Jobs at the Library

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How to Apply

To apply for San José Public Library jobs, please visit the City of San José's employment page at www.sanjoseca.gov/cityjobs and select the "Open-Competitive Recruitments" link.

Job Postings

We will be accepting applications for the following jobs:

Principal Office Specialist

Salary Range: $53,851.20 – $65,478.40
Job ID: 1900023
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: Friday, January 17, 2019, 11:59:00 PM
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Position and Duties

The Partners in Reading (PAR) unit of the San José Public Library is currently seeking to fill their Principal Office Specialist position. This position is responsible for the office management of the PAR office which is located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library. Office management duties include the following:

  • Leading two other clerical staff members and various volunteers in their day-to-day duties;
  • Maintaining office supplies and proper operation of office equipment;
  • Organizing and maintaining office files and fiscal documents according to records retention policies;
  • Promoting unit programs and events through social media;
  • Communicating with active and potential program participants, learners, and volunteers through Constant Contact; and
  • Providing support to the unit's Literacy Program Specialists in implementing their duties, such as tutor-learner activities and event preparation and planning.

The other main duty of this position is to independently prepare complex and time sensitive statistical reports of the unit and its programs. With limited direction, this position is responsible for identifying the data and information that must be collected, how the data is entered in an MS Access database, maintaining and verifying the integrity of the data, creating ad hoc queries in the database to retrieve the appropriate information, and publishing the information in complex statistical reports for various entities such as other departments, State Library literacy services, and the Neighborhood Services and Education Committee on a monthly, quarterly, and/or annual basis.

Partners in Reading staff support adults in achieving their lifelong learning and self-selected goals through adult and family literacy, ESL classes, and online high school programs. The mission of Partners in Reading is to enrich the lives of adults by helping them improve their reading, writing, technology and English speaking skills, and encouraging them on to continuing education and career paths. The candidate will have experience working with a diverse community and staff, and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Completion of high school or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate).
  2. Experience: Three (3) years of experience in varied office clerical work.

Senior Security Officer, Full-Time

Salary Range: $57,387.20 – $69,700.80
Job ID: 1802053
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:59:00 PM
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Position and Duties

Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, this position is responsible for performing work focused around security services at any of the 24 San José Public Library branches and providing a safe and orderly environment for staff and the public. The Senior Security Officer will monitor and protect library property against criminal activity and damage, as well as maintain pleasant welcoming atmosphere for staff and customers. Senior Security Officer will monitor the flow of library customers inside the library building as well as outside perimeter of library building and library parking lot. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interact with a diverse population of library customers and employees to preserve a calm, inviting, and safe community environment; provide customer service to library customers, such as providing general information and assistance.
  • Patrol multiple library branch locations, including building interior and exterior to identifying and deter illegal activities, suspicious behavior or dangerous situations, while promoting a positive visual presence.
  • Address and deescalate difficult, complex, or potentially volatile situations such as materials detection stops or unruly library customers in a positive manner; Determine the best means of solving security situations, including enforcing library procedures and policies to prevent criminal activity before it happens, warn customers of rule infractions or violations.
  • Investigate potentially hazardous conditions and communicates with Police, Fire, Ambulance, and other agencies as appropriate; liaise with the partner University Police Department and San José Police Department, as needed; Respond to emergencies at any of the branch libraries; Respond to medical emergencies and may provide first aid or CPR.
  • Interpret and apply legal statutes, laws, departmental policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Write incident reports of library conduct policy violations, activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences; draft library customer suspensions requests, and serve suspension paperwork; gather and present data related to incidents.
  • Evaluate and recommend revision of security and emergency procedures and policies.
  • Provide training to contract security officers, monitor effectiveness and evaluate process improvements; ensure current training of all security personnel is complete.
  • Maintain security-related records and information.
  • Provide security-related training(s) to Library staff.
  • May lead and/or supervise staff and represents the department in court cases involving theft of library materials.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Completion of high school.
  2. Experience: Four (4) years of experience in security, safety or law enforcement.
  3. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's license. Possession of a current CPR and American Red Cross Standard First Aid certification are desirable.
  4. 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 José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.

