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Deschutes Public Library District - Community Librarian-Bilingual

Posted: 7/2/2024
Location: Bend, OR


Position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning July 15th, and every 2 weeks following.


Community Librarian-Bilingual

Are you passionate about providing library outreach services to the Latino community? Are you enthusiastic and have great ideas about the future of outreach and community engagement for public libraries? Have you been looking to work with an active, dynamic public library team? Then we're looking for YOU. The Deschutes Public Library is accepting applications for a Community Librarian (bilingual English/Spanish) to serve all ages within the Latino Community in Deschutes County. This position must speak, read, and write Spanish fluently and be able to pass an assessment demonstrating fluency. This positions both supports and is supported by the Library’s entire Community Librarian team.
Our Community Librarians:  

  • Adopt a community engagement mindset and assume leadership roles in developing inclusive and equitable relationships with schools, community groups, agencies and non-profits that serve the Latino Community, and identified target populations.
  • Plan and deliver programs and services both in-branch and out in the community that serve the interest and needs of the Latino Community. 
  • As an outreach expert for the library, this position will also be heavily involved in shaping the future of programs, spaces, and initiatives at DPL, and training and supporting paraprofessional staff and branch needs.    
  • Proactively assesses the needs of the Latino Community in Deschutes County and recommends services and resources the library should provide to address those needs.


Bibliotecario Comunitario - Bilingüe

¿Le apasiona brindar servicios bibliotecarios de extensión a la comunidad Latina? ¿Te entusiasma y tienes ideas sobre el futuro de la extensión y la participación comunitaria de las bibliotecas públicas? ¿Busca trabajar con un equipo de biblioteca pública activo y dinámico? ¡Entonces te buscamos a ti! La biblioteca pública del condado de Deschutes (DPL) está aceptando solicitudes de empleo para un/a bibliotecario/a comunitario (bilingüe - inglés y español) para brindarle servicio a todas las edades dentro de la comunidad latina en el condado de Deschutes. Esta posición debe hablar, leer y escribir español con fluidez y poder aprobar una evaluación que demuestre fluidez. Esta posición apoya y es apoyada por el equipo de bibliotecarios comunitarios de la biblioteca publica.  

 Nuestros Bibliotecarios Comunitarios:

  • Adoptan una mentalidad de participación comunitaria y asumen roles de liderazgo en el desarrollo de relaciones inclusivas y equitativas con escuelas, grupos comunitarios, agencias y organizaciones sin fines de lucro que sirven a la comunidad latina y poblaciones identificadas.
  • Planificar y ofrecer programas y servicios dentro de las sucursales de la biblioteca y fuera de ellas en la comunidad que sirvan los intereses y necesidades de la comunidad latina. 
  • Como experto en extensión para la biblioteca, este puesto también estará muy involucrado en la formación de futuros programas, espacios e iniciativas en DPL; y también apoya el entrenamiento del personal paraprofesional y las necesidades de las sucursales.
  • Evalúan proactivamente las necesidades de la comunidad latina en el condado de Deschutes y recomiendan servicios y recursos que la biblioteca debe proporcionar para abordar esas necesidades.



40 hours per week, Monday – Friday (with flexibility to work evening and weekend hours as needed) 

*Schedule and work location may change based on the needs of the Library.


Monthly Salary: The hiring range is $5,413.82 - $6,093.30, a maximum step five of the twelve step range. The position salary range is $5,413.82 – $7,493.99

Deschutes Public Library offers all employees a competitive public sector benefits package including PTO, Oregon PERS retirement, and medical/dental coverage with shared premiums. The Library also offers a 6% pay differential for positions needing ASL or Spanish speaking skills.




The Community Librarian position assists Deschutes Public Library (Library) customers, engages with the community through in-house and outreach activities, represents the Library at business, civic and educational groups throughout Deschutes County, and demonstrates library principles at a local, state and national level.



  • Outreach: Establishes connections with a diverse customer base to develop positive Library experiences with customers and to raise awareness of the Library’s essential role in early literacy, school success, lifelong learning and personal achievements.
  • Networking: Serves as a liaison to various local agencies and organizations to promote and establish professional relationships with key community and educational leaders and organizations as benefits the Library and appropriate to manager’s direction.
  • Professionalism: Establishes a collaborative and professional work environment with all Library staff and Library stakeholders that concentrates on creativity, best practices and emulates an excellent level of customer service that keeps pace with community needs and trends appropriate to the District’s mission and Board results policies.
  • Assessments: Assesses the needs of the Deschutes County community via various formats such as surveys, focus groups or program evaluations. Evaluates community demographics and statistics to prepare reports and propose projects that achieve successful library outcomes appropriate to the District’s mission and Board results policies.
  • Programs/Events: Develops, presents, delivers and/or hosts original Library programs, events or classes to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of the community in coordination with outside agencies or organizations and other library staff.
  • Customer Service: Provides exemplary customer service in person, on the telephone or via email by demonstrating a willingness to be attentive, understanding, responsive, fair, courteous and respectful, and to actively participate in maintaining a positive customer service experience for all customers both inside and outside of the library.



