City Positions

    The City of Van Meter is a chartered city with a Mayor-Council/Administrator form of government. The Mayor and five City Council members are elected at-large and each serves alternating four-year terms.

    The professional staff is headed by the City Administrator and a talented team of both full and part-time employees, which includes the City Clerk, Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, Library Director, Parks and Recreation Coordinator, Public Safety Director, and dedicated volunteers.

    The City strives to offer a progressive, proactive, community-centered government. The staff is tight-knit, dedicated, and well-educated. Employees are encouraged to find their place in the organization and community while seeking ideas on program implementation and service styles. Management personnel encourages open lines of communication throughout all departments.

    Library Director

    The Van Meter Public Library is seeking applicants for the position of Library Director. The City of Van Meter is located in Dallas County, Iowa, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Van Meter offers a rural setting with quick access to urban amenities, just 10 minutes away from West Des Moines and Waukee. A great place to live and work, Van Meter is proud of its quality school system and abundant recreational opportunities. The Director is responsible for all aspects of library operations and functions, for advocating for the library at all times, and meeting the requirements of the Library Board, the community, the staff, and local and state government.

    A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library & Information Science, or a related field, is strongly preferred. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Consideration will also be given to candidates who possess one of the following:

    1. A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science, Information Science, Education, Public Administration, Business or any related field. 
    2. 3-5 years of experience working in a public library or another library institution.
    3. Able to obtain at least a Level 4 Public Library Director Certification within the first 2 years of employment.

    Starting salary is $40,000-$42,500, commensurate with education and experience. Applications should be received by March 19th. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to See full job description here

    Van Meter Employment Application