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Morton Mandan Public Library in Mandan, ND is hiring an Assistant Library Director.


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Morton Mandan Public Library in Mandan, ND is hiring an Assistant Library Director.


General Statement of Duties: Responsible for planning and coordinating outreach services and assisting the Library Director with the daily operations of the library and serving in the capacity of Director in his/her absence 

Supervision received: Under general supervision of the Library Director 

Supervision Exercised: Directly manages and supervises the Outreach Driver Librarian and Outreach Services Assistant. Assists in leadership and supervision of all library personnel, contractual employees, and volunteers 

Reports to: Library Director 

Department: Library 


  • Assumes duties of Director in his/her absence 
  • Assists in leadership and supervision of all personnel, contractual employees, and volunteers. Responsibilities may include coaching and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; addressing complaints and resolving problems. 
  • Assists with collection development 
  • Assists with coordinating building maintenance and repairs 
  • Assists with updating the library website 
  • Creates instructional materials for staff and public use 
  • Plans, coordinates, markets and supervises all outreach services 
  • Develops partnerships with schools, senior facilities, and various local agencies to determine outreach needs 
  • Develops three bookmobile schedules per year by coordinating dates and times to provide best use of sites’ location needs, departmental service, and vehicle continuance 
  • Oversees maintenance of outreach vehicles 
  • Maintains outreach statistical information 
  • Serves as passport acceptance agent; renews certification annually 
  • Serves as proctor for tests/exams 
  • Serves as liaison to the Friends of Morton Mandan Public Library 
  • Participates in activities of professional organizations, networks, conferences, and workshops to maintain knowledge of new developments in the library profession 
  • Performs other duties as assigned 


Education and Experience: Requires a four year college degree, ALA-accredited Master’s degree preferred and a minimum of 3 years of library experience with 2 years of management/supervisory experience. Proficiency in public contact work and computer skills. 

Required knowledge

  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the Dewey Decimal System 
  • Knowledge of or ability to learn the library’s ILS 
  • Knowledge or ability to learn applicable laws, regulations, rules, and library policies and procedures 
  • Knowledge of proper grammar and the use of English in speaking and writing 
  • Knowledge and proficiency in computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Publisher), use of library data systems and databases 
  • Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer services. This includes identifying customer needs, meeting standards for service and customer satisfaction. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of reference tools, research skills, general literature of basic library principles, procedures, technology, goals, and philosophy of services 
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of library management 
  • Knowledge of city and county government 
  • General knowledge of technology as it affects library operations 

Required skills and abilities

  • Ability to think and act in a professional manner 
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals 
  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form 
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standard situations 
  • Ability to prioritize work flow 
  • Ability to meet specified or required deadlines 
  • Ability to maintain accurate records 
  • Ability to attend to duties reliably and predictably 
  • Ability to follow departmental and City policies and procedures 
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail 
  • Ability to use various pieces of office equipment, including photocopiers and facsimile machine 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality 
  • Ability to use various types of office software, including word processing and spreadsheets 
  • Ability to work flexible hours 
  • Ability to work independently 
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions from staff and public 
  • Ability to use sound judgement when dealing with the public 
  • Ability to stay on task and finish work in a timely manner 
  • Skill in the development and presentation of oral, visual, and written communication/presentations 
  • Maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers 
  • Interact and respond appropriately to patrons 
  • Contribute to a safe workplace environment 
  • Must possess a valid Class D North Dakota Driver’s License, a clean driving record is required 


  • Ability to lift and carry 30-50lbs on a regular basis 
  • Ability to exert 50lbs of force 
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend 
  • Ability to reach, stoop, squat, crouch and push 
  • Ability to push, pull, or otherwise move objects 
  • Ability to climb, balance, kneel, crawl, pull and sit 
  • Ability to sit and drive 
  • Ability to ascend and descend steps while carrying 30-50lbs 
  • Ability to push and pull library book trucks weighing 100-300lbs 
  • Ability to load and unload bookmobile in a variety of weather conditions 
  • Ability to use close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception 


Work is primarily performed in an office setting. The noise level in the work environment is typically quiet and typically will not require shouting to be heard above the ambient noise level. Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking or hearing. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling. Weights up to 50 pounds are encountered. Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Work, such as emptying the outside book drop, or loading and unloading personal vehicles or the bookmobile, may be performed throughout the year and is subject to conditions such as high or low temperatures, rain/snow, or slick walking surfaces. Reading materials and verbal instructions require complex interpretation. Hazards are considered minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile humans. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. 

Required to work in close quarters – 8’ x 20’; possibly without heat or air conditioning. No immediate access to restrooms when on the bookmobile. 


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. 

This job description is not intended, and should not be constructed to be, a complete list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, or working conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be a reasonable outline of those principle job elements essential in making a hiring decision, a compensation decision, and for job performance. 

This job description, nor any other communication by management representative, is not intended to, in any way, create nor constitute a Contract of Employment. Furthermore, it does not change the status as an “at will” employee. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Position is open until filled. The interviewing process will begin on November 20, 2019. To apply, visit the City of Mandan website.

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Jordan Wagaman
Communications Specialist & Graphic Designer