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Supervising Librarian
City of San Mateo, San Francisco/Peninsula


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(650) 483-2297
Close Date: Jul 14, 2017
Salary: $6,813.00 - $8,125.00 Monthly

The City of San Mateo invites your application for Supervising Librarian - Children’s & Literacy Services


The Library


The San Mateo Public Library is a dynamic community resource and destination that includes the Main Library, a state of the art LEED Gold rated green building, which is celebrating 10 years of service to our community, and two community branch libraries.  The Library provides library services to residents of the City of San Mateo and the Town of Hillsborough and is part of the Peninsula Library System (PLS), a consortium of public library jurisdictions and community college libraries in San Mateo County.  The Library is also part of the Pacific Library Partnership, a consolidation of four library systems in the greater Bay Area of Northern California.


The Library provides an array of core services for all age groups:  A collection of library materials comprised of books, magazines, newspapers, media, electronic databases, and downloadable e-books; information and reader’s advisory service; free access to information technology via public computers and wireless Internet, library programs for children, teens and adults; literacy instruction; specialized collections in the areas of business and biotechnology; a world languages collection that includes titles in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Farsi and French; and an extensive volunteer program that integrates the community with opportunities to help fulfill the Library’s mission.


Supervising Librarian - Children’s and Literacy Services

The Supervising Librarian performs full, first-line supervisory and management responsibilities, including planning, assigning, and evaluating the work of subordinates, is responsible for a program area within the Library, and provides technical assistance to the Deputy City Librarian.  The Supervising Librarian is the first-line supervisor responsible for supervising staff assigned to specific program areas.  The current vacancy is in the Children’s and Literacy Services function of the Library.


Examples of Duties:

Depending upon assignment, duties may include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Recommend and assist in implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for the development and implementation of programs; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in professional librarian and paraprofessional library assistant duties.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for equipment, materials and supplies; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Coordinate and participate in the selection of materials for the library, evaluate and remove materials from the collection.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; conduct performance evaluations; implement discipline procedures.
  • Advise and assist library patrons; demonstrate the use of on-line library catalogs, databases and other aids; refer to patrons to other agencies if appropriate.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate programs and services for children, adults, teens and others; recommend and implement program procedure changes.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees and the public using principles of good customer service.


This announcement is meant only as a general description guide and is subject to change.  It does not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Ideal Candidate:

What You Bring

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge skill and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:



Three years of increasingly responsible experience performing professional librarian duties.  Three years of supervisory experience is highly desirable.


Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university.

Licenses and Certificates:

Possession of or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver’s license, which must be maintained as a condition of employment.


What You Need 

  • Principles and practices of professional library work especially regarding organization, personnel management, collaboration, public relations and modern service models.
  • Modern reference and collection development methods, techniques, and tools.
  • Principles and practices of program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate library programs for all age groups.
  • Principles and practices of budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of safety management.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.
  • Organize, implement and direct assigned library operations/activities.  Effective utilization of volunteers.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent City and department policies and procedures.  Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate staff.
  • Adapt to and manage change.
  • Demonstrate dedication to civic involvement and serving a diverse community.  Promote literacy to a variety of audiences.  Serve as a responsible steward of community’s resources.
  • Practice collaborative skills to achieve common goals in a spirit of collegiality and mutual respect.


The City of San Mateo offers an excellent compensation package:


Salary:            $6,813 to $8,125 monthly

Retirement:     Enrollment in PERS.  Classic Members:  2% @ 55 with 3 year average final comp plus employee paid PERS of 7.2%.  New Members:  2% @ 62 with 3 year average final comp plus employee paid PERS of 6.25%.  Participation in the Social Security Program.

Insurance:       A choice of medical plans with City paid single coverage of 100% of the lowest cost HMO single overage or City paid two party or family coverage up to 90% of the least costly HMO or $100 per month if waived. City Paid dental, vision, and life insurance premiums.

Vacation:        20 – 25 working days annual vacation, depending on length of service.

Holidays:        13 days paid holiday per year (includes 3 floating holidays).

Leaves:           12 sick days per year earned; extended sick leave and family sick leave.

Admin Leave: 48 hours.

Programs:      Credit Union, Employee Assistance Program, City contribution of 1.5% to Deferred Compensation, Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation.

Bilingual Diff: $195 monthly (if applicable)

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