Friday, July 19, 2019

Library Manager III (Promotional)

Recruitment #19-4179-01






Qualified applicants must be current county employees and have completed the equivalent of six months of continuous service following a regular appointment in the Alameda County classified service (non-classified includes the District Attorney’s Office, the Medical Center, and the Superior Court) by Friday, February 25, 2019.  A regular appointment does not include provisional, TAP (Temporary Assignment Pool), or STEP-UP appointments.





The Alameda County Library provides library services from ten libraries in the cities of Albany, Dublin, Fremont, Newark and Union City and the unincorporated communities of Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. Additional services are provided through Mobile and Outreach Services, Education and Literacy Services, and Social Justice Services.

The County Library was established in 1910 and is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County Library Advisory Commission advises County Librarian, Cynthia Chadwick, and the Board of Supervisors on library services.

The County Library is funded primarily by local property taxes, with additional revenue from State grants and contracts with cities for additional open hours and services.

The Board of Supervisors allocates a portion of a utility users and business license tax which is collected only in the unincorporated areas of the County to the Library for service to the unincorporated areas. The Alameda County Library Foundation and active Friends of the Library or Library League groups in each community support library programs and services. To learn more about the Alameda County Library, please visit their website at:


Under the general direction, plans, directions, coordinates, and supervises the work of a Library or Library Service within the County Library; trains, supervises, and elevates staff assigned to work within the Library or Library Services; develops and implements Library policies, procedures and service delivery programs; and performs related duties as required.


The Library Manager III is the advanced journey level in the professional Library Manager series.  This class is distinguished from the Library Manager II in that the Library Manager III oversees a Library or Library Service requiring multiple subordinate supervisors.  This class is distinguished from the Library Division Director in that the Library Manager III oversees up to four subordinates within a Library or Library Service.



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 day-to-day operation of a Library(ies) or Library Service(s) within the County Library; selects and evaluates staff; develops, interprets, and applies library policies and procedures.

2.  Under direction of a Library Division Director 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 representative 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 public on library activities; promotes the use of the library within the community as well as establishing library services and programs at partner locations within the communities served.

3.  Assesses needs for staffing, materials, resources, furnishings and equipment; submits budget requests to meet public and/or support services objectives and manages budgeted expenditures.  Pursues and prepares grant applications.

4.  In cooperation with library service coordinators, orients and trains staff and oversees their performance; plans and evaluates projects and initiatives in support of strategic objectives.

5.  Manages a library service or services which may include responsibility for public services and/or support services assignments; develops training programs for the staff and/or public; may serve as a project manager in the development of new services or the evaluation of existing services.




Possession of a master's degree in Library and Information Science awarded by an American Library Associate accredited college or university.



Either I

The equivalent of two (2) years full-time experience as a Library Manager I or Librarian IV in the Alameda County classified service.


The equivalent of one (1) year full-time experience as a Library Manager II in the Alameda County classified service.


The equivalent of four (4) years full-time professional level library experience; two (2) years of which must have included full-time supervisory and management responsibility in a library.

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


The most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies:

Knowledge of:
  • Principles and practices of librarianship, including adult reference service, children's services, cataloging, library technology and automation, and bibliographic entry.
  • Public library programs and their relationships to community needs.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, management, and training.
  • Books periodicals, and audiovisual formats in general use.
  • Library automation applications and practices.
  • Printed and automated information resources. 
  • Library business methods, practices, and procedures.
  • Current technical services trends and practices.
  • Budgeting and resource management principles and practices.
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 judgement.
  • Generate innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to find opportunities.
  • Keeping 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.
  • Utilize the latest technologies to provide high levels of service.
  • 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.
  • Effectiveness when exercising major changes in work responsibilities or environments.


The examination will consist of the following steps:

  1. A review of the candidates’ application 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.
  2. An oral interview which will be weighted as 100% of the candidates’ final examination score. The oral interview may contain situational exercises.

Candidates must attain a qualifying rating on each portion of this recruitment. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION STEPS.

Selection Plan


Deadline for Filing:

5:00 p.m. Monday, February 25, 2019

Review of Minimum Qualifications:

Week of March 4, 2019

Panel Oral Interviews:

Week of March 25, 2019





Alameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County’s Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statutes. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes.

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


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Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.


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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.

Jordan Grow, Human Resources Analyst
Human Resource Services, County of Alameda

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer