3634 Librarian III - District Manager

(Branch Libraries)

Recruitment #TPV-3634-087933


Appointment Type: Temporary Provisional (TPV)
A provisional appointee must participate and be successful in a permanent civil service examination process for this classification and be selected through an open competitive process in order to be considered for a permanent civil service appointment. Provisional employees are not guaranteed permanent selection. This is a temporary recruitment and will not result in an eligible list or permanent civil service hiring.

About San Francisco Public Library
San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) embraces its role as the most democratic of institutions, providing safe and welcoming facilities for all members of the community. Through a robust array of services and programs, the Library places an emphasis on literacy and learning, digital inclusion, social justice, equity, and healthy communities. The library system includes the Main Library, an anchor institution in the city’s civic center, two administrative buildings, and 27 branch libraries that serve all neighborhoods throughout the city. With a collection of more than 3.5 million items, and circulation exceeding 10 million each year, the San Francisco Public Library serves over 6.5 million visitors annually. These efforts have been acknowledged by leading organizations within the librarian profession. For more information about SFPL, please visit www.sfpl.org.

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recognized SFPL in establishing forward thinking, progressive approaches to library service. In 2011, SFPL won the ULC Innovation Award for its GEN PL: Next Generation of Library Leaders program. In 2016, ULC honored SFPL with the Top Innovator award in the category of “Health, Safety, and Sustainability” for the Biblio Bistro. Most recently, SFPL received the highest award in the profession. John N. Berry III writes, “A model and inspiration for public libraries worldwide, the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL)--with its committed staff, transformational leadership, amazing array of programs, partnerships, popularity, and community connections--is the 2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. SFPL's aggressive yet compassionate approach and the resulting services, outreach, alliances, and innovation offer new directions public libraries everywhere can apply to their services.” 1

1 Berry, John N., III. "THE HUMAN TOUCH: San Francisco Public Library is the 2018 Gale/LJ Library of the Year." Library Journal, 15 June 2018, p. A22+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A542716342/AONE?u=sfpl_main&sid=AONE&xid=67ef5f85. Accessed 5 July 2018.

About the Branch Division
Neighborhoods in San Francisco are distinct, unique and diverse in character. From the diverse, dynamic, and rapidly changing neighborhoods in the southern part of the city, including new housing and development in the Bayview, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods to Pacific Heights, with its sweeping views of Golden Gate Valley, each part of the city features unique, appealing and welcoming architecture, open space, parks, shopping and more. In 2014, the Library completed a renewal of the branch library system, renovating 16 neighborhood libraries and building 8 new facilities. In 2017, the Library added an additional permanent day of service at 9 branch libraries. All of San Francisco’s 27 branch libraries are now open seven days a week, with a minimum of 50 hours of library service per location each week. In 2018, the Library announced plans to renovate the Mission Branch Library which opened in 1915 and is one of seven branch libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie. The Branch Division prides itself on reaching out to connect with the diverse population of San Francisco through its outreach, public programming, and partnerships.

The Library is now accepting applications for three (3) Temporary Provisional (TPV) Full-time District Manager positions with the Branch Division in Class 3634 Librarian III.

Position Description
Under the direction of the Chief of Branches (COB), District Manager coordinates operations and services within the branch division, including supervision of branches and Branch Managers. Each District Manager within the branch division is responsible for one of the five geographical library districts in the City.

Essential duties and responsibilities include:
• Represents the COB to other City departments and to units and divisions in the Library system;
• Participates in and leads system-wide committees, teams, and task forces; schedules, trains, supervises, and evaluates subordinate staff;
• Attends public meetings in order to respond to questions from library users and other members of the community;
• Represents the Library and initiates outreach to the community
• Promotes clear communications and courteous cooperation throughout the workplace;
• Communicates Library and City policies and procedures;
• Plans work assignments and work schedules;
• Prepares budget proposals; writes work reports and personnel evaluations;
• Works with others to develop policies, improve service and resolve programs;
• Serves as Acting Chief of Branches when needed; and
• Performs other job related duties as assigned.

Desirable Qualifications:
- Leadership and management skills to run the geographical district.
- Knowledge of supervisory/management practices and principles. 
- Good community outreach skills, including willingness and ability to work effectively with formal and informal organizations in the neighborhoods of the geographical district. 
-  Ability to plan, assign, direct and evaluate personnel. 
- Excellent written, oral communication, interpersonal, facilitation, and creative problem-solving skills. 
- Ability to develop and put into effect new procedures and policies. 
- Ability to work courteously and effectively with a varied and diverse population of library staff and patrons. 
- Ability to promote and model teamwork and excellent customer service. 
- Ability to be flexible in a changing profession and work environment.  


Minimum Qualifications

1. Possession of a Master's Degree in library and information studies (e.g. MLS/MLIS) from a college or university program accredited by the American Library Association; AND

2. Four (4) years of experience as a professional librarian, including at least two (2) years supervising other professional librarians.

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

Note: Positions in this class are subject to irregular work schedules and may require evening and/or weekend work; and require constant public contact. Positions in this classification may be required to work at various locations within the Library system.

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 TPV-3634-087933 desired 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, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

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.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

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 - copy of diploma showing major or transcripts showing coursework completed (Upload through “Transcripts” 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 Vivian.Yeung@sfpl.org.

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. Verification of qualifying experience must be on the employer’s letterhead, show the applicant’s name, dates of service, types of employment (part-time/full-time), job title(s), description of duties actually performed for each position, and must be signed by the employer. If the qualifying experience was performed on a part-time or as-needed basis, the total number of hours worked or average hours worked per week must also be included. Qualifying experience may be verified by performance evaluations showing duties performed. City and County employees will receive credit for the duties of the class to which appointed. Credit for experience obtained outside of the employee's class will only be allowed if recorded in accordance with the provisions of Civil Service Commission Rules. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456.

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.

Appointment Type: Provisional Appointments
When a department needs to fill a vacancy that is covered by the civil service process, but no applicant pool of eligible employees is available, departments are allowed to hire Provisional (or temporary) employees. Provisional employees may not receive the same benefits as permanent employees and they may be "bumped" or laid off in favor of a permanent employee.

In order for a provisional appointee to be able to retain his or her job, he or she must apply to compete for a permanent civil service appointment when the job announcement is issued. They then must go through the permanent civil service job application process and need to be successful in a permanent civil service examination process to be considered for a permanent appointment. Provisional employees are not guaranteed permanent selection.

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 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 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.  Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at www.jobaps.com/sf.

Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable accommodation at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities

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: July 9, 2018
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TPV-3634-087933


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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