JOB: County Librarian, Alameda County, California

Please view the Alameda County Librarian brochure for complete information.

Alameda County, an award-winning innovator, seeks its next County Librarian. The Alameda County Library provides innovative and creative library services to 564,695 County residents through ten branch libraries and outreach programs focused on youth, incarcerated individuals and populations with diverse literacy needs. The County is proud of the Library’s commitment to 21st century technology, to reaching all its residents and to its partner cities and unincorporated areas. Recent accomplishments include “Tech It Out” programs providing training and access to technology solutions, “Hack the Future” events to develop creativity and innovation in young leaders, promotion of STEM education, and many programs supporting the diverse arts and culture of the region. Established in 1910, Alameda County Library is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County Library Advisory Commission advises the County Librarian and the Board of Supervisors on library services, as do other local library advisory commissions. The Library is funded by property taxes supplemented by state grants and city contracts for additional operating hours and services. The Alameda County Library Foundation and active auxiliary groups support vital library programs and services. For more information on the Library and Alameda County, visit Alameda Links.

The ideal candidate for County Librarian will maintain and promote the highest standards of integrity and ethics with a strong customer service focus and philosophy. In addition to being fiscally responsible and having the commitment to talent management and diversity in a union environment, the successful candidate will be a strategic thinker and skilled planner, politically astute, proactive and supportive of change in an entrepreneurial environment, and an effective communicator and collaborator. The County Librarian is an at-will Department Head appointed by the Board of Supervisors who reports through and receives overall policy guidance from the County Administrator. As the Department Head, the County Librarian oversees a Department with 223 full time equivalent employees and an annual operating budget of $ 33.5 million. Challenges and opportunities for the County Librarian include: finalizing and implementing the Master Facilities Plan, succession planning through developing and mentoring senior staff, designing and implementing a branding and marketing campaign, developing and articulating a progressive vision, and working closely with the County Board of Supervisors and county constituents.

Minimum qualifications. The equivalent of one year full-time experience in the class of Deputy County Librarian in the Alameda County classified service; or possession of a Master’s degree in library and information science; and the equivalent of five years full-time increasingly responsible professional library experience that includes at least two years in an administrative capacity in a large public library system or as a Director of a Public Library; or a combination of training, education and experience that is equivalent to one of the patterns listed above that will provide the required knowledge and abilities. Please see County Librarian for the complete position description.

Compensation. The annual salary range is $135,928.00 to $190,299.20 with placement based upon the selected candidate’s experience and salary history. In addition to a competitive salary, the County offers an excellent benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Miller Associates via email or phone. To start the application process, send a cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury on or before the closing date of July 8, 2016.