Deputy Director – Whatcom County Library System – Bellingham, WA

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a dynamic, personable and innovative Deputy Director to provide strategic leadership in planning, organizing, managing and directing the operation, services and activities of the WCLS branch libraries, outreach and mobile services to meet the WCLS mission, goals and objectives. Requires MLS, seven or more years’ relevant library experience and a Washington State Librarian Certificate (or ability to acquire Certificate). Full-time, FLSA exempt position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Tuesday, February 17, 2015. Qualified candidates are invited to set up an informational interview at the ALA Mid-Winter Meeting in Chicago by emailing:  Click on the “read more” link to learn more about this exciting opportunity.

POSITION: Deputy Director

DEPARTMENT: Public Services

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a dynamic, personable and innovative Deputy Director to provide strategic leadership in planning, organizing, managing and directing the operation, services and activities of the WCLS branch libraries, outreach and mobile services to meet the WCLS mission, goals and objectives.

The Deputy Director is responsible for:

Executive leadership: articulates, supports, and implements the mission, goals and policies of WCLS; serves as Executive Director in the Executive Director’s absence; works closely with the management team to improve the overall value, effectiveness and efficiency of all library resources and services.

Public Service operations: oversees and directs public services system-wide; plans, develops and coordinates the overall strategy, tactical objectives and activities that facilitate the provision of library services and the promotion of library service use.

Budget: develops and monitors the Public Services Department budget; develops projections and forecasts of operational and service needs and expenses to assist in long- and short-range planning.

Supervision: supervises public services staff; evaluates and makes recommendations on staff development needs, staffing allocations and other personnel matters.

Enhancements to staff and patron experience: develops and maintains understanding of and positive relationships with library users, staff and Friends’ groups through regular work with and visits to branch libraries; leads and works with others to evaluate, develop and improve services, patron experience, workplace environment and fiscal responsibility.

QUALIFICATIONS: You are a skilled leader and manager with a strong understanding of the full range of public library services and a passionate commitment to providing the best possible patron experience.  You have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a proven track record of motivating and developing staff and building rapport at all levels of the organization. You have the ability to analyze situations, handle the details without losing sight of the big picture, and make solid decisions. Requires the ability to speak, understand, and write English clearly and concisely.  Requires a Master’s degree in Library Science, seven or more years’ recent, progressively responsible, and professional library management experience in public services, and a Washington State Librarian Certificate (or ability to acquire Certificate); public library experience and multiple site management experience is preferred.  Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities will be considered. New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

THE LIBRARY SYSTEM: WCLS has been providing library service in Whatcom County since 1944, currently through ten branches, a bookmobile and outreach services.  With a reputation for exceptional customer service, innovation, and fiscal accountability, WCLS holds a collection of more than 350,000 items and has implemented services such as downloadable eBooks, e-magazines, e-music and e-audiobooks, chat reference service, text messaging, homework help, and a mobile app.  WCLS strives to provide top-notch library services in an energetic environment that fosters professional growth, creative problem solving, collaboration and an appreciation for humor.

LOCATION: Bellingham, located in Whatcom County, Washington.  Perennially recognized by the national media as one of the best places to live in America, Whatcom County is a place that truly has something for everyone.  With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, water sports, arts and theatre, and charming communities, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State.  Located 90 minutes from Seattle and within an hour of Vancouver, British Columbia, the County’s northern border with Canada gives it a unique flavor geared to cross-border shopping and outdoor recreation.

POSITION: FLSA exempt management position with 40 regular scheduled weekly hours; some evening and weekend hours may be necessary on an occasional basis.  Successful candidates may be required to adapt to future schedule changes depending on library needs.

COMPENSATION: Hiring salary range between $77,521 and $90,000 annually (negotiable based on qualifications), with excellent benefits including paid vacation and sick leave, 12 paid holidays, employer-paid medical, dental, vision and long-term disability insurance, Public Employees Retirement System, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), deferred compensation plan and supplemental benefits available, and a fun and innovative work environment that values the contributions of our employees.

POSTING DATES: Monday, 12/29/14 to Tuesday, 02/17/15

APPLICATION: Email to set up an informational interview at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago January 31 to February 4 or submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 02/17/15 to:

Christina Read, Human Resources Manager
Whatcom County Library System
5205 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA  98226
Phone: (360) 305-3600, ext. 216
Email to:

* Application packet must include:

Completed WCLS Employment Application (also available at the address above or any branch library)
Résumé and cover letter that illustrates your education and experience
Answers to supplemental questions
JOB BEGINS:  As soon after hiring as possible

SELECTION: Selection criteria may include the contents of the application, oral interviews, public presentation, and skills testing.  Selection of applicants for further consideration and/or possible testing will be determined by the information supplied by the applicants on their applications and accompanying documents. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on the application to permit WCLS to properly determine the applicant’s qualifications, abilities and attributes as they relate to the listed position.  Interviews will be scheduled ONLY with best qualified applicants, based upon applications, résumés and other documents received, and test results.  Applicants who need accommodation during the application, testing or interview process should contact Human Resources.