Thursday, November 10, 2016

San Jose - San Jose Public Library - Senior Librarian - Full Time

Senior Librarian - (1600329)

Job Posting: Nov 7, 2016, 1:11:13 PM

Closing Date: Nov 21, 2016, 11:59:00 PM

Minimum Salary: 83,033.60 Yearly
Maximum Salary: 101,171.20

Bargaining Unit 1: City Association of Management Personnel

Positions & Duties
  • The San José Public Library is seeking a Senior Librarian to manage the Collections and Technical Services Unit for the library system.  This position oversees a unit with 18.8 FTE.  Activities of the unit include the collection development, receiving, cataloging, processing and maintenance of system-wide collections, both print and non-print.  Collections reflect the diverse needs of the community and are in multiple languages.  The manager oversees a budget of approximately $5 million.  SJPL uses Innovative Interfaces Sierra ILS, including the cataloging, acquisitions, and Electronic Resource Management (ERM) modules but also provides original cataloguing of local, unique and foreign language materials.  The manager oversees the planning, allocation, control and evaluation of programs and budget of the unit.  The oversight includes the evaluations, selection and management of appropriate vendors for library materials in multiple formats.  The manager also works with the Library's contract analyst to monitor Open Purchase Orders and managing the funds for the unit.

  • The manager is part of the SJPL management team and represents the library in regional, state and national forums appropriate to the responsibilities of the role.  Senior Librarians manage a branch library or a major unit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. main library 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. In addition, there are system support duties that enhance the development and improvement of library services to the community which involve participation on or facilitation of teams and task forces.  The ideal candidate for this position will be a strong and innovative leader and be aware of and support, practice and promote the San José Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, and Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library; have knowledge of current library cataloging, 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.
  • 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.

  • Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.

  • Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience, including supervision or lead responsibility for professional and technical staff.

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.

Leadership - 
  • Leads by example; demonstrates high ethical standards; remains visible and approachable and interacts with others on a regular basis; promotes a cooperative work environment, allowing others to learn from mistakes; provides motivational supports and direction.

Team Work & Interpersonal Skills - 
  • Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Project Management -
  • Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives.

Problem Solving - 
  • Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem(s); collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.
Fiscal Management - 
  • Understands the relationship of the budget and resources to the strategic plan; complies with administrative controls over funds, contracts, and procurements.

Change Management - 
  • Demonstrates support for innovation and for organizational changes needed to improve the organization's effectiveness; facilitates the implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace

Supervision - 
  • Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

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

Communication Skills - 
  • Communicates and listens effectively and responds in an timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, current; well-organized, legible, concise, neat, and in proper grammatical form; responds to statements and comments of others in a way that reflects understanding of the content and the accompanying emotion; asks clarifying questions to assure understanding of what the speaker intended, ensures consistent communication takes place within area of responsibility.
Selection Process
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise. You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process:
  • - Please describe your experience working in a library technical services unit.  Include in your response, the length of time, number of Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees supervised, and general responsibilities.
  • - Please describe your specific experience in budget management, including dollar amount, bid processes, and vendor interactions.
  • - Please describe your experience in effective change management, preferably in a library technical services environment.  Include in your response, how you supported agency goals and strategic objectives.
  • - Please describe your experience developing or implementing current technologies in a technical services environment and describe how you evaluated its success.
  • You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

Additional Information
  • The application deadline is 11:59 PM on the final filing date.  Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  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.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.

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