Are you a results oriented leader, excited to work with a strong youth services team as we deliver exceptional library service to our community of 80,000 in a growing suburb of Portland? Do you enjoy setting goals and priorities based on best practices in early childhood literacy development and library service? Are you a collaborative problem solver who loves working with children and the adults who care for them and teach them? The Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries are searching for an engaged leader with the vision, flexibility and experience to develop and sustain high quality library services for the children and their families in our growing, multicultural community.

About Us

Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries serve the unincorporated communities of Washington County, less than 10 miles from downtown Portland. Our libraries are members of the Washington County Cooperative Library Service (WCCLS) that provides funding, technology, courier and other vital support.

Our libraries are much-loved community assets and service to youth, particularly emerging readers, is a top priority. The library has a strong outreach effort that includes deliveries to more than 50 child care sites and partnerships with local schools. Youth materials account for more than 60% of our library’s 2 million plus annual loans.

About You

You are excited about the mission of the Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries. You hold the big vision and day to day details in your mind simultaneously. You are an expert in handling deadlines and competing priorities. You have a proven track record of building communities and consensus. You are curious and constantly thinking of ways to make systems work better. You are a leader who can set priorities and bring out the best in a team. You are decisive and understand when to seek counsel and when you should just make the call.

To apply

Please submit the following:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Resume
  3. Answer the following questions
    1. Tell us about a time you envisioned a change and the steps you took to implement it.
    2. How do you define or measure successful youth library services and what have you found difficult about defining or measuring outcomes?
    3. Describe the values that are important to you as a manager and give examples of how these values have shown up in managing others.

Applications by email are preferred and should go to cedarmill@wccls.org. Begin subject line with Youth Services Manager. Attachments should be in PDF. If submitting by mail, send to:
Search Committee
Cedar Mill Community Library
1080 NW Saltzman Road
Portland, OR 97229

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 21, 2021.

Salary is based on qualifications; range starts at $ 5,700 per month. Kaiser Health insurance, including vision, Dental insurance, Life and Disability insurance, and Health and Childcare Flexible Spending Account provided for employee. Library contributes to a 403b retirement plan after 1 year but employees may contribute sooner. The position is full time, exempt and is based at the main Cedar Mill Library.

Job Description is attached. (PDF)