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Assistant Library Director
City of San Rafael, Northern Bay Area


For more info contact:
(415) 485-3063
Close Date: Feb 21, 2013
Salary: $7,573.00 - $9,205.00 Monthly

Assistant Library Director


$7,573 – $9,205/per month  

 Plus excellent benefits


  LAST DAY TO APPLY:  5:00 p.m., Thursday, February 21, 2013



The City of San Rafael is recruiting for an Assistant Library Director, who, under general direction, plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the daily activities of the San Rafael Public Library; provides highly complex staff assistance to the Library Director; acts in the absence of the Director; and performs other duties as assigned.  This position provides management over the daily activities of Library services; provides professional and administrative support to the Library Director with occasional direction on methods and techniques. The incumbent has considerable latitude for the exercise of independent judgment, particularly in managing projects and when representing the Library Director with other city departments, agencies, boards, and community groups.


 This position performs the following essential job duties:

 Management Functions 

  • Recommends and directs the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, and work standards for the library

  • Establishes priorities; develops, plans, organizes, and evaluates, directly or indirectly, the activities of the Library's public service or support units

  • Supervises, and evaluates assigned staff; provides assistance to supervisory staff in resolving daily problems, interpreting policies and procedures, and meeting goals and objectives

  • Fills in for Supervising Librarians as needed

  • Provides leadership and promotes staff development; encourages innovative thinking and creativity

  • Resolves the more complex citizen complaints

Administrative Functions  

  • Presents recommendations on the formulation of the Library’s policies and procedures

  • Coordinates the preparation and administration of the Library budget

  • Prepares or directs the preparation of complex reports and program studies and recommends improvements

  • Assesses library service needs and makes recommendations for continuous improvement

  • Maintains records and reports relative to system operations

  • Functions as the Library's project manager for special projects

  • Uses personal computers and various mobile devices to perform internet–based work including social media management, word processing, spreadsheet, and database management function

Library Representative  

  • Represents the Library and the City in the community and at professional meetings

  • Assists in the coordination of library activities with other City departments and outside agencies

  • Responds to requests for information and concerns

  • Serves as Acting Library Director when assigned.


To be eligible for this position you must have knowledge of: 

  • Modern library science theory and practice with emphasis in the areas of public library philosophy and operating techniques

  • The principles and practices of personnel and facilities management and supervision

  • Current library technology systems and computing equipment; marketing and outreach techniques

  • Grant writing and reporting; budgeting procedures and techniques

  • Change management; user experience design (physical and virtual spaces) resources, methods, and techniques required for the effective delivery of library services

  • Effective communication techniques including proper English usage, spelling, and grammar; effective training techniques

  • Principals and practices of exceptional customer service

To be eligible for this position you must possess the skill to:

  • Plan, organize, direct, and review work of assigned staff; analyze complex administrative issues, evaluate options, and recommend effective courses of action

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of library programs; supervise, train, evaluate, mentor, and coach employees

  • Effectively contribute to the work in a team environment; coordinate multiple projects and meet critical deadlines

  • Exercise sound judgment, initiative, and creativity; write clear and concise letters, memos, reports, and informational materials; collect and interpret data for use in decision making and planning

  • Organize work flow; analyze complex and sensitive administrative, operational, economic and organizational issues; use initiative and possess the capacity to accept increasingly responsible and challenging assignments

  • Be sensitive to and respect all segments of the community; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing Relate effectively with those contacted in the course of work and develop and promote good public relations for the Library;

  • Utilize personal computers and various mobile devices for internet–based work including social media management, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and specialized functions; and exemplify an enthusiastic, resourceful, and effective service attitude with the public, co-workers, and others contacted in the course of work


Any combination of experience, education, and training that would provide the ability to perform the typical tasks required.   A typical way to obtain the knowledge, skills, and abilities would be:

  • Six years of professional library experience including at least three years of management level responsibility including the supervision of professional, technical and support staff.

  • Master's degree in library science or a related field from an accredited college or university.

  • Any recent training such as academic courses and certification programs which are relevant to this job classification.  



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Hear and speak well enough to converse by telephone, in person, and to large groups and be clearly understood; stamina to work additional hours to meet deadlines and attend night meetings.  The employee regularly works in indoor conditions and regularly works near video display.  Essential duties require the mental and/or physical ability to work in a library environment; when required, drive a motor vehicle; read fine print and computer monitors; dexterity to write and operate a computer keyboard. The employee is occasionally expected to use a personal vehicle and occasionally works in evenings or on weekends. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



City of San Rafael application is required.  Resumes do not substitute for the City application.  Candidates should detail related education and experience on the application.  The examination process may include the following: application appraisal and oral board interview examination. The passing point for the oral board examination final score will be 70%.  Note:  Prior to appointment, candidate must pass a pre-employment physical, background check, credit check and fingerprinting.


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