Librarian I/II – Temporary (LD) and Permanent
Vaccination Policy: Pursuant to the City’s Covid-19 Mandatory Vaccination and Testing Policy, the City of San José is requiring all new hires to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination as a condition of employment absent a documented medical and/or religious exemption.  The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation’s largest and most diverse Cities, and the center of cultural, government, and economic activity for the region.  The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values:  Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration.    San Jose Public Library is the public library system serving the dynamic City of San Jose and its one million+ residents. A proud recipient of the Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year Award, the library is an acknowledged leader in providing innovative services to meet changing customer needs. With 24 branches, plus the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, we offer tremendous community diversity and opportunities for learning, discovery and career development.  The San Jose Public Library enriches lives by fostering lifelong learning and by ensuring that every member of the community has access to a vast array of ideas and information. The Library Department is seeking to fill two Temporary (Limit Dated) Librarian I/II Part Time positions. These positions are currently funded through June 30, 2022. The Library Department is also seeking to fill several permanent Librarian I/II Full Time and Part Time positions with this recruitment.

 Positions & Duties Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at The San José Public Library is seeking new Librarians to join our team and change the lives of those we serve! The ideal candidate for these positions will understand, support, practice and promote the San José Way of library innovation and the Mission, Vision, & Values statements of the City of San José and the San José Public Library; demonstrate leadership and a commitment to active customer service; have knowledge of current library technology and trends; have experience working with a diverse community and staff; and have programming or project management ability.We are looking for friendly, service-oriented librarians who have experience working in a fast-paced environment and thrive in a highly collaborative setting. Our librarians perform a variety of professional duties that may include virtual programming, storytime, innovative school and community engagement programs, outreach, coding and STEAM programming, and volunteer engagement. All our staff are trained in providing excellent customer service.These positions will include evenings and weekend shifts.This recruitment will be used to fill multiple positions in this department. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

NOTE: If you are currently a part time unbenefited or benefited San José Public Library employee seeking full time employment, you must apply. We may use this candidate pool to fill future positions. 

Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONSEducation and ExperienceLibrarian I – A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university.We encourage Fall 2021 Master’s Degree in Library Science candidates to apply. Degree must be received by hire date; transcripts will be requested

Librarian II – A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of professional library experience.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.

COMPETENCIESThe ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise – Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Computer Skills – Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: Office 365, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Continuous Improvement – Actively identifies new areas for learning and regularly creates and takes advantage of learning opportunities.

Customer Service – Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers’ needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.

Initiative – Exhibits resourceful behaviors toward meeting job objectives; anticipates problems, is proactive, and avoids difficulties by planning ahead; displays willingness to assume extra responsibility and challenges; pursues continuing education opportunities that promotes job performance.

Planning – Acts to align own unit’s goals with the strategic direction of the organization; defines tasks and milestones to achieve objectives, while ensuring the optimal use of resources to meet those objectives.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills – Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Technology Use/Management – Uses efficient and cost-effective approaches to integrate technology into the workplace and improve program effectiveness.

Communications Skills – Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts.

SELECTION PROCESSThe selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant’s training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise. The first round interview is tentatively scheduled for October 20, 21, and 22, 2021.You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions (IN DETAIL) during the online application process. Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.1. How do you meet the minimum qualifications for Librarian I/II?I have a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Library Science.I will have a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Library Science following the Fall 2021 semester.I have a Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Library Science AND I have one (1) year of professional library experience.I do not possess the minimum qualifications for this position.2. Describe a time when something you did at work didn’t go as planned. What did you learn from this experience; what would you have done differently in hindsight? (Continuous Improvement)3. Describe a time you worked successfully with customers, students, the community, or local organizations to complete a project or accomplish a goal. (Teamwork and Interpersonal skills)4. Sometimes staff are asked to complete assignments that they don’t want to do. How do you approach such assignments? Describe your experience in handling an assignment or project you didn’t want to take on. (Initiative)5. Please identify any language skills that you possess in addition to English. Include in your response your proficiency level and whether you are able to speak, read, and/or write in this language. (Job Expertise)You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.If you have questions about the duties of these positions, please contact Jean Herriges at you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Randi Perry at  

Additional Information Employees in this classification are represented by Municipal Employee’s Federation (MEF), AFSCME, Local No. 101.Click here for information on Benefits. Click here for information on the California Equal Pay Act.To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at The application deadline will be Monday, October 4, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

 Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email  and we will research the status of your application.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.   

Job: Library

Employee Status: Regular

Job Type: Standard

Job Posting: Sep 23, 2021, 10:22:21 AM

Minimum Salary: 72,425.60

Maximum Salary: 94,244.80

Bargaining Unit 1: Municipal Employees’ Federation