San Mateo

City Librarian

San Francisco/Peninsula
4/3/2019 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$199,664.00-$220,130.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


55 West 3rd Avenue San Mateo, 94402


The City of San Mateo is accepting applications for the position of City Librarian


Closing date:  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.



A scenic, culturally and economically diverse San Francisco Peninsula community, the City of San Mateo  (pop. 104,490) offers an extraordinary quality of life characterized by safe neighborhoods, outstanding libraries, stellar schools, and an ideal location.

San Mateo boasts three libraries, six recreation centers, thirty parks and an 18-hole golf course.  The City’s popular special events draw thousands of participants, build community, and provide easily accessible fun for all generations.  Find out more interesting facts about the City of San Mateo at


The San Mateo City Libraries are vibrant community destinations providing comprehensive resources and activities served by a friendly professional staff.  The Main Library is the cultural City center, while the Hillsdale and Marina branches provide ease of access and additional resources for library patrons. The Library offers a diverse catalog with an annual circulation of over 880,000 non-digital and 60,000 digital items.

Unique collections and programs include the Business Resource Center and the Biotechnology Learning Center. Each year, over 555,000 individuals use the Library, and more than 47,000 attend over 1,100 diverse programs.

The Library has an annual budget of $7.5M and 53 staff positions. Additional funding comes from the San Mateo Public Library Foundation, which helps support collections, literacy programs, cultural programs, resource centers and library hours. Further assistance is provided by Friends of the Library and other volunteers.


The City Librarian provides leadership and guidance to the four segments that collaborate to meet community needs:  Children’s/Literacy Services, Adult/Teen/Information Services, Circulation/Technical Services, and Administrative Services. 

As a department head, the City Librarian is also responsible for ensuring the library seamlessly works together with all other departments in the City organization.

Lastly, the five-member Library Board of Trustees serves as an advisory body to the City Librarian, City Manager and City Council.


The ideal candidate will be a high-energy library professional with the ability to represent the library in all capacities, respond to and anticipate customer service issues, fully engage in participative management and interest-based approaches, and apply effective interpersonal, cross-cultural communication skills both orally and in writing.   

A creative and resourceful leader, this impressive professional will proactively introduce and support new ideas, creatively solve problems, and balance competing priorities and interests.

The ideal candidate will continue to strengthen relationships with community stakeholders, and both envision and implement the future of the Library. Previous experience with leading change efforts will be welcomed.



Five years of increasingly responsible experience in professional public library administration.


Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university supplemented by training in management principles and practices.

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.

ADA Special Requirements

Essential duties require the following physical abilities and work environment:

Ability to sit, stand, walk, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, twist and lift. Work in a standard library environment, with irregular hours. Travel to different site locations, attend lengthy meetings, and work extended or irregular hours.

Knowledge of:

  • Professional and modern library principles, practices, and procedures
  • Library services to multiple generations and diverse communities
  • Information technology applications in library operations
  • Technical processes including the acquisitions and circulation of library materials
  • Library materials in various formats
  • Techniques for effectively interacting with City staff, other agencies, organizations, and the public
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and reporting requirements
  • Trends in library and information science as they apply to a mid-size library

Ability to:

  • Provide participatory leadership, capitalizing on the creativity and resourcefulness of staff, in support of effective library service
  • Develop and implement improvements to systems, organization, and operations by using analytics to inform decisions
  • Be an active community liaison representing all members of the community and lead outreach and marketing demonstrating specific results from outcome-oriented projects and programs
  • Analyze, interpret, and apply information, choosing among alternative courses of action
  • Understand and implement laws, regulations, policies, and procedures
  • Work with library management team to plan and oversee daily operations and programs, including the direction, evaluation and supervision of staff
  • Prepare clear and concise written reports
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Take proactive approach to customer service issues
  • Apply best practices and innovations from outside the library sphere to the running of a mid-size library


  • Salary:  The salary range is $199,664 to $220,130.  Placement within the range DOQE.
  • Retirement:  PERS 2%@55 with 3 year average final comp for “classic” members and 2%@62 with 3 year average final comp for “New” Members.  City contributes 0.5% to Deferred Compensation Plan and matches 2% to Retirement Health Plan. Employee & City pay into Social Security.
  • Medical:  A choice of plans with City paid premium of up to 100% for individual coverage, and up to 90% for two-party and family, or $160 per month if waived. 
  • Insurance:  City paid premiums for Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance
  • Auto:  Monthly $375 automobile allowance
  • Vacation: 20 – 25 working days annual vacation earned, depending on length of service  in government
  • Holidays:  13 days paid holidays per year (includes 3 floating holidays) earned
  • Leaves:  12 sick days per year earned
  • Programs:  Credit Union, Employee Assistance Program, and Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation programs


Based upon a review of employment applications, supplemental questionnaires and résumés received, a limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process. The examination is tentatively scheduled for:  Friday, April 26, 2019

An eligible list will be established from those who pass the examination process. Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for six months unless exhausted sooner.  Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy needs to be filled, eligible candidates may be contacted for additional interviews.

NOTE:  The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the examination process.


Go to to apply online.  Click on “I want to…”, “Apply for  a City Job”, and “City Librarian” links to complete an on-line employment application, supplemental questionnaire, and to submit your résumé.  You may also mail a complete employment application package to:

City of San Mateo

Human Resources Department

330 West 20th Avenue

San Mateo, CA  94403


Fax to:  (650) 522-7261

  By Closing date:  Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.


All applicants must submit a completed official City of San Mateo employment application, supplemental questionnaire, and résumé by the filing date.

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All applicants must submit a completed official City of San Mateo employment application, supplemental questionnaire, and résumé by the filing date.

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