Supervising Librarian

City of Berkeley Berkeley, CA
The Position Benefits Supplemental Questions

Berkeley Public Library is pleased to announce we are seeking qualified candidates for the position of Supervising Librarian. The Supervising Librarian is a mid-level supervisory position reporting to a Library Services Manager, with primary oversight for a Branch Library or unit within the Central Library. The current vacancy is at the Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch. This recruitment will enable the Library to create an eligible list for the classification and may be used to fill additional vacancies such as for the Collections division.

Berkeley Public Library is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier public libraries, with strong community backing, a diverse and engaged workforce, and numerous creative projects. Library Journal has designated it a four-star library for the past two years as a result of its range and depth of services.

This job is for you if you like to:

* Mentor and coach employees

* Take initiative in leading teams

* Solve problems to improve library services

* Stimulate and actively initiate change

* Build relationships and engage with a diverse community

* Employ empathy and transparency in communications

* Learn, grow, and have fun at work

Your skill set:

* Commitment to exceptional customer service

* Adept at collaboration and teambuilding

* Experience developing and implementing plans to reach challenging goals

* Flexibility and openness to change

* Ability to set priorities and evaluate results

* Knowledgeable about current best practices in libraries

Major responsibilities may include:

* Plan, organize, schedule, supervise and review the work of professional, technical and support staff;

* Develop and direct the implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures and work standards for assigned activity

* Recommend selection of assigned staff, evaluates work performance and provides for their training and professional development;

* Participate in Library operations, including material selection, public service and community relations, and reference and readers advisory service; makes studies and recommendations for improved service delivery;

* Provide for facility upkeep and maintenance;

* Participate in supervisory staff meetings and acts as a liaison between library management and branch staff;

* Assist in developing the branch budget requirements;

* Serve on various library committees, both within and outside the library and collaborates with library management staff in service assessments;

* Maintain records and prepares periodic or special reports regarding branch activities or related matters;

* Represent Berkeley Public Library in meetings with the public, citizens groups and other agencies; and

* Perform related work as assigned.

Required Qualifications:EDUCATION

Equivalent to graduation from a college or university with a Master's degree in Library Science.


Three (3) years of experience as a professional librarian. Some lead or supervisory experience is desirable. Progressively responsible related experience may be substituted for the college coursework on a year for year basis.


Must be able to travel to various locations within and outside the City of Berkeley to meet the program needs and to fulfill the job responsibilities. When driving on City business, maintenance of a valid California driver's license and satisfactory driving record is required. Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

Knowledge and Abilities:Knowledge of: Principles and practices of supervision including work planning, direction, and personnel practices; practices, procedures and terminology of library operations including shelving, circulation, patron registration and assistance, overdue, fines and fees, and related areas. Equipment and systems used in the Library and general office work; techniques and methods for resolving patron concerns, including dealing with hostile and/or disorderly individuals; and safety and safe working practices for library operations work including techniques for lifting, equipment operation, and handing of special materials.

Ability to: Plan, organize, schedule, assign, supervise and review the work of others; select, train, instruct, appraise, counsel and motivate assigned staff; maintain records and prepare reports and correspondence; perform library support work including basic reference, reader's advisory and use of computers and software programs; interpret, explain and apply policies, procedures and regulations; deal tactfully and effectively with a variety of individuals including patrons and library staff; exercise sound independent judgment within established guidelines; and perform office support work, including typing and filing and operating standard office equipment including computer workstations.

Application Process:Applicants must submit the following:




All materials must be received in our office no later than the closing date, at 5:00 p.m. PST. Postmarks, faxes and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Your application and supplemental questionnaire must be filled out completely. Resumes may also be submitted but are not a substitute for a completed application.

The examination process will consist of:

* Review of applications for minimum qualifications for the position and to ensure all materials have been submitted.

* Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will undergo a competitive review and assessment of their supplemental questionnaire, and education/training and experience to determine the best qualified applicants who will advance to the oral examination.

* Oral Examination (Interview) - Applicants passing the competitive review and assessment will be invited to participate in the oral examination tentatively scheduled for the week of July 9, 2018. The examination will cover elements of the knowledge and abilities identified in this announcement and may contain situational exercises and/or a writing exercise using a laptop computer.

Applicants passing all examination phases will have their names placed on an employment eligible list that the Department will use to conduct final selection interviews. The Department will contact applicants directly if selected to participate in their hiring/selection process.

Candidates under final consideration for employment with the City should expect to undergo an employment background / reference check that may include, but is not limited to: employment history, confirmation of educational credentials and degrees, licenses including driver's license, registrations, certificates, and other credentials as part of the appointment process. Some positions, depending on the nature of the work, also require a credit check and a review of Summary Criminal History obtained from the State Department of Justice through Live Scan Fingerprinting.

DISCLAIMER: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract, expressed or implied, and any provisions contained in this bulletin may be modified or revoked without notice. Tests may consist of any combination of written, oral or other exercises or assessment procedures that test content. Components may include, but are not necessarily limited to, typing, math, reading, writing and analytical skills; problem solving ability; computer and software proficiency, or any other job-related knowledge, skill, ability or qualification. The City may, without notice, change or eliminate any particular assessment component or combination of components as needs dictate.

Incumbents in this classification must file a Statement of Economic Interests in accordance with State regulations.

All City employees are required to provide services as Disaster Service Workers in the event of an emergency / disaster.

Exam Access Accommodation: In compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations, the City of Berkeley will employ and promote qualified individuals without regard to disability. The City is committed to making reasonable accommodations in the examination process and in the work environment. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations in the examination process must do so no later than the final filing date for receipt of applications, otherwise it may not be possible to arrange accommodations for the selection process. Such requests should be addressed to the Department of Human Resources | (510) 981-6800| | 2180 Milvia Street, 1st Floor, Berkeley CA 94704.

Alternative Application Formats: This application material is available in alternative formats upon request. Alternative formats include audio-format, braille, large print, electronic text, etc. Please contact the ADA Coordinator, 2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley | Phone: (510) 981-6300 | TTY: (510) 981-6347| and allow 7-10 days for production of the material in an alternative format.

The City of Berkeley is an EEO/ADA Employer.

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