Branch Manager – City of Owatonna (Blooming Prairie, MN)

Library Director – City of Blooming Prairie, MN

The City of Blooming Prairie seeks a dynamic leader to serve as the next Director of the Blooming Prairie Branch Library.  The Director of the Library provides strategic leadership, direction, and oversight of the City Library. They work with library staff, the Owatonna Public Library Director, the City Administrator, department heads, citizens, and youth to direct the overall administration, program planning, policy development, budget, and resource allocation for the Blooming Prairie Library. The new Director will provide a vision for the library that responds to the needs of our youth, provides excellent leadership, and promotes the library as an integral part of the community.

The library is staffed by the Director, 1 permanent part-time library tech, and 1 seasonal Library tech 2.

Specific Job Duties (Essential Functions and Responsibilities)

  • Directs Library operations and provides leadership and implementation for strategic planning
  • Promotes the importance of library programs and services throughout the community, and in collaboration with the Owatonna Library
  • Directs personnel management within the library, including assisting in recruitment, evaluation, development, mentoring, and retention of staff
  • Assists in the Preparation of the department budget and maintains compliance with City policies and MN laws
  • Demonstrates awareness of emerging technologies and trends in libraries
  • Manages library collections, programs, and services using assessment tools to inform changes and in collaboration with the Owatonna Library.
  • Works collaboratively with library staff and the Owatonna Library to promote the delivery of strong customer service
  • Works at service desks, including occasional evening and weekend rotations

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.  BA or BS Degree preferably in Elementary Education with a minor in Library Science
  • 2 years of progressively responsible library work (will consider a combination of library work and education to meet equivalent)
  • Demonstrated success in program planning and implementation
  • Demonstrates knowledge of, sensitivity to, and ability to work effectively with, the educational needs of individuals and groups with a diverse range of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and abilities
  • Evidence of responsiveness to and understanding of cultural diversity of, including students with different abilities (e.g., physical and or learning).
  • Demonstrated commitment to honesty, efficacy, and collaboration.
  • Commitment to professional development

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred a master’s degree in library science from an accredited program
  • Experience providing library services
  • Experience working in rural settings

Salary and Benefits

The pay range for this position is $23.81 -$ 29.87 (7-Year Step Pay Scale) and will be commensurate with experience and education. In addition to salary, The City of Blooming Prairie offers a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, paid holidays, vacation/sick leave, and retirement savings plans.

Required Documents City of Blooming Prairie Application, cover letter, resume, graduate transcripts (Copies accepted, official transcripts required upon hire), and three professional references. City of Blooming Prairie Application

Priority will be given to applications received prior to July 12, 2024, but the position will remain open until filled. All interested candidates may submit applications via email to [email protected], In person at the City Hall Administration building, or by mail to:

City of Blooming Prairie

138 Hwy Ave S

Po Box 68

Blooming Prairie, MN

For questions, contact:

  • City of Blooming Prairie Administration at 507-583-7573 or

Email [email protected]