Public Services Manager – Timberland Regional Library – Tumwater, WA

Timberland Regional Library seeks an energetic, well-organized Public Services Manager who will lead through collaboration and participation. The successful candidate will possess highly effective communication skills and exemplify a philosophy of delivering outstanding customer service, building effective teams, and leading by example. We seek a leader to promote system-wide professional development and world-class performance, with ample public library system experience at the upper management level.


The city of Olympia, in Thurston County, is located at the southern tip of the Puget Sound and is the major cultural center of the region. The Timberland Regional Library Administrative Service Center is in nearby Tumwater. The rugged Olympic Mountains rise in the distance and Mt. Rainier seems close enough to touch on a clear day. This thriving community maintains its small-town feel, but if you occasionally crave a big city atmosphere, Seattle is just 60 miles away with major league sports teams, skyscrapers, and an international airport. The region clearly has something for everyone!

Timberland Regional Library (TRL) serves five counties in southwestern Washington State. The 27 community libraries, two cooperative library centers and three kiosks serve just under half a million people in this nearly 7,000 square mile service area with a collection of 1.3 million items. The Library District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees with five trustees appointed by commissioners from each county and two additional members filling at-large positions. TRL is funded by property taxes and revenue from timber sales in the five-county library district.

Before 1968, when TRL was created as an “Intercounty Rural Library District,” library service was simply unavailable in some of the rural areas and was provided through bookmobiles, space in city halls, and in some original Carnegie buildings in others. City and rural residents of the counties are now well served through the economies of scale. Bookmobiles have been replaced with buildings, temporary collections are now housed in permanent facilities, and partnerships with schools and tribes have created additional service points through cooperative library centers and kiosks. State of the art electronic services now provide residents with the best available library service throughout the five county area.


  • Population served: 473,735 as of April 1, 2012
  • Operating budget: $20,196,959 (FY12)
  • Number of facilities: 27 libraries and an Administrative Center
  • Number of staff: 303 (236.5 FTE)
  • Number of items: 1.3 million
  • Circulation: 4,437,942 (FY11)
  • Circulation per capita: 9.37
  • Percentage of population who are registered borrowers: 68%

This position is open until filled, application review will begin January 25, 2012.