Job Description

Library Director for Fort Atkinson Public Library

Job Description

This is a Regular Part-Time position less than 40 hours per week. Hours may vary widely from week to week, depending upon the needs of the library at the time.

Education, Training and Requirements

Graduation from high school or GED with some college education is desirable and a literacy level commensurate with this educational level.

Two years of employment, community service, or education in library work or related field.

Director must have completed or will complete the Iowa Library Services Public Librarian Certification program. Director must be willing to complete certification within two years.

Accountable to:

Fort Atkinson Library Board of Trustees

Primary Objective of Position

Under general operating standards, plans. organizes, directs, controls and promotes the activities of the City's Library system. Work varies, requiring interpretive judgement: has significant opportunity for discretion and independent action.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs; Thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection techniques; Considerable knowledge of equipment and facilities required in the comprehensive library system; considerable knowledge of community library needs and resources; Working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision. Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Ability to plan, organize, coordinate and implement a comprehensive library system; Ability to coordinate, analyze, and utilize a variety of reports and records; Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, supervisors, other agencies, and the public. Need pleasant personality and good grooming habits as to leave a proper impression and good telephone personality.

Tools and Equipment Used

Online Library catalog system, including Microsoft word and Excel; copy and fax machine; and willing to learn upgrades to computer software.



Essential Duties and Responsibilties

Manages and supervises library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes workloads and staff assignments; trains, motivates and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.

Provides leadership and direction in the development of short and long range library plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates activities with other libraries and agencies as needed.

Communicates official plans, policies and procedures to staff and the general public.

Prepares annual budget requests; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Implements the selection and general collection of books and other items contained in the library; reviews major selection tools; reviews books, periodicals and collections which are outdated or not used, and coordinates removal and disposition.

Oversees inter-library loans and in-house reference work.

Reviews program areas, implements changes or new programs to meet library needs of the community; develops, maintains and implements a library master plan.

Develops and implements policies, procedures and standards for efficient and effective operation and maintenance of library operations. Assures compliance with established policies and procedures.

Promotes interest in library programs through publicity, program brochures, cooperation with various community groups, and public contacts; speaks before citizens groups, students and other business and civic organizations.

Prepares and administers budget for all areas under library department; orders all new and replacement equipment.

Prepares a variety of reports and maintains necessary operating records.

Schedules and runs various special library activities throughout the year, such as book sales, reading programs, etc.


Approved March 2013/ 

Reviewed/approved April 2018

Reviewed/approved February 2021