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Supervising Librarian

  • Post Date:September 19, 2019
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    Employer Name Oakland Public Library, City of Oakland
125 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, USA
Job Description
The Position

The City of Oakland is currently recruiting to fill one Supervising Librarian vacancy in the Oakland Public Library. 

The ideal candidate will:

  • inspire and motivate employees in a fun, creative, and committed team environment;
  • model outstanding achievement and leadership while improving operational capacity with flexible and effective solutions, excellent customer service, and a wholistic understanding of how to coordinate and implement equitable library services; and  
  • possess a deep appreciation of the impact of policy and procedural decisions and will be skilled at balancing competing priorities to best achieve positive outcomes for the communities served by the Oakland Public Library.

Under general direction, incumbents direct the operations of the main library, branch libraries, technical services, and special services (such as Children’s Services or Teen Services); train, and supervise library staff; maintain close liaison with the public; research problems and make recommendations; and implement new library procedures.

The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill other vacancies that occur within the City including full-time and permanent part-time positions, if applicable.

Examples of Duties

  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, priorities and performance standards in the main library, branch libraries, technical and special services.
  • Supervise the operation of branch libraries, the main library, technical services, special services and staff.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate a multi-lingual staff; monitor staffing schedules.
  • Oversee the development of collections which support library programs; manage the collections budget.
  • Recommend modifications to library policies and procedures; research problems and recommend solutions; study other library systems.
  • Stimulate public interest in library service; attend community meetings; serve on task and project teams; chair committees; analyze specific library programs.
  • Develop specifications and work with outside contractors.
  • Coordinate and assist in the preparation and implementation of long-range plans.
  • Monitor library.
  • Write grant proposals for special projects; account for expenditure of grant funds; prepare narrative reports.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and agencies regarding library policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the preparation and administration of the division’s budget; approve expenditures for supplies, equipment, and books.
  • Monitor automated service programs; perform needs assessment.
  • Prepare and maintain records and reports.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements for Application

Any combination of education and experience that is equivalent to the following minimum qualifications is acceptable.


Education:  Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited graduate school.


Experience:  Two years of experience comparable to Senior Librarian in the City of Oakland, including one year of supervisory experience.

License or Certificate / Other Requirements: 

Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


Knowledge of:

  • Library administration, organization, technology, and procedures.
  • Reference resources, information retrieval, and selection of books.
  • Principles and practices of organization, management, and supervision.
  • Automated library functions.
  • Training practices and procedures.
  • Public contact and community relations.
  • Budget development and administration.
  • Principles of supervision and development.

Ability to:

  • Analyze community library needs; mobilize materials and resources to meet these needs.
  • Coordinate functions and activities between the divisions and patrons.
  • Develop and maintain effective leadership in a multi-cultural community; work as a team member on library committees and management groups.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
  • Maintain accurate records; prepare clear, concise reports.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Supplemental Information

The Selection Process

Stage I: The first stage in the selection process will consist of a review of each applicant’s employment application and supplemental questionnaire for minimum qualifications (weighted pass/fail).  Applications submitted without all required materials will not be given further consideration. 

Stage II: The second stage will consist of subject matter experts evaluating and rating the completed supplemental questionnaires.  Applicant responses to the supplemental questions must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section of this announcement.  The evaluation of supplemental questions may be weighted 100% of an applicant score (before residency, seniority, and/or veteran points, if applicable) and may determine rank on the eligible list.  If a sufficient number of quality application packets are received, the supplemental screening may be followed by a third stage and the most qualified applicants will be invited to the next stage. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement to Stage III.

Stage III: The third stage may consist of an oral examination that may be preceded by a brief written exercise (weighted 100%) that will test the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the qualifications section.

The ranked eligible list may be developed directly from the supplemental screening OR the results of Stage III. Candidates must earn a scale score of 70 in this examination process to be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration.  

Applicants are required to submit criminal history information upon request after receiving a conditional offer of employment. If the requested information is not furnished in a timely manner, applicants will not qualify for further consideration and will be removed from the eligible list.  

The City of Oakland reserves the right to modify the selection process and date of examination as necessary to conform to administrative or business necessity.

How to Apply

Apply prior to the closing time of the job announcement and allow at least two to three hours to submit your application if you are a new user on the system. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY. You may apply and view current openings by visiting our employment opportunities webpage at:

If you do not have access to a computer, there are computer stations available at any City of Oakland Public Library. There are also work stations at the Human Resources Management Department, 150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 2nd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612. Work stations are available during regular business hours (normally 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  

Our on-line application system is provided by NeoGov. If you have problems while applying online, please contact NeoGov’s Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday – Friday.

You may also call the City of Oakland Human Resources Management Department during regular business hours at (510) 238-3112 for information; however, we are unable to provide technical support for the online application system.

Date of Examination:
Tentatively Scheduled for the week of October 28, 2019

The City of Oakland is an EEO/ADA Employer.