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Apply to lead our team
The Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Public Library is searching for a creative and forward-thinking leader to serve as Library Director. The successful candidate will be a dynamic and committed professional well-versed in current and emerging trends and best practices in library services who will take an active role in the Waterloo community. We are seeking an experienced, community-oriented candidate to work with the Trustees and staff to fulfill the library’s mission of providing free access to education, information and recreation in a welcoming environment. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and providing leadership in planning, directing and coordinating all library activities. The position will manage a 2.5+ million dollar operating budget, oversee 30.26 FTEs, actively seek alternative funding through gifts and public and private grants and work closely with municipal departments, community leaders and community organizations.
An ethnically diverse community, Waterloo is nestled on the banks of the Cedar River in Black Hawk County and is within a day’s drive of all major Midwest markets. The WPL is housed in a 65,000 square foot Great Depression era building and serves a population of over 68,000. Nearby, Hawkeye Community College and the University of Northern Iowa offer additional cultural and educational opportunities. The Waterloo Community School District is one of the 10 largest school districts in Iowa’s public school systems and operates two regular and one alternative high school, four middle schools and eleven elementary schools. The library is located within a vibrant downtown district featuring award-winning museums, locally-owned restaurants, and an impressive riverside amphitheater. Waterloo offers access to the Cedar Valley Trails system—boasting over 100 miles of paved bike trails—and a new, state-of-the-art recreation facility.
A Master’s Degree in Library Science (MLS/MLIS), seven years of broad experience in all major phases of modern public library services and administration with a minimum of five years of management experience.
Additional requirements include proven fiscal and personnel management abilities; strong verbal and written communication skills; the ability to develop and articulate a vision for library service and inspire others; and a thorough understanding of library technology and its applications. The ability to interact effectively with multiple constituencies and serve as an active representative of the library within the community is essential. Proven experience in seeking alternative funding through gifts and public and private grants is a must.
Position description, compensation and benefits information and links to application materials may be accessed below.