JOB: Supervising Librarian, City of San Mateo

The San Mateo Public Library is seeking an experienced and highly motivated individual to be a full-time Supervising Librarian.   In this position, the successful candidate will oversee operations of two library branches – Hillsdale and Marina.

The San Mateo Public Library is a dynamic community resource and destination that includes the Main Library, a state of the art LEED Gold rated green building, and two community branch libraries.  The Library provides library services to residents of the City of San Mateo and the Town of Hillsborough and is part of the Peninsula Library System (PLS), a consortium of public library jurisdictions and community college libraries in San Mateo County.  The Library is also part of the Pacific Library Partnership, a consolidation of four library systems in the greater Bay Area of Northern California.

The Library provides an array of core services for all age groups:  A collection of library materials comprised of books, magazines, newspapers, databases, compact discs, DVDs and downloadable e-books; information and reader’s advisory service; free access to information technology via public computers and wireless Internet, library programs for children, tweens, teens and adults; literacy instruction; specialized collections in the areas of business and biotechnology; a world languages collection that includes titles in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Farsi and French; and an extensive volunteer program that integrates the community with opportunities to help fulfill the Library’s mission.

Here are some of the reasons why the City of San Mateo is a great place to work

What You’ll Do

  • Recommend and assist in implementation of goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for the development and implementation of programs; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, and review the work of staff involved in professional librarian and paraprofessional library assistant duties.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration.
  • Coordinate and participate in the selection of materials for the library, evaluate and remove materials from the collection.
  • Advise and assist library patrons; demonstrate the use of online library catalogs, databases and other aids; refer to patrons to other agencies if appropriate.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve complaints.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.

For a complete list of duties, reference our job specifications at

Ideal Candidate

Who You Are

  • You possess knowledge of principles and practices of professional library work.
  • You possess the ability to perform professional library tasks.
  • You possess knowledge of principles and practices of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • You possess experience working with diverse cultures and learning styles.
  • You possess the ability to take initiative and work both independently and collaboratively.

What You Bring

  • Possession of a Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited college or university.
  • Three years of increasingly responsible experience performing professional librarian duties.


What We Offer

  • Comprehensive benefits package including generous paid leave and health benefits
  • CalPERS retirement (2% @ 55 for classic members; 2% @ 62 for new members.  Classic employees contribute 7.4% to CalPERS and New members contribute 6.25% to CalPERS with participation in the Social Security Program
  • Free Fitness classes through City of San Mateo Parks and Recreation, Employee Assistance Program and Credit Union Membership
  • Bilingual Differential  $195 monthly (if applicable)
  • This classification falls within an employee bargaining unit

Special Instructions

Are You Ready?  Apply.

Submit an online application, résumé (strongly encouraged) and supplemental questionnaire at or to the Human Resources Department, City of San Mateo, 330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403, (650) 522-7260.

Application Deadline:

Recruitment will close by Friday, August 24, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. or upon receipt of the first 50 applications and supplemental questionnaires, whichever occurs first.

Interview Process:

All applications and supplemental questionnaires received will be reviewed for minimum qualifications.  Resumes are strongly encouraged. A limited number of the most highly qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the examination process which may consist of an oral panel interview, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

An eligible list will be established for those who pass the examination process.  Current and future vacancies may be filled from this list. The list will remain in effect for at least 6 months with the possibility of an extension for an additional 6 months.  Once placed on an eligible list, and at the time a vacancy occurs, eligible candidates may be contacted by the hiring department and scheduled for additional department interviews.

Note: The City of San Mateo reserves the right, at its discretion, to limit the number of qualified candidates invited to the selection process.

Date Posted:  July 9, 2018 (updated August 3)

Fine Print:  

Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a driving record review, reference check, and a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint check. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment.

Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process should advise the Human Resources Division upon submittal of application.  Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request.    The policy of the City of San Mateo is to grant equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender, age, religion, ancestry, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, marital status or national origin.  It is the intent and desire of the City of San Mateo that equal employment opportunity will be provided in recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, wages, benefits, and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.  The City of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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