Library Director

City of Hillsboro, OR | Full-time


The Hillsboro Community

Hillsboro has a steadily growing population of over 100,000 residents. It is the largest city in Washington County and serves as the county seat. During the workday, more than 50,000 employees commute to Hillsboro by car, bicycle, bus, or light rail train to work at companies such as Intel, Nike, and Genentech. With its thriving economy, Hillsboro is the home of Oregon’s fourth-largest school district, two higher-education campuses, and 28 parks with more than 1,500 acres of designated green spaces, including Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve and the Orenco Woods Nature Park.

Known as a progressive and visionary organization, the City of Hillsboro enjoys a reputation of excellence in its long-term strategic and fiscal planning. The City welcomes and values each resident, business, and guest by providing exceptional and equitable public services. Like the residents they serve, City of Hillsboro employees are passionate about fostering a culturally inclusive community. Annual community events include the Oregon International Air Show, the Hillsboro Latino Cultural Festival, and one of the largest Fourth of July parades in the Northwest. 

The Library

The Hillsboro Public Library is a department of the City of Hillsboro, as well as one of 13 Washington County Cooperative Services member libraries that share a countywide collection of over 1,600,000 items.

The library offers a full calendar of free programs, classes, cultural events, and access to Internet-connected computers and Wi-Fi. Online, cardholders have 24/7 access to the catalog of extensive online resources, including educational software, articles, directories, and databases. Librarians provide early literacy activities to infants and children and workshops, information, and support to their caregivers. Multiple drop-in story times offered in various languages for preschoolers and their families are scheduled throughout the week. Exciting innovative services including 3D printing, two Collaboratory Makerspaces, a “Library on the Loose” outreach van, and the Library of Things expand upon the traditional services of a public library.


The mission of the Hillsboro Public Library is “For Everyone | Para Todos.” This means the Hillsboro Public Library:

  • Is for everyone.
  • Is a starting point for everyone.
  • Is a safe place for everyone.
  • Exercises equity, access, and respect for everyone.
  • Provides lifetime learning for everyone.

Materials are collected, organized, and conveniently accessible in various formats and for different ability levels. Services are provided in a friendly and timely manner. Special emphasis is placed on obtaining current, popular materials in a wide variety of formats, providing information in a cost-efficient manner, stimulating children’s interest in and appreciation for reading and learning, and supporting students. The City of Hillsboro promotes lifelong use of its library as a resource for daily living and decision-making. 


A distillation of the City’s Core Values as well as the American Library Association’s Core Values of Librarianship, the Hillsboro Public Library’s four core values are: 

  1. Provide equitable access for all.
  2. Empower the user.
  3. Be a welcoming community space.
  4. Encourage innovation and lead change to provide materials and services to help community residents of all ages and cultural backgrounds meet their informational, educational, professional, and recreational needs.

Brookwood Library

The Brookwood Library building opened in May of 2007. The building contains 76,000 square feet of space on two floors and houses almost 300,000 items. In June of 2013, a nine-month expansion project was completed, and the second floor opened with expanded materials shelving, study rooms, and a variety of meeting rooms for programs and community events.

Shute Park Library

The 15,000 square foot building was originally built in 1975. A renovation with a new, beautifully designed community gathering spot opened in March of 2014 with 57,000 books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and other items. The Shute Park Library emphasizes programs and materials for families and young children and provides curriculum support for students.

Library Board

This seven-member Library Board is established under a State of Oregon statute. Members are appointed by the Mayor at the consent of the City Council. The Board provides policy and administrative rules and recommendations related to library services and connects with the community to enhance support and promote advocacy for library funding, facilities, and services.

Library Foundation

The Library Foundation of Hillsboro is non-profit 501(c)(3) that expands the reach and innovation of the Hillsboro Public Library by developing advocates, raising funds, and creating opportunities for charitable giving that help secure the quality of Hillsboro’s libraries now and for future generations. The Library Foundation helps bridge the gap between public funding and the public’s cultural, informational, and educational needs. Since 1989, the Foundation has raised more than two million dollars for building renovations, programming for children, teens, and adults, as well as technology enhancements for library services. 

Friends of the Hillsboro Public Library

The library’s active Friends group concentrates on fundraising with sales of books and other materials. The Friends have on-going sales in the library entrance hall, twice a year sales events, and online sales. Friends raise more than $175,000 annually for the library.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) distributes county tax funds to partner libraries to provide library service to all county residents. It also provides central technology support as well as a daily courier delivery, reference support, youth services support, outreach, and more. WCCLS provides more than half the revenue to support Hillsboro Public Library’s operating budget.

