Our staff are the heart of Mid-Columbia Libraries. We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds with a desire to make a difference in the lives of others. Together, we empower individuals, support learning, and strengthen our communities.
Benefits at Mid-Columbia Libraries
Mid-Columbia Libraries offers staff competitive pay that reflects the market for each job classification. Pay rates for union positions are based on a bargained salary schedule. Pay increases are based upon successful completion of an annual performance review.
Paid Time Off
Newly eligible full-time employees start by earning 10 vacation days per year. The hours earned per year increase with years of service starting after the first year. Employees with greater than 15 year’s eligible service, certified librarians and exempt non-union staff earn 16 hours per month. Vacation time is pro-rated for eligible part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week.
MCL observes 12 paid holidays, plus one personal floating holiday each year. Holidays are pro-rated for eligible part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week. Regular employees working less than 20 hours per week are also eligible for paid holiday time after one year of service.
Regular full-time employees earn eight hours of sick time each month. Sick time is pro-rated for eligible part-time employees working at least 20 hours per week.
Health & Insurance
Mid-Columbia Libraries offers comprehensive, employer/employee paid medical insurance. Employees that regularly work 20+ hours/week have the option to choose between a variety of plans administered through the Washington State Health Care Authority - Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB).
Eligible employees may choose from a variety of dental plans at no additional cost to them. Now that's something to smile about!
We provide a basic Term Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) benefit at no cost to eligible employees. Employees may enhance this benefit by purchasing additional optional coverage.
Long-Term Disability (LTD)
We also offer a basic LTD policy at no cost to the employee. Eligible employees may enhance this benefit by purchasing optional coverage and shortening waiting periods.
Employees hired into regular positions and work at least 70 hours/month are immediately eligible for participation in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Employees have an option to choose between two plans, which both offer a defined benefit. This means when you meet plan requirements and retire, you are guaranteed a monthly benefit for the rest of your life!*
Employees also have the option to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP); a voluntary investment program which provides an opportunity for employees to set aside pretax dollars into a supplemental retirement account.
* visit www.drs.wa.gov for more information on retirement benefits
Tuition & Certification Assistance
MCL is committed to the professional development of its employees. Financial assistance is available to eligible employees for completion of professional certifications, undergraduate degrees, and Masters in Library & Information Science graduate degrees.
Bilingual Incentive Program
MCL serves a culturally diverse population and provides a number of services in Spanish. We value these skills as they are an integral part in connecting with our local community. Employees in any position at MCL that successfully complete a bilingual/biliteracy assessment will receive an annual premium pay of $2,000.00.
Employee Assistance Program
As a resource for life's ups and downs, MCL offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to all of its employees. The EAP is a 24-7 confidential counseling and referral program. Consultations are provided at no cost and if additional help is needed, EAP will help locate resources for ongoing assistance.