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Multnomah County Library
Portland, OR, United States
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Multnomah County Library
Portland, Oregon, United States
16 days ago


We value lived experience.

At Multnomah County Library, we stand by this statement. Our priorities as an organization center equity and lived experience. It just makes sense. Because we work with diverse communities every day, we hire and support talented staff members who reflect those communities. It is important that members of the communities we serve see themselves represented in our staff and services. We value and embrace the unique experiences our staff members bring to the organization and recognize how those experiences improve the service we provide.

We invite you to bring your unique lived experience to Multnomah County Library. 

We are looking for a compassionate, dedicated, forward-thinking Black Cultural Competency librarian who has experience with and a passion for working with the Black and African community. You must be creative, culturally competent, and customer service-focused. You will be joining a team of library professionals at Central Library in downtown Portland and will be responsible for building and maintaining professional relationships with Central Library’s patrons as well as collaborating with appropriate stakeholders within Central Library’s community and the library system as a whole.

You will be connecting patrons, both internal and external,  with the information they seek and delivering a variety of professional-level library services in order to enrich the library experience for the Black and African community. While you will assist all patrons, you will have a special emphasis on serving that specific community. You will coordinate with staff to build a dynamic and welcoming environment at the Central Library for Black and African patrons.

In this role, you will split your time and focus between work specific to Central Library and work related to systemwide initiatives and activities. At Central Library, you will lead and coordinate the efforts of our Black Cultural Library Advocate (BCLA) staff who deliver culturally appropriate service, outreach and programming to the Black and African community. You will mentor and coach these staff; as well as manage projects to develop and deliver excellent service to the Black and African community.

Your systemwide work is identified by the BCLA team, the BCLA Program Specialist Senior and the Senior Manager who has oversight of the Black Cultural Library Advocates team. The BCLA team is the leadership team for services to Black communities at Multnomah County Library. The team works to create culturally relevant programming, connect and reconnect our community to the library, outreach outside branch walls, and advocate for the Black community inside our walls. The team also partners branch managers and stakeholders as needed to ensure the library's fulfillment of our information service goals. 

The library is open and welcoming to all members of our community, including individuals who may be encountering hardships or challenges that affect their behavior and interactions. This position requires someone with the ability to work respectfully and capably with people from all backgrounds and age groups. You must demonstrate a positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity and a sense of humor while working with customers, co-workers and community. In providing customer service, you may encounter situations that require de-escalation or assistance from a supervisor or person-in charge. Your ability to exercise quick and mature judgement in dealing with potentially disruptive, physically dangerous or abusive customers and emergencies is crucial.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience working with the Black community. This would be demonstrated by knowledge of the traditions, values, and customs of the community being served as well as the ability to identify specific examples of experience working directly with individuals and families who identify with the Black and African communities.
  • Strong cultural sensitivity and competency abilities.
  • Ability to pass a criminal records check, should a job offer be extended. Results of the records check will be reviewed on an individualized basis. A conviction is not an automatic bar to employment. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of professional librarian experience is desirable.
  • Lived experience as a member of the Black community (Portland specific is desirable).
  • Experience planning, preparing and implementing culturally sensitive programs.
  • Understanding of the impact of systemic oppression and its potential impact on Black patrons seeking library services.
  • Understanding of the impact of exclusion for members of the Black community and how that may influence the way they navigate our library system.  
  • Additional specialized clerical training is desirable. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: To protect the health of the community and employees, Multnomah County requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved medical or religious exception by October 18, 2021 as a qualification of employment. 

The rule applies to all employees, as allowable by law. Candidates who receive an offer of County employment must provide proof of vaccination upon hire or submit an exception request prior to their start date.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59018399
  • Location:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
    Portland, Oregon, United States
  • Position Title: Black Cultural Competency Librarian
  • Company Name: Multnomah County Library
  • Job Function: Adult Services
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: None
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
  • Salary: $3,056.00 - $3,750.00 (Hourly Wage)
Portland , OR , US

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi River, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. Multnomah County Library is a premier library system and Oregon's largest public library, serving nearly one-fifth of the state's population. The work environment encourages creativity, provides challenges, and allows individuals to rea...

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