Library Director
City of Davenport, IA - Davenport, IA

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Under the Board of Trustees’ direction, performs work of unusual difficulty in planning, directing and coordinating the operations of the Davenport Public Library System; and performs related work as required.
T ravels to and/or works at any library location, City Department or location required for job duties. Leads the Library’s Administrative Management Team.

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Examples Of Duties:
Serves as executive officer to the Board of Trustees of the Davenport Public Library. 1. Assists the Board in formulating library system’s strategic plan, goals and annual priorities. 2. Proposes and responds to policy issues and presents statistical information, library standards and professional judgment to assist in developing consensus. 3. Maintains records of Board decisions and directives. 4. Executes adopted policies in administration of the library system. 5. Orients new trustees to the library. 6. Other duties as assigned
Directs library operations and services. 1. Plans organizational structure and work assignments to accomplish objectives. 2. Conducts staff meetings to formulate objectives and set priorities. 3. Establishes operational standards and service expectations. 4. Specifies information, reports and records necessary to evaluate progress and the changing needs of our diverse community. 5. Outlines budget needs and assigns budget preparation responsibilities. 6. Assesses success by measuring progress and analyzing problems. 7. Directs application for state and federal funds and other grant monies to enhance library programs. 8. Implements the library systems’ capital improvement program and projects. 9. Prepares and implements strategic plans. 10. Investigates new trends, specific library programs and facilitates testing of new techniques, materials, and equipment to improve the operation of the library. 11. Promotes and maintains safety in the workplace. 12. Works with the FRIENDS of the Library, the Library’s Foundation, to foster membership, outreach, and to enhance the programs of the Library System by d evelopment of potential programs, mailings, events and special projects. 13. Participates in ongoing staff training . Willing to learn and develop new job related computer skills. 14. Must maintain requirement for accreditation by the Iowa Library Services Division. 15. Other duties as assigned. Represents the library in the community and professional organizations. 1. Recommends and administers public relations programs. 2. Represents the library and speaks before community, civic, and other groups regarding the objectives and activities of the library. 3. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other city departments, governmental agencies, civic and community groups and the general public. 4. Serves as official representative of the library in actions that legally bind or politically influence the library. 5. Works with the library Board, FRIENDS of the Library, community and other library and community organizations and individuals in planning for library development and financial support. 6. Supports and facilitates the work of the FRIENDS of the Library, the library’s Foundation. 7. Attends professional and other meetings to maintain contact with other professional and library related agencies. 8. Participates in professional development opportunities to enhance managerial skills and maintains an awareness of new trends and developments in the library field 9. Conducts promotional and funding campaigns to generate community support for library activities. 10. Coordinates library operations with other city department functions. 11. Prepares news releases and answers questions for the public and the press. 12. Presents and negotiates budget needs to City Hall. 13. Other duties as assigned.

Requires a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program and eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional library experience, four (4) of which include administrative and supervisory responsibilities; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge and Skills:
Comprehensive knowledge of: 1. Specialized professional library principles, methods and procedures. 2. Policies, laws and regulations relating to library operations. 3. Administrative and personnel management methods and techniques. 4. Customer service satisfaction. 5. Fiscal management.

Considerable knowledge of: 1. T echnical advances in library processes. 2. Literary trends, periods and authors. 3. Workplace safety. 4. Cultural Awareness and diversity issues. 5. Foundations and management of endowment growth. 6. Physical plant management. 7. Labor relations/negotiations. Good knowledge of: 1. Library consortium organization. 2. Iowa Municipal library organization. Considerable skills in: 1. Organizational leadership. 2. Building new relationships to increase fundraising efforts and to obtain funding. 3. Organizing, managing and motivating people. 4. Preparing and presenting management and technical reports, budgets and other presentations. 5. Effective interpersonal skills, establishing good working relationships with boards, community leaders and library personnel. 6. Analyzing community and professional library trends. 7. Evaluating community needs and developing the best methods for providing library services. 8. Providing performance evaluations/agreements. 9. Presenting ideas and communicating effectively orally and in writing. 10. Library technology, including but not limited to: electronic catalogs, websites, blogs, iPADS, social networking, etc. 11. Managing the physical facilities and preparing on-going maintenance of these facilities for current and future needs.

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