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Recruitment #0813PM-01019-01

DATE OPENED:     8/7/2013 4:30:00 PM
JOB TYPE:      Open
FILING DEADLINE:     8/28/2013 11:59:00 PM
SALARY:     $4,914 - $5,973/month
City of San Luis Obispo
DEPARTMENT:     Library

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Conditional employment offers are based on successful completion of any pre-appointment background investigation, drug testing, and medical/psychological evaluation.

Assignment may be in one of three Regional Libraries: Arroyo Grande, Atascadero or San Luis Obispo.

ABOUT THE POSITION:  Under general direction, manages a regional library facility in the County network and supervises other library locations; assignments involve planning, budget monitoring, staff supervision, program development and implementation; and performs other related work as required.


  • Supervises and coordinates the work of professional, technical and clerical staff in a regional library facility.
  • Provides oversight, support and direction to other library locations as assigned.
  • Trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of designated personnel as assigned; interviews and selects employees and recommends transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions; assigns employee duties and reviews work for accuracy, completeness and compliance with established requirements.
  • May help develop library collections and select materials.
  • Promotes public relations and use of the library as a community resource; addresses patron complaints.
  • Maintains safe and efficient library facilities.
  • Assists in development of goals and objectives which fit the overall mission of the Library.
  • May participate in the development of Library policies and procedures; carries out implementation of Library policies and procedures.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles, purposes and practices of professional library work
  • Literature, media, reference resources, automated systems and information technology
  • Library administration and management techniques
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training
  • Library organization, procedures and standards as well as strategic direction and goals
  • Current developments and industry trends in public libraries

Ability to:

  • Train, supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned professional, technical and clerical staff
  • Provide leadership and direction
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines
  • Prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports
  • Maintain effective relationships with patrons, community groups and staff
  • Maintain a high standard of public service
  • Foster a spirit of teamwork and support when interacting with staff and others
  • Operate standard office equipment including a computer and assigned software
  • Maintain a safe and orderly working area

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from an American Library Association accredited college or university with a master’s degree in library science or library and information science.  In addition: three years professional library experience, of which one year is in an administrative or supervisory position

LICENSES/CERTIFICATES:  A valid driver license may be required at the time of application.  When a driver license is a condition of employment, a valid CALIFORNIA driver license is required at the time of appointment and must be maintained throughout employment.

IN ADDITION:  This class specification generally describes the duties and responsibilities characteristic of the position(s) within this class. Duties of a particular position within a multi-position class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class. Accordingly, the essential functions of a particular position (whether it be a multi-position class or a single-position class) will be identified and used by medical examiners and hiring authorities in the selection process. If you have questions regarding the duties or the working conditions of the position, please contact the Human Resources Department.

NOTIFICATION:  Applicants will be notified 2-4 weeks after the final filing deadline. However, some recruitments may take less or more time depending on the type of exam and number of applicants. Notifications will be posted on-line on the Applicant Status Board for each phase of the recruitment process and will be sent by US mail and/or email.  Therefore, notify the Human Resources Department of any mailing or email address changes for all applications submitted.

SELECTION PROCESS:  The examination process will include a competitive examination consisting of an evaluation of job-related education and experience through one of the following methods of testing:  A) competitive application rating, based solely on application information presented OR B) oral board rating as determined by an interview panel OR C) application screening and an oral board rating OR D) any combination thereof.  In any case, the evaluation will be weighted 100% in determining a candidate’s placement on the eligible list.  Applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for proper qualification evaluation.   The hiring department will be provided a list of the top nine ranks of eligible candidates and one additional rank for each vacancy. The hiring department may hire any of the candidates certified to the department.  Veterans and disabled veterans preference points will be assigned when applicable. Please note: any part of this selection process may be waived or changed as deemed appropriate by the Human Resources Department at any point during the recruitment. Eligible lists may be used to fill regular, limited term or temporary positions.

PENSION BENEFIT INFORMATION:  Effective January 1, 2013 the Public Employees' Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA or AB340), makes substantial changes to public employee pension plans. PEPRA impacts the pension benefits of current employees (employees hired on or before 12/31/12) and all future hires (those hired on or after 1/1/13).  Please refer to our website for additional information including summary of impacts and FAQs at:

Should you have additional questions, please contact Human Resources staff at 805.781.5959 or .  Note:  Those employees with reciprocity who are returning or entering into SLO County employment within a 6 month break in service, may be eligible to enter into the SLO County pension plan that was in existence for new hires as of December 31, 2012 for that bargaining unit.  Contact Pension Trust (805.781.5465 or for specific questions related to reciprocity.   All other questions should be directed to HR.

OTHER PROVISIONS:  New employees are required to complete an INS Employment Eligibility Verification form to certify citizenship or legal residency and authorization to work. Essential functions of a job for purposes of the Americans with Disabilities Act will be determined prior to the filling of each vacant position. A REASONABLE EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO ACCOMMODATE THE NEEDS OF THE DISABLED AND THE RELIGIOUS NEEDS OF AN APPLICANT. IF YOU REQUIRE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS, YOU MUST INFORM THE COUNTY HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT IN WRITING OF THE TYPE AND EXTENT OF ACCOMMODATION NO LATER THAN THE FINAL FILING DEADLINE.