￼￼Is now accepting applications for the position of:
Deputy City Librarian
Final Filing Date: February 24, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m.
The San Mateo Public Library is a wonderful destination with a comprehensive collection of resources and services and a friendly professional staff to help the community discover, enjoy, connect and learn in an ever-changing world.
Offer quality library services and programs to a diverse community;
Promote literacy and ongoing learning;
Serve as a gateway to information through technology.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼An Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of San Mateo
San Mateo is a city of 100,000 residents, located in the scenic San Francisco Peninsula. Operating as a Charter City with a Council-Manager form of government, San Mateo is a full-service city with a total budget of $158.8 million and over 500 fulltime employees.
One of the City’s strengths is its diversity, both in the ethnic makeup and the physical development of the community. San Mateo has distinct residential neighborhoods, a strong business sector including significant office uses and two premiere shopping centers, extensive recreation programs and facilities including a City- owned golf course, and a historic 30–block downtown of which the Main Library is an anchor.
Find out more interesting facts about the City of San Mateo at www.cityofsanmateo.org
The San Mateo Public Library is a dynamic community resource and destination that includes the Main Library, a state of the art LEED Gold rated green building, which opened in August 2006; and two community branch libraries. The Library provides library services to residents of the City of San Mateo and the Town of Hillsborough and is part of the Peninsula Library System (PLS), a consortium of public library jurisdictions and community college libraries in San Mateo County. The Library is also part of the Pacific Library Partnership, a consolidation of four library systems in the greater Bay Area of Northern California.
The Library provides an array of core services for all age groups: A collection of library materials comprised of books, magazines, newspapers, databases, compact discs, DVDs, MP3s, and downloadable e-books; information and reader’s advisory service; free access to information technology via public computers and wireless Internet, library programs for children, teens and adults; literacy instruction; specialized collections in the areas of business and biotechnology; a world languages collection that includes titles in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Farsi and French; and an extensive volunteer program that integrates the community with opportunities to help fulfill the Library’s mission.
￼￼“Discover, enjoy, connect and learn
@ the San Mateo Public Library!”
The Deputy City Librarian position offers the opportunity to serve in an executive level role shaping the future of library services in San Mateo. Under the general direction of the City Librarian, provides leadership in the management of library service delivery of three divisions (Children’s/Literacy Services, Adult/Teen/Information Services, Circulation/Technical Services). Participates in short term and strategic planning initiatives; marketing of library services; and in determining the operational and service directions of the library system. Works closely with staff and divisions to develop goals, strategies and work plans. Acts in an advisory capacity to the City Librarian and assists in representing the Library to the public, community stakeholders, City departments, and the Peninsula Library System.
This is an exciting career opportunity for a proven proactive leader with the ability to represent the library in all capacities, respond to and anticipate customer service issues, fully engage in participative management and interest-based negotiation principles and skills, and apply effective interpersonal, cross-cultural communication skills
orally and in writing. A strong candidate will have knowledge in the following areas: professional library management; public policy; an understanding of human resources principles, practices, and procedures including labor relations; principles of departmental administration including project and personnel management and the utilization of volunteers; administrative analysis and oral/written report preparations; insight to the new technologies and computer applications of library resources. The ideal candidate will be able to promote innovation, identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in
￼library operations, strengthen relationships with community stakeholders, and both envision and implement the future of the Library.
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:
Five years of increasingly responsible experience as a professional librarian in a local government agency, at least three of which was in a supervisory capacity, managing the work of library programs.
Three years of supervisory experience directing library personnel at management, professional and paraprofessional levels.
Five years of responsible professional library experience in a public library.
Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university supplemented by training in management principles and practices, or an equivalent advanced degree in Management, Business, Public Policy or related field.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license, which must be maintained as a condition of employment.
Professional library principles, practices, and procedures.
Library services to youth and adults; and diverse communities.
Information technology and computer applications in library
operations, including new library technologies
Technical processes including the acquisitions and circulation of
Library materials in various formats—books, periodicals, databases,
media, e-books—and related advisory service to the public.
