- The following duties are typical for this classification.
Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to
perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address
business needs and changing business practices.
- Assumes management responsibility for system-wide service
and functional areas of the Library.
Plans, supervises, administers, coordinates, and evaluates the delivery
of system-wide services and programs for assigned areas of responsibility.
- Assumes responsibility for and directs the overall
operations of assigned services, activities, and divisions for system-wide
collection development, budget, facilities, space planning, services, and
programming in multiple program areas.
- Participates in the analysis, development, and
implementation of strategic goals, objectives, work standards, work flow
projects, and priorities.
- Serves as a member of the Library’s management team.
- Assures alignment of division-level goals and objectives
with overarching Library and City goals.
- Directs, coordinates and reviews the work plan for assigned
professional, paraprofessional and clerical library staff and volunteers;
assigns work activities and projects; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and
procedures. Reviews and participates in
the resolution of personnel matters.
- Meets with staff to identify and resolve problems and issues
and identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods, policy and
- Participates in the development and administration of
assigned program budget; forecasts, and identifies funds needed for staffing,
equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures within
designated budgets and recommends adjustments as necessary.
- Assists in applying for outside funding for library
programs; gathers appropriate information; prepares applications for library
services, materials, and program grants.
- Assists in developing bid specifications for materials,
equipment and/or services; administers assigned contracts; supervises the
ordering of library equipment.
- Assists with planning for the operation and maintenance of
the Library’s automation system and related computer equipment; analyzes and
evaluates usage of electronic services and provides recommendations for future
- Conducts a variety of studies and investigations; oversees
and participates in the production and delivery of operations manuals, staff
reports, studies, statistical reports, memoranda, and correspondence. Analyzes demographic data for staff
- Participates in public information programs regarding
Library services; participates in the development of marketing plans; assists
in representing the Library to other City departments, the community, and professional
organizations; prepares press releases; advocates the importance of the Library
and its effectiveness in helping individuals, families, and other organization
through collaborative programs and projects.
- Serves as staff liaison and represents the Library to
various groups, meetings and committees as assigned. Establishes and maintains community
partnerships with service organizations and agencies serving the
community. Coordinates assigned
activities with those of other divisions in the Library and Community Services
Department and outside agencies and organizations.
- Prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary
correspondence as requested; attends and participates in professional group
meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of library
science; monitors developments related to library operations and technology;
evaluates the impact of new developments and recommends improvements to
existing programs and procedures.
- Assists in addressing safety and security issues to ensure a
safe and healthy environment for community and employees.
- Responds to and resolves citizen inquires and
- Serves as Deputy City Librarian as needed.
- Performs related duties as required.
- Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a modern library.
- Principles and practices of library organization, system development, and service delivery.
- Principles and practices of organizational management.
- Principles and practices of program development and administration.
- Principles and practices of budget preparation and administration.
- Public library funding sources and fundraising techniques.
- Principles and practices of grant writing.
- Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
- Pertinent local laws, codes, regulations, and those of professional organizations such as the American Library Association (ALA) and the California Library Association (CLA).
- Library facilities and space planning principles and techniques.
- Advanced principles and practices of library science including collection development principles and strategies and programming.
- Library automation principles and practices including technological trends and hardware and software systems as applied to library activities.
- Customer service, public relations, and outreach methods and techniques.
- Community needs and interests and their relationship to library materials and services.
- Oversee and participate in the management of assigned service areas of the Escondido Public Library.
- Supervise, direct, and coordinate the work of professional and technical library staff.
- Select, train, and evaluate staff.
- Participate in the development and administration of goals, objectives, and procedures for assigned service areas.
- Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
- Prepare and administer major library division budgets.
- Conduct accurate and thorough research and prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
- Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
- Analyze, assess, and address community needs related to the Library and recommend plans for modifying or extending library services, programs, and activities to meet community needs and requirements.
- Facilitate, develop, and work with groups to create partnerships and coalitions.
- Assist in developing and coordinating library projects.
- Operate modern office equipment including computer hardware and software related to office and library management systems.
- Prepare effective public relations and publicity materials for media and community publications.
- Effectively present information and respond to questions from board, committee, and commission members, outside groups and organizations, and the general public.
- Exercise independent judgment within established policy guidelines.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
- A Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited college or university.
- Four years of responsible professional librarian experience in a public library including two years of administrative and supervisory responsibility.