Branch Manager 1—Goldendale Community Library

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries (FVRL) is looking for a branch manager to provide leadership at our Goldendale Community Library, one of 15 libraries throughout our district. Goldendale Community Library is housed in a beautiful 15,660 square foot Carnegie building in Goldendale, Washington. The building features two floors and a basement in addition to an outdoor amphitheater.

The branch manager is involved in the day-to-day operations of the branch as well as serving as the face of the library district within Klickitat County, helping lead community outreach and relationship-building within the many rural communities in the area. The branch manager leads and develops a team of seven employees and works with library staff at all levels throughout FVRL. Program development, branch management, and the ability to build community partnerships are key to this role.

The primary responsibilities of the position are managing the branch and Klickitat County bookmobile service along with a branch supervisor, serving the public, conducting programming, and attending community events as the library representative with the help of a part-time Klickitat County outreach librarian who works under the Outreach and Community Partnership Division. Because of the rural nature of this community library, the branch manager must be willing to drive long distances.

The branch manager actively works to create and cultivate community relationships with the Friends of the Library, school districts, community organizations and county and city government officials. Because of its proximity to White Salmon Valley Community Library, the two branches work closely together to develop outreach strategies and service priorities for the sparsely populated and vastly distant communities spanning over 1,800 square miles in Klickitat County’s incorporated and unincorporated areas.

About the community

Goldendale is the county seat of Klickitat County in south-central Washington state. This traditional rural community is located about 120 miles east of Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon, and 70 miles south of Yakima, Washington. Service population is about 7,500 for Goldendale and an additional 5,500 for the bookmobile. Total Klickitat County’s population is about 21,800 with major economies in the areas of wheat farming, fruit orchards, and cattle ranching. Cattle drives on horseback still happen twice yearly. Wineries and alternative energy like wind and hydropower are also important to the local economy. Klickitat County is a growing center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) manufacturing and development. Nearby cultural attractions include Maryhill Museum, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, and Goldendale Observatory State Park.

While the county boasts no shopping malls or “big box” stores, those and other services are available within an hour’s drive. Goldendale is a fantastic location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy hiking, cycling, horseback riding, star-gazing, white-water rafting, skiing, boating, and windsurfing. The wide-open spaces of Klickitat County contain unique and diverse topography and climates, from dry, desert steppe in the east to snow-capped mountains and dense forests in the west, and one-of-a-kind geologic features like the Columbia River Gorge and Yakima basalts.

About the branch

The Goldendale Free Public Library, as it was originally named, was started by the Women’s Association of Goldendale in 1912. The group raised $800 to purchase the land and received an $8,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie to build the library. The library opened with a collection of 400 books in March 1915. This article has a heartwarming account of the opening festivities. For many years it was the only library in Klickitat County and served patrons far beyond Goldendate. In the early 1970s it became part of Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries. The branch now benefits from a floating collection with over 20,000 volumes on their shelves. They still provide services to their distant patrons through regular bookmobile routes.

The exterior of the building has not changed much over the years, with the exception of two wings added in the 1980s. The latest interior remodel was in 2018. With input from the public, the design team worked to maintain the classic Carnegie Library character while improving the flow and usability. Pictures from the remodel can be viewed here.

Job requirements

FVRL is excited to find candidates for Goldendale Community Library branch manager who have:

  • A masters degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent and certification from the Washington State Library or the ability to obtain certification at the time of appointment.
  • Three to five years of related work experience, with customer service experience.

Our ideal candidate would also have:

  • Experience working with community groups, library Friends groups, and community stakeholders
  • A strong commitment to creatively providing library services in remote and rural areas

Please see the position description below to learn more about this position and its requirements.

Compensation

The compensation for this position begins at $58,225.44 per year with an excellent benefits package including health insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, short term and long term disability benefits, Washington State PERS retirement, and paid time off.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the FVRL Application for Employment and submit a signed copy along with a résumé and cover letter to jobs@fvrl.org. If submitting electronically, the application signature may be collected at time of interview.

Recruiting timeline

Application deadline: Open until filled
First review of applications: March 16, 2020
Video (virtual) interviews: March 23 and 27, 2020
Final interviews: April 6, 2020