Employment Opportunities




If interested, please drop off or email your resume to ehlib@metc.net by April 17th.


A high school diploma or GED is required. Candidate must be 18 years of age or older and previous library experience is preferred. Ability to use Word, Excel and learn theautomated library system is required.


Under the supervision and direction of a 5-member Board of Trustees, the Library Director is responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day library operations and functions.



The Library Director’s position is part-time, working approximately 24 hours each week. Benefits include IPERS and vacation time as per the City of Elk Horn's policy handbook. The director’s position includes some evening and occasional Saturday hours.


A Director Endorsement from the State Library of Iowa must be obtained within the first two years of employment and continuing education classes must be attended throughout the year through the State Library of Iowa to stay up to date on local, state and federal regulations governing public libraries.


General Responsibilities

·        Evaluate and plan for future library needs in keeping with the accredited library’s mission statement, policies and strategic plan

·        Provide excellent customer service, communication and organizational skills

·        Hire, train, schedule, supervise and evaluate library staff

·        Work effectively with library trustees, elected officials, the local schools and community groups

·        Perform simple maintenance on all equipment and provide technical support to patrons and staff including copy machine, printers, the Libby app, computers andsoftware

·        Flexible when necessary to do whatever procedure needs to be done


State and County Reporting

·        Prepare accurate reports, such as: Open Access, Interlibrary loan, Direct State Aid Funds, Annual State Library Survey,Accreditation applications and Iowa Public Library standards and file these with appropriate agencies before deadlines

·        Prepare and present an annual report to the Shelby County Supervisors advocating for library funding


Board and City Council Relations

·        Prepare meeting materials, reportsand attend monthly Board of Trustees meetings organizingthe agenda in consultation with the Board President, addressingany current problems, concerns, or projects related to the library.

·        Keep policies and procedures and update them regularly with Board approval

·        Provide new Boardmember orientation and continuing education opportunities for current trustees

·        Prepare an annual report to the City Council as well as the annual City budget with approval from the Board and working with the City Clerk

·        Manage revenues (donations, memorials, grants, fines, fees, etc) and report to Board Secretary and City Clerk

·        Maintain documents and order plaques annually for memorial wall


Collection &Circulation

·        Order and maintain all print and non-print materials for the library, which includes weeding the collection regularly, repairs and replacements

·        Maintain accurate inventory of the collection by ensuring proper cataloging and status updates ofmaterials

·        Assist patrons in finding requested materials either in library, through Interlibrary loan or ordering


Programming and Outreach

·        Initiate, plan, purchase materials for, and conduct a variety of programs for all ages

·        Work with the Children’s Librarian to develop and implement children’s programming including the Summer Library Program

·        Plan programming in conjunction with local events such as Julefest and Tivoli Fest

·        Work withthe Outlook Study Club by assisting with their meetings, printing their booklet and facilitating their scholarships for high school seniors

·        Establish and maintain effective communications through e-mail, the library’s website and all social media

·        Create marketing and promotional materials for library programs and its services

·        Research, write and acquire grants to support library needs


Facility Maintenance

·        Perform or delegate cleaning tasks

·        Ensure facility is stocked with appropriate materials, including office and cleaning supplies

·        Contact appropriate City Staff or vendors for equipment or building repairs.



Reviewed by the Board of Trustees – March 2023