[Libs-Or] Job Opportunity @ Multnomah County Library

Johnette Easter johnette at multcolib.org
Wed Nov 21 12:52:54 PST 2012

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

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

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 atwww.multcojobs.org.*

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