The Position

One of Oregon’s most diverse and dynamic cities, Hillsboro, is seeking a new Library Director that is energized and excited to further advance a strong library in a supportive city. recently ranked Hillsboro as number 29 of the top 50 places to live in the United States based on factors such as employment opportunities, housing, cost of living, diversity, health and safety, education, weather and lifestyle, and safety and entertainment amenities.

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 and Community Development, Police, Fire and Rescue, Parks and Recreation, and other City departments. The Director participates in the City’s committees and engages on citywide projects, including ethics discussions, capital planning, visioning, among many others.

The Director manages and directs 139 Library employees (approximately 46 full time, 41 part time, 52 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 Director serves as a member of the policy group which advises the Library system consortium, WCCLS, and partners with the Library Foundation of Hillsboro to realize the Library Foundation’s Strategic Plan and participates in its implementation including carrying out its fundraising activities. Additionally, the Director serves as the liaison between the Library Board and Library Foundation.

The Director promotes positive relations between the Library and patrons, local businesses, local schools, community and civic organizations, and the general public, including performing public speeches in the community and actively seeking grants, gifts, and other new sources of tax-free funding for the library. The Director represents the Library and City to the community, maintaining positive public relationships, and advocating for the interest of the City and Library.

The Priorities

  • Develop and maintain positive long-term relationships with City Leadership, Library Staff, Library Board members, Library Foundation and Friends of the Hillsboro Library members, and WCCLS. Work to understand the current organization, operations, culture, and structure to implement the Library Strategic Plan and evolve services as the community continues to grow
  • The Library Strategic Plan was recently updated and outlines initiatives for the next three to five years. The Director will contribute to the annual work plans and implementation efforts, ensuring progress in the following major areas:

            - Continuously improve upon our core services: supporting literacy and learning, new                         and popular collections, student success, and customer experience.

            - Listen to and respond to community needs using data-driven decision making.

            - Capitalize on the trust the Library has within our community.

            - Expand the reach of the Library.

  • In partnership with the City, plan, design, and fund future service locations in areas such as South Hillsboro and Amberglen in order to serve the growing population. Be sure to consider the proper timing, community support, staffing and collection needs.
  • Quickly establish and maintain strong relationships with WCCLS and partner libraries to learn from one another, share in our collective strengths, and leverage our cooperative structure to benefit the community. Proactively engage and participate in discussions on countywide initiatives including, but not limited to, the proposed FY 2021-2022 to 2025-2026 Levy.
  • Work to increase engagement and interaction with the Hillsboro School District. Develop stronger relationships, partner to encourage success and identify innovative ways to connect with the schools, teachers, and students.
  • Encourage creativity and innovation in Library services while working collaboratively to expand Library programs and services to ensure a true community library system.
  • Lead the Library and staff into the next wave of evolution around technology. Work to grow the collection, use of ebooks, video streaming, apps and the mobile landscape while supporting the relationship between the Library and WCCLS.
  • Continue to encourage staff training and development. Ensure effective communication, encourage transparency, and provide staff with the opportunity to contribute input and participate in identifying solutions that not only benefit the Library but the Hillsboro community. 

The Ideal Candidate

The Library 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 successful candidate is a thoughtful leader with the right amount of passion, patience, and heart to move the organization forward.

A visible leader, the Library Director is an active member of the community and enjoys engaging with the public. The successful candidate facilitates community connections and partnerships, effectively communicates the value of the library, and works to continually promote library services. The Director is deeply committed to further developing and improving the Library to meet the changing need of the community. The ideal candidate demonstrates cultural competence and embraces the growing diversity of the community with a vision for providing equitable services. The Director supports the vision of a community library system and views the Library as a community gathering place.

The Library Director encourages 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 genuine relationships, is politically savvy, well-spoken, and maintains a 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.

The Qualifications

The successful candidate has a combination of knowledge and skills that enable success as Hillsboro’s Library Director with extensive library organization, leadership, and management experience. This includes comprehensive knowledge of public library services (planning, development principles, practices, and methods) specifically applicable to a municipal setting. 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 is highly desired. A master’s degree in library science is beneficial.

The Compensation

The salary range is $112,862 – $148,519, depending on qualifications. For a complete list of the City’s extensive Benefit Package, please visit

To be Considered

Hiring a workforce that reflects the diverse community we serve is essential to delivering exceptional City services and programs. The City of Hillsboro is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive and welcoming environment for all employees to thrive. We value, respect, and empower employees as unique individuals with authentic voices and diverse ideas.

The City of Hillsboro complies with the letter and spirit of the Equal Employment Opportunity, Veteran’s Preference, and American with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAA) laws in its employment process.

Applications will be accepted electronically by The Novak Consulting Group. Applicants complete a brief online form and are prompted to provide a cover letter and resume. Please apply prior to December 6, 2020.


Please direct questions to Heather Gantz at or 513-221-0500.

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