Director of Library Services

Prineville, OR

Department:  Library

Reports To:    Crook County Court and Library Board of Trustees

Salary:           $68,702.40 - $75,067.20 Annually

Closes:           Open Until Filled


The Director of Library Services utilizes their judgment and professional expertise to lead, plan, direct, and oversee public library services in Crook County. They work extensively with staff, volunteers, the Crook County Court, the Library Board of Trustees, Friends of the Crook County Library, and others in and outside the county to ensure that the library continually evolves to meet community needs.

Essential Job Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.       

  1. Provides leadership in developing library mission, vision, values, goals, strategic direction, and objectives. Establishes operational targets to achieve goals and objectives.
  2. Plans and develops collections, programs, services, and activities based on analysis of public interest and need, growth, use patterns, workload, staffing levels, patron requests, and related legislative issues to provide appropriate library services to the community.
  3. Administers County Court and Library Board policies, makes policy recommendations, and provides executive support and information to the Library Board. Acts as Secretary of the Library Board.
  4. Prepares the library budget. Monitors and approves expenditures in accordance with the budget and Crook County financial policies. Oversees library finances by establishing a culture of efficient use of taxpayer resources. Administers grants, gifts, and state and federal money. Pursues supplemental funding through grants, donations, endowments, and other income sources.
  5. Together with other County departments, oversees general administrative operations of the library including human resources, information technology, facility and equipment management, and other general governmental responsibilities.
  6. Develops strong partnerships within the community and state. Advocates for the library by representing it at public forums, being involved in the community and the profession, attending meetings and events to promote library services, and developing good will.
  7. Champions community involvement. Oversees recruitment and support of a strong base of volunteers. Works closely with the Friends of the Library to ensure robust local fundraising and volunteering.
  8. Supervises library personnel and volunteers directly or through designees. Hires and trains or oversees hiring and training of library employees and volunteers. Assigns, supervises, and evaluates employee work, including supervisory personnel. Hears grievances and administers disciplinary action as needed.
  9. Develops the collection of all types of materials including print, media, electronic resources, and other items. Oversees classification and cataloging of materials, provides reference services, and maintains the collection.
  10. Provides for program and outreach services for a diverse population including but not limited to children, teenagers, adults, Latinos, seniors, and others.
  11. Evaluates, develops, and implements goals, programs, policies, strategic plans, and procedures to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the library. Develops long-range plans for library services.
  12. Works with library patrons with a wide variety of backgrounds, capacities, needs, and experiences.
  13. Attends and participates in professional conferences, trainings, associations, and committees; reads professional literature; stays current with emerging library technologies; attends and participates in library and County meetings and committees.

Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes


  1. Public library practices, procedures, and policies, including privacy and intellectual freedom.
  2. Principles of collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, database management, public and technical services, and reference.
  3. Best practices in human resources, information technology, and facility management.
  4. Pertinent federal, state, and local policies, procedures, laws, and regulations affecting libraries.
  5. Modern library and public management principles and practices.
  6. Effective practices in evaluation and outcomes measurement.


  1. Ability to manage multiple short- and long-range projects at once.
  2. Effective written, verbal, and digital communication skills aimed at people of all ages and backgrounds.
  3. Ability to prepare and manage budgets and oversee finances.
  4. Ability to motivate, direct, and supervise professional, paraprofessional, and clerical library personnel and volunteers in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
  5. Cultural competency.
  6. Bilingual English/Spanish fluency preferred.


  1.  Flexibility, adaptability, and open-mindedness to work in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  2.  Strong public service mindset
  3.  People-centered management.
  4.  Ethical conduct.
  5.  Initiative.

Supervisory Responsibility

The employee in this position exercises full supervision of all Crook County Library employees and volunteers, directly or indirectly, through the departmental hierarchy.

Work Environment

This position works in a variety of locations and in a variety of roles in and outside the library. Individuals in this position routinely use standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines as well as library-specific equipment such as barcode scanners, book carts and bins, crates, and mobile devices. Software requirements include basic office applications, integrated library systems, desktop publishing software, Internet, social media, digital media, and a variety of electronic resources and mobile applications.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk, hear, and read. The employee is regularly required to sit, stand for extended periods usually not exceeding 3 hours, walk, lift, use hands, and reach. Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, push bins and carts up to 75 pounds, twist, and bend.                

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work typically are Monday through Friday but also include some regularly-scheduled evening and weekend shifts.             


Regular travel within County is required. Occasional travel outside of County is expected.

Required Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or Master’s degree in an affiliate field.
  • Six years of progressively-responsible public library experience, including at least two years in administration/management.
  • Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training satisfying the above.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  •  Must hold or be willing and able to attain a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to complete a thorough employment and/or criminal history check.
  • Final candidates will be required to provide official proof of college degree and certified transcripts

Safety Sensitive Requirements

  • This position is not considered to be safety sensitive.

AAP/EEO Statement

  • This position is ‘at-will,’ and either Crook County or the employee may terminate the relationship at any time with or without cause.
  • Crook County is an equal opportunity employer.

Other Duties

  • Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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