Director – Ames Public Library (IA)

Join Ames Public Library’s team of passionate staff, engaged volunteers, and diverse partners in the heart of our vibrant community.

Ames Public Library’s mission is to connect people to the world of ideas–in our recently-expanded building, on our Bookmobile, through outreach, and of course digitally.

We are looking for a director that understands the changing role of a modern public library, inspires creativity and innovation, supports the welcoming and inclusive environment that our community expects and celebrates, and nurtures connections with community partners and leaders.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on February 11th.

Under the administrative direction of the Ames Public Library Board of Trustees and in cooperation with city officials, the Library Director plans, directs, and coordinates all Library fiscal, operational and personnel activities to achieve the Library mission, goals and objectives within the context of community need and priorities; performs related work as required.

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Specific Job Duties Include:

Plans, directs, coordinates, and assures the efficiency and effectiveness of all Library operations, facilities, services, collections and programs; provides information, alternatives and recommendations regarding policy and service issues to the Library Board; implements Board decisions; develops protocol and procedures for Library operations, services, and programs; develops and implements methods to measure community needs and Library effectiveness; develops and implements short and long term strategic plans; represents the Library in interactions with City administration, including active participation as a member of the City Manager’s Executive Leadership Team; prepares and presents reports to the City Manager and City Council.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other governmental agencies, civic and community groups and the general public; acts as liaison with a variety of local, regional and statewide organizations to develop collaborative relationships and promote the goals and objectives of the Library; makes public presentations; responds to public inquiries and complaints; represents the Library in professional organizations and on local boards and committees.

Directs the selection, training, performance review and discipline of Library employees; develops Library staff as a strong team through leadership, mentoring and providing staff development opportunities; communicates with staff to determine vision and operational needs.

Directs the preparation, presentation, and administration of the Library budget and capital improvement plan; directs the application for grants and county, state and federal funds to enhance Library programs; ensures proper and efficient use of all Library funds; serves as an ex-officio director and administration support for the board of the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation; advocates for the Library’s interests with governmental agencies at the county, state, and federal level; ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Each employee is expected to continually strive to bring shared values to life through our Excellence Through People organizational culture. ETP values include committing to continuous improvement, inspiring creativity and innovation, being customer driven, making data-driven decisions, championing employee involvement, striving for excellence, having fiscal stewardship, acting with honesty and integrity, exhibiting leadership, choosing a positive attitude, respecting one another, promoting safety and wellness, and cultivating teamwork. For leaders, this includes creating a work culture that brings these values to life. For all employees, this includes maintaining a Total City Perspective. The purpose of ETP is to deliver exceptional services to the public at the best price, and for employees to experience an enjoyable and stimulating work environment.


Education and Experience: Masters of Library Science degree from a graduate school accredited by the American Library Association required. Must have seven years of increasingly responsible experience in public library management, including three years at the senior staff or management level.

Licenses and Certificates: Public Library Certification by the State Library of Iowa (for further information, see

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