Jobs at the Library

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Position: Senior Librarian
Location: TBD
Department: Customer Services
Position type: Full-time
Salary: $67,947

SUMMARY

Under the direction of the Deputy Director and/or a supervising librarian, the senior librarian is responsible for assisting in managing, planning and administering the work of a library department, trains and models excellent customer service to patrons of all ages, and demonstrates proficiency in current and emerging library technology. 

Senior Librarian Job Summary (.PDF)

Essential Job Functions

  • Manages the department and facility
  • Assists in the managing, planning, and administering of work in the organization
  • Assists in implementing library system strategic plan objectives
  • Resolves complicated customer interactions
  • Models the highest standard of customer service and helps ensure that library staff meet customer service expectations
  • Understands library circulation systems, online resources and library procedures and policies
  • Answers information, readers’ advisory, and patron questions
  • Develops an ongoing awareness of the target community, partners and interacts with local Friends and community groups. Works with these groups to address and meet local needs.
  • Coordinates the creation and revision of work schedules and timesheets
  • Motivates, coaches, and develops staff and reviews individual performance.
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy, uses problem solving skills
  • Coordinates collection development for professional staff
  • Pursues continuing education to remain current in developments for public library services and prepares for potential advancement in library management
  • Works inside assigned budget funds for collection development, outreach and building maintenance
  • Additional duties as assigned

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment
  • Must be able to travel between buildings

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of library policies, procedures, and long-range plans
  • Knowledge of current developments in the field
  • Skill in both long- and short-range planning
  • Skill in identifying and enhancing individual strengths of staff
  • Skill in creating a culture of teamwork among the staff
  • Skill in initiating and maintaining successful contacts with community organizations
  • Skill in effective oral and written communication
  • Skill in using current library technology and automated systems
  • Skill in using the computer and office software programs
  • Ability to organize and analyze data
  • Ability to manage multiple projects
  • Ability to organize and analyze data with a high degree of accuracy
  • Ability to plan effectively, prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to move between buildings

Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an accredited graduate school of library science; three years of successful professional library experience in a public service capacity.

Application Information

Send resume, letter of application, and copy of college transcripts (if not on file) to:

Linda L. Roe, Deputy Director, Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Fax: 515-237-1654. Email: llroe@dmpl.org
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019.

 


Position: Program Coordinator
Location: Central
Department: Administration
Position type: Full-time
Salary: $67,947

SUMMARY

Des Moines Public Library seeks a creative, detail-oriented person to coordinate educational programs, special events, and needs-based services for the public library system and its communities. The Program Coordinator will serve a system-wide role in the development and delivery of quality educational and recreational programming for services across our diverse community.

This innovative person will have project management and event planning experience, creative problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate effectively with internal and external partners. This position collaborates closely with members of the library’s Youth Services and Adult Services teams, and the library’s Community Engagement team. Bilingual skills and experience working with diverse populations and clients with limited English proficiency is preferred. Performs other related duties as assigned. This position reports to the Deputy Director.

Program Coordinator Job Summary (.PDF)

Essential Job Functions

  • In collaboration with programming teams, DMPL Foundation and administration, develops and maintains a system-wide programming budget.
  • Oversees coordination of both the Adult and Youth Services teams, including leading team meetings, long-term planning of events, and identifying new opportunities to advance DMPL’s strategic initiatives through programming and community partnerships. Works with volunteers that will be assigned to assist with programming and outreach events.
  • Works with Community Engagement to create and distribute materials and content about library programming to the community, based on community needs and available analytics.
  • Acts as liaison between programming librarians and Community Engagement to ensure proper promotion of programming via physical calendars, publications, web site and posters, as well as working to create promotional guidelines and standards system-wide for all programs.
  • Evaluates outcomes of programming efforts, working with administration to ensure long-term programming decisions are matching the DMPL’s strategic initiatives.
  • Plan and facilitate the annual DMPL Summer Reading initiative, and the Simple Steps to Success early literacy program, funded by Polk County Early Childhood Iowa.
  • In collaboration with the Youth Services team, coordinates engagement, programming and technology initiatives with local school systems and other partner agencies.

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively and present programs.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and print formats.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.  
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds.
  • Must be able to travel between buildings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to plan and present library programs for the public.
  • Skilled in communicating verbally with staff, the public, and the media in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Ability to provide outstanding internal and external customer service through the use of excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to instruct, train, and support staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to keep records, files, compile reports, and analyze statistics.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines.
  • Ability to serve the public in a positive manner.
  • A valid driver’s license is required as limited local travel may be needed for outreach events.
  • Knowledge social media and technological trends.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience

Master’s Degree in Library Science, or a Bachelor’s Degree plus five years progressively responsible experience in creating and maintaining community partnerships and programming.

Application Information

Send resume, letter of application, and copy of college transcripts (if not on file) to:

Linda L. Roe, Deputy Director, Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Fax: 515-237-1654. Email: llroe@dmpl.org
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019.

 


Position: Library Assistant
Location: TBD
Department: Bilingual Services
Position type: Half-time
Salary: $24,211

SUMMARY

Under the direction of a supervisor, provides information and readers’ advisory services, with an emphasis on library programs for youth and Spanish speaking residents.  Does related professional and clerical work as required. This position is twenty (20) hours per week and requires regular evening and weekend hours.

