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Library Director
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
 
Library Director
Starting Salary Range:   $95,000 annually
Filing Deadline: Wednesday, December 8, 2021
 
The City of El Centro is seeking to fill the vacant position of Library Director.  Applicants should possess the required qualifications as outlined below.  Interested applicants should submit a completed job application to the Human Resources Department located at 1275 W. Main St., El Centro by the closing date listed above.
The City of El Centro is looking to fill the position of Library Director and will be under the general direction of the City Manager.  The Library Director plans and supervises the Library Division reference services and circulation functions for adults, young adults and children; plans and supervises the library’s acquisitions and technical services operations; and coordinates and directs the operations of the library system. 
 
The City’s Library has five (5) full-time positions; one (1) Library Supervisor, four (4) Library Assistants, and five (5) temporary positions of Library Page.  The Library consists of one main Library and one Branch Library.
 
The City of El Centro is in the beginning process of designing and building a new Library.  We are looking for a director that can participate and provide new ideas to have the best and most innovative Library in Imperial County that will provide everything that our patrons will need.
 
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICSThis is an at-will position and is not included within the City’s personnel system.  The Library Director position reports to the City Manager and the Library and Community Services Board. This position exercises direct supervision over the professional staff and clerical staff of the library.
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:  Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics.  The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities.  Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
 
  • Directs, supervises and participates in the development of the work plan for public services and acquisitions/technical services functions; assigns work activities, projects and programs; reviews and evaluates work products and methods.
  • Directs and supervises the reference function for adults, young adults, and children.
  • Directs the preparation of the Division’s annual budget and utilizes appropriate means to ensure adoption; review and evaluate current programs and anticipate future needs; evaluate costs for services and methods for reducing costs; monitor performance against budget parameters and compliance with City policies and procedures.
  • Recommends the appointment of personnel; evaluates employee performance; works with employees to correct deficiencies; recommends and implements disciplinary procedures as required.
  • Directs, develops, implements and reviews departmental goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Delegates responsibility, authority and duties to appropriate subordinates.
  • Works with the Information Technology Division and other City Staff to evaluate existing automated services and to develop and implement new library technologies.
  • Works closely with the Library and Community Services Board, in providing technical and professional advice, recommendations and reports related to levels of service and other library-related matters.
  • Searches for new and appropriate ways to serve the public in a rapidly growing and increasingly diversified environment.
  • Responds to difficult citizen inquiries and complaints.
  • Reviews, prepares and presents reports related to assigned tasks.
  • Makes presentations to community groups and agencies to further awareness of the library and its services.
  • Develops, directs and maintain a public relations/outreach program that provides information to the community in terms of the services offered by the Library and works collaboratively with other Imperial County librarians.
  • Develops materials and promotional activities to heighten awareness of and assist patrons in use of the library, including bibliographies, pathfinders, articles and other publicity generating materials, events, and activities.
  • Maintains fair employment practices to ensure that department practices are consistent with City’s equal employment opportunity policy.
 
QUALIFICATIONS GUIDELINES:
Education and/or Experience:
REQUIRED:
  • A Master of Library Science or an equivalent degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years responsible professional public library experience.
  • Experience with electronic information systems.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. 
  • The City will follow any vaccine and testing regulations imposed by state and/or federal government.  
 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of principles and techniques involved in the operation and management of a modern public library.
  • Knowledge in organization, objectives, programs, services and technology for a public library and their relationship to community needs.
  • Knowledge in principles and techniques for reference research, selection, classification, indexing, cataloging, and organization of library materials.
  • Knowledge in budgeting procedures and techniques; principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
  • Skill in the utilization of computers and various software programs.
  • Ability to organize, direct and implement a comprehensive reference and information services program to meet the needs of the community.
  • Ability to develop a balanced and comprehensive library collection including print and non-print materials.
  • Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and implement recommendations.
  • Ability to interpret City and library policies, procedures and services.
  • Ability to conduct detailed research and analysis.
  • Ability to prepare relevant reports.
  • Ability to supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Ability to interpret and explain actions to the public and City Manager.
  • Desired Leadership, Team Builder, Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Decision Maker, Strategic Perspective, Leverages Resources (Coaches and Develops), Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Maximizes Team Effectiveness, and Supportive of Change.
 
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Demands:
  • Work is routinely performed in office environments with minimal exposure to inclement weather, and varying temperatures.
  • Required to sit, stand or walk for extended periods of time.
  • Required to use hands to handle, grip and grasp various objects.
  • Subject to bending, reaching, kneeling, and occasional lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.
  • Subject to high pressure in assisting the public. 
  • Required to work with the public and with staff.
  • Required to communicate face-to-face and by telephone.
  • Required to communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Required to travel to and from meetings and interact with a variety of people.
  • Frequently required to perform public speaking.
  • May require travel outside the County.
 
Equipment Utilized:
 
  • Computer, printer, telephone, calculator, photocopier and automated circulation equipment and software.
 
If you have a disability that requires assistance at any point in the recruitment process (for example, filling out applications, testing, interviewing), please notify the Human Resources Department.  The City of El Centro performs job-related medical/physical evaluations and pre-employment/promotional drug screening. EEO/ADA.
Position: Library Director
Organization: City of El Centro
Location: El Centro,  CA 
United States
Salary: Starting $95,000 annually
Posting Start Date: 11/9/2021
Date Posted: 11/10/2021
Requirements REQUIRED:
  • A Master of Library Science or an equivalent degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited college or university.
  • Three (3) years responsible professional public library experience.
  • Experience with electronic information systems.
  • Two (2) years of experience in a lead or supervisory capacity.
  • Possession of or ability to obtain an appropriate California driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record. 
  • The City will follow any vaccine and testing regulations imposed by state and/or federal government.  
Status: This listing expires on: 2/8/2022
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Organization Information
Name:
City of El Centro
Address:
1275 W. Main Street

El Centro,  CA 92243
United States
Email:
mlimon@cityofelcentro.org
Phone:
(760) 337-4548
Fax:
(760) 352-0016
Contact:
Melissa Limon