Security Officer, Part-Time

Hourly Range: $22.58 – $27.45
Job ID: 1802052
Schedule: Part-time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: Friday, January 11, 2019, 11:59:00 PM
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Position and Duties

Under the general supervision of a Senior Security Officer, this position is responsible for performing work focused around security services at any of the 24 San José Public Library branches, and providing a safe and orderly environment for staff and the public. The Security Officer will provide security support to the Security unit at branches needing security personnel.

This position requires afternoon to early evening availability Monday – Saturday. Shift rotation may be required every 6 months and will be based on the needs of the department. The Security Officer will monitor and protect library property against criminal activity and damage as well as maintain pleasant welcoming atmosphere. The Security Officer will monitor the flow of library customers inside the library building as well as outside perimeter of library building and library parking lot. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interact with a diverse population of library customers and employees to preserve a calm, inviting, and safe community environment; provide customer service to library customers, such as providing general information and assistance.
  • Patrol multiple library branch locations, including building interior and exterior to identifying and deter illegal activities, suspicious behavior or dangerous situations, while promoting a positive visual presence.
  • Address and deescalate difficult, complex, or potentially volatile situations, such as materials detection stops or unruly library customers in a professional and tactful manner; determine the best means of solving security situations, including enforcing library procedures and policies to prevent criminal activity before it happens, warn customers of rule infractions or violations, and suspend violators.
  • Investigate potentially hazardous conditions and communicates with Police, Fire, Ambulance, and other agencies as appropriate; liaise with the University Police Department and San José Police Department, as needed; Respond to emergencies at any of the branch libraries; Respond to medical emergencies and may provide first aid or CPR.
  • Interpret and apply legal statutes, laws, departmental policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Prepare records and present reports; draft suspension requests; assist with documentation of activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences
  • Maintain security-related records/information.
  • Provide guidance to library staff on library security procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Completion of high school or equivalent (General Education Development [GED] Test or California Proficiency Certificate).
  2. Experience: (1) year of experience in security, safety, or law enforcement.
  3. Licenses or Certificates: Possession of a valid California driver's license is required. Possession of a current CPR and American Red Cross Standard First Aid certification are desirable.
  4. 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 José will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Senior Librarian

Salary Range: $89,273.60 – $108,763.20
Job ID: 1802042
Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: January 11, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
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Position and Duties

The San José Public Library is currently seeking to fill two (2) Senior Librarian positions. Senior Librarians manage branch libraries or a major unit of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Library. They are responsible for ensuring that system policies, programs, and service initiatives are implemented and for ensuring efficient and appropriate delivery of services and programs. 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. It is also critical for Senior Librarians to play a large role in enhancing the development and improvement of services to the community.

The ideal candidates for the positions will be strong and innovative leaders with awareness of the the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library. They will have knowledge of current library technology and trends; they will have experience working with a diverse community and 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.
  2. Experience: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience, including lead responsibility for professional and technical staff.

    If assigned to a specialized program or service: Four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional library experience in a lead role related to the particular program assignment.
  3. 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 José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

Why work at San José Public Library?

It is an exciting time in San José! With overwhelming support from our communities and our City Council, we are increasing our open hours at all of our library branches. Would you like to work for one of the most exciting and innovative library systems in the nation? Now is your opportunity!

San José Public Library offers:

  • Culturally diverse population of nearly 959,000 in the country's 10th largest city.
  • One of the busiest library systems nationwide with an annual checkout rate of nearly 14 million items.
  • Award-winning innovation and leadership: 2004 Thomson Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year and 2011 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for a library.
  • New expanded hours for all branch locations
  • Library Parcel Tax expansion that was approved by San José Voters

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