Techniques for effectively interacting with City staff, representatives
of other agencies, organizations, and the public, and resolving
problems tactfully and effectively.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and reporting
requirements, including related safety regulations.
Assist in planning, organization, and direction of an effective library service program.
Develop and implement improvements to systems, organization, and operations within the Library.
Be a community liaison; and lead in outreach and marketing.
Analyze, interpret, and apply information, choose among alternative
courses of action and arrive at a recommendation.
Understand and implement laws, regulations, policies, and
Plan, supervise, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.
Prepare clear and
concise written reports.
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Take proactive approach to customer service
￼￼￼￼ADA Special Requirement:
Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:
Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist; and lift. Work in a standard library environment, with irregular hours. Travel to different site locations; attend lengthy meetings, and work extended or irregular hours.
￼￼Salary and Benefits
￼The City of San Mateo offers an excellent compensation package:
Vacation: Holidays: Leaves: Programs:
$123,225 to $154,573 annually
Participates in Social Security
Enrollment in PERS with 7% contribution paid by the Employee. Retirement Formula based on PEPRA.
A choice of medical plans with City paid single coverage of 100% of the lowest cost HMO single coverage or City paid two party or family coverage up to 90% of the least costly HMO family plan or $100 per month if waived. City paid premiums for Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
20 – 25 working days annual vacation, depending on length of service
13 days paid holidays per year (includes 3 floating holidays)
12 sick days per year earned; extended sick leave and family sick leave
Credit Union, Employee Assistance Program, up to 2% City Match to Deferred Compensation plan and Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation programs
48 hours per year
$195 per month (if applicable)
￼￼ADA - In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, applicants requiring accommodations for any part of the testing or recruitment process must notify the Human Resources Department seven (7) days in advance of the deadline for the part of the process requiring accommodations.
IRCA - To comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all new employees must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States.
NEW EMPLOYEES are subject to fingerprinting, drug testing (Safety sensitive only), medical and background reviews and are required to present an original social security card at the time of appointment.
REQUIRED qualifications must be maintained throughout employment. Employees who are required to drive must be insurable.
SALARIES for new employees are established at the department level interview.
THE PROBATIONARY PERIOD
is one year for new appointments.
APPEALS must be submitted in writing within seven days of decision or event being appealed. An appeal concerning the contents or administration of an examination process shall be filed within seven days of the date that the challenged portion of the examination / interview is given.
VETERANS with at least 18 months of active duty service within five years of date of application and those veterans having a 25% wartime disability are also eligible for bonus points. Proof of service or disability is due at application deadline.
THE POLICY of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status, or national origin. It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, ben- efits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.
The City of San Mateo complies with employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
￼￼￼The Examination and Selection Process
Based upon a review of employment applications, supplemental questionnaires and résumés received, a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process. The process will consist of 2 panel interviews. The examination is tentatively scheduled for:
March 14, 2014
An eligible list will be established from those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least one year unless exhausted sooner. Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy needs to be filled, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional departmental interviews.
NOTE: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the examination process.
1. What strategic directions would you recommend that public libraries prioritize in the next 5 years?
2. Describe your supervisory experience in a public library setting.
3. What do you consider to be essential skills for the effective management of a public library?
4. Describe your experience in the areas of customer service and public relations.
How to Apply
Go to www.cityofsanmateo.org to apply on-line. Click on “I want to...”, “Apply for...”, “A Job with the City”, and “Deputy City Librarian” links to complete an on-line employment application, supplemental questionnaire, and to submit your résumé. You may also mail a complete employment application package to:
City of San Mateo Human Resources Department 330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
Fax to: (650) 522-7261
By: Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 5:00 p.m.
All applicants must submit a completed official City of San Mateo employment application, supplemental questionnaire, and résumés by the filing date.
Unless otherwise specified, ALL RESPONSES WILL BE CONDUCTED VIA THE EMAIL ADDRESS PROVIDED IN YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION. Therefore, it is imperative that you provide an email address to which you have regular access, and it is recommended that you frequently check your email for notices from: sanmateo@CalOpps.org
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT is meant only as a general description guide and is subject to change. It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.