Eugene Public Library Library services director

The City of Eugene Department of Library, Recreation and Cultural Services is seeking exceptional candidates for the Library Services Director.

Our Community

As the second largest city in Oregon, Eugene has an excellent mix of recreation, education, scenic beauty and passion for arts and culture.

Eugene is a Gold Level-Bike Friendly City

Located in the heart of wine country and within an hour drive from the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains, Eugene is the county seat for Lane County.

King Estate is one of Lane County's many wineries

The city boasts a plethora of city parks, 100’s of miles of bicycle trails, and numerous lakes, rivers and streams nearby.

Eugene is well-known as the home of the University of Oregon. With 20,000 students and over 6,000 employees, the University plays a major role in the community, as does Lane Community College and Northwest Christian University.

Panoramic view of University of Oregon Campus

The employment base is becoming increasingly dominated by the creative class and knowledge based industries in addition to services, trade, and government.

Eugene is a gigabit city and Eugene’s arts, culture, and entertainment are significant drivers in the local economy. Nonprofit arts and culture are a $62 million industry in the City of Eugene – one that supports more than 2,400 full-time equivalent jobs.

Eugene is a friendly, progressive community with residents who are active and adamant about maintaining a high quality of life. The University brings a cosmopolitan feel to the community, and the collegiate teams have contributed excitement and pride on a national basis.

Many residents are health and fitness oriented, and Eugene will host the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in 2021.

Living in the City of Eugene offers all of this, along with the advantages of higher education, a strong public school system and a short commute to work.

Our Organization

Eugene has a council/manager form of government. In this form of government, the City Council develops legislation and policies to direct the City. The City Manager, hired by the City Council, provides administrative direction to the organization, oversees City of Eugene personnel and operations, and carries out the City Council’s direction.

The City has over 1,500 employees and a $722 million total budget. The City of Eugene is a service-oriented and innovative organization that provides services through six departments:

  • Library, Recreation & Cultural Services (LRCS)
  • Central Services
  • Fire & Emergency Medical Services
  • Planning and Development
  • Police
  • Public Works

Watch the 2017 City of Eugene year in review from the Mayor's 2018 State of the City Address.

The Library, Recreation and Cultural Services Department (LRCS)

The work of the Library, Recreation and Cultural Services department is beloved throughout the community and is considered an essential component to the community’s quality of life.

The wealth of recreation opportunities, thriving cultural sector, welcoming community centers and libraries help make Eugene one of the most livable cities in the country.

The Library Services Division

Excellence in action is observed every day in Eugene’s Public Library Division (EPL). This team is amazing and dedicated to building a better and stronger community. Library staff is highly regarded by the public for their knowledge, quality of service and caring and because of that, EPL benefits from strong community support. Staff passion is evident and the programs that they provide transform lives and connect our community.

The community is served at three locations – Downtown, Bethel and Sheldon. Serving over 3000 visitors each day, the Downtown Library has been an anchor in downtown Eugene since it’s opening in 2002. The Bethel and Sheldon Branch Libraries are vital to accessible service delivery for community members in underserved parts of the city. EPL is known for its progressive, responsive service to patrons of all demographics and works hard to incorporate new and emerging technologies into programs and services. The library offers a diverse collection of materials in a variety of formats and consistently offers fresh educational and recreational programming. This is accomplished with a budget of $14 million and 105 FTE.

Learn more about the Eugene Public Library's Maker Space

The Ideal Candidate

As an organization, we value building trust and confidence and respectful and inclusive work environments. We are looking for a leader who will encourage and allow a creative work environment and place wellbeing of themselves and their team at the top of their priority list.

We encourage our leaders to be present in the now while also continually thinking and planning for the later. Specifically:

Equity and Inclusion

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to and experience advancing diversity, equity and inclusion. They will be a leader who shows commitment to diversity in thought, word and action and will be able to provide ideas, systematic strategies and tools for advancing social equity through library services and programming.

Deep Relationships

The ideal candidate will be visible, respected and engaged in the community, nurturing current organizational relationships and forging new ones. They will maintain and enhance collaborative working relationships with the Eugene Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Eugene Public Library. They will have strong communication and listening skills and value the perspectives and contributions of all staff, customers, partners, and community members. They will embrace collaboration, teamwork and abundance thinking.

Strong Teamwork

The ideal candidate will recognize and build upon the strengths of current team members in all areas of the library and will have a proven track record of strong leadership, engagement and management. They will have a record of innovation and risk-taking and a willingness to take responsibility and learn from successes and failures. They will model and develop the competencies of all library staff and lead teams of professionals through significant events and day-to-day challenges with a balance of expertise and heart.

Future Thinking

The ideal candidate will be a leader who understands the changing nature of our communities and the critical role that libraries can play in building hopeful communities. They will convey a compelling future for Library Services in Eugene and will inspire staff and the community to work together toward the implementation of that future.

If you are a leader who wants to learn and teach, trust and be trusted, explore and lead the future of the Library Division and LRCS Department, this might be the perfect job for you.

Minimum Qualifications

The Library Services Director will plan, manage, direct and review the activities of the Library Services Division, including the operations of the main downtown library as well as Bethel and Sheldon Branch Libraries.

They will coordinate assigned activities with other City departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative and strategic counsel and support to the Executive Director or Library, Recreation and Cultural Services.

In order to successfully complete these responsibilities, the following minimum qualifications are required:

  • Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in public libraries or closely related field, including three years of administrative and supervisory responsibility. Experience with urban public libraries is highly desirable.
  • Education: Candidates must also possess the equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration or a closely related field. Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university is highly desirable.
  • Additional Qualifications: Candidate must also possess or have the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Oregon driver’s license and be able to pass a Police background investigation.

A full description of the Library Services Director position and instructions for applying on-line are available on the City of Eugene website at:

(Click on this link and then select Current Job Openings and then select Library Services Director)

Salary: The salary for this position is $97,032-$128,024 annually.

Closing Date: November 30, 2018

City of Eugene, Oregon, Human Resources | 940 Wilamette St., Suite 200 | Eugene, OR 97401 | 541-682-6027

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