Library Director

$112,862 - $148,519 yearly
  • City of Hillsboro
  • Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • Oct 28, 2020
Full time Executive Government

Job Description

The Hillsboro Community

Hillsboro has a steadily growing population of over 100,000 residents. It is the largest city in Washington County and serves as the county seat. During the workday, more than 50,000 employees commute to Hillsboro by car, bicycle, bus, or light rail train to work at companies such as Intel, Nike, and Genentech. With its thriving economy, Hillsboro is the home of Oregon’s fourth-largest school district, two higher-education campuses, and 28 parks with more than 1,500 acres of designated green spaces, including Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and the Orenco Woods Nature Park.

The Library

The Hillsboro Public Library is a department of the City of Hillsboro, as well as one of 13 Washington County Cooperative Services member libraries that share a countywide collection of over 1,600,000 items.

The library offers a full calendar of free programs, classes, cultural events, and access to Internet-connected computers and Wi-Fi. Online, cardholders have 24/7 access to the catalog of extensive online resources, including educational software, articles, directories, and databases. Librarians provide early literacy activities to infants and children and workshops, information, and support to their caregivers. Multiple drop-in story times offered in various languages for preschoolers and their families are scheduled throughout the week. Exciting innovative services including 3D printing, two Collaboratory Makerspaces, a “Library on the Loose” outreach van, and the Library of Things expand upon the traditional services of a public library.

The Position

One of Oregon’s most diverse and dynamic cities, Hillsboro, is seeking a new Library Director that is energized and excited to further advance a strong library in a supportive city. recently ranked Hillsboro as number 29 of the top 50 places to live in the United States based on factors such as employment opportunities, housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, education, weather and lifestyle, and safety and entertainment amenities.

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 and Community Development, Police, Fire and Rescue, Parks and Recreation, and other City departments. The Director participates in the City’s committees and engages on citywide projects, including ethics discussions, capital planning, visioning, among many others.

The Director manages and directs 139 Library employees (approximately 46 full time, 41 part time, 52 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 Director serves as a member of the policy group which advises the Library system consortium, WCCLS, and partners with the Library Foundation of Hillsboro to realize the Library Foundation’s Strategic Plan and participates in its implementation including carrying out its fundraising activities. Additionally, the Director serves as the liaison between the Library Board and Library Foundation.

The Director promotes positive relations between the Library and patrons, local businesses, local schools, community and civic organizations, and the general public, including performing public speeches in the community and actively seeking grants, gifts, and other new sources of tax-free funding for the library. The Director represents the Library and City to the community, maintaining positive public relationships, and advocating for the interest of the City and Library.

The Ideal Candidate

The Library 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 successful candidate is a thoughtful leader with the right amount of passion, patience, and heart to move the organization forward.

A visible leader, the Library Director is an active member of the community and enjoys engaging with the public. The successful candidate facilitates community connections and partnerships, effectively communicates the value of the library, and works to continually promote library services. The Director is deeply committed to further developing and improving the Library to meet the changing need of the community. The ideal candidate demonstrates cultural competence and embraces the growing diversity of the community with a vision for providing equitable services. The Director supports the vision of a community library system and views the Library as a community gathering place.

The Library Director encourages 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 genuine relationships, is politically savvy, well-spoken, and maintains a 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.

The Qualifications

The successful candidate has a combination of knowledge and skills that enable success as Hillsboro’s Library Director with extensive library organization, leadership, and management experience. This includes comprehensive knowledge of public library services (planning, development principles, practices, and methods) specifically applicable to a municipal setting. 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 is highly desired. A master’s degree in library science is beneficial.

The Compensation

The salary range is $112,862 – $148,519, depending on qualifications. For a complete list of the City’s extensive Benefit Package, please visit

To be Considered

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.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply prior to December 6, 2020.


Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at or 513-221-0500.

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