Wednesday, December 14, 2016

San Mateo County - County Library - Library Services Manager - Full Time

Closing Date/Time: Thu. 12/15/16 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Salary: $50.79 - $63.49 Hourly $4,063.20 - $5,079.20 Biweekly $8,803.60 - $11,004.93 Monthly $105,643.20 - $132,059.20 Annually

Job Type: Full-Time

Location: San Mateo County, California


San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) is currently offering an opportunity for enthusiastic, committed, energetic and flexible managers to join a progressive, future-oriented team.  We are recruiting for two Library Services Manager positions that will oversee combinations of youth and family, teen, adult and outreach services.

The exceptionally qualified and highly motivated individuals filling the Library Services Manager positions will be responsible for planning, organizing and managing system-wide services.  Library Services Managers understand and align with community goals, develop creative programs and services that have measurable results, and employ resources in new ways to ensure equitable access.  Areas of focus for Library Services Managers hired through this recruitment may include a combination of initiatives related to:
  • Third grade reading proficiency,  including early literacy, school readiness, and summer learning loss;
  • Programs and services for teens that support creativity and self-expression, as well as high school graduation, and 21st century skills;
  • Unique and exciting outreach and mobile services that expand awareness and use of the library, while also increasing our effectiveness in connecting with underserved communities; and/or
  • Innovative programs and services for adults that support cultural and critical needs, further community goals, and cultivate library champions. 
  • The individual accepting this challenging career opportunity will need to be highly effective in diverse settings and tirelessly seek opportunities to make library services relevant to multicultural communities with diverse needs. The successful candidate will be energized by and embrace new challenges, courageous in service of system goals and achieving measurable community benefits, inventive in identifying solutions, and effective in communicating with people from a variety of backgrounds.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Coordinate the activities of public services staff at all library locations in the provision of  system-wide services in their areas of responsibility.
  • Manage, coach and develop a team of direct and indirect reports to bring real opportunities and growth to our communities.
  • Manage quality fidelity implementation of programs including monitoring, assessments, feedback, and evaluations.
  • Research and develop innovative services through examination of emerging technologies and best practices and by networking with key stakeholders at the state, county and local level.
  • Work closely with a variety of partners, including youth and families, nonprofit and community based organizations, and members of the Peninsula Library System consortium.
  • Work as part of the Library's Management Team; advocate for the needs of the specific service area while maintaining a broad view of the needs of the Library system as a whole.
  • Provide leadership to internal committees, workgroups and volunteers.
  • Lead and mentor public services staff engaged in delivering programming, services and collections in the specific service area.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies; work with stakeholders to establish buy-in and follow through.
  • Influence direction on collection development to San Mateo County's large, diverse population.
  • Lead the development and implementation of policies; work with stakeholders to establish buy-in and follow through.
  • Identify trends, and assess community needs for library services.
  • Implement major strategic initiatives through project management and evaluate results.
  • Develop and manage division budgets, with attention to both the day-to-day and long-term, strategic levels; participate in the development of the Library budget.
  • Administer assigned grants and serve as primary contact for funding agencies as necessary.
  • Perform research and analysis and prepare periodic or special reports; make recommendations to the Deputy Director regarding administrative and operational issues that require consultation.
  • Assist with staff development, plan relevant workshops and deliver training.
  • Problem-solve using a collaborative and teamwork approach.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and make public presentations. (Speaking ability in another language is strongly preferred, but not required.)
  • This senior management position receives general direction from the Library Director and Deputy Director and is a member of the Library's Management Team.
  • To support service to our diverse communities, bilingual skills are desired but not required for this position.

Education and Experience:

  • Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. 
  • A typical way to qualify is completion of a Master of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university AND four years of experience as a librarian, including one year of supervisory experience.

Knowledge of:

  • Management principles and practices; library purposes, organization techniques and procedures; principles and practices of the library science; budget principles and practices; and principles and techniques of supervision.
Skill/Ability to:

  • Plan, develop, direct and evaluate programs and activities; select, train, supervise, and evaluate staff; analyze and resolve problems; work cooperatively and effectively with others; conduct needs assessments and perform community outreach; make determinations on library materials; administer a budget; and communicate effectively orally and in writing.

  • Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply" button above. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

- Tentative Recruitment Schedule -
Final Filing Date: December 15, 2016
Application Screening: December 28, 2016
Panel Interviews: January 9 and/or 10, 2017
Second Round Interviews/Management Test Battery: Week of January 30 - February 2, 2017

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