Library Assistant - Bilingual Services Job Summary (.PDF)

Essential Job Functions

  • Uses English and Spanish, both in verbal and written communications appropriately to library users.
  • Interviews library users carefully to determine what information is required and provides clear, accurate and timely answers to all inquiries.
  • Answers information and readers' advisory questions in-person, by phone and by electronic means.
  • Uses social media as directed to promote library services and activities.
  • Trains patrons in use of online catalog and various databases.
  • Checks out and receives materials.
  • Manages interactions with difficult customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Prepares bibliographies and participates in collection development.
  • Participates in planning and organizing work within the department.
  • Presents programs, book talks and library tours with an emphasis on youth services but also assists with adult service needs.
  • Assists in planning displays and exhibits.
  • Reads professional literature and attends conferences to keep informed of developing library practices and issues.  

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and hard copy form.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of reference and readers' advisory materials.
  • Knowledge of general clerical methods and procedures.
  • Skill in using current library technology and automated systems.
  • Skill in selecting appropriate materials for patrons of all ages.
  • Skill in interpreting library resources and services to the public.
  • Ability to keep records and files and compile reports.
  • Ability to assist in instructing and training support staff.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service.
  • Ability to stoop and reach well enough to retrieve materials from the shelves.

Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Bilingual Spanish/English spoken and written language skills.
Desired: Successful experience in public library work; successful customer service experience

Application Information

Send resume, letter of application, and copy of college transcripts (if not on file) to:

Linda L. Roe, Deputy Director, Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Fax: 515-237-1654. Email: llroe@dmpl.org
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019.

 


Position: Library Assistant
Location: TBD/One of 6 DMPL Locations
Department: Customer Services
Position type: Half-Time
Salary: $24,211

SUMMARY

Under the direction of a branch manager, provides information and readers' advisory services.  Does related professional and clerical work as required. This position is twenty (20) hours per week and requires regular evening and weekend hours.

Library Assistant - Customer Services Job Summary (.PDF)

Essential Job Functions

  • Provides exemplary customer service to library patrons.
  • Answers information and readers' advisory questions.
  • Trains patrons in use of online catalog and various databases.
  • Checks out and receives materials.
  • Manages interactions with difficult customers with tact and diplomacy.
  • Prepares bibliographies and participates in collection development.
  • Participates in planning and organizing work within the department.
  • Presents book talks and library tours.
  • Assists in planning displays and exhibits.
  • Reads professional literature and attends conferences to keep informed of developing library practices and issues.  

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and read library materials
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to write legibly, operate a keyboard and access relevant library materials
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment
  • Ability to stoop, reach, and push well enough to perform circulation and delivery procedures, and to retrieve materials from the shelves

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of reference and readers' advisory materials.
  • Knowledge of general clerical methods and procedures.
  • Skill in using current library technology and automated systems.
  • Skill in selecting appropriate materials for patrons of all ages.
  • Skill in interpreting library resources and services to the public.
  • Ability to keep records and files and compile reports.
  • Ability to assist in instructing and training support staff.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with others.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service.
  • Ability to stoop and reach well enough to retrieve materials from the shelves.

Education and Experience

Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. 
Desired: Successful experience in public library work; successful customer service experience

Application Information

Send resume, letter of application, and copy of college transcripts (if not on file) to:

Linda L. Roe, Deputy Director, Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Fax: 515-237-1654. Email: llroe@dmpl.org
Applications from candidates must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019.

 


Position: Clerk
Location: TBD/One of 6 DMPL Locations
Department: Customer Services
Position type: Half-Time
Salary: $15,386

SUMMARY

This is a half-time position of 20 hours per week. Under the direction of a supervisor, checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk. Demonstrates proficiency in using a variety of library technology and operating systems, provides excellent service, and does related work as required. This position requires regular evening and weekend hours.

Clerk Job Summary (.PDF)

Essential Job Functions

  • Checks out and receives materials and collects fines and fees at the public service desk
  • Provides exemplary service to library customers
  • Manages interactions with customers with tact and diplomacy
  • Creates and maintains customer records and accounts
  • Proficiently uses a variety of library technology and operating systems
  • Accurately handles money transactions
  • Provides training and direction to library aides
  • Additional duties as assigned

Essential Physical Abilities

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and read library materials
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to write legibly, operate a keyboard and access relevant library materials
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment
  • Ability to stoop, reach, and push well enough to perform circulation and delivery procedures, and to retrieve materials from the shelves

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Skill in using current library technology and operating systems
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service, both in person and on the telephone
  • Ability to interpret and apply library policies and procedures
  • Ability to correctly spell, use proper grammar and make simple mathematical calculations
  • Ability to conduct regular cash register accounting functions
  • Ability to accurately type 30 wpm using a keyboard
  • Ability to use Microsoft products to create word documents and spreadsheets
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment as the member of a team
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines

Education and Experience

Graduation from high school. Library experience and customer service experience are desired.

Application Information

Send resume, letter of application, and copy of college transcripts (if not on file) to:

Linda L. Roe, Deputy Director, Des Moines Public Library
1000 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Fax: 515-237-1654. Email: llroe@dmpl.org
Applications from must be received by 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2019.

 

Candidates must call 283-4152 ext. 4 to schedule screening and keyboarding tests at the Central Library by 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019.


Part-time Library Aides are hired at each of our six locations and applications are kept on file in each building. You are welcome to print out the application form below and take it to the Central Library or any of the five branches.

Job Application Form

Contact Human Resources

The Des Moines Public Library welcomes your questions about employment opportunities. 

Linda Roe | Deputy Director
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 283.4102
Email: llroe@dmpl.org