Job Description

Overall Job Objective

$73,611.20 - $92,019.20 Annually
San Mateo County, CA
Job Type
County Library
Job Number
11/20/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on November 6, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  The Final Closing Date will be November 20, 2018

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on October 30, 2018 to extend the Final Filing Date.  The Final Closing Date will be November 6, 2018

Note: The Job posting was amended on October 18, 2018 to include the current vacancies.  
Apply for a Senior Librarian position with San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) and join us in igniting growth through transformative experiences.
San Mateo County Libraries are an invaluable community resource, an amazing family, a springboard for opportunities, and our staff are what makes it so special.  We're champions of learning, sharing, and exploration -- of open minds, new ideas, and bright futures.  It's our mission and our passion to strengthen our community by creating an inclusive sense of place and an environment for learning. We seek enthusiastic team players, creative risk takers, and flexible individuals who proactively search for new opportunities to make public library services relevant to all members of the community. 

The Senior Librarian position is an opportunity for skilled librarians to gain supervisory experience and move forward in their careers.  Join the San Mateo County Libraries team and become a champion of what libraries can be and do in their communities!

The Senior Librarian is the front-line supervisory level in the librarian series.  It is distinguished from the Library Branch Manager in that the latter is responsible for higher-level management activities (planning, goal-setting, budgeting, representing the Library, etc.).  It is distinguished from the Librarian I/II position in that the Senior Librarian directly supervises staff and directs the activities of a community library/division.

The current vacancies are located at the Brisbane Library and Half Moon Bay Library.

Under general direction, the Senior Librarian will:
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of an assigned library/division and supervise staff.
  • Provide excellent customer service, develop innovative, relevant community programs and outreach, manage collections, and coach staff to do the same.
  • Take the lead on complex and specialized assignments within their library/division, as well as system wide.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

The ideal candidate will be:
  • Able to work regularly scheduled evening and weekend shifts.
  • Excited about new projects and challenges and energized by working in a rapidly changing environment.
  • A positive, enthusiastic leader with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Focused on professional growth and development.

Because of the diversity of the communities served, the Library strongly encourages individuals with fluent bilingual language skills to apply, especially those with Spanish-English, Mandarin-English, and/or Cantonese-English language skills.  Bilingual skills are preferred, but not required, for this position. 

The San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of the cities of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Woodside, and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, a service area with approximately 279,000 residents, 65% of whom have library cards. The 2.2 million visitors to SMCL libraries last year checked out more than 3.2 million materials and accessed public computers for more than 230,000 hours. Annually, over 12,000 programs and activities are provided to more than 329,000 children, teens, and adults. From book clubs to bike clinics, video game design to resume workshops, salsa tastings to Mid-Autumn Festivals, San Mateo County Libraries provides a variety of exciting library programs and events for our diverse communities.  For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit
NOTE: The eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout San Mateo County Libraries, which includes locations in Atherton, Brisbane, Belmont, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, East Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Millbrae, Woodside, Pacifica, San Mateo, and San Carlos. The current vacancies are located at the Woodside Library and Half Moon Bay Library

Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Select, train, manage, supervise, and mentor assigned staff; and build relationships with direct reports by scheduling and holding individual weekly check-ins to provide ongoing coaching and evidence-based performance support.
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the community library/division, ensuring that schedules and staffing appropriately support customer service, programs, and outreach.
  • Train library staff and volunteers in a wide variety of areas related to operations, programs, and services.
  • Provide excellent customer service to library patrons with a wide variety of needs.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate new or improved library programs/services.
  • Support and participate in a variety of library program areas, such as adult, teen and children's services, outreach, collection management, and /or access services, within a community library/division.
  • Provide input into setting and implementing community library /division goals, objectives, policies, and programs.
  • Provide input for budget planning and track assigned budget areas in order to assist manager.
  • Compile reports for the branch, as requested by the Library executive team or the manager.
  • Participate in the recommendation and administration of operational policies, procedures, and processes for assigned branch.
  • Promote library services to the community through education and outreach.
  • Manage services and operations of assigned branch in the absence of manager.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Education:  Master of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university.

Experience:  Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to qualify is three years of experience as a librarian, or a combination of library and supervision experience.

Knowledge of:
  • Principles of functional supervision including organizing and coordinating activities.
  • Principles of staff supervision including work planning, scheduling, evaluation, employee training, and corrective action.
  • Best practices in assessing the diverse composition of communities and their needs.
  • Principles of customer service.
  • Library values, ethics, and purposes.
  • Best practices in library programming, services, outreach, organization, and procedures.
  • Library trends.
  • Principles of library materials selection and current knowledge of adult, teen, and/or children's literature, film, and/or music.
  • Technology related to library and general office functions, as well as best practices for troubleshooting.

Skill/Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, the public, and community organization.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Analyze library problems and implement their solutions.
  • Lead efforts for improvement and change.
  • Plan and develop services and programs.
  • Plan and supervise the work of staff, and provide training as needed.
  • Develop library programs/projects.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Conduct needs assessments.
  • Work with a variety of library and general office technologies and assist in implementation of new technologies.
  • Learn and grow in a changing environment.


Anyone may apply. Open and Promotional. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help, or temporary position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Final Filing Date: November 20, 2018 at 11:59 PM
Application Screening: November 28 and/or November 29, 2018
Tentative Panel Interview: December 17 and/or December 18, 2018.

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day. 

County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Christina Chan (101718) (Senior Librarian - K003)

Application Instructions

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