Thursday, January 17, 2019

Supervising Librarian II

Recruitment #13-4178-01


THIS IS A NEW ASSEMBLED EXAMINATION.  The eligible list resulting from this examination will cancel any existing list and may last approximately one year, but can be extended.

Applications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing.  Postmarks are not accepted.  Applications will only be accepted on-line.

Supplemental Questionnaire:  A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application.  Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Postmarks are not accepted.  Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification.


The Alameda County Library is looking to fill one Supervising Librarian II position.  The list created from this recruitment will be used to hire for this position and any future positions that arise, until the eligible list is terminated. 

The Alameda County Library in the San Francisco Bay Area provides library services from ten branch libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Outreach services are provided through the Bookmobile, the Literacy Program, the Senior Outreach Program, and the County Jails.

For more information on the Alameda County Library, please visit:

Under general direction at the higher level and under general supervision at the lower level, plans, directs, coordinates and supervises the work of a Branch Library or a major unit within the public or technical services division of the County Library, or has staff advisory responsibility for the development and coordination of system-wide library service programs and collections; trains, supervises, and evaluates staff assigned to work within the branch or unit; assists in the development and implementation of Library policies, procedures and service delivery programs with the system and to the public; and performs related duties as required.


Supervising Librarian IIs are expected to perform the full range of duties under general direction. This class is distinguished from Supervising Librarian III’s, who are assigned to one of two areas; either managing the Fremont Main Library, its satellite branches, and the responsibility of supervising a substantially larger staff through at least two subordinate supervisors or; the Branch Manager of Extension Services which is distinguished from Supervising Librarian II positions by its responsibility for managing three or more distinct public service programs which provide direct services throughout the County Library service area rather than to one community.

The ideal candidate will also possess:


A demonstrated ability to implement change management and build key relationships.

An outstanding background in library programming and events.

A keen understanding of social media and new technology that may affect the library system.

A superior command of oral and written communication.

A history of being action-oriented and making good, data-driven decisions.

A proven track record of successfully motivating and interacting with direct reports.


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Plans and directs the day-to-day operation of a primary community library or major unit within the library; selects and evaluates staff; supervises professional, paraprofessional, and/or clerical staff responsible for public or system supported services; interprets and applies library policies and procedures.

2. Initiates and maintains contact with members of the community, including City Councils and City Officials, library support groups, service organizations and agencies. As delegated by the County Librarian, has primary responsibility for working with appointed citizen commissions and committees in their assigned communities. Arranges visits for members of the community to the library, speaks to organizations about library services; prepares publicity on library activities; promotes the use of the library within the community.

3. Assesses branch or unit needs for staffing, materials, furnishings and equipment; submits budget requests to meet public or support services objectives.

4. In cooperation with Service Coordinators, orients and trains new staff in service programs; plans and implements specialized public and support services programs.

5. Manages a major unit or units, which may include responsibility for cataloging, collection development and selection, older adult services or web services; develops training programs for public; may serve as an advisor to public services staff in the development of various electronic databases or formats for presentation and access to information.

6. In children’s services at the Fremont Library, supervises professional and/or paraprofessional staff providing services to children; plans and presents programming for children; interprets children’s services to the public, to organizations and educational institutions, and promotes the use of the library within the community.


Either I

The equivalent of three years full-time experience as a Librarian II or an equivalent or higher-level librarian class or the equivalent of one-year full-time experience as a Supervising Librarian I in the Alameda County classified service (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts


The equivalent of four years recent, full time, responsible professional level library experience, including the equivalent of one-year full-time supervisory responsibility in a library

Possession of a master’s degree in Library Science awarded by an American Library Association accredited college or university is highly desirable and may be substituted for one year of recent, full-time, responsible professional library experience for either qualifying path.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of delivering library services via emerging technologies Public library programs and their relationship to community needs
• Principles and practices of supervision and management
• Library materials and formats in general use
• Library Automation applications and practices
• Printed and digital information resources
• Library business methods, procedures, and practices
• Current technical services trends and practices
• Budgeting principles and practices
• Practical applications of library automation and circulation functions
• Tools and trends of collection and cataloging
• Popular materials, books and authors in several fields
• Community awareness
• Resource management

Ability to:

• Implement system-wide policies, procedures and services
• Establish courses of action for self and others to ensure that work is completed efficiently
• Problem solve and analyze
• Demonstrate a willingness to commit to one’s work and to invest one’s time, talent, and best efforts in accomplishing organizational goals
• Make decisions, exercise judgment, and set priorities
• Generate innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to find opportunities
• Keep the organization’s vision and values at the forefront of associate decision making and action
• Exercise interpersonal sensitivity while working effectively with individuals of diverse cultures, interpersonal styles, abilities, motivations, or backgrounds
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Use personal computer hardware and software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Windows, and Publisher
• Make presentations to the public on library services and materials
• Identify opportunities and take action to build strategic relationships with community groups and members
• Classify and catalog library materials in various formats
• Demonstrate effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment


The examination will consist of the following steps: A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process which is a review for best qualified. Those candidates scoring highest in the review for best qualified will move on to the next step in the examination process, an oral interview which will be weighted 100% of the candidate's final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.   We reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components.

Alameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit.  Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position.  Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position.  Other recruitments many be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work.

For more information on the Civil Service Selection process, please visit:

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable notice in advance of any examination process which will require their attendance.  The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency:

06/12/13 Examination Recruitment Bulletin Release

On 06/12/13 the examination recruitment bulletin will be released.  At that time, you may begin to submit applications.  All applications must be filled out according to the instructions.  Applications that are not fully completed or not completed following the instructions listed will not be considered.  Resumes in lieu of properly filled out applications will not be considered.  Only applications submitted electronically, via the County's online application system, by the final file date will be accepted.  Be aware that if you only complete an application template and fail to submit it to apply for this position, your application will not be accepted.  All applications must include answers to the supplemental questionnaire.

07/08/13 Final File Date for Applications

At 5:00pm on 07/08/13 the online system will discontinue accepting applications.  Applications submitted after this date and time will not be accepted.  No changes, subtractions or additions can be made to the application or supplemental questionnaire once your application has been submitted.

07/08/13 - 07/11/13 Review of Applications & Supplemental Questionnaire

Review for Minimum Qualifications

During this time, your application will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above.  If you fail to meet the minimum qualifications, you will be notified via email.  If you do meet the minimum qualifications, you will move on to have your supplemental application reviewed.

Review of Supplemental Questionnaire

If you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, a review of your supplemental questionnaire will be conducted.  It is imperative that you are diligent and thorough when completing your supplemental questionnaire.  The information that you provide will be used to weigh your experience against other competitors, and only the best qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the examination.  If you are deemed to not be one of the best qualified candidates, you will be notified via email.  If you are deemed a best qualified candidate, you will be notified via email of your scheduled examination interview date, time and location.

Week of 7/22/2013 Examination Interview Dates

Once you have been deemed best qualified, you will be invited for an interview examination.  During this interview examination, you will be asked to provide examples of past work experiences that highlight the job-related core competencies that successful incumbents of the position possess.  This type of interviewing is called behavior-based interviewing and is the best predictor of future job success.  Your interview examination may include a situational exercise where you may have to perform mock job duties to prove your level of competency.

We reserve the right to make changes to the selection plan.

Please Note:  This is an new, open assembled examination. 

The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request an accommodation due to a disability during this or other phases of the selection process, please contact the Human Resource Services Department at (510) 272-6472 before the final filing deadline. Alameda County Human Resources Services will require documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a permanent disability pursuant to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's statute of the Americans with Disability Act of 1990, as amended, and/or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) Act.


For more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website,


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JGS:pb-Rev. 12/92
Old document: 0385h
Revised 6/97
New document: Jobspecs/4176
CSC Date: 8/20/97
DS:cs Revised (Combined) Supervising Librarian I and Supervising Librarian II 4/11/11
CSC Date: 5/18/11



Alameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county.  The County employs 9,080 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $2.39 billion.  Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city.  One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas.  As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens.  The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles.  The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities.



The County offers HMO and PPO medical plans.  The County has two contributions structures, 1) County contributes 100% of the lowest cost HMO; or 2) County contributes 90% of the HMO plans and 90% of the lowest cost HMO towards the PPO. The County contribution can be prorated based on the number of work hours up to 50% of the standard hours in a pay period.  Employees pay any additional premium costs if they chose an alternate HMO or PPO Plan. If an eligible employee waives all medical coverage through the County, a monthly stipend may be provided.


The County offers two Dental Plans: PPO and Dental Maintenance Option (DMO). The County contributes up to 100% of the family coverage for both plans as long as the employee works at least 50% of the standard hours in a pay period. The PPO option plan design is 100% Preventative, 80% Basic Care, 80% Major Care with a $45 per individual deductible and annual maximum up to $1,450 per. The DMO option has an orthodontic benefit for children as well as adults.


The County offers two Voluntary Vision Plans through Vision Service Plan (VSP) for eligible employees.  The two plans consist of a low option and a high option that offer annual eye exams and coverage for various frames and lenses.  The Voluntary Vision Plan is 100% employee paid and available to employees and their dependents.  In addition, an annual eye exam is covered for participants in the HMO Medical Plans with corresponding co-pay. 


The County pays for a Basic Life Insurance policy of $25,000.  Supplemental Life Insurance for an employee can be purchased in $10,000 increments up $1,000,000.  Supplemental Life Insurance can also be purchased for spouse/domestic partner and/or eligible dependent children.


