The River Valley District Library  serves 5,176 residents in northern Rock Island County, Illinois. Our growing, culturally diverse district along the Rt. 84 corridor next to the Mississippi River and includes all or portions of the following townships: Port Byron, Coe, Zuma (including all or parts of Port Byron Village, Rapid City, East Hampton, Cordova). The River Valley District Library provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual preference, genetic information, or any other segmenting factor protected by law.

To apply for any open position: Please send resume, cover letter, and completed application via e-mail to Natalie Bazan, with the job title in the subject line. All application documents must be submitted electronically.

Library Director

The River Valley District Library is located in picturesque Port Byron, IL right across the Mississippi River from Le Claire Iowa (home of the American Pickers among other wonderful places) and hosts the yearly Tug Fest. The library, located right on the river, boasts a 10 person staff, dedicated 7 person elected board, serves just over 5,600 residents and $480,000 yearly budget.

The River Valley District Library recently began adding Makerspace kits, showing art by local artists and expanding programming to meet the needs of our community. The library has an expansive DVD collection, is active on social media and subscribes to many databases. We just replaced all of our patron computers in the last month. The Library Board is seeking a forward thinking director to help them expand outreach into the community and keep current with community needs.


River Valley District Library                                               Revised 2017


Position: Library Director                                                    Department: Administration


Reports to: Library Board                                                 Exempt Position                              


  • Job Summary:  Work with the board to pass necessary ordinances, resolutions and policies. Provide outreach services. Oversee department heads and library as a whole to see that work is completed efficiently and accurately.  Keep the library up to date on current policies and review and update policies yearly.  Provide customer service by aiding customers in finding materials and information and showing customers how to use library equipment. Assists with developing training for all library staff. Hold staff meetings and schedule staff training. Manage the financial needs and reporting needs of the library.  Responsible for updating strategic plans, employee handbook, etc. 


Essential Functions:

  • Listen to customers; provide friendly helpful reference assistance to find what they are seeking.
  • Assist in the creation and follow library policies and procedures when defusing tense situations with customers.
  • Advise the library board on the state of libraries in the area and on the future of libraries.
  • Create library board training.
  • Compile and create monthly library board packets.
  • Prepare and publish ordinances and reports.
  • Administer library budget and financials, which includes working with the auditors and accountant.
  • Establish long and short term goals for the library.
  • Plans, manages and budgets for capital improvements.
  • Monitor library technology, plan for upgrades and additions as needed.
  • Train, supervise and discipline staff as needed.
  • Collect statistics and compile for library board and statistical reports.
  • Hold monthly staff meetings for full-time and biannual staff meetings for all staff or as needed.
  • Assists with planning programming and manages marketing to fulfill the needs of the community.
  • Create and administer surveys to plan for future needs of the library.
  • Responsible for opening or closing the library as needed.
  • Promotes library services to the community and works with the greater library community to promote library services.
  • Keep current by reading journals, library related social media and attending meetings.
  • Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner which promotes good working relationships with staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Good time management skills; self-motivated.
  • Patience and understanding. Calm and clear thinking. Creativity is a must.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with patrons and staff.
  • MLIS preferred.
  • 3-5 years experience as director or similar experience preferred.


  • $42,000-$45,000 depending on qualifications
  • IMRF library

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Requires considerable repetitive motion involving the use of fingers, hands and limbs.
  • Continuous standing, stooping, bending, climbing, sitting, and lifting and pushing of books and other library materials ranging from under one pound to over twenty pounds.
  • Close, distance, color, and peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus; talking; and hearing.