Jobs at the Library
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 click on the "Open-Competitive Recruitments" link.
We will be accepting applications for the following jobs:
Senior Librarian - Access Services
Salary Range: $80,620.80 – $98,217.60
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Closing Date: 02/15/2016
Apply: Open-Competitive Recruitments
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 José 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 José 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.
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.
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 recently approved by San José Voters
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Library Career Employment Workshops and Webinars
SJPL hosts and participates in various library employment workshops and webinars. To be notified of future and workshops email Personnel@sjlibrary.org.
- None scheduled at this time. Check back soon.
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