Central Library Director, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oregon

Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon invites applications for:


Salary: $75,470 to $113,206 Annually

Deadline to apply: November 30, 2012

This recruitment has re-opened to solicit additional applications. If you have previously applied for this position, there is no need to reapply.

The Position

Multnomah County Library is seeking a dynamic, service-oriented individual to direct the operations of Central Library for this nationally recognized library system. The Central Library director is responsible for overseeing and participating in the development of Central Library’s vision, goals and objectives in alignment with the department’s overall vision. The Central Library director serves as a member of the Multnomah County Library’s executive team, which is directly responsible for leadership and management of the library. The team collaborates to provide guidance and vision for the future, evaluates and determines strategic direction, facilitates the development and implementation of system-wide policies, and anticipates and resolves complex issues.

This position will be best filled by a customer service thought leader and champion not only for Central Library, but for the system as a whole. Multnomah County Library’s “Think Yes” customer service philosophy is the basis of the library’s approach to every single patron interaction and the way in which staff interact with and support one another. The Central Library director will make certain the library is employing this philosophy to the fullest throughout the organization.

This position assigns work to and mentors a total of seven employees, including four library administrators. The Central Library director also oversees the development and administration of Central Library’s budget, which includes forecasting funds needed for staffing, equipment, and materials; monitoring and approving expenditures; and implementing mid-year adjustments, if necessary.

Central Library is an iconic and historic institution in Portland’s urban core, often referred to as “Portland’s crown jewel.” The area served by Central Library is highly diverse, and patrons reflect a broad socio-economic spectrum. The Central Library director plays a key role in ensuring the continued safety, comfort and well-being of the library’s patrons.

The Central Library director is responsible for assessing long-term library service needs of the community; researching, developing and recommending strategies and programs to meet those needs; and engaging the public in Central Library’s vision. This position must develop and maintain effective working relationships with key downtown leaders, law enforcement, human services providers, other area libraries and library consortia.

Experience: Demonstrated leadership and management experience in librarianship typically gained through at least three years of senior management/administrative experience in a multi-branch library system, a central library, and/or experience in managing a major division within a large library system. Experience working in a unionized environment is preferred.

Candidates should demonstrate an open management style, a commitment to constantly improving customer service within a diverse community, the ability and desire to develop emerging library leaders, and the management ability to administer a complex and sizeable library program.

Training: A Master of Library and Information Science degree from an American Library Association-accredited college or university.

For more information about this position or to apply, please visit our website at www.multcojobs.org.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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