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:

Literacy Program Specialist

Salary Range: $63,939.20 – $77,584.00
Job ID: 1801956
Full/Part Time or On-call: Full Time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: December 14, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
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Position and Duties

The Library is seeking Literacy Program Specialists to join our team and change the lives of those we serve! The ideal candidate for these positions will understand, 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; demonstrate leadership and a commitment to active customer service; have knowledge of current literacy technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and staff; and enjoy working in a fast-paced, innovative team environment. Literacy Program Specialists are responsible for coordinating programs and services provided by the library.

We are currently recruiting one literacy program specialists with strong communication skills for our Library's Family Learning Centers.

The Library's Family Learning Centers are located at seven of our branch libraries. Each Family Learning Center space has a classroom, computers with special software, and materials that provide the tools to enable families and individuals to attain self-sufficiency. Program and service areas include but are not limited to: library orientation, adult and family literacy, ESL, citizenship, digital literacy, life skills, parenting, early education, and multi-lingual instruction.

Literacy Program Specialists are community connectors. They collaborate with partner organizations, identify community needs, and guide library customers to information and helpful resources. Specialists are responsible for performing a variety of professional duties including:

  • Conducting library tours and orientations;
  • Training and supervising volunteers;
  • Planning/implementing or finding partners for library programs;
  • Conducting community outreach;
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of programs, computer software, and materials;
  • Formulating a strong partnership with the Library's Adult and Family Literacy department, Partners in Reading; and
  • Having knowledge of current literacy trends.

These positions will include evenings and weekend shifts. Proficiency in a non-English language is highly desired, though not required.

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 Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in literacy, education, social or human services, or related field.
  2. Experience: One (1) year experience working in a literacy program.
  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.

Administrative Officer

Salary Range: $90,953.21 – $138,871.58
Job ID: 1801973
Full/Part Time or On-call: Full Time
Employee Status: Regular
Close Date: December 16, 2018, 11:59:00 PM
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Position and Duties

Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Operations, the Administrative Officer (AO) manages the Library Department's Business Operations and Administrative Services division.

This position will be responsible for the fiscal and business management and human resources functions of the department, including developing and managing the operating and capital budgets, human resources and employee relations issues, and supervising the following units: Personnel (including Staff Development & Engagement), Workforce Development, Contracts, and Financial & Business Services. This position has considerable contact with staff in other central City departments, particularly the City Manager's Office, Budget, Finance, Human Resources, Employee Relations, ITD, partner departments on joint projects, as well as key staff at San José State University's Library and Campus operational management teams.

As a member of the Library's Executive Leadership Team, the AO provides support in regards to fiscal and staffing resources needed to achieve the Department's goals, including interfacing at a strategic, policy level with governing bodies such as the City Manager's Office and City Council. The AO plays a critical role in delivering services of exceptional quality to Department and City staff. The AO is also the controlling point for administrative research and information and is responsible for troubleshooting all administrative and procedural questions as they arise to ensure that City policies and procedures are followed.

Due to the complexity, confidentiality, and scope of authority involved, we are seeking someone who handles multiple assignments effectively, in a timely fashion with the ability to work independently, and deliver quality results. The individual must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to provide a high level of leadership, excellent internal and external communication, analytical thinking, vision, and strategic planning in the management of all administrative processes and the Library's budget.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Education: Bachelor's Degree in business administration, public administration, or a related field.
  2. Experience: Six (6) years of increasingly responsible experience in business management and/or administration, including at least two years of experience supervising professional staff.
  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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