City of St. Helens, Oregon
  • 10-Nov-2021 to Until Filled (PST)
  • St Helens, OR, USA
  • $7,494 (Step 1) to $9,176 (Step 9)
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, PERS retirement, HRA Veba, vacation and sick leave, longevity pay, 13 paid holidays, Employee Assistance Program, and more

The City of St. Helens is seeking a dynamic Library Director to provide leadership and stewardship for all library operations. This position promotes community engagement and partners with other libraries and agencies to bring enhanced services to library patrons. The Director also provides support to the Library Board and assists in developing and implementing a strategic plan that best meets the needs of the citizens in the community.


Situated on the beautiful Columbia River, St. Helens offers views of Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt. Adams. A very pleasant hour drive to the west takes you to the Oregon coast while a 45-minute drive to the southeast takes you into the Portland metropolitan area. St. Helens is well situated for many outdoor activities including boating, fishing, walking, running, biking, hiking, golf, disc golf, and much more. St. Helens is the county seat for Columbia County and the largest city in the county with a population of approximately 14,000.

The downtown portion of St. Helens, near the riverfront, features a Nationally Registered Historic District encompassing 10 blocks, which includes residences and civic buildings dating back over a century. A recent purchase by the City of over 200 acres of waterfront property promises to enhance the livability of our town with a mix of development encouraging tourism, commercial growth, residential development, and water-related amenities.


The St. Helens Public Library had its beginning in 1915 as a bookshelf in a local furniture store. Today, it is in the handsome Columbia Center which includes a 79-seat auditorium. The library is a vibrant organization that serves the community with programming and services for all ages. The creative and energetic staff includes the director, a reference librarian, a youth librarian, two library technicians, and four part-time library assistants. Recent accomplishments include the opening of a new makerspace, hosting a two-day genealogy conference featuring local and national speakers in a hybrid format, and the expansion of our Library of Things. The library's up-to-date collection also includes digital music and magazines, ebooks, eaudiobooks, and digitized historical newspapers.

Partnerships with area schools, Head Start, parks and recreation, the local history museum, and other organizations provide opportunities for programming in the library and the community. Our youth programming includes storytimes, after school STEM activities, and of course, summer reading. The library is home to arts and writers' guilds, book and author events, the Genial Genealogists, and the St. Helens Public Library Ukulele Orchestra.



  1. Completion of an ALA-accredited Master of Library Science Program; and
  2. Two years of professional experience; or
  3. Any satisfactory combination of experience and training which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.


  1. Must have a broad knowledge of the principles, practices, and philosophy of public library administration.
  2. Broad knowledge of current methods and principles governing the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing, maintenance, and circulation of print and non-print materials, reference, and outreach practices.
  3. Knowledge of statutes and ordinances governing public library service.


  • Must obtain valid CPR/First Aid card as offered.

Please see job description for a complete list of duties, qualifications, and requirements.


  • Regular full-time
  • Monthly salary: $7,494 (Step 1) to $9,176 (Step 9)
  • Excellent benefits package (as noted above)
  • This is an exempt position not covered by a union


The City of St. Helens offers a generous benefits package that includes the following:

  • Diverse health, vision and dental insurance packages for employee and family with only a 2% out-of-pocket premium
  • Fully paid participation in the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Two to six weeks of paid vacation
  • Accrued sick leave (12 days per year)
  • Longevity pay: $50-200 per month depending on length of service
  • Management leave: 96 hours per fiscal year
  • Possible housing incentive
  • $50 monthly towards a health club membership
  • Life insurance

Position is open until filled, however, the first review deadline is Monday, December 27, 2021.

Successful candidates will be required to pass a background check.

The City of St. Helens is an equal opportunity employer.

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