An employee can purchase either a policy for themselves or a family policy in $25,000 increments up to $500,000.


The County provides up to $2900 of flex dollars annually, dependent upon the management employee's represented or unrepresented classification.  These flex dollars can be used to pay for medical, Supplemental Life and/or AD&D premiums.  The unused portion of these flex dollars are deposited into a Health Flexible Spending Account for the management employee, which can be used for unreimbursed medical expenses.


Employees may opt to salary contribute on a pre-tax basis up to $10,000 for eligible out of pocket medical, dental and vision expenses such as: prescription co-pays, office visit co-pays, prescription eye glasses or contact lenses.


For employees who have either children under age 13 or dependents (parent, sibling or in-law incapable of self-care) that are dependent upon the employee for care can contribute salary on a pre-tax basis up to $5,000 annually.  These pre-tax dollars can be used to pay for day care expenses provided by a licensed facility.



For the 2011 Plan Year, an employee can set aside up to $230 a month in pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified work-related parking and commuting to and from work transit fees.


Eleven paid holidays plus two or four floating holidays depending on the union bargaining unit.  Represented management employees are entitled up to three additional days of management paid leave. Unrepresented management employees are entitled up to seven days of management paid leave.


Vacation accrual ranges from two weeks to five weeks depending upon years of service and the union bargaining unit to which the position is assigned.  Sick leave accrues at the approximate rate of one-half day per bi-weekly pay period.  Exact rate is based on the union bargaining unit and is defined in the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.


The County allows you to purchase one or two additional weeks of vacation through payroll deduction.  Exact benefit is based on the union bargaining unit and is defined in the corresponding Memorandum of Understanding.


The County has an EAP available for employees, spouses/domestic partners and eligible dependents.  This program provides services such as: counseling, financial consulting, child and elder care consulting and some legal counseling.


Two voluntary plans are offered: Short-term Disability and Long-term Disability can be purchased through a payroll deduction or with accrued vacation hours depending upon the union bargaining unit.


This voluntary benefit extends care for yourself and/or your spouse and/or your parents who experience a serious accident, chronic illness or frailties of old age.  Places where care can be provided are: in one's home, at a nursing home, at an assisted living facility or adult day care center.


The County retirement program is a Defined Benefit plan and is governed under the provisions of the 1937 Act.  The County's retirement is based on one's age upon entrance, compensation, years of service and specific percentage of employee/employer contributions with the County's portion vesting after five years of employment. (With regard to Project positions - Regularly appointed incumbents in full-time, non-project positions in the Alameda County classified service who are current members of the retirement system and who are appointed, without a break in service or status to a project position can elect to remain in the retirement system.  Individuals hired into a project position and subsequently appointed to full-time, non-project positions become members of the retirement system at the time of the regular appointment.  Computations and determinations of eligibility for retirement shall be based on the date of the regular appointment, with entitlements being prospective from that date.)


The County offers a Deferred Compensation program where an eligible employee can voluntarily contribute on a pre-tax and/or after-tax basis, a minimum of $20 per pay period up to the total annual contribution limit.


Those claiming additional preference points as a VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form on the day of the oral examination. Those claiming additional preference points as a DISABLED VETERAN must submit a copy of the DD214 form and a letter from the Department of Veteran Affairs confirming eligibility for additional points on the day of the oral examination.

The Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate qualified individuals with mental and physical disabilities, and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990, and Alameda County Resolution No. R-83-773.  To request reasonable accommodation, you must notify the Human Resource Representative listed on this bulletin as soon as possible and before the last day to file, in order to make the necessary arrangements during each step of the examination process.                                                               (510) 272-3703 (TDD)

All government employees are disaster service workers as defined by California Government Code Section 3100.  In addition to everyday duties, employees have the added responsibility of helping throughout any disaster.

All county employees who drive on county business are required to enroll in the California Department of Motor Vehicles Employer Pull Notice Program in an effort to promote driver safety.  Employees’ driver record reports will be released to the County Safety Officer in Risk Management to ensure that employees have valid driver’s licenses and are eligible to drive on county business.

An applicant's previous employment may be investigated.  Results of this investigation may be cause for disqualification.  Also, all convictions will be reviewed and may result in a request for additional information or termination of employment.  A conviction record will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from employment.  Each case will be given individual consideration, based on job-relatedness.

All prospective county employees must pass a medical examination before beginning employment.  For positions which require a commercial driver's license and the performance of functions defined as "safety sensitive," Federal law and County policy requires that the examination include a drug screening process.  Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women, ethnic and racial minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Applicants will be considered without regard to their race, color, religion, sex national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any other non-job-related factor.


All notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the "My applications" button on the Current Job Openings page.

Please take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment.

NOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.


For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact:

Melissa Heitz,  Human Resources Analyst

Human Resource Services, County of Alameda