  • Participates in library projects following established project management guidelines.
  • Aligns task and outreach work with District priorities and/or Board decisions.
  • Participates in continuing education efforts and professional development.
  • Participates actively in weekly and/or monthly meetings and assigned projects.
  • Orders departmental or project supplies and equipment as needed and directed by manager.
  • Provides assistance to colleagues by mentoring and assisting as needed.
  • Participates in long-range plans, develops goals and objectives, and implements project plans.
  • Performs Public Services Specialist and/or Materials Handling position responsibilities as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



The position requires a Master’s of Library Science. Equivalent or a combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties as described.  Requires a proficient overall skill level consisting of one to three years of directly related experience serving children, teens, and/or adults and customers who have diverse backgrounds and views. The job requires strong interpersonal skills. Extensive knowledge of professional library principles, practices, techniques and standards as they pertain to proactive customer relationships, collection development, and confidentiality of information as identified in the ALA Bill of Rights and Intellectual Freedom Principles. This position must speak, read, and write Spanish fluently and be able to pass assessment demonstrating fluency.


This position requires the following skills and abilities to be successful:

  • Ability to apply advanced research knowledge and search skills using varied resources in multiple formats.
  • Understands collection development standards and policies for children, teens, and adults.
  • Uses effective public speaking techniques for a variety of presentations, venues and audiences.
  • Employs and mentors reader’s advisory techniques and research skills for serving adults, teens and children.
  • Ability to learn, practice and share early literacy knowledge and skills.
  • Practices effective training and appropriate classroom techniques for adults, teens and children.
  • Understands the basic principles of budget preparation and control.
  • Provides information to all library customers regarding the Library’s services, resources and programs.
  • Demonstrates success working independently and in a team setting.
  • Uses and practices sound conflict resolution methods, negotiation and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to encourage and support diversity, inclusiveness and equity.
  • Ability to explain and support Library policies and procedures to community.
  • Ability to speak, understand, and write clearly and concisely; bilingual Spanish and English skills strongly desired.
  • Prepares various reports and statistics and develop recommendations on specific areas of the Library’s communities.
  • Effective use of the integrated library system and the Library’s website.
  • Advanced knowledge of PC applications for library operations including word processing, spreadsheets, email, Internet, chat, presentation software, SharePoint and data management.



Current driver’s license and vehicle insurance, valid in the State of Oregon, are required



While performing the duties of this position, the employee is continuously required to communicate by talking and listening, use of fingers and hands, repetitive motion and sitting. Frequently required to stand, walk, reach, and feel. Occasionally bend, stoop, grasp and rarely to feel, kneel or crawl. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to 15 pounds on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc.; may infrequently require moving materials weighing up to 35 pounds.


Manual dexterity and coordination are required over 75% of the work period while operating equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment. High volume environment with high accuracy requirements for numeric and alpha processing.



There is a potential for occasional hazards or obstacles, and a low level of personal risk stemming from environmental conditions and/or human-driven potential hazards. Job conditions are usually stable, well managed, and comfortable. Conditions may consist of the following:

  • Interruptions will occur frequently and may include challenging situations or conversations.
  • Attendance at occasional evening/weekend meetings and/or social/business events.
  • Regular interactions with library visitors, work colleagues and community leaders/partners.
  • Varied office and/or library workspace settings and community outreach locations.
  • Pushing/pulling 100-pound carts.
  • Close and distant vision with ability to adjust focus for accurate reading of low, middle, and high shelves and work areas.
  • Reading for comprehension and direction (policies & procedures).
  • Work effectively with minimal supervision following self-monitored time management, learning and/or professional development.
  • Handling multiple tasks effectively and efficiently in high volume environment that may require repetitive tasks.
  • Speaking to share/respond, to maintain relationships and to convey instructions and/or direction.
  • Considerable cognitive process to make effective decisions for interpersonal interactions.
  • Use various equipment includes computers with a keyboard and mouse, telephone, and other electronic devices to help customers, share documents, information and discussion.
  • Travel to other district locations and/or to workshops/professional meetings/conferences as needed or assigned.



Contacts made are with public, volunteers and staff members. Interactions frequently contain confidential/sensitive information necessitating discretion at all times. Collaborates and maintains positive, professional relationships with key community and educational leaders and organizations.



This position maintains their own work with minimal review. Supervision is not normally a responsibility of positions in this classification. Decisions made are within broad interpretation of applicable guidelines and Library policies and rules.


This description covers the most significant essential and auxiliary duties performed by the position for illustration purposes, but does not include other occasional work, which may be similar, related to, or a logical assignment for the position. This job description does NOT constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the organizational needs and requirements of the job change.