Thank you for your interest in the Library Director position at the City of Hillsboro! At this time the City has closed facilities to the public in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As a result of this the City has also suspended all hiring processes with the exception of those positions considered essential. This decision impacts the Library Director hiring process which is one of the positions that has been suspended at this time. If you have already submitted your application for this position, we appreciate your application and it will be moved forward when the recruitment is reopened. You will be notified directly of next steps. We wish you and yours well and we look forward to staying in touch.
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.
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Hillsboro Library Takes to the Parks with Tiny Branches
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