Library Director – Asbury, IA

Today’s Date: 03/27/2014

Job Closing Date: 05/14/2014

Job Title: Library Director

Anticipated hours per week: Full Time

Institution Dubuque County Library

Library Location: Asbury, Iowa

Website (if applicable):

Duties / Job description: Job Description

Job Title: Library Director
Reports to: County Library Board of Trustees.

Job Summary: The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions within the goals, guidelines, and policies established by the Library Board of Trustees. The director is responsible for the facilities, financial management, and personnel of the library. This is a full-time, minimum of 40 hours/week, salaried position. Position involves some travel requiring use of personal vehicle. The Director must hold a current valid Iowa Driver’s license or be able to obtain one upon moving to Iowa, and possess required auto liability insurance coverage.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. General Administration and Management
a. Prepares for, attends, and participates in monthly library board meetings including posting all public documents at branches and on the library website, providing minutes of the previous meeting, and a summary of library activities in a director’s report.
b. Researches, formulates and recommends policies to the library board.
c. Implements library policies and procedures.
d. Submits monthly invoices for library board review and approval and monitors revenues and expenses.
e. Consults with Dubuque County Budget Director and submits an annual budget proposal to the library board for approval.
f. Presents approved budget request to the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors and advocates for sufficient resources for library operations.
g. Provides monthly financial planning data to the library board to assist in establishing long and short-term financial priorities.
h. Prepares all required reports as defined by the Board (e.g. various State Library of Iowa reports, annual federal E-rate applications).
i. Orients new trustees and serves as a resource for trustee activities.
j. Directs the maintenance of the library facilities and recommends future space needs.
k. Works with staff to create, update, and maintain the library’s website.
l. Establishes and maintains a staff manual of library procedures.
m. Models leadership within the organization by taking initiative, solving problems, effecting change, encouraging the development of staff, and developing a positive work environment.
n. Adheres to all policies and procedures established by the County of Dubuque and the contract agreement with Teamsters Local 120 including hiring, grievances, payroll, purchasing, and financial reports and claims. Consults with Dubuque County Personnel Director on relevant matters.
2. Planning, Organization, and Evaluation
a. Uses leadership skills to provide vision and guidance to library staff, board members and the community.
b. Works with the Board to design and implement an ongoing strategic planning process for the library.
c. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and directs library service to meet the immediate and long-range goals of the library and the community.
d. Evaluates the effectiveness of library services by analyzing data, customer comments, suggestions, and community surveys.
e. Prepares an annual report of library activities and resources and presents the report to the library board, the Board of Supervisors, and officials of other contracting cities.
f. Investigates new trends and specific library programs, facilitates testing of new techniques, materials, and equipment to improve the operation of the library, and reports relevant data and trends to the board.
3. Personnel Management
a. Develops staff job descriptions, evaluates staff performance relative to defined goals, recommends and administers personnel policies.
b. Hires, schedules, evaluates annually, promotes and terminates staff.
c. Develops and maintains a staff orientation manual and program.
d. Works to promote high staff morale by being readily available to listen to staff concerns, responding to those concerns effectively and within a reasonable period of time, solving problems before they become concerns, encouraging staff, visiting each DCL branch regularly, and giving guidance as appropriate.
e. Provides for in-service programs for employee training and development, encouraging staff input, and encourages staff professional growth by supporting participation in professional associations, workshops, seminars, and activities.
4. Community and Professional Development
a. Represents the library and speaks before community, civic, and other groups, promoting the library’s values, services, accomplishments and needs to all stakeholders.
b. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies such as the cities that contract for library service and the other public libraries in the county, civic and community groups, and the general public.
c. Supports the work of the Friends of the Library.
d. Forms strategic partnerships with community organizations.
e. Participates in professional development opportunities.
5. Other duties as required

Qualifications: Desired Qualifications, Strengths and Skills
1. A Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited school is required.
2. Professional certification in compliance with state law within one year.
3. Five years of library experience preferred with a minimum of three years library administration.
4. Ability to develop budgets, make administrative decisions, develop policies and supervise staff.
5. Effective interpersonal skills including creative and diplomatic management abilities.
6. Thorough knowledge of the philosophy and techniques of all facets of public library service.
7. Ability to think analytically and to develop new services.
8. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment.
9. Considerable knowledge of computers and data communications especially in regards to library applications.
10. Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form.
11. Highly developed verbal and written communication skills, social skills, and adaptability.
12. Willingness to pursue alternative revenue streams to enhance library services.
13. Ability to process information to learn new materials and handle complex concepts.
14. Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with the library board, associates, colleagues, volunteers, other community agencies, governmental bodies and the general public.
15. Visionary regarding library trends and the impact of changing information technology.
16. A desire to meet and serve the public.

Other – Criminal History background check required.

Will out of state candidates be considered? Yes

Salary Range: $45,000 to $50,000 plus exceptional benefits package

How to apply? Because of local regulation, all applications must go through Iowa Works. To be considered for this position you must complete BOTH of these steps below.

1. For an application please contact: Iowa Works Region 1, 680 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001; (563) 556-5800 or (866) 227-9874, or email – put “Application” in the subject line; ask for Dubuque County, Iowa, Application for Employment. The application must be submitted to the Iowa Works Region 1 office not later than 3:00 pm on Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

2. In addition, please email a copy of your application, resume and cover letter to Search Committee Chairman Jeff Goldsmith at .

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