Friday, February 5, 2016

San Jose Public Library - Senior Librarian, Access Services

Close Date: 02/15/2016
Salary: $80620.80 - $98217.60

Position and Duties
Senior Librarians manage a branch library or a major unit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Main Library and are responsible for ensuring that system policies, programs and service initiatives are implemented and guide the operations of the branch or unit. This includes planning, implementing, and evaluating branch/unit operations; preparing and implementing work plans; monitoring branch/unit budgets; planning and implementing programs and outreach to the community; planning and implementing branch/unit goals, objectives and guidelines; ensuring efficient and appropriate delivery of service and programs; and providing guidance and leadership to a professional, paraprofessional and clerical staff. 

We currently have a vacancy at the King Library.  This position is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the King Library Access Services Unit and does not require a MLS degree.  This position co-manages with San Jose State University (SJSU) Library Access Services Manager unit operations, programs and services to ensure their effectiveness. The incumbent collaborates with other SJPL unit and branch managers and the SJSU Library Access Services co-manager in formulating and implementing circulation policies for the King Library as well as with San Jose Public Library system staff in formulating and implementing circulation policies for the SJPL system. 

The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong and innovative leader and be aware of and support, practice and promote the San Jose Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library; have knowledge of current library automation technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and a diverse staff; and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment.
Minimum Qualifications
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to: 

Education:  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 
Experience: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience, including supervision or lead responsibility for professional and technical staff and familiarity with on-line circulation systems. 

Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.  Please be informed that the City of San Jose will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.  State law requires all employees working with youth to provide medical verification of negative tuberculosis test results within the last two years.
The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history.  Desirable competencies for this position include: 

Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations. 

Change Management - Demonstrates support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness.  Helps others to successfully manage organizational change.  Develops, plans and follows through on change initiatives. 

Collaboration - develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities. 

Leadership - leads by example; serves as appropriate role model; demonstrates high ethical standards; Remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment; encourages and rewards risk-taking, allowing others to learn from mistakes. 

Technology Use / Management - uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness. 

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue, determines the significance of problems, collections data, distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant data. Makes inferences about the meaning of the data, and uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions that achieve the desired outcome. 

Project Management - ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives. 

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - demonstrates a positive attitude and flexibility along with the ability to develop effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills. 

Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form.
Selection Process
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application, resume and answers to the job-specific questions.  You must answer all job-specific questions and complete the Education/Work History section of the application in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.  Only those candidates whose backgrounds best match the positions will be forwarded to the interview phase of the selection process. 

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments.  If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment. 

E-mail will be the default method of correspondence with applicants.  To ensure that you receive timely notifications regarding your application status for this recruitment, please enter a primary e-mail address when submitting your application. 

You will be prompted to answer the following questions in the online application process: 

1. Do you possess a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university? 

2. Do you possess four years of increasingly responsible professional library experience, including supervision or lead responsibility for professional and technical staff and familiarity with on-line circulation systems?  If so, briefly indicate where you received this experience, including the size of the organization, number of employees you supervised and capacity (full supervision or lead). 

3. Do you have knowledge of automated and online integrated library systems and how they are utilized to implement circulation policies and practices? If you answered yes, please describe your relevant knowledge. 

4. Do you have experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating unit processes or programs? If you answered yes, please describe your relevant experience. 

5. Do you have knowledge of the opportunities and challenges in managing library circulation policies and practices in the public-academic collaboration between San Jose Public Library and San Jose State University Library?  If you answered yes, please describe your knowledge, and explain how opportunities could be maximized and the challenges addressed. 

6. Do you have experience in leading and managing in a changing environment? If you answered yes, please describe your relevant experience and your management style. 

If you have questions regarding the status of your application, please contact the Elaine De La Rosa at (408) 535-7012 or by e-mail at 

If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  If you do not receive the confirmation, please email and we will research the status of your application.
Employee Unit
Employees in this classification are represented by City Association of Management Personnel (CAMP).

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