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Librarian / Reference and Instruction Librarian

Requisition ID req738
Department Library & Media Services
Campus SY-Sylvania Campus
Employment Type Faculty
Best Consideration Date 1/15/2021
Position Summary

Portland Community College is accepting applications for a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Sylvania Campus, located in Southwest Portland. PCC is Oregon’s largest postsecondary institution and the 19th largest community college in the nation. PCC provides educational programs, certificates, and training in more than 100 areas of study. 

PCC Library, which includes a building at each of the college's four comprehensive campuses, provides library services to the college community and to Portland-area community members. Library faculty and staff work cooperatively within the department and with other college employees to provide essential library resources that complement and support academic and career technical programs. The campus open computer lab, the Student Learning Center (tutoring) and the Writing Center are integrated into the Sylvania library. This provides students with access to multiple student support services in one location. The Sylvania library features a large collection of college art and a reservable Family Room

PCC Reference and Instruction Librarians engage with individuals and groups of students, staff, and community members in a wide variety of information seeking activities, with a focus on developing lifelong information literacy skills. Librarians are responsible for selection and deselection of library materials, and also provide the college with an annual assessment of student learning in library credit classes. Library faculty work in a highly collaborative environment that requires close working relationships with library colleagues, other academic departments, student services, and administration. They serve on library and college-wide committees to support college goals. PCC Librarians are active in state/regional library groups and associations, and represent PCC on Orbis Cascade Alliance consortium committees.

Successful candidates will have a Master of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school (or foreign equivalent); the equivalent of at least one year of teaching experience, either in a formal or informal setting; knowledge of teaching methods and curriculum design; and demonstrated ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment. They will exemplify the ability to listen, speak, and act with cultural awareness in a wide variety of contexts and consistently display a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This position is one of five openings at Portland Community College that will pilot a faculty cohort model that seeks to further diversify the college’s faculty and advance our efforts towards achieving equitable student success. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values cultural competency and inclusive teaching practices. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the district.  For more information about Portland Community College’s commitment to equitable student success, please visit

Candidate Profile

These qualifications, skills and abilities are critical for success in this position.
Throughout the screening process, you will be evaluated based on the demonstration of these qualifications.

Please be sure to address how you meet the Success Criteria below in your Cover Letter:

  • Demonstrates experience providing outreach, working collaboratively with partners, developing curriculum, and delivering instruction in multiple modalities (e.g. face-to-face, online, individual, and group settings) with the goal of creating or improving learning experiences
  • Knowledge of developing and maintaining library collections in a discipline, including analyzing current holdings, identifying gaps in a collection, and working with members of the college community to optimally develop the collection
  • Experience providing extensive individual support for information-related tasks in a user-centered environment with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrates experience contributing positively to a collaborative working environment based on mutual respect, commitment to public service, open communication and cooperation
  • Evidence of professional leadership, collaboration, and engagement through service, research or other activities
  • Experience engaging in a cycle of assessment (personal or organizational), including: goal setting, articulating criteria for evaluation, gathering data, analyzing results and making changes in response to results

Your materials will also be evaluated based on the qualifications below regarding cultural competency and culturally-responsive teaching:  

  • Demonstrates awareness of one’s own cultural background and how it influences perception, values, and practices and how these perceptions, values, and practices shape their teaching and relationship to students
  • Demonstrates understanding of structural privileges/inequalities and how they impact educational practices; empowers learners to analyze and overcome the effect of institutional bias/inequality
  • Understands the differences between prejudice, discrimination, racism, and how they operate at the interpersonal, intergroup, and institutional levels
  • Develops culturally-responsive curriculum and instruction in responses to differences in individual experiences, cultural, ethnic, gender, and linguistic diversity, and socioeconomic status

NOTE-You will be asked to address the following question as part of the application for this Full-Time Faculty position at PCC:

"A key tenet of culturally responsive teaching is the belief that students’ cultural background and lived experience can help bridge new learning. Please describe an example of how you connect academic concepts in your field to knowledge that comes from students’ families, communities, and/or lived experiences. As part of your answer, please tell us something about how your own lived experience is a factor in how you do this work."

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered, your application must demonstrate these minimum qualifications. (Experience is calculated based on the start and end dates you provide multiplied by the number of hours per week worked).

  • Master of Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library school or foreign equivalent
  • One year of teaching experience

Starting Salary Expectations Initial Salary Placement will be up to Step 3 ($61,137) based on related experience, per PCC's collective bargaining agreement.
Position Grade Salary Range $57346 to $97136 Annual Salary
PCC Benefits

PCC offers a comprehensive benefit package designed to provide employees and their families, including domestic partners, with access to a broad range of benefit options. Includes Health, Dental, and Vision options, Group Life, Long-term Disability, Long-term Care, and Auto and Home Insurance programs.

PCC currently fully funds the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP) pension and contributes an additional 6% into the employee's Individual Account Program under PERS/OPSRP.  A portion of the 6% will be diverted to The Employee Pension Stability Account as mandated by Senate Bill 1049.  PCC offers a tax deferred annuity program and a deferred compensation program where employees may save additional pre-tax dollars for retirement.

Additionally, PCC provides a tuition waiver for courses offered at PCC for yourself, domestic partner, and dependent children under 24 years of age; plus partial tuition reimbursement for yourself at other accredited institutions.

* Please note: Temporary Full-Time Faculty are not eligible for Personal Leave Days, Life Insurance, Long-term Disability, or AD&D Insurance.

Paid Leave:

  • 1 day of sick leave for every 18 days worked (~10 days/year)
  • 21 hours of additional personal leave per year
  • 4 paid holidays (which occur during the term you are teaching)

View a complete list of PCC benefits.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

Instructors shall have earned required academic credentials at a regionally accredited US institution or a foreign institution having the equivalent of regional accreditation.

Instructors with credentials from other countries will have their transcripts evaluated by agencies that have good standing with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services to establish fulfillment of this standard. (for more information see

For more information on PCC's General Instructor Qualifications Policy I301 visit: 

Background Check Required Yes

Portland Community College complies with the Oregon Veterans' Preference in Public Employment law which provides qualifying veterans and disabled veterans with preference in employment. You will be given instructions during the application process to claim Veterans' Preference in the recruitment of this position, and to provide the documents required for verification of eligibility. Please do not send your documentation to the hiring manager directly. For verification of eligibility, please submit the following documentation:

  • Veterans: DD214
  • Disabled Veterans: DD214 and Letter from the Department of VA

Portland Community College is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected class.