Assistant Director Position

Job Announcement:


We are seeking a talented, innovative, and forward-thinking Librarian to fill the position of Assistant Director at the Nevada Public Library.  The position reports to the Director and must able to perform a multitude of library tasks.  In the absence of the Library Director, the Assistant Director assumes the responsibility of library operations. 

 The Assistant Director will assist in implementing programming, managing library collections, supervising students, and coordinating volunteers.  This position will involve substantial contact with patrons, so excellent communication skills are necessary.  It is essential that the person in this position is familiar with a wide range of software programs, operating systems, and mobile devices in order to assist our patrons with technology-related questions and perform job-related duties.  Please see the full job description below.


The successful candidate must have a Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of library experience, although a MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution is preferred.  Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with customer service, technology, and supervision are a plus.


This is a full-time position with benefits.  Nights and Saturdays are required.


Starts at $20.60/hour


Submit City of Nevada employment application (available at, résumé, and cover letter to .


Guaranteed consideration will be given to applications received by 8/25/17


POSITION:  Assistant Director
FLSA CLASSIFICATION:       Non-Exempt (hourly)

Under direct supervision of the Library Director, performs duties essential to the daily operation of the Library.  Duties involve substantial contact with the public. In the absence of the Library Director, the Assistant Director assumes the responsibility of library operations. Performs related duties as required.


Examples of Essential Job Functions
1.    Acts in accordance with the library’s mission and the policies and procedures of the library to lead, plan, coordinate and evaluate activities of the library.
2.    Manages the volunteer staff including interview and schedules and tasks.
3.    Provides leadership in strategic planning, quality assurance, quantitative analysis, decision making, and problem solving.
4.    Attends Board meetings in the absence of the Director. 
5.    Develops the collection in designated sections of the library.
6.    Designs and develops the library’s website and online presence.
7.    Takes part in continuing education activities.
8.    Has responsibility for producing MARC records using AACR2 protocols with the assistance of commercially produced records as available. 
9.    Reads reviews of books and/or other materials and recommends purchase.
10.    Performs reader advisory functions.
11.    Assists patrons with reference questions.
12.    Oversees student clerks; monitors their performance, and reports any significant problems to library director.
13.    Attends staff meetings and workshops to improve self and library services.
14.    Manages interlibrary loan functions.

Other Job Functions
1.    Opens and closes the library when scheduled.
2.    Checks materials in and out and places returned items back in proper place on shelves; periodically inspects shelves to ensure that items are in their proper place
3.    Performs duties such as answering the phone, running FAX machine, copier, microfilm reader, etc.
4.    Processes new materials.
5.    Performs other duties as apparent or assigned.


Required Physical Activities: Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, repetitive motions

Physical Characteristics of the Job:  Medium work requiring the exertion of up to fifty (50) pounds of force occasionally, up to twenty-five (25) pounds of force frequently and up to ten (10) pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Environmental Conditions: The work is performed primarily inside and requires the ability to either sit or stand for extended periods of time.  The work exposes the employee to visual strain, unpleasant social situations, significant work pace pressure, and irregular hours.  

Visual Requirements: 20/20 near point vision in at least one eye at an 18 inch reading distance.


Circulation/catalog computer software, network computers, database software, spreadsheet, and word processing software, calculator, microfilm reader/printer, typewriter, photocopier, FAX machine, telephone, variety of library and commercial software programs including Windows and MAC, software, and Internet.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

•    Considerable knowledge of the methods and practices used in public libraries; knowledge of philosophy and principles of library science.
•    Ability to solve practical problems having a variety of variables with limited standardization.
•    Ability to perform arithmetic calculations involving fractions, decimals and percentages.
•    Ability to produce original catalog records using AACR2 protocols.
•    Ability to compose original correspondence; ability to interview, counsel or advise people; ability to evaluate technical data.
•    Ability to guide patrons and provide information related to the library.
•    Ability to learn the library circulation/catalog programs as well as Window and MAC functions.
•    Knowledge of public library operation including the Dewey Decimal System.
•    Knowledge of personal and network computer operations.
•    Ability to establish and maintain a proper working relationship with superiors, co-workers and the public; enjoy working with the public.

Education, Training and Experience

Education Required:     Bachelors Degree. In lieu of a bachelor’s degree, professional level of knowledge normally acquired through a college education. Must have or acquire State of Iowa Library Certification within one year.

Training:       Some keyboard training and /or general experience working with computers.

Experience Required:  At least three years of related library experience.