2023 AViD lineup coming Monday!

The Des Moines Public Library's 2023 Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series lineup will be announced at 12 PM on Monday, February 13! Check back here or on the library's social media platforms to see which acclaimed authors are coming to DMPL this spring and summer. 

Jobs at the Des Moines Public Library

Job Openings at the Des Moines Public Library


  • Job Title: Outreach Library Assistant
  • Department: Community Engagement
  • Location: Central Library
  • Salary: $53,435
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Position Expires: February 9, 2023



Under the direction of the Community Engagement Supervisor, provides early literacy support to early childhood educators at Headstart programs, preschools, childcare centers and other community organizations. Promotes awareness of the simple steps families and caregivers can take to raise school ready children by ensuring access to quality reading materials and on-site literacy- based activities. Participates in collection maintenance and provides excellent customer service, reference, and readers’ advisory services with an emphasis on services to children and families within the library setting and local communities. Demonstrates proficiency in current and emerging library technology. This is a forty (40) hour a week position with days, evening, and weekend hours. Does related work as required.



  • Builds relationships and partnerships with area agencies and organizations through outreach.
  • Answers information and readers' advisory questions.
  • Develops library outreach programs for youth from birth to early elementary ages using Simple Steps and Rosie Reader Outreach frameworks.
  • Participates in the planning and organizing of projects within the department and provides support to branch staff conducting outreach in the community.
  • Trains patrons in use of online catalog, online resources, and library technology.
  • Participates in and understands Community Engagement initiatives and their budgets.
  • Provides direction, training, and supervision to support staff and volunteers. 
  • Reads professional literature and participates in continuing education to keep informed of developing library practices and issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing to be able to communicate effectively and present programs.
  • Sufficient vision to be able to produce and review a wide variety of reports and related materials in both electronic and print formats.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity to be able to access relevant library materials and operate a keyboard.
  • Sufficient mobility to be able to transport materials and equipment and retrieve items from the shelves.
  • Must be able to travel around the Des Moines metro area.
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to load materials onto a mobile services vehicle.
  • Must be able to drive large, delivery-style vehicle.



  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of reference and readers' advisory materials and resources.
  • Knowledge of literature and materials, social media, and technological trends.
  • Skill in using current and emerging library technology and automated systems.
  • Skill in selecting appropriate materials for patrons and preparing bibliographies.
  • Skill in training customers to use library resources.
  • Ability to provide outstanding internal and external customer service through the use of excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to instruct, train, and supervise support staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Ability to keep records, files, compile reports, and analyze statistics.
  • Ability to meet assigned project deadlines.
  • Ability to serve the public in a positive manner.
  • Ability to plan and present library programs for the public.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced public service environment and multitask.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college.
  • Successful experience working with children.
  • Experience in a public library setting is desired.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred.
  • Requires Valid Drivers License and good MVR (Motor Vehicle Report)



Send resume and letter of application to Deputy Director Jon Hobbs.

  • Email: jthobbs@dmpl.org
  • Fax: (515) 237-1654
  • Mail: 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2023. Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination, drug screen, and background check.

Current employees who have their transcript and resume on file do not need to resubmit those two items currently. Current employees must contact Jon Hobbs via email or hard copy of interest in this position before the closing date and time.

The Des Moines Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Candidates for positions in this class must pass a post-employment offer physical examination, drug screen, and background check.


Note: This listing is for an AmeriCorps member position who will host "Welcome English" classes at Des Moines Public Library locations.


  • Position Title: AmeriCorps Member - Adult ELL Program Coordinator/Instructor
  • Position Type: Full-Time
  • Location: Des Moines, IA
  • Compensation
    • Living Stipend$20,000
    • Education Award - $6,495 (upon completion of service)
    • Deferment of student loans during service, health insurance, possible child care subsidy, professional training and mentorship, possible college credit
  • Application Information: Please send application, resume and cover letter to: Elyse Pate, epate@iowainternationalcenter.org



Iowa International Center (IIC), is searching for service-minded individuals to serve diverse refugee and immigrant communities in Iowa through our Welcome English AmeriCorps program. You will work with community agencies to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate adult ELL education opportunities to beginning to intermediate level learners. As an AmeriCorps service member, you will also be responsible for recruiting and training new volunteers from within the refugee and immigrant communities as well as the broader community.



Administration of adult ELL programming

  • Conducting outreach
  • Student registration, enrollment, and testing
  • Technology training for students
  • Tracking information in the Student Information System (attendance and class assignment)
  • Barrier reduction
  • Training volunteers in adult ELL instruction
  • Training staff in volunteer management


  • Lesson planning and teaching conversation and Level 1 or 2 classes to adult English Language Learners
  • Support volunteer teachers
  • Assessing and/or tracking students’ progress

Volunteer Management

  • Recruitment, onboarding, and support of volunteers, including some training
  • Feedback and recognition of volunteer service

Professional Development

  • Successfully complete a required online teacher training course, develop and work toward personal and professional learning goals.



  • Receive monthly living allowance.
  • Receive education award at successful completion of term of service.
  • Delay payment on qualified student loans during term of service.
  • Health care coverage for full-time members. 
  • Receive childcare benefits (full-time members who meet state income eligibility criteria)
  • Gain professional experience working with respected community-based, non-profit organizations.
  • Receive coaching from qualified professionals for personal and professional goals.
  • Post-service job referrals through networking with community and state partners



  • Experience training or teaching adults, preferably across racial, cultural, class, and gender differences.
  • Interest and respect for different cultures with a commitment to social justice.
  • Willingness to serve for one year.
  • Ability and willingness to work independently.
  • Flexible, practical, energetic, and self-motivated.
  • Outgoing, personable, professional, respectful, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English. Ability to communicate in a language of one of Iowa’s immigrant or refugee communities is a plus, but not required. 
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours, including occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to use a computer, Microsoft products, and Google Suite.
  • Access to a car or public transportation.



  • Must be U.S. citizen or U.S. national or a lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be at least 17 years of age.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED or agree to obtain one before using the education award.
  • Must pass a three-point background check.



Please send application, resume and cover letter to: Elyse Pate - epate@iowainternationalcenter.org. Applications preferred by Friday, January 6.

Des Moines Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.