Director of Library Services

Pend Oreille County Library District

The Board of Trustees of the Pend Oreille County Library District (POCLD) is seeking the ideal candidate who possesses the vision and passion to creatively lead the Pend Oreille County Library District to excellence in library services for the community. In keeping with the mission and strategic plan of POCLD, the Director will be 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 Pend Oreille County Library District includes four branches; each branch provides a number of community programs. The district is governed by a Board Of Trustees consisting of five appointed members who oversee the district's operating budget of a half million dollars, providing strategic planning guidance and capital expenditure planning. The Director reports to the Board of Trustees while an Assistant Director position reports to the Director to provide collaborative management support. A fourteen member staff supports the library operations in the towns of Newport, Cusick, Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls.

Situated in the northeast corner of Washington State, Pend Oreille County borders Idaho and Canada and serves as a gateway to some of the Pacific Northwest's finest wilderness and outdoor recreation areas. Pend OreilleCounty has rare scenic beauty and vast natural resources.

Salary range starts at $42, 000 yearly commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits offered.


About Pend Oreille County

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About Pend Oreille County

In Pend Oreille County you will find a unique blend of pioneer spirit, visitor amenities and small town hospitality. Whether your passion is wildlife viewing, golf, hunting, fishing, winter sports or water sports, you will find much to offer here. It is also a place rich in culture and history, the name itself derived from an early French trapper's description of the ear pendants worn by one of the local Indian tribes.

The population of Pend Oreille County is approximately 13,000, leaving ample space for wildlife to thrive. There are 55 lakes, thousands of acres of forest, and mountains climbing to heights of 7,300 feet. The county is a magnet for those who enjoy the outdoors, and everywhere are scenes that catch the eye.

There are five incorporated towns with Newport, population 2,100, as the county seat. Cusick, Ione, Metaline and Metaline Falls are located further north. There are three school districts in Pend Oreille County: Newport, Cusick and Selkirk. All three have been recognized with Washington Achievement Awards for their high ratings on academics.

Temperatures average from the 80s in the summer to the 20s in the winter. Average precipitation ranges from 24 to 30 inches, depending on the location with a growing season ranging from 90 to 120 days.

Throughout the county, students of history can explore old mines, logging camps, pioneer homes, and historical buildings. Deer, elk, black bear, mountain goat, caribou, bighorn sheep, mountain lion, moose and even grizzly bear make the mountains and valleys their home. The Pend Oreille River and the county's many lakes are a natural habitat for a variety of game fish as well as the bald eagle, osprey, geese, duck and heron.

There are a wealth of cultural activities and events for the individual and the family. The Create Art Center in Newport offers a wide range of classes and events for adults and children. Newport hosts the Pend Oreille County Historical Museum, Some of the much anticipated yearly events include the Newport Rodeo, the Lavender Festival, The Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Garden Tour, the Heritage Days, the Who Let the Girls Out shopping event, Hometown Christmas, and the Newport Hospital Foundation Festival of Trees. Ione hosts the Lions Club Train Railroad Station, where train rides to Metaline Falls originate 4-5 times a year. The Selkirk Trailblazers sponsors the Downriver Days celebration in July. A few miles south is the Tiger Museum a turn of the century store and information center. The town of Metaline Falls has the historic Cutter theatre which has 2-4 live shows a year as well as hosting acts ranging from comedy to music and dance. The theatre also hosts the Deck the Falls yearly craft show.

For more information about Pend OreilleCounty, please visit the County website.

About the Pend Oreille County Libraries

The Library District belongs to the Cooperative Information Network, a consortium of 27 Washington and Idaho libraries. Items from all these libraries are available through the online catalog. EBooks and audio books are available through Overdrive, and Freegal offers music downloads.

Newport Public Library

The Newport Public Library is located in the heart of Newport Washington on the main street. Newport Public Library has programs throughout the year for all ages. Offered are weekly story times, monthly movie nights, and movie Saturdays. Holiday and summer reading programs, book clubs and Author visits are all popular programs. Public access to computers and a Video Relay system for deaf and hearing impaired are available.

Calispell Valley Library

The Calispel Valley Library is located in the Cusick Community Center and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, with Tuesdays being open until 8:00 PM.

The library has programs for all ages including pinochle on Tuesday nights, Loosely Knit on Thursday afternoons, book discussions and special programs are offered throughout the year. The library is active with weekly programs for the Camas Early Learning Center on the Kalispel Reservation and monthly programs for Head Start and primary grades for the local school district.

Ione Public Library

The Ione Public Library is located in a beautiful brick community center that houses the library and the local community college center. The library itself has a unique round window in the children's area that provides a quiet reading space for kids. There is also a bay window on the north end of the library providing a nice reading environment for adults. Library programs include: story times, computer classes, adult reading group, and home school parent meetings. The library is open 3-4 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and first and third Saturdays.

Metalines Community Library

The Metalines Community Library serves the towns of Metaline and Metaline Falls, which are one mile apart. The library is in the historic Cutter Theatre building, designed by Kirkland Cutter as a school in 1910. It was renovated by the local theater group and houses a theatre, the library, event space and office space, as well as storage areas for the theatre group's props, costumes and a shop for scene building. Library programs include play date Saturdays, a book club and story times. During the school year classes from the Elementary school across the street visit weekly. The Metalines Community Library has the largest local history collection in the library district. More than 900 of the historic photos from the collection are on the Washington Rural Heritage website, run by the Washington State Library.

Application Process

Director of Library Services

In addition to the completed application, a cover letter, resume, and three professional references are required. Please submit these via email to the Pend Oreille County Board of Trustees at:

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The 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. An Assistant Director position reports to the Director and provides collaborative management support in meeting such efforts. The Director of Library Services position reports to the POCLD Board of Trustees.


  • Provides leadership in the implementation of library operations, including reference, circulation, programs, volunteer utilization, community outreach and relations, staff training and development, and IT technology.
  • Ensures the selection and maintenance of books, media, computer programs and other materials to meet the needs of the community
  • Provides administrative support for all technology services that enhance library services
  • 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
  • Plans, organizes and regularly evaluates the program of services that support the POCLD strategic plan. Presents this evaluation to the Board yearly.
  • Makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for approval of new and revised policies
  • Provides administrative support to Assistant Director for POCLD staff hiring, training, and evaluation. Director is responsible for training and evaluation of Assistant Director
  • Provides staff support through the promotion of training opportunities for staff development.
  • Prepares and presents, in conjunction with the Assistant Director, an annual district budget for Board approval. Oversees the administration of the approved budget
  • Seeks grant opportunities that further library services
  • Supports and advises the Board in fundraising initiatives
  • Compiles statistical information for required State reporting agencies.
  • Manages internal and external communication of the POCLD including newsletters, fliers, newspaper articles and social media
  • Actively participates in professional library organizations on the State and National level
  • Represent the District in the Cooperative Information Network Consortium
  • Identifies and pursues public relations opportunities that promote the POCLD
  • Develops and maintain active relationships with County and City Governments, Schools, Chambers of Commerce, and other community organizations
  • Provides leadership and direction for major development projects including construction and renovation of facilities. Approves purchases as recommended by Assistant Director


  • 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 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.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, including staff training and development, team building and other human resources management skills
  • Strong marketing, and interpersonal relationship skills


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