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Senior Librarian (Open & Promotional) – Bilingual Language Skills Preferred $87,006.40 - $108,763.20 / Annually

companyCounty of San Mateo
locationSan Mateo, CA 94403, USA
PublishedPublished: 1/25/2023
Full Time

Senior Librarian (Open & Promotional) – Bilingual Language Skills Preferred

$87,006.40 - $108,763.20 / Annually

11:59 PM Pacific


Apply for a Senior Librarian position with San Mateo County Libraries and become a part of an award-winning team and work with amazing people!
Make a difference in our communities by helping to create an informed community through creative outreach, exciting programming, and innovative technology We respect and value equity and inclusion, we celebrate diversity, and bilingual skills are always a plus.
Successful candidates will be excited about new challenges, eager to learn, and energized by working with people from a variety of backgrounds. This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled librarian to step into a supervisory role as part of a progressive, forward-thinking organization!

The eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout San Mateo County Libraries. There are currently multiple vacancies to be filled.  Library staff are required to work weekends and evenings.    Because of the diversity of the communities we serve, bilingual language skills (Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish) are strongly preferred.

This recruitment will fill multiple and anticipated future vacancies throughout the library system.
Under the direction of managers, the Senior Librarian will:

  • Assist in oversight of the day-to-day operations of a community library. 
  • Supervise, coach and mentor an engaged team of staff and ensure that every customer has a positive experience.
  • Provide excellent customer service, develop innovative, relevant community outreach and programs. 
  • Continually train and develop staff in areas of customer service, product knowledge, collection management, and visual merchandising.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and conduct community needs assessments. 
  • Design and deliver virtual and in-person training to build staff capacity to support system priorities.

The ideal candidate will be:

  • Excited about new projects and challenges and energized by working in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Engaged and skilled in every aspect of public libraries, able to juggle many tasks and modeling excellence in library operations.
  • Supportive of the library’s vision and able to apply it to daily operations and team.
  • A creative problem solver that has great ideas to share with others.
  • A positive, enthusiastic librarian with strong interpersonal and advanced technological skills. Skilled at promoting library services to the community through education and outreach.
  • A relationship builder who is skilled creating impactful community partnerships.
  • Skilled at recruiting, supervising, and retaining a diverse and talented team of staff.

We respect, value, and celebrate our community’s diversity, and bilingual skills are always desired.
San Mateo County Libraries is a Joint Powers Authority comprised of 11 member cities and the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. Our family of libraries include Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, North Fair Oaks, Pacifica-Sharp Park, Pacifica- Sanchez, Portola Valley, San Carlos and Woodside. Our service area spans rural and urban communities, with approximately 279,000 residents, 65% of whom have library cards. For more information about San Mateo County Libraries, please visit
NOTE: The eligible list generated by this recruitment may be used to fill current and future vacancies throughout San Mateo County Libraries.

Examples Of Duties:


Education: Master's of Library Science or recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university.
Experience: Any combination of experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is two to three years of experience as a librarian, or a combination of library and supervision experience.
 Knowledge of: 

  • Principles of functional supervision including organizing and coordinating activities.
  • Principles of staff supervision including work planning, scheduling, evaluation, employee training, and corrective action.
  • Best practices in assessing the diverse composition of communities and their needs.
  • Principles of customer service.
  • Library values, ethics, and purposes.
  • Best practices in library programming, services, outreach, organization, and procedures.
  • Library trends.
  • Principles of library materials selection and current knowledge of adult, teen, and/or children's literature, film, and/or music.
  • Technology related to library and general office functions, as well as best practices for troubleshooting.

Skill/Ability to:

  • Establish and maintain positive and effective working relationships with staff, the public, and community organization.
  • Provide excellent customer service.
  • Analyze library problems and implement their solutions.
  • Lead efforts for improvement and change.
  • Plan and develop services and programs.
  • Plan and supervise the work of staff, and provide training as needed.
  • Develop library programs/projects.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Conduct needs assessments.
  • Work with a variety of library and general office technologies and assist in implementation of new technologies.
  • Learn and grow in a changing environment.


Open and Promotional. Anyone may apply. Current County of San Mateo and County of San Mateo Superior Court of California employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, Confidential and Management extra-help/limited term, and SEIU or AFSCME represented extra help/limited term positions prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.   

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Final Filing Date: Thursday, January 19th, 2023, 11:59 PM PST
Application Screening: Week of January 23rd, 2023 

Civil Service Panel Interview: February 6th and/or February 7th, 2023  

The County of San Mateo requires that all employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccine or comply with weekly COVID-19 testing. Employees hired into specified health care facilities and other high-risk settings where there is potential for frequent COVID-19 exposure to staff and highly vulnerable patients are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For more specific information, please refer to the County's COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Policy 

At the County of San Mateo, we welcome and celebrate the diversity of our employees, and strive to create a workplace where they feel valued every day. County of San Mateo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Analyst: Sedrick Dixon (122922) (Senior Librarian - K003)

Job Number: K003-11

Senior Librarian (Open & Promotional) – Bilingual Language Skills Preferred Supplemental Questionnaire



IMPORTANT: Applicants for this position are required to submit responses to the following supplemental questions. Your responses will give us additional information about your background and experience related to this position and will be used in the selection process. Be concise and specific. Neatness, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling and ability to follow instructions will be considered in the evaluation process. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for your responses to these questions.

 I have read and understand these instructions.



A Master's degree in Library Science, or a recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university is required for this position. Do you have a Master's degree in Library Science or a recognized equivalent degree, from an American Library Association accredited college or university? (A "no" response will disqualify you from this recruitment.)

 Yes     No



If you have a recognized equivalent degree, please explain.



Summarize your background and experiences that have prepared you for this position and share the reasons why you are highly qualified. Please highlight one major professional accomplishment you are proud of.



Describe an innovative project that you were a part of. Include your role in the project, your contributions and the impact they had on the overall outcome of the project.



How would you motivate and lead staff to make significant and sustained improvements to the customer experience? What are the top three things you would want to address to transform how the public experiences our services?



The ability to read, speak, and write fluently in English and Spanish, English and Cantonese, and/or English and Mandarin is preferred for these positions, but not required. Please indicate in what languages (other than English) you are fluent. (If you are not bilingual, please answer "N/A" to this question.)



If you are fluent another language, describe any work experience in which you utilized your bilingual skills. (If you are not bilingual, please answer "N/A" to this question.)

* Required Question

San Mateo County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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