Job Details

Library Director

City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 04/12/2020

New Closing Date

The Role
The Library Director plans, organizes, directs and supervises the activities and personnel of the Hillsboro Public Library. The Library Director actively participates as a member of the City Manager’s management team and serves as a liaison to Human Resources, Finance, Public Works, Economic & Community Development, Police, Fire & Rescue, Parks & Recreation, and other City departments. The Director participates in City committees and engages on citywide projects, including ethics discussions, capital planning, visioning, among many others.
The Director directs and manages 135 Library employees (approximately 45 full time, 35 part time, 50 on call and 5 interns) throughout a four-quadrant system. Reporting directly to the Library Director are the Assistant Library Director, and the Innovation, Connect, Explore, and Cultivate quadrant Managers. The Director confers with the Library leadership team on all aspects of library operations to plan and evaluate services, issues, options, staffing levels, equipment and overall infrastructure of the Library system. In addition, the Library Director oversees budget preparation and expenditures with leadership team recommendations, including managing the $11.5M annual budget.
The City of Hillsboro seeks a Library Director that is energized and excited to further advance a strong Library in a supportive City. The Director brings a proven track record of success in creating innovative community-focused programs that expand beyond traditional library services. A dynamic and effective leader, the Director leads through change and proactively involves staff through the process.
The Library Director is an active member of the community and enjoys engaging with the public. The successful candidate effectively communicates the value of the library and works to continually promote library services. The preferred candidate demonstrates cultural competence, embraces and includes the diversity of the community with a vision for providing equitable services. Furthermore, the Director is committed to developing the Library and supports the vision of a community library system. The ideal candidate views the Library as a community gathering place.
The Library Director supports a customer-focused, patron-minded culture. The preferred candidate promotes a collaborative environment and has a strong background in successfully managing and developing staff. The Director ensures a safe work environment and looks for opportunities to drive efficiencies in staff scheduling and resource allocation. An effective communicator, the Library Director is also an active listener who values honesty, integrity and transparency.
The Library Director builds and nurtures relationships, is politically savvy, well-spoken and has a strong, positive and energetic public image. The Director maintains awareness of current trends and is proactive in looking for opportunities to engage, innovate and evolve. A visionary leader, the successful candidate embraces technology and brings an interest and willingness to try new ideas and take calculated risks.
Extensive library organization and management experience specifically comprehensive knowledge of public library services, including planning and development principles, practices and methods applicable to a municipal setting are required. Specific knowledge of the operational characteristics, services and activities of a comprehensive city library program, including facilities and information technology management are essential. Additionally, knowledge of the principles and applications of the professional library standards including intellectual freedom issues is required. Experience participating in a multi-library cooperative or federation highly desired. A Master’s Degree in Library Science required.
Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

The City of Hillsboro complies with the letter and spirit of the Equal Employment Opportunity, Veteran’s Preference, and American with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA) laws in its employment process.
Application Instructions
Cover letters expressing your interest in the position and how you would succeed in the role should be addressed to Katie Jensen.
New Date: Please submit your cover letter and resume via email to no later than Sunday, April 12, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Application Timeline
All dates are approximate and subject to change.
Application Review: Week of April 13, 2020
First Round Interviews: Week of April 27, 2020
Additional Resources
About the Library
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