Library Director

$140,056 - $184,305 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • 150 East Main Street, Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Sep 12, 2023
Full time Libraries

Job Description

The Position
The City of Hillsboro is seeking an experienced Library Director with strong administrative and leadership skills accustomed to working in a unionized environment. The Director is passionate about providing equitable library services and is energized and excited to evolve a strong library in a supportive city.
The Library Director plans, organizes, directs, and supervises the activities and personnel of the Hillsboro Public Library (HPL). The Director actively participates as a member of the City’s leadership team and serves as a liaison to other City departments. The Director participates in City committees and engages in citywide projects and initiatives, including strategic planning; asset management; capital improvements; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and community visioning, among many others.
The Library Director creates and maintains a positive, engaged, and inclusive culture. The Director manages and directs over 100 employees including 48 full-time, 27 part-time, 23 flex, and three interns. Five Library Managers report to the Director and together collaborate to manage staff development and performance. With a portion of Library employees represented by AFSCME, the Library Director cultivates positive labor relations and effectively oversees the labor contract. The Director works with their leadership team and broader staff on aspects of Library operations to plan and evaluate services, identify issues, options, staffing levels, and equipment, and manage the overall infrastructure of the Library system. In addition, the Library Director oversees budget preparation and expenditures including managing the $14.7 million annual budget.
The Director serves as a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Service (WCCLS) Policy Group which advises the cooperative and acts as a liaison to the Library Board, the Library Foundation of Hillsboro, and the Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library. The Director represents the Library and City to the community and promotes positive relationships with patrons, local businesses, local schools, civic organizations, and the general public. Importantly, the Library Director advocates for the interest of the City and Library at all times.
The Qualifications
The successful candidate has a combination of knowledge and skills that enable success as Hillsboro’s Library Director with proven library leadership and management experience in a unionized environment. Knowledge of public library services (planning, development principles, practices, and methods) specifically applicable to a municipal setting including resource allocation and operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive public library program is essential. Additionally, knowledge of the principles and applications of professional library standards including intellectual freedom issues is required. Experience participating in a multi-library cooperative, or federation is highly desired. A master’s degree in library science is beneficial. Bilingual preferred.
The Compensation The salary range for the Library Director is $140,056 – $184,305 and will depend on the qualifications of the successful candidate. For a complete breakdown of the City’s extensive Benefit Package, please visit

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To be Considered
At the City of Hillsboro, we believe that 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 recognizes that some applicants, particularly women, people with disabilities, and people of color do not always apply for positions unless they directly meet all the qualifications. We greatly encourage you to apply and welcome applicants from diverse and varied backgrounds. Transferable skills WILL be considered when reviewing applications for meeting minimum qualifications.

Applications will be accepted electronically by Raftelis at Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Open until filled with first review of applications on September 18, 2023.