Open Positions

Director of Library Services

The Hawarden Public Library is looking for an experienced, professional and publicly-minded individual with proven leadership skills. This individual will be responsible for the day-to-day management and physical operation of the library, the operating budget, and library staff. This position is under the direction of the Hawarden Library Board of Trustees. Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college; State of Iowa Public Library Endorsement or earning such endorsement within two years of hire. Prefer at least two years of progressively responsible experience in a public library in a supervisory capacity. Applicant should have excellent interpersonal, written and oral skills combined with diplomacy and professionalism.

Please send letter of application, resume and three professional references to Board President, Hawarden Public Library, 803 10th Street Hawarden IA 51023 or email to lgregg@w-sioux.k12.ia.us BY AUGUST 15, 2020.


Job Summary: This position is under the direct supervision of the Hawarden Library Board of Trustees. The library director is responsible for the operations of the library and the development and implementation of the library’s programs. This includes assisting the board with long-range planning and policy development, managing all library resources, including personnel and facilities. It requires the development of collections including acquisitions, access, storage, and control of all collections. The position includes developing, maintaining, and implementing services and programs for a variety of library users.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college
  • Certified by the State Library of Iowa or must attain certification within two years of employment
  • Prefer at least two years of progressively responsible experience in a public library in a supervisory capacity

Principle Duties:

Working with the Library Board

Attend all meetings and act as secretary as well as advisor to the Board

  • Prepare monthly agendas with Board president
  • Prepare monthly statistical reports for board and generally inform the Board of significant activities, events and problems and concerns for the library
  • Carry out the policies and directives of the Library Board of Trustees
  • Prepare annual budget and present to the Board


  • Hire train, and schedule all library staff
  • Provide supervision and delegate responsibility to staff
  • Conduct performance evaluations for all library staff

Budget and Finance

  • Direct and control the expenditure of fund allocations within constraints of approved budgets
  • Prepare fiscal year annual report for the State of Iowa
  • Pursue additional funding via grants and fundraising

Collection Development

  • Select or direct the selection of materials for all media based on the library’s collection development policy
  • Responsible for weeding of the collection

Planning. Policies and Community Relations

  • Develop a long range plan with the assistance of the Board and with input from community
  • Develop and recommend policies concerning library operations, budgets and programming
  • Supervise maintenance of the library building, equipment, grounds, and furnishings
  • Supervise library technology issues and plans for improvements/upgrades to the library’s technology
  • Maintain an active public relations program
  • Communicate and cooperate with city council, city officials, community groups, and county library association members to implement library services
  • Maintain the highest level of accreditation in accordance with the State Library of Iowa

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent communications skills and organizational skills
  • Ability to administer the activities of a public library and to supervise the work of others
  • Proficiency with computers public library software, internet and digital communications
  • Knowledgeable in Federal, state, and local laws affecting the library
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful work conditions
  • Ability to develop short and long term plans, goals and objectives
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of standard library principles and practices, concepts of freedom of speech, copyright, collection development, patron confidentiality, censorship, and other library ethical issues
  • Ability to relate to the needs of the community and library as demographics change
  • Ability to establish working relationships with superiors, associates, and the general public
  • Skilled in website and social media maintenance
  • Ability to lift and to move 35 pounds
  • Ability to bend and reach while shelving
  • Tact
  • Courtesy
  • Good judgment


Click on the link below to open the Application Form. Download, print and send the completed form to:
Board President, Hawarden Public Library,
803 10th Street Hawarden IA 51023
or email to lgregg@w-sioux.k12.ia.us
BY AUGUST 15, 2020.