Our ideal candidate will possess the vision and passion to creatively lead the Pend Oreille County Library District to excellence in library services for the community.

Position Description: In keeping with the mission and strategic plan of the Pend Oreille County Library District (POCLD), the Director is responsible for developing and supporting all efforts necessary to maintain a rural library district that is responsive to the community's needs for information and education. The District includes four library branches, with a staff of about 15, serving the county's population of some 12,000. A Financial Manager position reports to the Director and assists with District bookkeeping operations. The Director of Library Services incumbent reports to the POCLD Board of Trustees.


  • Provides leadership in the implementation of library operations, including reference, circulation, acquisitions, programs, volunteer utilization, community outreach and relations, staff training and development, and IT technology, to include
    • Ensuring the selection and maintenance of books, media, computer programs and other materials to meet the needs of the community
    • Providing administrative support for all technology services that enhance library services.
  • Provides direct supervision of library staff, to include
    • Conducting POCLD staff hiring and evaluation
    • Providing staff support through the promotion of training opportunities for staff development.
  • Takes active lead role in the development of the District Strategic Plan. Develops long range plans that support the goals and objectives resulting from the strategic plan, to include
    • Planning, organizing and regularly evaluating the program of services that support the POCLD strategic plan and presenting this evaluation to the Board yearly
    • Providing leadership and direction for major development projects including construction and renovation of facilities.
  • Contributes to financial and policy development and compliance, to include
    • In conjunction with the Financial Manager, preparing and presenting an annual district budget for Board approval
    • Overseeing the administration of the approved budget
    • Seeking grant opportunities that further library services
    • Supporting and advising the Board in fundraising initiatives
    • Compiling statistical information for required State reporting agencies.
    • Making recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval of new and revised policies.
  • Develops and conducts community relations and outreach, to include
    • Managing internal and external communication of the POCLD, including newsletters, fliers, newspaper articles and social media
    • Actively participating in professional library organizations on the State and National level
    • Representing the District in the Cooperative Information Network Consortium
    • Identifying and pursuing public relations opportunities that promote the POCLD
    • Developing and maintaining active relationships with County and City Governments, Schools, Chambers of Commerce, and other community organizations.


  • A Master's Degree in Library Science from a recognized college or university plus five (5) years of progressively responsible public library administration experience including at least two (2) years in a supervisory capacity. A combination of education and experience which demonstrates the ability to successfully meet the requirements of the position may be considered.
  • Washington State Librarian certificate (or obtainable within three months of hire).
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including staff training and development, team building and other human resources management skills
  • Demonstrated competence in long-range planning and evaluation of library services and in current trends in library service, including management, automation, and collection development.
  • Ability to initiate, organize, and follow through on programs, services, and projects
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze financial needs and to prepare and administer a budget.
  • Demonstrated proof of excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively prepare and present information to Board and community groups
  • Computer proficiency, including sufficient knowledge of computer operating systems, hardware and software to supervise IT staff.
  • Strong marketing, and interpersonal relationship skills


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