1436 Braillist

Library for the Blind and Print Disabled

Recruitment #PEX-1436-077572


Amended on 05/22/2017 to extend filing deadline to 06/09/2017 at 5 PM.
Applicants who have already applied to this PEX-1436-077572 recruitment do not need to reapply.

Appointment Type

Permanent Exempt (PEX) position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104. Exempt employees are considered “at will” and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

This position is to be filled by a qualified candidate under Civil Service Rule 115, Article I, Exempt Employment of Individuals Who are Severely Disabled. Selected candidate will be appointed to Permanent Exempt (PEX) status subject to a 12-month evaluation period. Upon completion of the evaluation period with satisfactory performance, the employee shall be transitioned to Permanent Civil Service (PCS) status.

About San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) is one of the premier urban public libraries in the country, and a leader in creating visionary policies and innovative programs that promote literacy and learning, digital inclusion, social justice, and healthy communities. It embraces its role as the most democratic of institutions, providing safe and welcoming facilities for all members of the community.  Visit http://sfpl.org/ for more information.   

SFPL is now accepting applications for one (1) Part-time position with the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled located at the Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.

Position Description
This position operates braille transcription equipment and software to prepare materials that are used to process talking books and other items in the collection; create flyers and other materials to support work of the Library for the Blind & Print Disabled (LBPD); and create braille versions of other SFPL materials as needed. This position acts as an advisor and liaison on matters related to blindness, the blind community and adaptive technologies used by members of the community.  

Essential functions of the position include but not limited to:
·       transcribes or produces original documents in braille, using computer technology and mechanical devices;
·       contacts with vendors and reviews of relevant literature through attendance at conferences;
·       keeps up to date with technology trends and developments as they relate to people who use the services of the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled;
·       assists patrons using assistive technology for access via braille to online resources and braille production, and downloading of digital Talking Books;
·       participates in presentations to visitors and SFPL colleagues to introduce LBPD services and collections as well as awareness of blindness and print disability;
·       supports the work of staff in Web Services, Collections and Technical Services and other teams in efforts to make SFPL online resources accessible for library patrons who use adaptive technology; and
·       performs other job related duties as assigned.

Note: The normal work schedule for this position includes weekend and evening hours; and requires constant public contact; appointee must be willing to work this schedule.


Minimum Qualifications

1.     Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent; AND
2.     Two (2) years of experience of typing experience, including in the operation of braille typing equipment;

OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position to be filed.     

Special Condition: Proficient in Unified English Braille (UEB) both in reading and writing.

Note: The employee appointed to this position will be required to obtain UEB certification of proficiency upon completion of 12-month as a Permanent Exempt (PEX) appointment, and before being appointed as a Permanent Civil Service (PCS) employee.  

Verification of Special Condition
Possession of a Letter of Proficiency in Unified English Braille (UEB) issued by the National Library Service and the National Federation of the Blind; OR 

Possession of the National Certification in Unified English Braille (NCUEB) issued by the National Blindness Professional Certification Board (NBPCB).

·        Knowledge of the local community of people who are blind or have print disabilities.
·        Ability to interact successfully with library users with disabilities.
·        Commitment to the philosophy of universal access and excellent public service.
·        Ability to communicate and work effectively with supervisors, co-workers and the public.
·        Ability to work effectively and collaboratively with other members of the LBPD team and Access Services team.
·        Flexibility and adaptability to change.  

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the PEX-1436-077572 job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

Important:  All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications MUST be included in your application by the filing deadline. Failure to submit a complete and accurate application at the time of filing may result in your ineligibility for this recruitment. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applicant MUST attach the following documents online through Jobaps at time of application filing; however, resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. 

1.     Resume (Upload through “Resume” tab)
2.     Cover Letter (Upload through “Other” tab)
3.     Verification of education, training and/or experience (Upload through “Other” tab)

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Vivian Yeung at (415) 557-4581 or via e-mail at 

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application and/or departmental selection process. Written verification (proof) of qualifying experience must verify that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement. Written verification must be submitted on employer’s official letterhead, specifying name of employee, dates of employment, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties performed, and the verification must be signed by the employer. City employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which they are appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee’s class will be allowed only if recorded in accordance with the provisions of the Civil Service Commission Rules. Experience claimed in self-employment must be supported by documents verifying income, earnings, business license and experience comparable to the minimum qualifications of the position. Copies of income tax papers or other documents listing occupations and total earnings must be submitted. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate qualifications of candidates. Only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Terms of Announcement:
Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. 

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures: Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Issued: May 18, 2017
Micki Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: PEX-1436-077572
LIB/VY/(415) 557-4581


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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