Library Director-Iowa City (IA) Public Library

If the “Center of Community Life” speaks to you, the Board of Trustees of the Iowa City Public Library encourages you to apply to become the City’s next Library Director. Governed by a nine-member Board, the Iowa City Public Library is a vital, vibrant downtown destination on its Pedestrian Mall. Circulating 1.3 million items a year, the Library annually hosts 797,000 visitors in the building and many more virtually.  With an innovative, creative staff (63FTE), a $6.8 million annual operating budget, and a Friends Foundation which generates significant financial support, the Library provides stellar services to 99,277 area residents through its single location. The Library has seen decades of steadily increasing support from both public and private sources. Contributing to the quality of life in Iowa City as its community hub, the Library connects people of all ages with information; engages people with the world of ideas and with each other; and enriches the community by supporting learning, promoting literacy, and encouraging creativity.

Outstanding cultural and recreational opportunities exist within Iowa City, a vibrant college town. Home to the University of Iowa and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the City is known for its focus on the arts and humanities. In addition to its beloved public library and its designation as a UNESCO City of Literature, Iowa City is home to many independent book stores.  All of the arts flourish in Johnson County and opportunities to enjoy music of all genres, theatre, summer festivals, local food and visual arts are numerous. Making many Top 10 Lists for Livability, Iowa City also boasts outstanding health care and strong infrastructure with good public transportation. Residents are encouraged to ride, bike and walk through Downtown and its surrounding neighborhoods. For more information about the Library and the City, visit Iowa City Links.

Responsibilities. The Library Director performs professional level work under the general supervision of the Library Board of Trustees. Responsibilities include the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of all library operations and services; supervision of the administrative team and staff in establishing and directing library policies and procedures; and managing physical facilities, personnel, and financial operations in accordance with Board policies, City administration, and applicable legislation. The Director serves as liaison to the community, city government, and library leaders and works to establish collaborative relationships. Fiscal responsibilities include preparing and administering the annual budget, including capital improvements projects, and working with the Friends Foundation to secure additional funding. See Iowa City Library Director for the complete position description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and a minimum of seven years of professional progressively responsible library experience with five years of public library administration. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrated record of development and fundraising, developing and mentoring staff, facilities management, implementing new library service models, an outstanding customer service philosophy, and successful community engagement. Experience reporting to a governing board and working in a union environment are preferred. The Library Director must reside in the municipal limits of the City of Iowa City and State of Iowa librarian certification will be required within 60 days of hire.

Compensation. A starting salary range of $94,036 – 121,000 (with placement negotiable, dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an exceptional fringe benefits package.

For more information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. To start the application process, send a cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of September 23, 2018.