Director of Community Libraries
Job Details
Service Center (Marysville) - Marysville, WA
Full Time
$11,102.00 - $15,764.67 Salary/month

This position will remain open until filled. Those individuals submitting materials by Thursday, November 18, 2021, will be given first consideration.


Job Summary

As a member of the Library District’s Leadership Team, this position directs the development and delivery of public services in library buildings, Library on Wheels, online, and in the community. This includes programming online and in community libraries to assure the long-term efficiency, quality, and effectiveness of service to our diverse customers of the Library District. Works closely with the Executive Director in the administration and operations of the District.

Sno-Isle Libraries is a large, two-county library district in the beautiful north Puget Sound region of Washington State. District boundaries stretch from rugged timberlands to suburban centers, from rolling farmlands to the ocean vistas. Set in the fastest-growing corner of the state, Sno-Isle Libraries serves more than 770,000 residents through 23 community libraries, online services, Library on Wheels, and our website at

Note: This position requires submission of a cover letter along with the online application.


Essential Functions

Functions listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Lead the development and implementation of all public services including staff, services, and partnerships that embed the principles of equity and inclusion. 
  2. Lead district-wide public services including the operation of all community libraries and delivery of services and programs appropriate and inclusive for the ages and interests of the District's customers. 
  3. Lead the team of District Managers who oversee library managers in the development, review, and implementation of initiatives to achieve library services consistent with the Library District's vision, mission, values, and goals and embed the principles of equity, access, and inclusion. 
  4. Participate as a member of the Library District's Leadership team by providing broad thinking as it pertains to library service and operation.  
  5. Engage in effective community relations and library promotion activities to enhance and strengthen the position of the libraries in their communities.  
  6. Participate in the development of annual operating and capital budgets; monitor departmental expenditures to maintain fiscal integrity.
  7. Provide effective direction to assigned staff to assure library services for the District and its customers are high quality, accessible, inclusive, and equitable. 
  8. Oversee the management of assigned consultants, vendors, and grants.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities

  1. May act in the absence of the Executive Director.
  2. Assist with special projects as required.
  3. Attend meetings, trainings, and workshops to support learning and development.
  4. Train new staff as needed.
  5. Perform other duties as assigned.


The position reports to the Executive Director. Reporting to the position are District Managers who direct the work of library managers and program coordinators.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Thorough knowledge of established practices and procedures of library operation and administration.
  2. Knowledge of personnel principles, policies, and procedures.
  3. Knowledge and demonstrated commitment to the application of the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  4. Actively promote the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and in the community. 
  5. Thorough knowledge of public library services and programs. 
  6. Ability to analyze options and prioritize resource allocation based on Sno-Isle's mission, vision, values, and goals.
  7. Ability to manage fiscal resources and monitor budget usage.
  8. Ability to make timely, informed decisions. 
  9. Ability to foster a learning organization through excellent facilitation and team-building skills.
  10. Ability to deliver presentations to a variety of diverse audiences. 
  11. Ability to remain flexible and be comfortable working in a dynamic environment that may involve ambiguity and politically sensitive issues. 
  12. Ability to direct the work of others in a manner that enhances their performance and assures quality service. 
  13. Ability to communicate articulately both verbally and in writing. 
  14. Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective interpersonal skills with the public and co-workers. 
  15. Ability to handle and resolve disruptive behavior effectively. 
  16. Ability to operate relevant computer systems including hardware and software, such as Microsoft Word, electronic databases, e-mail, and internet navigation in addition to other office equipment and security systems. 
  17. Ability to obtain a Washington State Librarian certificate within 60 days of hire. 
  18. Ability to provide a valid driver's license from the State of Washington, or to make independent arrangements for travel throughout the district.

Education and Experience

  1. Master's degree in Library Science from an accredited university is required. Must provide a Washington State Librarian certificate within 60 days of hire. 
  2. At least five years of related professional librarian experience required, or equivalent combination of technical training and related experience is required. 
  3. Two years of supervisory or management experience required. 
  4. Experience in management within a multi-branch library system is highly desirable.

Physical and Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Individuals are required to travel frequently to library facilities and other locations throughout the District's operating area and are required to drive an automobile or to make independent arrangements for such transportation.
Most of the work is carried out within a generally accessible, safe, indoor environment. There is constant interpersonal contact with staff members and frequent contact with public officials, community representatives and with customers of various ages and groups. These contacts and situations are deemed to be generally safe and free of undue stress, but require individuals to be cordial and helpful in interpersonal relations with others. For any of the typical uses of the class, reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

As a reminder, this position requires submission of a cover letter along with the online application.

Sno-Isle Libraries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. This and all Sno-Isle Libraries' positions are subject to transfer.