibilities include:

  • To manage and implement the YALSA’s continuing education programs and development initiatives.
  • Obtain new sources of funding and developing sustainable sponsorship and grants programs.
  • Oversee the work of member committees, instructors, curriculum developers to create Continuing Education programs on all platforms.
  • Build relationships for donor and sponsorship opportunities.
  • Identify prospective sponsored continuing education opportunities. Work directly with partners on content of sponsored programs to ensure programs are implemented to meet program objectives.
  • Identify and collaborate with other organizations, departments and/or divisions on inter-professional continuing education opportunities.

This position is based in Chicago, Illinois. The selected candidate will need to live in the Chicagoland area. 

Salary:  Negotiable based on relevant experience and qualifications.  ALA offers a comprehensive and valuable benefits program, plus generous paid vacation, and a retirement annuity.

For Consideration:

Apply online including cover letter and resume.


Send a cover letter and resume to:

Mary Pullen

ALA Sr. Human Resources Manager

Ref: progofficerYALSA



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


Required Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three to five years’ work experience with a minimum of three years’ experience in continuing education delivery preferably in a member-based association.
  • The ability to work with others to plan, facilitate the delivery and evaluation of a portfolio of high-quality continuing education programs to members and to those in the profession.
  • Knowledge of adult learning, methods of delivery for continuing education.
  • Experience with sponsorship programs and fundraising initiatives. 
  • Ability to manage a project from conception to completion – working with members, customers, and staff.

Desired Experience:

  • Adult classroom instruction; continuing education
  • Experience with determining funding needs, researching funding opportunities, coordinating, and engaging with sponsors, grant writers, identifying support agencies, managing timelines and deliverables.
  • Creating self-directed learning and e-learning.


Core Competencies/Skills:


  • Ability to stay on schedule and juggle multiple priorities and deadlines. 
  • Strategic, innovative, creative, future-oriented thinking.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a complex organization, and to engage effectively with members and staff with diverse perspectives (i.e., strong interpersonal skills).
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to effectively manage competing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ability to influence at various levels.
  • Revenue and profit focus.
  • Creating and implementing CE delivery strategies.
  • Maintaining external Relationships.
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